Alan Law is Natural England’s Chief Officer for Strategy & Reform . Alan has worked in practical conservation for 25 years. He provided operational leadership across South East England for many years, with highlights including the designation of the South Downs National Park as well as Thames Basin Heaths, a strategic planning solution, spanning 13 Local Planning Authorities, in response to the conflict in the Thames Valley between high volume house building and EU sites. Following a move to a strategic role, Alan’s more recent key achievements include the development of ‘Conservation 21’, an ambitious new strategy for the organisation, and the fundamental reform of licensing systems for protected species, starting with Great Crested Newts (GCN) and a pilot he initiated in 2016 with Woking Borough Council. He has used his good relations with other Government departments, in particular MHCLG, to secure £7m of funding as part of Government’s housing plan for the national roll out of the pilot, ensuring that our conservation efforts benefit newt populations, as well as resulting in savings to housing, commercial and transport developers of £202m and contributing £108m to Government’s business impact target (ratified by the Regulatory Policy Committee). He has since turned his attention to embedding an ‘environmental net gain’ principle for development, including housing and infrastructure, and expanding these net gain approaches used for biodiversity to include wider natural capital benefits.