Meet the Team
Tamsyn has been working in ecological consultancy for 8 years, having previously also worked for the Wildlife Trusts. During her time in consultancy she has been involved in a wide range of projects including both small and large scale housing developments, commercial redevelopments and renewable energy schemes. She specialises in project management and the production of Ecological Impact Assessment reports to support the planning process and is frequently a first point of contact for clients regarding new projects. She has extensive experience in protected species surveys including for reptiles, bats, great crested newts and badgers, and has compiled a large number of successful Natural England licence applications for works affecting bat roosts, great crested newt breeding ponds and badger setts, as well as agreement and coordination of mitigation works relating to reptile translocations.
Tamsyn is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management and holds a Level 1 Class Licence for great crested newt.
A recent graduate in environmental science, Ella has experience of carrying out protected species surveys of bats, dormice and reptiles, as well as Phase 1 Habitat surveys. She continues to build on her skills of habitat classification, fieldwork and report writing.
She is a qualifying member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management.
Tom has worked as an ecological consultant since 2010, having spent the ten years prior to this working at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey and also Paignton Zoo. His time as an ecologist has principally been spent working on residential developments from small-scale, single unit projects up to large mixed-use developments in both urban and rural environments. He has also spent time working with utility companies on pipeline and infrastructure schemes.
He is experienced in surveying for a range of protected species including bats, great crested newts, otter, water vole, badger and reptiles. He also has experience in carrying out Phase 1 Habitat Surveys and Hedgerow Regulations Assessments. He has prepared a number of European Protected Species Licence applications for bats, dormice and GCN which has included designing mitigation schemes for each of these species. He has also acted as an Ecological Clerk of Works on a number of different projects.
Tom holds a Level 2 Bat Survey Class Licence, a Level 1 Great Crested Newt Survey Class Licence, a Dormouse survey Licence, is registered to use the CL35 Badger Class Licence and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM).
Landscape Architect / Graphics Lead
Flavio is a Licentiate Member of the Landscape Institute with over 5 years’ experience in spatial planning. He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Design which enhances his understanding of planning and environmental issues.
Flavio is experienced in using computer databases, Geographic Information Systems and design software to produce high quality graphics that clearly communicate information and data.
Having previously worked for a landscape consultancy company he has trained to provide graphics for Environmental Impact Assessments, ecological survey and assessment and Landscape and Visual Impact assessment. The latter includes the preparation of Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTVs).
His Graphics include assistance with landscape/ townscape design and preparation of drawings and concepts for multiple phases of planning submissions.
Lead Landscape Architect
Paul Jolliffe CMLI is a chartered landscape architect with over 38 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of Ecological Landscape projects, working both for private and public sectors. His experience ranges from large to small scale developments spanning from residential and mixed use, employment and industrial, retail and commercial, transport, water, drainage, minerals and recreation. With this broad length and depth of experience, he has a deep understanding and extensive skill set across many fields and project types working for a multitude of clients.
Paul believes that working closely and collaboratively with other environmental disciplines as well as with design and construction professionals is the way to achieve solutions providing the maximum benefit for people and nature. The numerous successfully delivered projects throughout the UK demonstrate how he has turned ideas into practice.
Alex has over 8 years’ experience working as an ecological consultant, providing tailored ecological input into a variety of projects for private and public sector clients across the UK ranging from single dwelling renovations to large mixed-use developments and infrastructure schemes.
He has extensive experience in carrying out surveys for a range of protected and notable species including bats, Great Crested Newts, Otter, Water Vole, Badger, reptiles and birds, as well as Phase 1 Habitat Surveys and Hedgerow Regulations Assessments. His role has also involved preparation of mitigation strategies and method statements for protected species, habitat management plans to provide biodiversity enhancement. He is often involved in supervising mitigation works affecting protected species including licensed works involving bats.
Alex holds a Level 2 Bat Survey Class Licence and Level 1 Great Crested Newt Survey Class Licence, and is a Graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM).
Lead Planning & Technical Ecologist
Chrissy Mason MCIEEM is a qualified planning ecologist with over 20 years’ environmental management experience working within the public, private and third sectors. Originally from Tyne & Wear and now based in Devon, previous positions include posts with Hertfordshire County Council, Dartmoor National Park Authority and most recently working as Senior Ecologist at Devon County Council.
Chrissy holds a Masters in Ecological Impact Assessment (Distinction) specialising in bats and Habitats Regulations Assessment with previous experience and a continued interest in community engagement, green infrastructure and protected landscapes. Chrissy also brings with her a life-long passion for projects connecting people to their natural environment to improve physical and mental well-being.
Garth has 17 years’ experience, 10 of which as a chartered Landscape Architect, in both public and private sectors, and therefore comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with the landscape industry. He is a passionate professional with an ecological background and a deep fondness for the natural environment. Garth’s graphic capabilities have evolved alongside the IT revolution, and this is synchronised with versatile design skills and depth of landscape planning, construction and planting knowledge. Garth’s technical abilities are reinforced through his keenness with DIY projects at home, and he also has practical experience in both hard and soft landscape construction, which he continually exercises and therefore possesses an eye for detail. He has considerable experience in quality, environmental and internal management systems and believes that there is always room for improvement.
Garth is well-travelled and through this he enthusiastically absorbs inspiration from the natural and man-made landscapes that he visits. His other interests include sustainability, heritage, cycling, music, film, food and technology, to mention just a few. His most treasured project to date was design and delivery of Chalkhill Estate Community Park near Wembley Stadium, which has since been designated as a Site of Important Nature Conservation (SINC).
Jenni is passionate about designing strategic and project mitigation and enhancements that support green infrastructure and future health and wellbeing and is a champion for interdisciplinary collaboration in her work. She is also an Approved Building with Nature Assessor and can assist you with implementation of this new set of design standards, helping you to create developments that really deliver for both people and nature. With over 18 years experience within the environmental sector, including 7 years within the Highways division Jenni is a mature professional and has developed a professional career rooted within the fields of construction and development. Providing advice on best practice in accordance with current and emerging legislation and experienced in client liaison Jenni specialises in providing pragmatic, project appropriate advice.
Jenni is also an experienced faunal ecologist who specialises in European Protected Species (EPS) and holds survey licences for bat, dormice and great crested newt and has produced and worked on countless EPS licence applications. Jenni also holds a survey licence for barn owl and is a Registered Consultant under the Bat Low Impact Class Licence and the Bats in Churches Class Licence schemes. In addition, she has produced numerous mitigation and enhancement strategies relating to faunal species, including water vole, common species of reptile and great crested newt.
Jenni is a Chartered Environmentalist, a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM), Affiliate member of the Landscape Institute and a member of the CIEEM South West Committee. She has also published articles for the Society for the Environment and CIEEM In Practice and regularly organises events and CPD training for businesses and CIEEM.
Senior Landscape Architect
Gavin is a Chartered Landscape Architect with nineteen years’ experience within the field of Landscape Architecture and previous experience in Agriculture and Project Management within the retail management
sector. He has been involved in a wide range of projects from the assessment/planning stage through to site implementation. Gavin applies a creative design approach to a large number of projects and always seeks to
engage actively with the wider design team within each scheme. Currently he acts as a mentor for candidates on the Landscape Institute Pathway to Chartership and has undertaken the role of examiner for the Pathway to Chartership. He has recently joined Burton Reid and previously, whilst at Nicholas Pearson Associates, he was a member of the senior management team with lead responsibility
for human resources including recruitment. He undertook the role of project manager for a wide range of schemes whilst at Nicholas Pearson Associates and also undertook line management duties.
Laura has been working in the field of ecology for 15 years and in that time has provided ecological advice to a variety of clients including housing developers, infrastructure bodies, energy and utility companies and environmental organisations. She is an experienced project manager with a sound knowledge of planning guidance and wildlife legislation.
Laura regularly carries out surveys for protected species on sites and is a skilled botanist having undertaken vegetation surveys across a wide range of habitats. She has written ecology chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments, has carried out Habitat Regulation Assessments, and regularly gives guidance to clients on mitigation and enhancement measures for biodiversity in support of planning applications.
Laura is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management.
Gavin is a graduate ecologist carrying out ecological surveys for bats, great crested newt, reptiles and dormice. Over the past 3 years he has worked on commercial and domestic housing projects and commercial developments.
He specialises in European Protected Species and holds survey licenses for great crested newt and dormice. Gavin also has experience of Ecological Clerk of Works, particularly in relation to great crested newt and has surveyed this species using e-DNA.
Having previously trained and worked in habitat management, Gavin manages mitigation contracting on our sites and has the necessary skills and experience to carry out works such as reptile fence installation, scrub clearance and vegetation manipulation.
Gavin is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
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