Dr Bevis Watts
Chief Executive of Triodos Bank UK
Dubbed by some media as ‘the first environmentalist to run a UK bank’, Bevis has led Triodos Bank UK since April 2016, having previously been head of business banking for almost five years (2008-12). He has spent over 20 years working in sustainability in public, private and voluntary sectors, including ten years in the recycling industry, where he created WRAP’s Financial Mechanisms Programme which leveraged tens of millions of private sector investment into recycling in the early 2000s. During his time leading Triodos Bank UK, the bank has delivered strong growth, launched a personal current account and a crowdfunding platform, as well as transitioned to a new legal identity as a subsidiary in preparation for Brexit. Triodos Bank UK Ltd was established in May 2019. The bank also has an active ‘change finance’ agenda and has founded numerous UK and international initiatives aimed at promoting greater environmental and social accountability within the finance sector.
Bevis has always worked for values-led organisations and was previously chief executive of Avon Wildlife Trust. He has held numerous Directorships and Trusteeships and was a Board member of Bristol 2015, the delivery company for Bristol European Green Capital 2015, inaugural Chair of the West of England Nature Partnership, and elected to represent Local Nature Partnerships at a national level on the ESI Funds National Growth Board (2013-2015). Advisory roles have included the steering committees for the Banking Futures project and the UK government’s taskforce on Impact Investing, the forerunner to the Impact Investing Institute.
He has a first-class business degree, a PhD in Management Science, is a Chartered Environmentalist (MCIWM, CEnv) and a Fellow of the RSA. He has been the author of papers published in academic journals, conference proceedings, as well as opinion pieces published in national and international press including the Huffington Post and Reuters Foundation.
Bevis will be participating on the Green Finance panel session.