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Convenor Paul Lynas
Vice Convenor Aebhin Cawley
Treasurer Joanne Denyer
Secretary Deborah D'Arcy
Committee members Niamh Burke, Susie Coyle, Roisin Grimes, Sarah Ingham, Susan Iremonger, David Kelleghan, Orla Maguire, Adam McClure, Miles Newman

Paul LynasConvenor
Paul Lynas CEnv MCIEEM

I have been an Ecologist at AECOM (URS/Scott Wilson) in Belfast, for 7 years.  I specialise in ornithology and terrestrial mammal ecology although I have a wide range of ecological experience from across Ireland, both North and South. Prior to my time at AECOM, I was employed by RSPB and completed a PhD on Skylarks at Queen’s University. I have served on CIEEM Irish Section Committee for four years and supported where possible through attendance at meetings and helping at events. I am keen to assist the growth of CIEEM throughout Ireland and develop its profile, membership base and professionalism.


Aebhin CawleyVice Convenor
Aebhín Cawley CEnv MCIEEM

I am Director with Scott Cawley. I hold an honours degree in Zoology from Trinity College, Dublin and a postgraduate diploma in Physical Planning at Trinity.  I am a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) and a Full Member of CIEEM. I have been running my ecological consultancy since 2002.  I am experienced in a wide range of both public and private sector projects and have provided ecological consultancy services for a range of large infrastructure developments in Ireland over the last 15 years.  I have particular specialist expertise in Appropriate Assessment.  I have delivered lectures and training on Appropriate Assessment to a range of organisations and professional institutes and regularly provide Appropriate Assessment training and advice to local authorities and other public sector organisations.  I have enjoyed being a committee member of the Irish Geographic Section for a number of years and was co-opted to the Section’s Vice Convenor role at the 2016 AGM. I was formally elected to this role in September 2016. I believe that all CIEEM members should make a contribution to CIEEM in whatever way we can and I hope that my contribution to the Irish Section’s committee has made at least some small difference to our Irish members.


Joanne Denyer MCIEEM

I have over 15 years’ experience of ecological survey, research and teaching in Ireland and the UK. I currently work as a freelance consultant ecologist (Denyer Ecology), having previously worked in upland plant ecology research at the James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen) and for the ecological consultancies Scott Cawley (Dublin) and RPS (UK).  I specialise in botanical and bryological survey, assessment and research and in particular I focus on wetland and aquatic vegetation. I have been a full member of CIEEM since 2008 and have served on the CIEEM Irish Section Committee since 2009.


Deborah D'ArcySecretary
Deborah D'Arcy ACIEEM

I am a self-employed Ecologist committed to high standards of practice and interested in the development and promotion of best practice for practitioners. I have a broad interest and range of project experience working on impact assessments, biodiversity plans and habitat management. I have acted as Secretary to the committee since January 2014. I am also a member of the Policy Review Group and act as the CIEEM representative attending the working groups of the Forum for Natural Capital. I would like to stand again for the position of Secretary to contribute to the promotion of best practice and provision of professional development services for ecologists in Ireland. 


Committee Member
Niamh Burke CEnv MCIEEM

I am happy to have moved back to Ireland having previously worked as an ecologist with consultancies in the UK since 2011.  My areas of expertise are in fisheries, hydromorphology and river restoration and my PhD research (2007 – 2011) was on salmonid freshwater habitat and multiple environmental stressors. I also have a broader interest in terrestrial ecology and species surveys and mitigation approaches, and am enjoying becoming familiar with Fossitt since the move back. My hope in becoming a member of the committee would be to bring my aquatics knowledge and hopefully complement the existing members’ expertise. I would also hope to be of use by sharing my knowledge of the sector in the UK and provide another perspective. 


Susie_CoyleCommittee Member
Susie Coyle MCIEEM

I have been an ecologist with Jacobs Engineering in Dublin/Glasgow for 11 years and am a senior aquatic consultant. I have worked on a number of large infrastructure projects in the UK and in Ireland, and have been involved in the delivery of many Environmental Statements at both DMRB Stage 2 and Stage 3, in addition to CAR applications, options appraisals, Appropriate Assessments, species management plans and ecological constraints reports. I have been a full member of CIEEM since 2011, a chartered biologist (CBiol) with the Society of Biology since 2014 and a full member of the Institute of Fisheries Management since 2007. I studied at the University of Glasgow and obtained a BSc (Hon) in Aquatic Bioscience in 2001 and a PhD in 2007. I have over 15 years’ experience of field surveys and environmental sampling techniques, including electric fishing and gill/seine/drag/hand netting, kick sampling and water chemistry analysis. I am a certified team leader for electric fishing through the Scottish Fisheries Co-Ordination Centre. I am also an experienced Ecological Clerk of Works (CSCS/SafePass card holder).

Although my expertise is in aquatics I’m also a competent terrestrial surveyor and have carried out many surveys for otter, badger, bats and reptiles over the years. I hold several personal licences for electric fishing (SNH), freshwater pearl mussel (SNH & NE) and GCN (NE) and I am a named agent on several others.

Since I moved to Dublin in 2016 I have been keen to get involved in volunteering opportunities. I am excited to be involved with CIEEM and look forward to sharing my interest in ecology and experiences, from both Ireland and the UK, with the wider ecology community.



Committee Member
Roisin Grimes 

After 4 years in project management and communications roles for the Cleantech/Renewable Energy Sector, Roisin began a part-time MSc in Ecological Management and conservation Biology in September 2017. She is currently with Fermanagh and Omagh Council part-time, managing a PEACE IV community garden improvement scheme. Roisin previously spent two years in Toronto at an innovation hub, working on projects to help Canadian Cleantech ventures launch and growing their businesses. Prior to this she worked in renewable energy consultancy, primarily on transnational EU-funded projects. Roisin holds a 2.1 BSc Hons in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development. She currently volunteers with the RSPB and Belfast Hills Partnership, conducting ecological surveys and habitat management tasks.


Sarah InghamCommittee Member
Sarah Ingham ACIEEM

I am an Ecological Consultant currently working with INIS Environmental Consultancy in Co Clare and I have 8 post graduate years’ experience working in the field of ecology. I originally specialised in ornithology, working as a research assistant on a number of high profile national bird surveys such as the National Hen Harrier Survey 2010 and the National Red Grouse Survey 2008. However during my past 3 years working as a consultant in a small yet extremely busy consultancy firm, I have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge pertaining to the ecological and environmental consultancy industry such as advances and changes to legislation following case law. I have also broadened my spectrum of ornithology to include more habitat work.

I am an avid volunteer and have been an active member of Mayo Mountain Rescue Team for the past 6 years. I served on the committee as Statistics Officer for the past 3 years as well as many other sub-committees within the team.   


Committee Member
Susan Iremonger MCIEEM

 Susan has a PhD in Botany/Ecology and a Master’s in GIS and Remote Sensing.  She has worked both in Ireland and internationally in the subjects of Ecology and Biodiversity, and is trained in Appropriate Assessment and the Native Woodland Scheme. Her experience has included evaluating and mapping land for conservation, surveying habitats and vegetation, plant identification, research design, project management and lecturing. Employers and clients have included Trinity College Dublin, the Forest Service, the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UK), the Research Programme of the European Communities, the Nature Conservancy (US), United Nations agencies FAO and UNDP and the University of the West Indies. Susan has a special interest in woodlands, coastal areas and climate change, and has authored scientific reports, papers and books. 


David KelleghanCommittee Member
David Kelleghan

I am a PhD student in the UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, where I am researching the impacts of atmospheric ammonia on sensitive habitats. Prior to this, I worked as an ecological consultant/GIS technician in Atkins for two years. Having been a member of CIEEM since 2013, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the Irish section committee and look forward to having an input.


Orla MaguireCommittee Member
Orla Maguire CEnv MCIEEM

Orla has over 20 years experience working as an ecologist across research, consultancy and is currently employed in local government.  She delivers a wide range of ecological projects including protected species, land restoration and enhancement projects as well as strategic biodiversity planning.  Her work involves coordination and engagement with varied stakeholders from Government Departments to Community Groups.

Orla has been a member of the Irish Section Committee for several years. With a particular interest in policy and legislation she values being involved in developing CIEEM consultation responses to shape future policies and standards.  Orla is a guest lecturer at Queens University Belfast passing on knowledge and experience to the next generation of conservation biology and planning students.  “I’m particularly interested in forging links between ecologists and land managers to enable positive action for biodiversity.” 


Adam McClureCommittee Member
Adam McClure MCIEEM

An ecologist with RPS in Belfast since 2014, I previously worked as Red Kite Officer for RSPB and a Ranger for Scottish Wildlife Trust. Specialising in ornithology, I also undertake a range of other ecological surveys; including terrestrial mammals, newts and Phase I Habitat.   Outside work, I am Co Antrim Rep for the BTO and member of Copeland Bird Observatory. I am a qualified Marine Mammal Observer and recently started volunteering as a land-based surveyor with IWDG. 

I hope to help raise awareness of CIEEM within the profession, whilst getting involved and networking with fellow ecologists across Ireland.


Committee Member
Miles Newman MCIEEM

In brief, I am an ecologist committed to scientific methods and assessment with best available information. I am a full member of CIEEM and have been invited to stage 2 of the CEnv application process. My relevant volunteer background includes 6 years with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, where I filled the position of Director for 5 years. In this role I was involved with finance, strategic development, employee reviews, publications, land purchasing, and developing monitoring methodologies. Between October 2016 and 2017 I was travel volunteering, and was able to work on many interesting project, including a guest lecture and tutorial in Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) (using CIEEM guidance), delivered to BSc students in the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

I have a keen interest in guidance, and as an ecological consultant in the UK I developed a national habitat monitoring strategy for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (under contract). Between 2015-2016, I was leading a collaboration with 9 UK wildlife charities, in an attempt to publish technical guidance notes for biodiversity in solar parks in England. Unfortunately, changes in the feed-in tariff, and subsequent reduction of the solar industry, resulted in the funding being pulled by the developed before it was published.



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