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ERHC SIG Elections 2017 Candidate Information

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ConvenorNick Coppin MCIEEM

I am an ecologist and landscape scientist, having been involved with restoration, reclamation, habitat creation and bioengineering for many years.  I am a founder member of the ERHC SIG and have prepared, with others, the proposed scope, remit and Terms of Reference for the SIG.


Committee MemberJohn 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 MemberJames 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 MemberDavid 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.


Committee MemberJo 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.


Committee MemberAlan 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 MemberGemma 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.



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