UKELA Annual Garner Lecture 2020

We are delighted to welcome Judy Ling Wong CBE as our distinguished speaker for the Annual Garner lecture 2020.

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Join us online for one of the main highlights of the UKELA year. 

The theme of her lecture will be on what environmental lawyers (and UKELA) can do to address and promote inclusion and diversity in environmental law. She will provide insights or parallels with addressing and promoting inclusion and diversity in the wider environmental movement, linking into aspects of environmental justice, environmental policy and climate change. You can read more about this in the article Judy wrote for elaw, UKELA's members' journal.

Read more about Judy's work on her website and that of the Black Environment Network.

Judy will be introduced by Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, UKELA Patron. 



Judy Ling Wong, painter, poet and environmentalist is best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment Network  (BEN). For 27 years she was the UK Director of BEN, with an international reputation as the pioneer and creator of the field of multi-cultural participation in the built and natural environment. Judy is a major voice on policy towards social inclusion, contributing through key national committees and campaigns. She was awarded an OBE for pioneering multicultural environmental participation in 2000, and a CBE for services to heritage in 2007. Her recent contributions include DEFRA Civil Society Partnership Network – Vice Chair, National Park City Foundation – Founding Trustee, The UK Urban Ecology Forum – Vice Chair and representative at the UN Habitat Global Stakeholders Forum, Sowing the Seeds Network – Chair, IUCN/WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group, UK Urban Ecology Forum, Vice-Chair, Countryside and Community Research Institute –Advisory Board, Aluna – Cultural Strategy Development Group, Tree Charter Board – Member, Population Matters – Advisory Group member.


Maria Adebowale-Schwarte joined the Foundation for Future London as CEO in 2019. Maria is a placemaking and grants strategist with over 25 years cross-sector experience in heritage, human rights improving urban places and green spaces. She is passionate about genuine community-inclusive and cross-sector development and co-designed public/private space consultation.

She started her career in human rights, social and environmental justice, working in non-governmental organisations. She joined the Foundation from Living Space Project, the urban placemaking think tank consultancy that she founded. Maria also sits on several governance boards of organisations and advisory groups, which hold a strong place-led, sustainable development, culture, and heritage focus including Heritage National Lottery Fund, Environment Agency and Mayor of London’s, Sustainable Development Commission. She’s a Patron of UKELA. She has a degree in Organisation Studies and Business Law, a Masters in Public International Law, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Architecture, Sustainability and Design, and received the Place and Environment Clore Social Fellowship. Her book The Place Making Future explores  the role of philanthropy and place in unlocking siloed approaches to environmental funding.


Kindly sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


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