John Box CEcol CEnv FCIEEM(rtd.) (Chair)
CIEEM challenged John at the start of 2019 to write about the climate emergency in a blog piece that was launched in September. The research and the writing of the blog were just what he needed to get going. John used the words from the blog to get local organisations in Shropshire to set 2030 dates for zero carbon including his local parish council, Telford & Wrekin, the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust. He is now in contact with the BES, the Linnean Society and the UK Urban Ecology Forum to influence their actions.
Ria is a qualifying member of CIEEM and Chartered Environmentalist. She has a background in ecology and acoustics but is now an environmental coordinator for Environmental Impact Assessment. She has participated and led Local Environmental Practice Plans for her office which significantly reduced the amount of paper use, waste and electricity usage. She also successfully lobbied for increasing biodiversity in the office grounds and the use of sustainable food sources.
Amber Connett ACIEEM
Amber is CIEEM’s Policy Officer and is leading our work on the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. Amber will also be working with our Strategic Policy Panel to tackle these joint crises by influencing decision-makers and providing evidence for the use of nature-based solutions. She has an MSc in Applied Ecology.
Penny Anderson CEcol FCIEEM(rtd.)
Penny is a CIEEM Fellow who, in 2015, was awarded the CIEEM Medal for her outstanding, lifelong contribution to promoting high standards of ecological consultancy and habitat management. Recently, she has defended a peatland restoration strategy at Public Inquiry in Northern Ireland to restore over 750ha of blanket bog that has been heavily drained, overgrazed and planted with conifers. She has also promoted carbon sequestration in flower-rich grasslands at the recent ERHC Special Interest Group conference. She has mapped appropriate areas for tree planting in parts of the Dark Peak moorlands for the National Trust as part of her voluntary effort.
Morgan Taylor CEnv MCIEEM
Morgan is a director at Greengage where he leads the Ecology team. Morgan has developed and supported delivery of biodiversity/climate resilience related corporate policy for a number of major land owners and developers which contributed to him being awarded the CIEEM Member’s Award in 2018. Morgan’s work aims to bring all stakeholders on board with innovative corporate aspirations that incorporate wider ecosystem services and nature-based solutions. His team recently challenged themselves to determine the carbon footprint of an Environmental Impact Assessment, and he hopes to challenge other ecologists in a similar way.
Tamsin Morris CEcol CEnv MCIEEM
In the last 12 months, Tamsin has worked with Scottish Environment Link and WWF to prepare a report looking at the impacts of climate change on Scottish biodiversity. Raising awareness of the risks to some of Scotland’s most iconic species is something which she hopes will spur our politicians to set and deliver ambitious carbon reduction targets. She hopes it also encourages us all to consider how we as ecologists can implement some of the solutions to the biodiversity crisis, such as increasing habitat connectivity, reducing over-grazing and re-wilding our landscapes.
Laura Thain CEnv MCIEEM
Since March 2018 Laura has lead on communications for the Environment Agency’s National Climate Change and Energy team. She has mainly focused on internal engagement to increase the understanding and awareness of 10,000+ staff on climate change. Laura has created digital content, toolkits and organised discussion sessions to enable staff to talk about the climate emergency, share knowledge and ideas, and build a community who are passionate about working together to address the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. There has never been a more important time to help people to feel informed and empowered to take action and seek solutions.
Jean Hamilton MCIEEM
Jean Hamilton MCIEEM is a professional ecologist with over 12 years’ experience in environmental consultancy and has worked on a wide range of projects in both Ireland and the UK, including infrastructure, flood relief schemes and renewable energy developments. Jean has a particular interest in natural resource management in upland areas, and nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Richard White MCIEEM
Richard is a marine ecological and conservation consultant with NatureBureau. Leading on carbon crisis work within the business, he is keen to progress the development of small-scale carbon offsetting schemes linking small businesses with local projects that can address both climate and biodiversity crises. With over twenty-years’ experience in marine conservation he also seeks to highlight the role that coastal and marine habitats have in mitigating climate change and promoting the protection and restoration of these habitats as a key element of climate strategies.
Sofi is the Technical Officer at the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA), taking the lead for environmental matters and raising awareness in the organisation. Sofi also has a background in sustainable farm management, environmental stewardship, agronomy, farmland ecology and soil science, and has authored a number of publications on these topics. In early 2020, Sofi initiated a project to develop an Environmental Good Governance Guide aimed specifically at IDB Board members to help them to better understand their environmental responsibilities and to recognize and seize the opportunities for enhancing all aspects of the environment as part of their water level management work. Sofi is also Secretary of ADA’s Technical and Environmental Committee and is co-leading work to research and promote carbon emission reduction approaches, and enhance climate resilience amongst ADA members.
Diana Pound CEnv FCIEEM
Diana has a background in protected area management on land and sea and 25 years’ experience of managing, designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder Consensus Building and Stakeholder Dialogue working at local, national, international and global levels, on a range of nature and climate related topics. Since setting up Dialogue Matters she has designed and facilitated over 120 processes and worked in 28 countries. She also carries out participatory research and provides advice to a wide range of organisations including Governments and International Bodies. Her work has won multiple awards and she was personally given the IUCN CEC Award for Excellence in West Europe in 2019 and second/highly commended in the highly prestigious UK Professional Environmentalist of the Year Award.
Daniel Thomas ACIEEM
Daniel is Managing Director of RSK Habitat Management – a specialist Ecological Contracting Business, with a focus on habitat creation and restoration – and has over 10 years experience as an ecological contractor. Daniel possesses a wide range of experience in the physical delivery of habitat creation and restoration projects, particularly those where natural solutions are required. His main interests are in bespoke solutions for the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, based on individual site requirements, and is currently working on how natural solutions can be used and implemented in marine and aquatic environments, to solve the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.
Mark Latham ACIEEM
Mark is a principal biodiversity consultant with practical experience working for academic institutions, ecological consultancies, statutory nature conservation organisations and local government. Mark specialises in habitat interpretation, mapping and condition assessment, an applied knowledge of habitat restoration and creation techniques and experience in preparing long-term habitat management and monitoring plans.
Mark has a long standing interest in renewable energy and the use of green infrastructure and nature based solutions to address both the declines in biodiversity and the impacts of a changing climate. He is also passionate about challenging the physical, cultural and social inequalities that can often limit peoples ability to access the natural environment.
When he’s not working he can be found down on my allotment harvesting rainwater, sunlight and trying to grow the perfect potato. He also volunteers with the Parish Council and Zero Carbon Shropshire seeking positive ways to address climate and biodiversity challenges locally.
James Cook CEnv MCIEEM
James is an Associate Director in the Atkins ecology practice. He has 15 years’ experience as an ecological consultant, spending much of that time working on renewable and nuclear energy projects. Prior to becoming a consultant, James undertook climate change research in northern Sweden for his PhD on the implications of changing snow distribution on tundra plant communities. He is keen to put his experience and long-standing interest in climate change and ecology to use in helping our industry to play its essential role in tackling the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.