Published on
December 12, 2023

NatureMetrics bolsters Nature Advisory team as global demand for nature-positive strategy ramps up

  • As COP28 focuses attention on the vital role of nature, global nature intelligence company, NatureMetrics, expands Nature Strategy team to meet growing corporate demand to implement nature and biodiversity goals
  • Team bolstered by Hannah Skeates, new Director of Nature Strategy for Finance and Environmental Markets; Hannah previously held global sustainable investing leadership roles at Wells Fargo, S&P Global and BlackRock
  • Amy Sellers joins as Principal Consultant, previously Climate and Nature Risk Manager within Deloitte's Risk Advisory team
  • Alison Jones joins as Principal Consultant, previously Operations Director at Little Blue Research, Capitals Coalition and Arcadis
  • Isadora Ferreira joins as Principal Consultant, previously Nature Risk Manager at Deloitte’s Risk Advisory team
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NatureMetrics bolsters Nature Advisory team as global demand for nature-positive strategy ramps up
Three members of the team: Owen Middleton, Pippa Howard, Hannah Skeates

12th December 2023 - NatureMetrics, the leading global nature intelligence company, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Nature Strategy team in response to the increasing global demand for governments, corporates and financial institutions to set and meet new nature and biodiversity objectives.

Fully integrated within NatureMetrics’ end-to-end solutions delivery, the newly bolstered team is well-equipped to meet the growing requirement for companies and financial institutions seeking to understand their interaction with nature, develop meaningful targets and strategies to minimize their impact on the environment, and move towards Nature Positive.

As COP28 agreements continue to show the vital role that nature plays in building sustainable economies, NatureMetrics’ Nature Strategy practice welcomes four new team members, further strengthening its expertise across the sectors where the company is seeing the largest demand. NatureMetrics offers world-class, bespoke nature strategy services, enabling companies to stay ahead of emerging nature regulations and drive innovation in their sustainability activities.

Meet the Team

Hannah Skeates, who joins as Director of Nature Strategy for Finance & Environmental Markets, offers extensive experience driving change in the sector, and will focus on partnering with financial institutions that are looking to integrate nature into their activities.

Prior to joining NatureMetrics, Hannah has been driving the mainstreaming of sustainable investing and sustainable finance initiatives for over a decade. Hannah has held leadership positions at major finance industry firms, including Global Head of ESG at Wells Fargo Asset Management, Head of Global ESG Strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, and was iShares’ Global Head of Sustainable Investments at BlackRock.

Amy Sellers has been appointed as Principal Consultant, bringing expertise across scalable solutions and geospatial finance including embedding risks associated with carbon markets, governmental grants and schemes, sustainable agriculture and nature quantification and valuation. Amy founded and led the nature risk team in her previous role, delivering end-to-end nature strategy and solutions for financial institutions and large corporates. Amy previously held the position of Climate & Nature Risk Manager within Deloitte's Risk Advisory team, further bolstered by previous roles at Bank of America, J.P. Morgan and WWF.  

Alison Jones is an experienced environmental professional, joining as Principal Consultant, with expertise in navigating the landscape of nature-related frameworks & disclosure initiatives, and guiding organizations as they delve into their nature journey. Alison supported the development of the Natural Capital Protocol, and brings expertise in collaboration and operations, previously holding roles at Little Blue Research, Capitals Coalition and Arcadis.

Isadora Ferreira joins as Principal Nature Strategist, bringing in-depth knowledge of nature strategy, corporate sustainability and environmental frameworks. Previously a Net Zero Strategy Consultant at Monitor Deloitte, Isadora holds nature and climate expertise, co-developing food and nature go-to-market strategies and business development initiatives. Isodora joins NatureMetrics to enable organisations to make critical decisions on their natural capital, from risk analysis and investment assessments to management and mitigation strategy.

Led by industry veteran Pippa Howard, NatureMetrics' Nature Strategy team assists businesses in proactively setting robust nature goals and the necessary plans to meet them, aligned to the relevant upcoming nature obligations, such as Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), Science-based Targets for Nature (SBTN), and the Corporates Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).

Pippa Howard, Chief Nature Strategist at NatureMetrics, comments: "I am incredibly excited about the enhanced capabilities and expertise that our expanded team brings. Our goal is to empower businesses to proactively manage their relationship with biodiversity, address their nature-related obligations and align with global biodiversity frameworks. With the collective experience of our team, we are well-positioned to guide companies in integrating nature into their corporate practices, driving innovation, and staying ahead of emerging regulations. Together, we are dedicated to advancing sustainable practices and making a positive impact on the world's biodiversity."

NatureMetrics works with 500 plus clients in over 100 countries across a wide range of industries, including energy, extractives, food and drink, and financial services, helping them to ensure they are well-prepared for the future and compliant with emerging nature and biodiversity regulations. NatureMetrics has the unique ability to provide nature advisory, while drawing on its deep science-based expertise through its innovative eDNA technology.  

As the world's largest commercial eDNA provider, NatureMetrics brings unparalleled experience in delivering eDNA biodiversity monitoring across the globe over the last ten years. This unique perspective provides valuable insights into the demands and requirements of modern-day nature impact reporting.

Hannah Skeates, Director of Nature Strategy – Finance & Environmental Markets, added: "It is an amazing time to be joining NatureMetrics, a company at the forefront of global nature intelligence. I’m looking forward to bringing NatureMetrics' expertise, physical on-the-ground science and cutting-edge technology to the finance sector and nascent environmental markets. This is a rapidly evolving landscape – working together will be key to driving ambition and leadership, and to setting and achieving substantive goals, as we collectively drive towards a net zero, Nature positive future."

Key services offered by the Nature Strategy Team

Key services offered by NatureMetrics' Nature Strategy team include:

  • Tailored senior leadership engagement to secure board-level buy-in to nature
  • Nature positive and nature strategy workshops to empower organizations to address emerging demands for biodiversity performance
  • Alignment of targets with global biodiversity frameworks such as SBTN and TNFD
  • Roadmaps to deliver on nature commitments providing bespoke senior leadership engagement to mainstream nature through businesses
  • Closing the gap between commitments made and delivery on the ground with the scientific evidence base to disclose and manage biodiversity performance
  • Impact and dependency mapping across the value chain developing organizational capacity to address biodiversity performance demands
  • Monitoring and evaluation frameworks ensuring that nature strategies and action plans align with global frameworks

NatureMetrics recently launched its Nature Maturity Assessment tool, which enables businesses to evaluate the maturity of their nature performance across value chains. The tool is a game-changer in helping corporates to identify and assess their nature performance in areas such as ambition, governance, operations, data, decision-making, and culture, making it an invaluable asset for nature-related due diligence.

For more information on NatureMetrics’ Nature Strategy services, please visit the Nature Strategy services section.

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