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Paul O'Connell (Head of Health, Safety, Environment, Quality and Sustainability Australia & New Zealand at Acciona)

Paul O'Connell

Head of Health, Safety, Environment, Quality and Sustainability Australia & New Zealand at Acciona

An experienced senior environment and sustainability manager, a leader in best practice environment & sustainability strategy, regulatory compliance and managing due diligence requirements for large corporations. I have a passion for smart business improvement and the management of technical environment and sustainability issues. I bring a consistent commitment and practical approach to facilitating change and integrating sustainability strategies into business for growth and profitability.

With over 14 years’ experience in the private and public infrastructure and construction sector and a passion for sustainable development, I bring a thorough understanding of environmental, social and economic aspects and how they apply to business, construction and infrastructure.

Specialties: environmental management, sustainability strategy, planning and approvals, impact assessments and risk management, construction, sustainable development, energy efficiency.

Guy Williams (Member of the TNFD Taskforce and Global Nature Lead at Deloitte)

Guy Williams

Member of the TNFD Taskforce and Global Nature Lead at Deloitte

Guy Williams is a Director in Deloitte's Risk Advisory practice supporting a global network of clients to develop science-based solutions to existing and emerging biodiversity challenges. Guy brings a unique balance and perspective to the rapidly evolving natural capital agenda, gained from over twenty years field research in landscape ecology across Asia and the Pacific, academic skills in biodiversity, anthropology, and corporate sustainability, combined with his ongoing work advising business to better manage and effectively value nature. Guy serves on the membership of the Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosure, the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and Species Survival Commission, and is an active supporter of the Science Based Targets Network. Guy maintains a deep and ongoing interest in community-led conservation, and the use of digital media to support effective conservation strategies.

Justin Rowntree (Senior Manager at International Council for Mining and Metals)

Justin Rowntree

Senior Manager at International Council for Mining and Metals

Justin Rowntree joined ICMM in October 2022 as Senior Manager working across the Environment Resilience portfolio. His focus areas include Nature, Mine Closure and Water Stewardship with a distinct emphasis on cross-functional integration with the social performance, innovation, and governance portfolios to ensure the sum-of-all-parts deliver high-value outcomes for people and planet.

Justin has worked as a multidisciplinary environment, social performance and sustainability professional within the mining industry for over 17 years. His experience spans project lifecycles from environmental and social impact assessment and baseline study management, mine operations, mine closure and corporate roles. Much of his work has occurred throughout the Asia-Pacific in complex environments involving traditional and customary stakeholders.

Justin is particularly interested in how the application of cross-disciplinary ESG initiatives can drive holistic stakeholder value, improve lives and the condition of our planet.

Emma Herd (Oceania Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY)

Emma Herd

Oceania Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY

Emma is a Partner with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability team and is a skilled professional with over 20 years’ experience in climate change, sustainable finance and sustainability practice. Prior to joining EY, Emma was Chief Executive Officer of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) (2015-2021) and Environment Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission (2020-2021). Previously, Emma worked at Westpac for over 15 years across a range of sustainability, environment, sustainable finance, climate change, carbon trading and ESG risk management roles. Emma is a regular media contributor on climate change matters and a respected voice on climate transition implications for business.

Estelle Parker (Executive Manager at RIAA)

Estelle Parker

Executive Manager at RIAA

Estelle Parker leads RIAA’s research, certification, policy, standards and working group programs. She brings 20 years’ experience leading strategic initiatives as a diplomat, policy analyst, stakeholder manager and strategic planner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Estelle has served, inter alia, as Acting Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador to Mexico, Central America and Cuba; Deputy State Director (Victoria); Policy Adviser to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands; and as Director overseeing the development and management of bilateral relationships.

Estelle also worked for five years at the University of Melbourne, where she lectured in the Master of Public Policy and Management and Master of International Relations. She is currently Chair of the Board at Wild at Heart Community Arts, which helps people who experience disability, mental illness and disadvantage to tell their stories through art and music making.

Dr Bonnie Mappin (Manager, Natural Capital and Biodiversity at KPMG)

Dr Bonnie Mappin

Manager, Natural Capital and Biodiversity at KPMG

Bonnie is an expert in market-based approaches and nature-based solutions to halting biodiversity loss and mitigating climate change. She has five years’ experience working in corporate financial services and market research, six years of running her own biodiversity conservation consultancy business, and a decade of experience as a biological and environmental scientific researcher. As a consultant and researcher, she has worked and collaborated with governments, governing bodies, corporations from forestry, agriculture, food and beverage and other FMCG companies.

Alexandra Banks (Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY)

Alexandra Banks

Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY
Emily Davies (Manager at EY)

Emily Davies

Manager at EY
Rena Zhu (Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY)

Rena Zhu

Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY
Ross Barton (Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY)

Ross Barton

Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY
Linda Romanovska (International expert on sustainable finance at PwC)

Linda Romanovska

International expert on sustainable finance at PwC

Linda Romanovska is an international expert on sustainable finance and ESG broadly having advised and supported intergovernmental bodies, governments and private sector on a wide range of sustainability topics for more than a decade. Appointed to several high-level expert / policy-making bodies Linda is supporting the development of a number of international and national sustainable finance taxonomies and sustainability labelling and disclosure standards - in the EU, ASEAN, Australia and elsewhere. As a Director at PwC Linda leads the ESG consulting work on sustainable finance, ESG strategies and disclosures as well as natural capital assessments; and in her academic capacity Linda is undertaking research on advanced valuation methods for natural capital and its integration in sustainable finance frameworks.

Marcus Haas (Senior Associate at PwC Australia)

Marcus Haas

Senior Associate at PwC Australia
Miguel Castillo (Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY)

Miguel Castillo

Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY
Laura Waterford (Director of Pollination)

Laura Waterford

Director of Pollination

Laura’s work focusses on nature-positive corporate strategy and policy, and opportunities in the natural capital and nature-based solutions space. Laura advises clients on nature-related risks and opportunities in line with the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures guidance and is a member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia’s nature risk working group. Laura has deep expertise on carbon markets and is also a member of the World Economic Forum and Taskforce on Nature Markets working groups on voluntary biodiversity credit markets. Prior to joining Pollination, Laura was a climate and environmental lawyer at leading national and international law firms and she was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards in the Planning & Environment category in 2020-2022.