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Ecological Restoration and Habitat Creation Committee Profiles

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Convenor Nick Coppin
Vice Convenor Penny Anderson
Treasurer Jo Pickard
Secretary Gemma Wren
Committee members John Box, Will Brown, Mike Gibbs, James Hicks, Joanne Makin, Jon MitchleyDavid Parker, Phil Putwain, Katie Rowberry, Alan Scott, Jenny Singh, Dan Thomas


Nick Coppin

Nick Coppin MCIEEM

Nick is an ecologist and landscape and environmental scientist with 40 years broadly based international experience.  He has worked extensively on ecological restoration, reclamation, impact assessment and environmental management in the mining, waste, civil engineering and industrial sectors.  He also has a special interest in Bioengineering – the use of live vegetation in an engineering function.

Nick began his career working on reclamation for the china clay industry in Cornwall, then had the opportunity to work with Tony Bradshaw at Liverpool University on reclamation of mines and quarries.  From there he went into environmental consulting and in 1987 joined Wardell Armstrong.  In 2004 he became Managing Director of Wardell Armstrong International Ltd, the Cornwall based international mining consultancy group within Wardell Armstrong, until his retirement from WA in 2013.  Nick is now a freelance consultant, specialising in ecological restoration and environmental growth. 


Vice Convenor
Penny Anderson CEcol FCIEEM(rtd)





Jo PickardTreasurer
Jo Pickard CEnv MCIEEM

I have over fifteen years work experience in a variety of sectors including statutory nature conservation, commercial ecological consultancy and also for developers. Over this time I have been involved in agricultural land management for biodiversity gain, management of SSSIs and my current role includes the design and assessment of large scale coastal habitat creation and terrestrial habitat enhancement projects. I am also involved in establishing the long term adaptive monitoring scheme for a major infrastructure project. I hope that I will be able to build on my experience and learn more about this increasingly important sector of ecology.


Gemma WrenSecretary
Gemma Wren MCIEEM

I am currently the Countryside Manager for the National Trust in the Morecambe Bay area and have over 15 years’ experience of working on habitat restoration/creation projects in a variety of ecosystems including uplands, grassland, woodland and coast. I strongly believe we need better connections between academic institutes, ecological consultants and environmental practitioners to really make an impact on creating a bigger, better, more joined up natural environment in the UK. I sit on a number of local landscape partnership groups and am linked into the NT’s national initiatives in this area. I would love to be part of this Special Interest Group and help CIEEM move forward with information sharing and collaboration in this area.


John BoxCommittee Member
John Box CEcol CEnv FCIEEM(rtd)

John Box has been involved in habitat creation, habitat restoration and habitat translocation over a long time through his jobs in both the public and private sectors together with voluntary work for local organisations. He was a member of steering groups for the RSPB Habitat Creation Handbook for the Minerals Industry (RSPB 2003) and for the Highways Agency project on habitat translocation (Habitat translocation - a best practice guide, P Anderson & P Groutage, CIRIA C600, CIRIA/Highways Agency, 2003). He has published technical papers and given presentations at technical workshops and conferences.

Committee Member
Will Brown CEnv MCIEEM




Committee Member
Mike Gibbs CEcol MCIEEM





James HicksCommittee Member
James Hicks Grad CIEEM

James is an ecologist at Atkins with a passion for ecological restoration and habitat creation. A large part of his job includes designing ecological mitigation (particularly habitats) e.g. ancient woodland translocations for HS2 and grassland re-creation for East West Rail Phase 2. James has worked with hydrogeologists to develop a methodology to determine when hydrological monitoring is required for habitat translocation projects. James’ two main interests are i) grassland ecology (including having a good knowledge of soil science) and ii) the importance habitat knowledge plays in developing and achieving pragmatic and successful biodiversity offsetting goals.


Committee Member
Joanne Makin ACIEEM





Committee Member
Jon Mitchley MCIEEM





David ParkerCommittee Member
David Parker CEcol CEnv FCIEEM

I have been advising on habitat restoration and habitat creation for almost 40 years working in the private, public and now the voluntary sector.  I believe that habitat and ecosystem restoration are essential to rebuilding our damaged natural world.  I bring to the committee knowledge of many kinds of projects, many successful but others less so, and I am able to connect past experience with current activity, thereby leading to more successful outcomes.


Philip PutwainCommittee Member
Philip Putwain MCIEEM

Dr Philip Putwain is a retired academic (Liverpool University) and currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Environmental Sciences. He is based at Liverpool University’s Ness Botanic Gardens. He is also a Director of Ecological Restoration Consultants Limited and is responsible for the day to day running of this company. He trained originally as an agricultural botanist but developed his research, teaching and ecological consultancy to focus on ecological restoration and the creation of green infrastructure. Working in association with Professor Tony Bradshaw stimulated his interest in enhancing and rebuilding biodiversity in post-industrial, urban and damaged ecosystems.  Consequently a major focus of Phil’s work was to develop links between academic research and practical implementation of habitat creation and restoration.  An important aspect has been long-term monitoring of restored sites.

This approach includes green places that sustain the well-being of local populations and enhance biological diversity, particularly in urban and post-industrial environments. Currently he is developing a special interest in provision of plant communities that support insect pollinators such as wild bees.

Phil is a member of CIEEM, the Society of Ecological Restoration, and the Association of Applied Biologists. He also acts as an external degree examiner for ‘environmental sector’ degree programmes and for MPhil and PhD thesis submissions. Phil is a Trustee and Director of the Cass Foundation Ltd, a charity that supports the creation of green places and involvement in the health and wellbeing of local communities in Merseyside.

Committee Member
Katie Rowberry Grad CIEEM





Alan ScottCommittee Member
Alan Scott CEnv MCIEEM

I have over 30 years’ work experience in nature conservation for statutory bodies, local authorities and voluntary sector and for the last 21 years I have had my own company.  I am a full member of CIEEM and a Charted Environmentalist.  I specialize in management plans for nature reserves/wildlife sites and practical nature conservation management, particularly in urban areas.  My company currently carries out maintenance and management on sites throughout London for a wide variety of clients.

I would bring a practical, hands-on approach to the committee which would complement the skills of the other members.


Committee Member
Jenny Singh CEnv MCIEEM





Dan ThomasCommittee Member
Dan Thomas ACIEEM

Dan is the Managing Director for RSK Habitat Management, a specialist contracting business focusing on habitat creation and restoration. Dan has a track record of delivering pragmatic and innovative ecological solutions to clients on major schemes, from a variety of industry sectors including; Major infrastructure (Highways & Rail), Utilities, Renewables, Marine & Coast, Flood Defence, Residential & Commercial. He has worked on some of the UK's largest habitat creation projects including; Wallasea Island, Steart Managed Realignment and HS2. Dan's main interests lie in the practical delivery of habitat creation schemes - particularly complex multi-disciplinary projects for major infrastructure projects.





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