Jonathan Shopley - Managing Director, External Affairs

Jonathan joined Natural Capital Partners in 2001 as Chief Executive Officer, and led the company’s evolution and expansion across Europe before assuming his current role as Managing Director in 2007.

With 25 years’ experience in identifying and mitigating environmental impacts from industry, Jonathan has played a leading role in setting standards for the offset industry. He was one of the founders of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) and the UK’s first All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change (APPCCG).  

Prior to joining Natural Capital Partners, Jonathan was a Managing Director of the Global Environment and Risk Consulting business of the management and technology consulting company Arthur D. Little. During his 10 years there, Jonathan advised corporates and government agencies on the mitigation of environmental impacts and co-founded the company’s sustainable development and corporate responsibility practice.

Jonathan began his career as an engineer with Steffen, Robertson & Kirsten, where he reviewed the environmental and social impact of some of the world’s largest mining projects, and the development of pollution mitigation programmes. After settling in the UK, he joined John Elkington Associates (now SustainAbility Ltd) and worked with leading research organisations and businesses taking early action on sustainable development issues.

Jonathan has a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and an MBA from the London Business School.