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Lizzie Rendell, SKANSKA …


has been nominated by colleagues Conor McCone and Richard Hirst for her work at corporate level with
multiple project applications.

Lizzie’s nominators tell us why she was nominated:

Lizzie established the Skanska Biodiversity Working Group which supports projects and produces tools and

training. Lizzie engaged Skanska’s finance team by presenting natural capital at the UK Finance Conference and

the Global Senior Finance Conference. Lizzie also engaged customers (e.g. Network Rail), industry partners
(e.g. CIRIA, UKBCSD) and competitors.

Internally, Lizzie delivers webinars and training inspiring colleagues to enhance biodiversity. Lizzie presents to the wider industry (e.g. WBCSD) and represented Skanska on a Natural Capital Protocol Application Programme discussion panel facilitated by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership. Lizzie subsequently participated in CISL’s workshop to develop an investment community biodiversity metric and a ‘Leadership Lab’ discussion on biodiversity.

Creating the Skanska Biodiversity Measurement Tool was extremely challenging requiring collaboration across the business and industry. Lizzie’s enthusiasm helped produce a quality, rigorous and reputable tool that inspires colleagues to manage the previously daunting task of measuring net biodiversity with confidence. Her enthusiasm has driven 20+ best practices being entered into the CIRIA BIG award.

Lizzie created a Skanska online ‘Biodiversity Hub’ (displaying training, toolbox talks and guidance) presenting biodiversity in a tangible way for central and site-based employees. The range and depth of material encourages projects to tackle complex biodiversity challenges. Lizzie creatively promotes biodiversity using a style and language that is audience dependent and promotes its uptake by understanding people’s motivations.

Lizzie continuously pursues development to remain informed; recently completing a habitat classification course independently.  She produced various guidance materials on topics including ‘No Net Loss’, pollinators, ponds and grasslands. Lizzie has developed Data Improvement Plans and a Data Quality Matrix for all natural capital data including biodiversity. She also provides fundamental support and advice to projects throughout the business.

How Lizzie has gone the extra mile to enrich and enhance biodiversity …
Lizzie entirely changed Skanska’s approach to biodiversity through championing its importance internally and to customers – consequently positively influencing our whole industry. 


Lizzie initiated this by securing Skanska leadership buy-in and joining the Natural Capital Coalition to undertake a pilot scheme. Lizzie identified Skanska’s need for a consistent methodology when measuring biodiversity inspiring her to establish the working group. Lizzie’s since launched the ‘Biodiversity Hub’, produced the Skanska Biodiversity Tool with guidance, collated biodiversity best practices, developed training materials and celebrated success through BIG award entries.  She’s engaged external parties (e.g. Balfours, WSP) to agree a common industry methodology, collaborated on the Natural Capital Planning Tool and facilitated workshops to share her learning (e.g. Water Sector, Facilities Management).