PROFESSOR KATHY WILLIS

Director

Katherine Jane Willis CBE is a Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford. Until recently she was the Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She is also a member of the UK Government’s Natural Capital Committee. She has over 30 years of research experience focusing on modelling and remotely determining important landscapes for biodiversity and ecosystem services across the world. Most recently she has been leading a team in Oxford to develop new and emerging technologies to assist land managers in decision-making to ensure the best outcomes for business and biodiversity. Over the past 10 years, Kathy has also been closely involved in the scrutiny of International, UK and local government policies associated with biodiversity, wildlife trade, and nature/climate change. Most recently she has been involved in providing detailed analysis and scrutiny of the scientific evidence-base underpinning the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, the Biodiversity Net Gain Bill, ELMs scheme and the Environment Bill (in its second reading) and the Natural Capital Committee’s advice on Using nature-based interventions to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. She guides the company’s scientific research and analysis on Natural Capital and nature-based interventions and enhancements. 

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