Meet the Action 2030 Working Group

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.

Mark Latham ACIEEM 

Mark is an ecologist with 12 years’ experience working for academic institutions, consultancies, SNCO’s and Local Authorities. He is passionate about urban ecology and exploring ways to maximise the benefits that everyday contact with urban nature can bring to our health and wellbeing. In July 2019, Telford & Wrekin Council declared a Climate Emergency. Mark feeds into the Councils Climate Change Working Group, advising group members and identifying opportunities for adaptation, mitigation and offsetting actions, advocating how nature based solutions present some of the best opportunities to tackle both the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis.

Ria Monckton

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 Grad CIEEM

Amber is CIEEM’s Policy and Communications Officer and is leading our work on the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. She has a BSc in Conservation Biology and is currently studying for an MSc in Applied Ecology. Amber led the recent update of our Environment Policy and, with help from our excellent volunteers, recently published our declaration of a 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.

Sali Palmer MCIEEM

Sali’s role at Monmouthshire County Council is to write Green Infrastructure management plans for council owned sites, to provide guidance on how the sites will be managed to maximise habitat provision and connectivity, green space provision, flood attenuation, carbon absorption and resilience to climate change. She would like to be pro-actively involved in providing practical solutions and advice on a wider scale both within the profession and working co-operatively with other organisations.

Melody Stokes

Melody was previously a mechanical engineer but retrained as an ecologist in 2016. She has also ran her own sustainable energy consultancy and has been involved in a number of sustainable energy/climate change initiatives. Melody believes that climate change is the most pressing issue facing us today. Having spent much of the past 20 years working and campaigning to reduce CO2 emissions, she previously cut her domestic carbon footprint by 75% and now has an off-grid home.  Despite initial skepticism, rewilding has also become something of a passion.

Jenni Reid CEnv MCIEEM

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 with implementation of this new set of design standards, helping to create developments that really deliver for both people and nature.


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.

Rachael Maddison Grad CIEEM

Rachael is a consultant ecologist who is passionate about nature and is looking to help tackle the bigger issues. She has been closely following developments in environmental policy and ensuring colleagues are up-to-date on biodiversity net gain developments. She actively encourages the enhancement of biodiversity on proposed development sites and has taken an interest in educating farmers on the incorporation of agroforestry management practices on their farms. Rachael also focuses on sustainability with her organisation, sharing tips for a more sustainable Christmas and is involved in presentations on environmental issues.

Jean Hamilton MCIEEM

Jean is a professional ecologist and full CIEEM member with over 12 years’ experience in the Republic of Ireland and in the UK. Over the past year she has moved back to Ireland and has joined a multidisciplinary team specialising in flood management and other climate change adaptation measures. She strives to ensure the best possible outcomes for biodiversity in flood relief schemes, incorporating the use of natural flood management measures where possible. In her spare time, she is volunteering with a community group in her home village to develop a Biodiversity Action Plan.


Michael Oxford CEcol FCIEEM