MEET THE TEAM
MA (Oxon) MSc CEcol CEnv MCIEEM FRGS
Alexia has been working in the ecology sector for over 20 years. She holds an MA in Biological Sciences from Trinity College, University of Oxford and an MSc, specialising in Ecological Management from Imperial College, London.
Alexia is a full member of the Charted Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (MCIEEM), a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).
Alexia holds Natural England licences for bats, dormice, barn owls and great crested newts, and is a registered consultant (RC) under the Natural England low impact bat licence scheme. She is also a registered assessor of ‘Building with Nature’.
Alexia has wide ranging experience both in the UK and overseas, ranging from community forestry projects in Papua New Guinea to new town and solar developments in the UK. Alexia oversees major projects undertaken by The Ecology Partnership, including works on SPA and SAC issues, Habitats Regulations Assessments, EcIAs, and public inquiries and expert witness roles. Alexia has considerable practice in stakeholder consultation, community liaisons and negotiation experience.
BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM
Chris has a wide range of experience within the ecology sector. He has been a member of the team since 2012, previously working for a large independent ecology consultancy and a local planning authority.
Chris graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science in 2006, and later gained an MSc in Freshwater and Coastal Science which was undertaken at QMUL and UCL, University of London. Chris is a full member of Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (MCIEEM).
Chris oversees a varied portfolio of projects throughout the country, informing project design, undertaking stakeholder liaison as well as producing technical reports including PEAs, EcIA, EIAs and HRAs to support planning applications. He has a broad knowledge of protected species survey, holding Natural England survey licences for great crested newts, bats and rare reptiles (sand lizard and smooth snake). Chris has successfully obtained numerous Natural England mitigation licences for badgers, bats, dormice and great crested newts and is adept at providing effective mitigation for a range of UK protected species. Chris also has a wealth of experience producing ecological design strategies, enhancement plans, management plans and biodiversity net gain solutions.
BSc (Hons) CEnv MCIEEM
Vicky joined The Ecology Partnership in 2012 and has more than 20 year’s post graduate ecological experience. Prior to working at The Ecology Partnership, she was a Senior Ecologist for a multidisciplinary consultancy in West Sussex. In addition to this, she has previously worked as a Research Scientist for the Institute of Arable Crops Research (IACR) at the University of Bristol, a Conservation Assistant for the Avon Wildlife Trust and an Environmental Records Officer for the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC), as well as having previously been on the committee of the Sussex Dragonfly Group and Badger Trust – Sussex. Vicky now heads up The Ecology Partnership’s Eastbourne office.
She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Ecology and is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (MCIEEM). In addition to this, she holds a Natural England licence for surveying great crested newts and barn owls.
Vicky has worked on a range of small and large-scale projects across the UK, including the 2012 London Olympics, extensive gas pipeline routes in Scotland and Norfolk and numerous highways, railway and residential development projects. Her key responsibilities are carrying out Preliminary Ecological Assessments, Preliminary Roost Assessments, and surveys for protected species; completing ecological assessment reports, such as EcIAs, EIAs, HRAs, BNG Assessments and BREEAMs; managing ecological projects and advising on protected species mitigation, habitat creation, enhancement and management. Vicky has also prepared Natural England EPS development licences with regard to bats, great crested newts and dormice.
Matt joined The Ecology Partnership as a senior ecologist in September 2019 having worked in the ecology sector since 2012 for a number of large ecological consultancies. Matt has conducted a wide range of protected species and habitat surveys on a variety of different projects across the UK. Project work has included residential, industrial, large-scale infrastructure and highway development schemes in both the private and public sector. His role primarily involves managing both large and small projects, producing preliminary ecological appraisals, ecological impact assessments and BREEAM assessments as well as designing ecological mitigation, management and enhancement plans and imputing into design meetings. Matt holds a Natural England licence for surveying great crested newts, and, a level 4 FISC for plant identification.
Matt graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Hons) in Conservation Biology and Ecology in 2011. Since then he volunteered and eventually worked for London Borough of Sutton, within their biodiversity department. After two seasons as a field surveyor Matt gained a permanent position at a large consultancy in 2014. Here he flourished, gaining a wealth of experience, before being made a senior ecologist in 2018. Matt’s passion is botany and he is competent in carrying out NVC and other habitat assessment work. Most notably he has been involved in surveys and assessments of local wildlife sites and sites of nature conservation status, in order to review their status.
BSc (Hons) QCIEEM
Eddie joined The Ecology Partnership as a senior ecologist in June 2021 having worked in the ecology sector since 2012. Eddie has conducted a wide range of protected species and habitat surveys on a variety of different projects across the UK. Projects have included a range of large to small scale residential, industrial and commercial developments. His role involves producing preliminary ecological appraisals, ecological impact assessments, biodiversity metrics and BREEAM assessments as well as designing ecological mitigation, management and enhancement plans. Eddie has also prepared Natural England development licences for bats, badgers and great crested newts and holds Natural England licences for surveying great crested newts and bats.
Eddie graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Consultancy in 2012. He then went to work for several consultancies as a field surveyor gaining a permanent position at a consultancy in 2013 where he gained a range of knowledge and understanding working on multiple different projects. Eddie enjoys all aspects of ecology and challenging sites which have a variety of different constraints and enhancement opportunities. Eddie also enjoys occasional tree climbing to search for bat roosts.
BSc (Hons) ACIEEM
Alice joined The Ecology Partnership in March 2019 with a background in water quality consultancy, after completing a years’ Biodiversity (Ecology) Traineeship with Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. Through this scheme Alice gained widespread experience including breeding bird surveys, plant identification, water vole survey with the Water Vole Recovery Project, butterfly surveys, reptiles surveys, dormouse surveys and handling as well as bat activity surveys. Since joining The Ecology Partnership Alice has undertaken a wide range of protected species and botanical surveys on both large scale and small scale projects. Alice currently holds a Level 1 Natural England licence for Great Crested Newts and is a Natural England licence for Hazel Dormice.
Alice graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BSc (Hons) in Geography. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on ecological assessment of two lowland heathland sites in Hampshire and the impact of their grazing regimes on floral diversity and overall condition classification. In her free time whilst at university, Alice enjoyed conducting butterfly transect surveys in Runnymede with the local volunteer for the UKBMS, and has continued to do so each year since.
BSc (Hons) PGDip QCIEEM
Kieran joined The Ecology Partnership in July 2019 after a year of gaining experience working for a couple of ecology consultancies whilst completing his education. During this time Kieran conducted protected species surveys throughout the UK including surveys for bats, nesting birds, reptiles, water voles and dormice. Since joining The Ecology Partnership Kieran has built on this base of knowledge and now undertakes preliminary ecological appraisals (PEAs) as well as survey work and report writing for a wide range of protected species. Kieran is currently aiming to gain a Natural England survey licence for Great Crested Newts and Dormice.
Kieran graduated from University of Greenwich in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Geography, before undertaking a PGDIP (CIEEM Accredited) in Environmental Conservation in 2019, also at the University of Greenwich. For his thesis Kieran undertook a review of natural capital valuation schemes used around the globe using the results to create an improved method for valuing the existing woodland within Kent.
BSc (Hons) QCIEEM
Cameron joined The Ecology Partnership as an assistant ecologist in January 2021 after previously working as a field surveyor for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust over the summer of 2020. During this time Cameron contributed towards various projects focusing on woodland management and habitat connectivity giving him experience in surveying bats, butterflies, bumblebees and invasive plant species. Since joining the company Cameron has been building on his base ecological knowledge and gaining experience in a wider range of protected species surveys, preliminary ecological appraisals and report writing.
Cameron graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Hons) in Biology in 2020 and gained fieldwork experience in the UK and Spain. As part of his dissertation Cameron conducted and evaluated the first Priority Habitat Condition Assessment on Lowland Heath in collaboration with the National Trust in the New Forest, Hampshire. The results of which have assisted the National Trust in their future heathland management.
BSc (Hons) QCIEEM
Digby joined The Ecology Partnership in June 2021 after a year as an Arboricultural consultant. Having contributed to a wide range of projects, from large scale hospitals to small residential developments, this provided him with an excellent foundation of survey skills, tree identification and report writing. Since joining the company, Digby has been building on this base ecological knowledge and is continuing to build on his experience of a wide range of protected species surveys and preliminary ecological appraisals. He is currently aiming to gain Natural England survey licences for Great Crested Newts and Dormice.
Digby graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BSc (Hons) in Biology in 2019 and has international fieldwork experience in Mexico and Spain, surveying multiple habitats and protected species, such as mangrove forests, coral reefs, nightjars and bats. His undergraduate dissertation focussed on the negative effects urban developments are having on breeding populations of endangered fruit bats in southern Sri Lanka, as part of an international research project based in Seville.
BSc (Hons) MSc
Adam joined the Ecology Partnership as an Assistant Ecologist in September 2022, having completed his masters and worked as a Seasonal Surveyor for Brooks Ecological in 2022. As part of his previous work and studies, Adam has conducted bat surveys, newt surveys, Phase 1 habitat surveys and has experience in using GIS. As a member of the Ecology Partnership, Adam is now developing his skills by conducting preliminary ecological appraisals, new types of protected species surveys and increasing his industry knowledge. He aims to work towards a protected species license.
Adam graduated from the University of Leeds with a MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity in 2022, after completing his BSc (Hons) in Biology at the University of Sussex in 2020. His masters dissertation focused upon how soil tilling affected flower visiting beetle community diversity and structure in Cyprus vineyards. Additionally, Adam has experience conducting fieldwork in other countries, including Portugal and scuba diving in Egypt.
Benjamin joined the Ecology Partnership as an Assistant Ecologist in September 2022 having recently finished his undergraduate degree. While at the Ecology Partnership he will be growing his ecological knowledge base carrying out preliminary ecological appraisals (PEAs), bat and reptile surveys and writing reports.
Benjamin graduated from Durham University with a BSc (Hons) in Biology in 2022. His dissertation involved researching the potential link between territoriality behaviour and speciation within passerine bird lineages. Benjamin spent a year during his studies working at a conservation trust in Hampshire, helping with research such as carrying out breeding bird surveys, pollinator surveys, insect sample identification and barn owl box checks. He also has international fieldwork experience in Honduras working with reptiles and bats in a neotropical cloud forest and working with sea urchins in a coral reef ecosystem.
BSc (Hons) MSc
Emer joined The Ecology Partnership in September 2022. Emer graduated from the University of Exeter in 2021 with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences with a year abroad, and then moved to the Penryn campus to complete a masters degree in Conservation and Biodiversity. Since joining the company, Emer has been building upon her knowledge within the ecological field by gaining experience in a range of protected species surveys for bats and dormice, as well as preliminary ecological appraisals and report writing.
Through her degree programmes, she was able to gain fieldwork experience in Wales, Kenya and the United States. Her masters dissertation analysed the spatial and temporal trends of hedgehogs admitted to a rescue centre in Cornwall. Alongside her masters degree, she volunteered for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and ZSL to help with the badger vaccination project in Cornwall. Through this, she was able to gain experience in surveying for badger field signs as well as helping to vaccinate badgers against bovine TB.
Dom joined the Ecology Partnership in October 2022 after completing a 7-month assistant ecologist position with Thomson Environmental Consultants working on large infrastructure projects throughout the UK. During his time working in ecology, Dom has undertaken a range of protected species surveys for bats, newts, nesting birds, badgers, otters and water voles, and has worked as an Ecological Clerk of Work (ECoW) on a variety of sites. He has recently acquired a level 1 great crested newt licence and is a qualifying member of CIEEM.
Dom graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2020 with a BA in music before changing career paths. He later went on to graduate from the University of Exeter with an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity in 2021. During this degree, Dom conducted a research project on ash dieback in Cornish woodlands with the aim of forecasting the decline of ash tree populations. Through this project, he gained experience in woodland survey techniques, project management and tree identification. Dom has also volunteered with several nature-based charities such the Warwickshire Wildlife trust, Penwith Landscape Partnership and Solihull Conservation Volunteers.
Alistair joined the Ecology Partnership as an assistant ecologist in October 2022. While at the Ecology Partnership, he will be expanding his knowledge of ecological appraisals, report writing and species surveys.
Alistair graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2021, completing his BSC (Hons) Environmental Science course. From this course, Alistair was taught the large-scale environmental issues that we are facing as a society. His dissertation involved researching the differences in microplastic concentrations between the North Atlantic Ocean, and the South China Sea, furthermore, also researching the affects of microplastic ingestion on marine organisms.
Sue has many years’ experience in a variety of capacities and a number of different organisations, spending 20 years working for Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavelin Group, which is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancy. More recently, she undertook several temporary assignments, helping local companies with secretarial, clerical, reception and administrative duties, including processing funding requests and maintaining complex databases.
Sue has been a Samaritans Listening Volunteer for many years and, as such, believes this helps her communicate at all levels and work co-operatively with others. As well as being humble enough to continually question her knowledge and skills and having a desire to help improve systems through a process of common sense and experience, she is keen to assist this fast-growing and successful partnership with its administration, invoicing and credit control and anything else that occurs. Sue is a grandmother to two and is sure this keeps her fit and ‘up to the minute’.
Polly joined the Ecology partnership in 2019 having worked in various administrative roles over the past 20 years.
After graduating from The London College of Fashion with a BA (Hons) in Product Development for the Fashion Industries, Polly went onto work within both wholesale sales, design and manufacturing. During her career Polly worked in the fashion industry for both cashmere and sunglasses manufacturers, working on collaborations for major retail Fashion brands as well as top end department stores and boutiques. She also spent several years working within the head office for The Arcadia Group within their concessions department.
Following a few years off to raise her twins, Polly re-joined the workforce on a more part-time basis working as a Receptionist for a Chiropractor and then an Office Administrator for an electrical contractor and contract work for The Berkley Group, Shanley Homes and Wates. She is looking forward to helping the business streamline their workflow systems and assisting with the day-to-day administrative tasks to ensure the continued success and growth of The Ecology Partnership. Polly enjoys being outdoors, cycling the roads or Surrey and walks with her Golden Retriever dog.