Abigail Barker is the COO of Natural Capital Research with responsibility for establishing and growing the company. Prior to this, Abigail spent over 10 years at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where she was the Head of Science responsible for Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis. At Kew, Abigail oversaw a team tasked with applying modern IT and spatiotemporal techniques to maximise the potential of Kew’s collections. Abigail, together with Prof. Kathy Willis, led the delivery of the ground breaking "State of the Worlds Plants" reports and was responsible for delivering the Plants of the World Online portal. Abigail has a PhD in spatial and statistical modelling of heathland ecosystems and has over 20 years hands-on experience of big data, socio-demographic and spatial analysis and modelling.