Stewardship Council

The Stewardship Council consists of the founding partners and major funders of TNFD. The Council meets three times per year. During these meetings, the Co-Chairs and Executive Director of the TNFD Secretariat inform the Council of the TNFD’s progress on delivering the vision and mission of the TNFD.

The Council will ensure that appropriate financial accountability to funding partners is in line with funding agreement reporting requirements, and advice and support the TNFD Co-Chairs and Executive Director with outreach and engagement of additional potential funding partners.

Vice Chair

Andrew Mitchell

Global Canopy

Founder and Senior Advisor

Council members

Agence Française de Développement

Matthew Savile

Research Officer

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Jess Ayers

Director, Climate Change

Global Canopy

Niki Mardas

Executive Director

Government of Australia, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Arianna Cowling

Director, Financing Solutions for Nature

Government of the Netherlands, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Caroline van Leenders

Senior Process Manager, Sustainable Transitions

Government of Switzerland, Federal Office for the Environment and the State Secretariat for International Finance

Lucretia Landmann

Senior Policy Adviser, Environmental Finance, Federal Office for the Environment

Government of the UK, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Neha Dutt

Policy Lead – Greening Finance

Macdoch Foundation

Michelle Gortan

Chief Executive Officer

The Global Environment Facility

Avril Benchimol

Senior Finance Specialist

The Green Finance Institute

Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

United Nations Development Programme

Midori Paxton

Head, Ecosystems & Biodiversity

United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative

Liesel van Ast

Membership & Regional Co-Ordination Manager


Margaret Kuhlow

Global Finance Practice Leader