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    May 2022

    A new member for our Nature Positive team!

    The Nature Positive team has expanded. We are delighted to welcome Sam to Nature Positive as part of her MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills course at the University of Reading.

    Sam Bishop

    Sam has recently joined the Nature Positive team

    We asked her a few questions to find out more about the experience and skills she brings to the team.

    How did you get into sustainability?

    I’ve been interested in the wonders of nature for as long as I can remember. My childhood was spent in Cornwall and then Somerset, and I vividly remember being curious and fascinated by the myriad botanical species I found in hedgerows from a very young age. I think it was the visible decline in species that sparked a passion for biodiversity and organic farming many years ago. I manage my family’s arable farm, which has helped me to understand the overlap between ecology and agriculture and also the many challenges and opportunities sustainable agriculture presents. Following a business degree and a career in consultancy, I returned to university last year to study a masters in ecology at the University of Reading to enhance my existing skill set with environmental, ecology and biodiversity specialisms.

    Why Nature Positive?

    The business world seeks high quality, effective advice from specialists in order to meet its environmental challenges and company aims and objectives. Nature Positive has a unique business model, being cross-disciplinary and combining management consultancy with specialisms in biodiversity, climate, sustainability, ecology and social value. Companies and investors have a genuine commitment to becoming nature positive but they need expertise to achieve this. Nature Positive relishes the opportunity to work with clients and the highly experienced team can add both financial and reputational value.

    In your role at Nature Positive, how do you help businesses become more sustainable?

    Being part of a team with a unique combination of specialisms, I will work with business leaders to help solve their greatest challenges. Every project is bespoke and tailored to business, investment or portfolio needs. We carry out baseline assessments that help identify risks and opportunities and develop strategies to make businesses nature positive.

    What do you do outside of work?

    I have many interests outside of work, including swimming and gardening, a school governor role in Wiltshire and working on my own agro-forestry venture to create a commercial orchard. I most enjoy spending time with my family.

    What country is top of your travel bucket list?

    Australia and New Zealand

    What is your favourite animal?

    There are so many in the top place but horse, elephant and water vole all spring to mind.

    Do you have any pets?

    Yes, our black Labrador called Hebe and a cat called Lavender.

    As we grow our team, Nature Positive is always on the lookout for people with interest and experience in business and sustainability. If this sounds like you, please get in touch.

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