Enabling investment into Conservation, the Environment and Communities at scale.


Working across a wide variety of the conservation, natural and built asset sectors, we create, and partner with others who are creating innovative, investable projects. These projects are specifically structured to deliver quality returns for investors, local communities and the environment at large.

Environmental Finance

We want to change the conversation about nature. We work to stop natural asset spend being seen as an expense. Instead, it should be seen as an investment, as we receive multiple benefits that far outweigh this spend (pollination, climate regulation, clean water, health and wellbeing to name a few).

Using our collective skills, we create solutions for natural and built asset projects that will tackle environmental and social challenges, whilst delivering fair financial returns. This enables investors to easily migrate from existing market investments to achieve equivalent returns and a triple bottom line (financial, social and environmental).-
Environmental Finance was established with a vision where society better uses its natural assets and resources, sharing them equitably within local economies to support thriving, healthy, and sustainable communities.-


We work with a wide range of stakeholders from public, private and third sector organisations to unlock new revenue streams, in order to deliver scalable financing solutions for natural assets.

Our core focus on natural environment finance models include:

Conservation/biodiversity finance •
Woodland/commercial forestry •
Parks/greenspaces •
Water •


We work with new and existing enterprises to deliver and enhance built infrastructure. We design models to benefit local communities whilst meeting environmental and financial objectives.

Our core focus on built environment finance models include:

• Green infrastructure
• Agriculture/food/fisheries
• Waste management/recycling/ the circular economy
• Energy
• Transport/infrastructure
• Housing


Environmental Finance provides a bespoke service based around four key pillars in creating new solutions and working to help partners create and scale their projects.

1. Define timeframes and objectives

1. Define timeframes and objectives

We listen and work to understand your target outcomes and objectives, addressing the target impact and time frames of the project.

2. Plan, develop and originate project

2. Plan, develop and originate project

We work with you to identify key stakeholders, develop a delivery plan and procure delivery partners.

3. Structure, model and analyse financing options

3. Structure, model and analyse financing options

We take into account stakeholders, project objectives and risk profile
and work through the legal structuring and vehicle choice for project delivery.

4. Raise capital, deploy and project execution

4. Raise capital, deploy and project execution

We aim to align capital to project objectives and partner values and can act as principal or project manager to achieve successful project delivery.


We bring together teams that can create solutions making environmental, economic and local sense.



James Alexander Environmental FinanceWith almost 20 years of industry experience, James has been involved in the social impact sector as an expert business growth strategist, entrepreneur and proposition builder. Previously he was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Zopa, the word’s first and Europe’s largest P2P Lender. James also counsels a number of innovative finance payers including Seedrs, Loot, giffgaff money, LandBay and Spacehive. He has also advised social ventures and charities including The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds where he was a Trustee, the GoodLab, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, and GoodThing.



Danyal Sattar Environmental FinanceWith over 25 years of impact, ethical and social investing, Danyal has experience working with industry giants. Danyal is currently CEO of The Big Issue Invest, leading the organisation’s social investment arm. He brings with him a wealth of experience in providing finance and support to social enterprises and charities seeking to eradicate poverty while creating opportunities for people across the UK. Prior to his role as CEO, Danyal served as Head of Social Investment with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, where he led the foundation’s social investment allocation. In addition to deploying a £15 million fund, Danyal selected and executed investments and deployed new strategic programmes such as the Poverty Premium Fund.



Karen Dolenec Environmental FinanceBringing to EF nearly 20 years of investment experience, Karen’s current role as Partner with Ancala Partners combines her experience in private markets investment experience mostly focused on asset-backed strategies including infrastructure, real estate and natural resources. Prior to joining Ancala Partners, Karen was Managing Director of Terra Firma Capital Partners (formerly Nomura Principal Finance Group). Karen was responsible for managing one of the transaction teams which involved deal sourcing and execution, and overseeing key aspects of the portfolio businesses.



Richard Speak Environmental FinanceRich conceived and founded Environmental Finance. Rich worked for over ten years in cross border mergers and acquisitions, where amongst other things he completed a number of transactions in large scale European solar.  In 2012, Rich set up two social enterprises in grass roots sport, and redirected his career into Social Investment, linking financial returns with improving social outcomes, and joined the UK’s leading social advisory firm Social Finance in 2013. As a Director at Social Finance, Rich raised the first ever £10m Social Solar Bond aimed at reducing fuel poverty in the UK using solar technology, as well as completing over 15 other transactions involving over £35m of social investment. Rich is a Chartered Accountant and holds a LLB (Hons) in law, and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Securities and Investments. Rich is passionate about conservation and is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.



Jamie Mansfield Environmental FinanceJamie leads EF’s advisory work with the RSPB and WWF on natural capital financing. He co-designed and manages a £50m investment programme that acquires solar assets to transition them into community ownership. He has extensive experience across M&A, project financing and debt underwriting of renewable energy and natural asset projects. Jamie has structured over £150m of long-term debt and equity investments with institutional investors. He has a first class Masters of Engineering from Exeter University. Outside of work he is keen alpine climber and is currently ranked joint 34th in the World Stone Skimming Championships.

Craig Humphrey


Craig Humphrey Environmental FinanceCraig is a founding team member of Environmental Finance. Craig and Rich previously worked together at Pall Mall Capital, an international corporate finance boutique where Craig undertook a wide range of projects in the energy and industrials sectors including a number of early solar transactions in continental Europe, financing industrial scale ground mount parks across Germany and Italy as well as thin film and panel manufacturers in Germany. He also helped to create a business in Wales using sheep’s wool to provide a natural alternative for home insulation products. Craig is an MBA alumni from London Business School and previously was Pall Mall Capital’s COO and FCA reporting officer. Craig owns a sheep farm with his brother in his home, New Zealand. Craig is passionate about sustainable food production, ethical farming and the circular economy. He would like to continue to find new ways to turn waste or undervalued bi-products from these industries into valuable assets.



Andre Sarvarian Environmental FinanceAndre is a Senior Associate at Environmental Finance. His background is in technology and business services, where he spent the early part of his career as a strategy consultant advising TMT and financial services clients before transitioning into venture capital where he was involved in backing a number of early stage technology investments. Before joining the team, Andre spent over four years as a corporate finance advisor, working across a range of transactions involving financing and M&A. Andre holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Kings College London and In the Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society of the UK alongside professional qualifications from CIMA and ICAEW. He is passionate about new technologies and their impact on sustainability and conservation of the natural environment.



Alicia Gibson Environmental FinanceAlicia is an Associate at Environmental Finance. Prior to joining, Alicia qualified as a chartered accountant at Deloitte, where she provided audit and advisory services to fast growing private equity backed businesses. Alicia holds a first class degree in Economics from the University of Bristol, where she specialised in the study of environmental economics and international development. Having lived alongside a river all her life, Alicia has observed the impact that human activity has had on the natural environment, fuelling her interest in conservation from a young age. Alicia’s previous experience includes working for a social enterprise providing employment opportunities in Nairobi, managing the production of handmade Christmas crackers. While at Deloitte, Alicia volunteered as part of a team supporting an educational charity building schools in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. Alicia loves to travel by bicycle and recently cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats.



Christine Chiu Environmental FinanceChristine is an Associate at Environmental Finance. Christine started her career at Standard Bank Group, where she held various roles across Operations, Sales & Trading, and Debt Capital Markets Investment Banking. Her role in Debt Capital Markets included helping to raise approximately $4billion in bonds from the international public markets for national governments, state owned enterprises, and corporations. Christine has also worked at MVision Private Equity Advisers, where she has raised equity funds for private equity groups and provided investor relations and marketing strategy support. Christine holds a MSc Social Policy Degree from the London School of Economics, a MSc International Relations from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a BA Anthropology from McGill University. In her spare time, Christine volunteers as a mentor for primary school aged children with challenging behaviour.

Olivia Bennett


Olivia started her career in capital markets origination at Citi, where she worked with clients across EMEA, structuring loan facilities for general and event-driven purposes. Olivia also spent six weeks in Uganda advising two entrepreneurs on the development and growth of their businesses, and continues to participate in the Mayor’s Entrepreneur programme as a mentor, working with young London-based entrepreneurs to build a greener, more sustainable city.

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