Beyond Boundaries Working Group

The Natural Capital without Boundaries dialogue session held in October 2015 brought together 30 experts from academia, policy, statutory agencies and business to share knowledge how partnership approaches can lead to better management of our natural capital in water ecosystems. It identified key priorities for future actions for an integrated management from freshwaters and the land to the marine environment and how achieve these may be achieved.

A key recommendation from the workshop was to establish a working group to produce guidance on better integration of management of natural capital in catchment, coasts and the seas through partnership. This working  group was convened by Prof. Mike Acreman and Prof. Ed Maltby.

Working Group members:
Professor Mike Acreman: Natural Capital Initiative and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Professor Edward Maltby: Natural Capital Initiative Steering Group and University of Liverpool
Paul Bryson: Environment Agency
Alistair Maltby: The Rivers Trust
Natasha Barker-Bradshaw: University of the West of England

Additional participants to the workshop agreed to provide comment on drafts of the guidance as it is developed. If you would like to input to this work, please contact 

Associate Steering Group Members


Dr Sarah Gardner

Sarah Gardner works at the interface of ecology and environmental economics. Her interest in Natural Capital arises from her work on agri-environment schemes and the resilience of agricultural systems. She is currently editing a book on Agricultural Resilience with Steve Ramsden (University of Nottingham) and Rosie Hails (former chair of NCI) and establishing a start-up company in agri-technology for the livestock sector.

Previously she has held postdoctoral positions at Wageningen, York and Imperial College, a lectureship in Ecology & Conservation at Birkbeck College, Principal Research Consultant (Ecology) at ADAS UK Ltd and Senior Policy Analyst at IEEP. Sarah has postgraduate qualifications in Ecology and Environmental Economics.

Prof. Rosie Hails MBE CBiol FRSB, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

rosiehails_b&wRosie is one of the founders of the Natural Capital Initiative. She is a Science Director for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. She was involved in some of the first experiments on genetically modified plants in natural habitats, and is currently developing risk assessment protocols centred on population modelling. Rosie has worked at the interface between science and policy as a member of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment which advises UK government on scientific matters relating to genetically modified plants and non-native plants and animals, and a member of the Environment Working group for the European Food Safety Authority. She is a Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, a research associate of Oxford University and a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University. She was awarded an MBE for services to environmental research in June 2000. From 2012 to 2015, Rosie served as one of five members of the first independent Natural Capital Committee. The Committee was tasked to help Government to ensure that both the value of England’s natural capital and its potential to support growth are fully taken into account in decision-making.

Prof Paul Leonard FRSB, Environmental Consultant

paulleonardPaul Leonard is an environmental consultant, based near London and has worked in core government departments and scientific institutions for nearly 40 years. He has specialised in the delivery of science–based evidence to meet policy needs, primarily in the aquatic environment. He has a long-term interest in the design and management of aquatic environmental monitoring programmes from point and diffuse sources. His work has included science audits, advising on the adequacy of current operations and future needs at government laboratories and industry. He is a registered Expert Witness and member of the UK Environmental Law Association.

Prof William Watts, The Environment Agency

billwattsWilliam Watts is Associate Professor at Brunel University, working on ecosystem valuation and the economics of hazardous chemical regulation, as well as project appraisal issues in the area of Flood Risk Management. He has a Masters degree in Natural Resource Economics, and has previously been Principal Economist for The Environment Agency, Economic Advisor to the UK Government (Department for the Environment, now Defra) and Research Manager and Principal Administrator for the European Commission.

Daija Angeli

Daija Angeli is NCI’s former Project Officer. Before moving to the UK, she worked in policy advice projects on climate change adaptation strategies and the valuation of biodiversity conservation in Germany. She holds an MSc in Environmental Planning from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.