Jessica blends a City heritage with years of hands-on conservation work. “Green finance” brings together these two worlds; Jessica understands perspectives across the breadth of this young field, both clients’ commercial concerns, and the practical realities of executing pro-planet programmes.
In 7 years with organisations such as Kew Gardens, she was able to learn from world-leading experts in climate and biodiversity, working on projects such as those now in demand to underpin the proliferation of green financial instruments. During her 7 years as a lawyer, mostly at Magic Circle firm Freshfields, she specialised in financial crime (such as fraud, money laundering and corruption) and regulatory disputes, advising governments, financial institutions and corporates both in the UK and abroad.
Jessica understands the uncertainties for fiduciaries and investors in navigating an evolving regulatory landscape. She also has on-the-ground experience of the reporting, transparency and credibility challenges of the conservation programmes underlying ESG investments. She knows what a high quality offset scheme involves – the system-level assessments and multi-stakeholder networks which ensure the longevity and materiality of carbon sequestration.
Her hybrid history places her at the bleeding edge where ‘green’ meets ‘finance’, at a time when the industry is asking itself how to report returns from largely unmonetised natural capital, or how to scale up nature-based solutions which are rarely commoditisable. She continues to work for Kew Gardens part time in their sustainability team.
She holds an MA from Oxford University.