Natural Environment Q and A Panel

Mark is a passionate environmentalist with a personal vision to be carbon neutral and have zero waste to landfill from his home in N Wales.
After studying Chemistry at University, Mark began his career in the chemical industry, managing emissions to the environment at a top tier COMAH installation.
Poacher turned gamekeeper, Mark followed his true passion for the environment and joined the Environment Agency in 2002 as a regulator of Hazardous Waste and Chemical sites.
Mark has held a number of positions in the EA; Environmental coordinator for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture 2008, Area Manager for Merseyside, Regional Change Manager, COMAH Manager for NW England and Water, Land and Biodiversity lead for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.
Mark has been Area Environment Manager for Greater Manchester for four years and is committed to working with government, local councils, businesses and communities to support sustainable growth and to drive environmental improvements to make Greater Manchester grow to be one of the greenest city regions in Europe.

Sarah Jenner has over 20 years’ experience in the water industry in the fields of Environmental Regulation, Asset Management and Strategy Development. She is also a trustee of the Mersey Rivers Trust, a resident of Greater Manchester and enjoys running through the green spaces and river corridors of the region.

Her current role as Head of Environmental Strategy and Regulation for United Utilities carries responsibility for developing and embedding the company’s natural capital strategy as well as leading the development of future environmental improvement programmes and managing the company’s relationship with the Environment Agency.

Ginny Hinton is the Area Manager for Natural England’s Cheshire to Lancashire Area Team (covering Cheshire, Lancashire Greater Manchester and Merseyside). She commenced the role in January 2020 and is based in Manchester. She has a history of association with Manchester, starting with a BSc in Environmental Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Ginny has been part of the Cheshire to Lancashire team since 2016 in the role of Partnership Manager, Operations Manager and also on secondment to United Utilities for a year helping to embed nature and natural capital into the water company’s Business Plan for 2020-2025.
Between 2009 and 2016, Ginny led Natural England’s Peak District team, working closely with the Peak District National Park Authority and Moors for the Future to develop partnerships with upland estates and land managers. Before this time, she worked for the Countryside Agency in Manchester and Cheltenham developing new National Trails including the Cotswold Way and the Pennine Bridleway National Trail.

Owain Wyn Evans, the lead weather presenter for North West tonight, joins us to wrap up day 1 of the Green Summit as host of our panel discussion. Owain has a birds eye view of Greater Manchester every day from the weather satellite images so is perfectly placed to hone in on the key issues we face in our efforts to improve our natural environment and put those to our panel, which comprises leaders working locally to improve our natural environment.

Guest Speakers

Anne is the CEO of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire Manchester and Merseyside. As a competent and enthusiastic networker and representative of TWT she has held various government appointments, including, Board Member for the NW Development Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund Regional Committee and the NW Forestry and Wildlife Advisory Committee. In Greater Manchester, Anne chairs the Natural Capital Group (Local Nature Partnership) which champions environmental matters and reports into the Combined Authority via the Green City Region Partnership.

Emma Howard Boyd is the Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation. Emma serves on a number of boards and advisory committees which include Menhaden PLC, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, and the European Climate Foundation.

She has worked in financial services for over 25 years, in corporate finance and fund management. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their expertise in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.


Sam is Head of Natural Environment at GMCA, leading the Combined Authority’s work to improve the city region’s natural environment through developing strategy and policy, delivering key projects and working with a range of partners. Prior to that, Sam led the development of the Mayor’s 5 Year Environment Plan, launched at the Green Summit in March 2019.
Sam joined GMCA in October 2018 from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where most recently he was Head of Strategic Coordination. Before that, Sam held various roles in the civil service, including working on local growth and devolution policy with the Liverpool City Region and designing and implementing the government’s policy on tackling bovine TB. Before the civil service, Sam was an environmental consultant, working with businesses to reduce their environmental impact and to implement environmental management systems.

My name is Bethan Heatley. I am 18 and have been a part of GMYCA since Jan 19. The environmental crisis and making a change to this is a key area I am interested in. My first event was the 2019 Green Summit. Since then I have participated in several climate protests and taken part in a documentary where I created a community restaurant using food waste to feed the less fortunate.My involvement in environmental justice is largely linked with my interest for societal inequalities and helping those in the community. The things that I do in my everyday life to reduce my environmental impact include becoming vegan, limiting my plastic use and cycling to my destination instead of using a car.