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Woodland carbon and environmental specialist Dr Eleanor Harris joins Galbraith to lead Natural Capital team

Galbraith, the independent property consultancy, has appointed Eleanor Harris to the new role of Natural Capital and Carbon Leader. A widely recognised expert in the land use aspects of forestry, carbon and environmental land management Dr Harris will advance the firm’s Natural Capital activities across Scotland and the North of England. 

A number of new and exciting diversification opportunities are emerging from the UK’s commitment to achieving a net-zero economy, the end of the EU subsidy era and growing public concern over climate change and the environment. A sustainable long-term strategy is key to addressing these challenges and unlocking associated opportunities.

All stakeholders including landowners, developers, farmers and utilities and planning authorities have major roles in protecting and restoring natural assets, not only to deliver the economic and social benefits of clean growth, but also to encourage biodiversity. 

Dr Harris will be central to advancing Galbraith’s mission to realise value in all land uses, assessing and measuring natural assets and their contribution to ecosystem services, furthering opportunities in biodiversity net gain, and ensuring stakeholders are rewarded for their investment and contribution to sustainable land management.

“The UK’s net-zero commitment underpins the growing importance of assets such as geology, soil, air, water, food, timber and all forms of wildlife in fighting climate change and safeguarding the environment,” said Eleanor Harris. “I am glad to be joining a team that’s long put concern for the environment into practice and is committed to making the most of new opportunities.”

Eleanor Harris, who starts on 19 April, was until recently chief Policy Researcher for the Confederation of Forest Industries (‘Confor’) where she worked with landowners and other stakeholders in environmental land management, developing new revenue streams in traditional land-use patterns. Previously, she worked in Parliamentary advocacy for the Scottish Environment LINK Species Champions Initiative. A Cambridge MPhil with her PhD from the University of Stirling, Dr Harris is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and an Affiliate researcher at the University of Glasgow. 

“Eleanor is a welcome addition to our expert team,” said Athole McKillop, Partner and Head of Forestry at Galbraith, who as past chairman of Confor worked with Dr Harris. “She will help guide our clients in the protection and enhancement of natural assets in land management, planning and development, forestry, renewable energy, GIS and mapping.

“We are fully committed to supporting stakeholders in ensuring the countryside remains a key contributor to the economy, both locally and more widely.”