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Convenor Claire Lacey
Vice Convenor Elaine Anderson
Treasurer Vacant
Secretary Emilie Wadsworth
Committee members Iain Adderton, Naveed Bhatti, Kelly Ann Dempsey, Claudia GebhardtAftab Majeed, Tony Marshall, Fraser MaxwellCaroline McParland, Brian Minshull, Clare Nisbet, Juli Titherington, Patrick White

Claire Lacey CEnv MCIEEM

Claire Lacey has served on the Committee since 2011.  She qualified in Marine and Environmental Biology in 2002 and has worked ever since in the field of marine mammal ecology.  She has worked for both the charity sector and now currently splits her work time between the Scottish Windfarm Bird Steering Group and the University of St Andrews.  Within CIEEM, Claire has a particular interest in data-sharing initiatives, survey methodology and is looking forward to becoming more involved in developing CIEEM consultation responses. She would also love to see more ‘marine’ people become involved!


Vice Convenor
Elaine Anderson ACIEEM

Elaine Anderson has served on the Committee since 2010.  Until recently, Elaine worked for an NGO, Highland Birchwoods, as an ecologist and latterly as ecology services manager. She has a passion for mammals, particularly bats and badgers and is being drawn further into the fascinating world of plants.  She has a particular interest in raising professional standards and in engaging with students and graduates having worked with several universities to encourage students to think about environmental career opportunities and to encourage student and graduate involvement and membership of CIEEM.






Emilie Wadsworth MCIEEM

Emilie joined the committee in 2014. She has worked as an ecologist for 12 years, based in the charity sector, delivering ecological services and coordinating Local Biodiversity Action Plan targets. She is particularly interested in bats, and is very active in providing volunteering and training opportunities for bat surveyors.  Within CIEEM, Emilie is keen to see the engagement of more of the NGO community and the provision of more advanced stage training opportunities. 



Committee Member
Iain Adderton CEnv MCIEEM





Committee Member
Naveed Bhatti MCIEEM

Naveed Bhatti joined the committee in 2014. He is currently studying for a PhD to develop monitoring tools for data deficient conservation priority lichen/bryophyte species. He has worked as a marine ecologist for nearly 10 years with SEPA, mainly in aquaculture but also with specialisms including saltmarsh. Previously he has studied the breeding success of birds in northern Finland, dug holes in Kuwaiti minefields to assess oil pollution, and was a marine benthic taxonomist for over 10 years. His interests include promoting ecology, taxonomy, conservation and zero waste. He enjoys helping with citizen science projects and would like to encourage voluntary work and the benefits it brings. 


Committee Member
Kelly Ann Dempsey MCIEEM





Claudia GebhardtCommittee Member
Claudia K Gebhardt MCIEEM

Claudia is a Senior Ecologist with over ten years of experience. She has mainly worked in ecological consultancies and NGOs on a variety of projects within the planning sector as well in education and conservation.

She has been involved in a multitude of international research and conservation projects (Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Mexico and Netherlands).

Claudia was the Programme Leader of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s field survey training programme and is regularly active as a trainer for the FSC and the Mammal Society and has maintained a keen interest in development of field skills and training opportunities. 


Aftab MajeedCommittee Member
Aftab Majeed CEnv MCIEEM MRTPI

Aftab Majeed is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Town Planner, and has worked with Aberdeen City Council as an Environmental Planner over the last 11 years. Aftab is a Forest Ecologist and Environmental Scientist by education, with over 20 years of  diverse experience in Asia and Europe, working with international NGOs, government, consultancy and the oil & gas sector.  His expertise is in Environmental Policy and Planning, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assesssment (SEA), Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA), Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development. Aftab has contributed towards a number of environmental policies, plans and strategies and managed a number of international projects working with European Union and oil industry. Aftab is  also a visiting lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, teaching the EIA course to MSc. Environmental Science, Planning, Law and Environmental Law students. Aftab has been a member of CIEEM’s Scottish Section since 2013. Aftab started his part time PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2015 looking at the use of ecosystem services in climate change adaptation in urban planning and development. Aftab is keen in hiking, playing sports, travelling and exploring new places and has worked and lived in extreme environments in the Karakorum (K2) mountainous region. 


Tony MarshallCommittee Member
Tony Marshall MCIEEM

Tony joined the Committee in 2017. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an Honours degree in Biological Sciences (Ecology) and is now a Principal Ecologist for RPS, based in Edinburgh. He works on a range of projects for clients in the private and public sectors, though much of his work focusses on the provision of Environmental / Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) services on renewable energy and road construction projects. This involves supporting construction teams and providing advice on good practice methods of work and on the relevant legislation protecting a range of species. He is regularly involved in educating construction teams about habitats and species and works to ensure that development is carried out in a sensitive manner to ensure minimal disturbance. 


Fraser MaxwellCommittee Member
Fraser Maxwell CEnv MCIEEM

Fraser is an Associate Ecologist and EIA specialist based in Arup’s Edinburgh office, and team leader for Arup’s Scotland and the North East ecology team.  Fraser has over sixteen years consultancy experience, including site surveys, ecological risk assessment, mitigation design, and ecological enhancement of site proposals and masterplans.  Protected species experience has focused on badger, otter, water vole, bats, great crested newts, red squirrel and wildcat.  He’s a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM), and a Scottish Green Infrastructure Forum committee member.  He has also studied on the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, where he undertook a project on ‘The Economic Value of Green Infrastructure. 


Committee Member
Caroline McParland CEnv MCIEEM

I am a technical direct at Jacobs, with 12 years’ consultancy and five years’ academic experience. I have carried out EcIAs on infrastructure projects: road, rail, water, schools, hospitals, and hydropower. I have worked in Canada, the UK and New Zealand, which has given me broad experience of ecological survey and assessment. Projects I’ve worked on have been in diverse locations: the UK, New Zealand, Asia, and South-East Europe. I have helped develop EcIA guidelines in New Zealand, and been involved with review of UK guidance.  Currently I also serve on the editorial board for In Practice. I’ve surveyed herpetofauna, bats, otters, water voles, aquatic invertebrates, and a dash of Phase 1 as well. I’m especially interested in opportunities for more experienced ecologists to continue developing their careers, with masterclasses and specialist training.


Committee Member
Brian Minshull CEnv MCIEEM

Brian Minshull joined the Committee in 2012.  He has operated BCM Environmental Services Ltd since 1990.  His career includes Upland Bird Survey work for NCC, three years as an Assistant Wildlife Warden in Wigan, 16 months as a consultant for ERL (pre-ERM), and 13 years as an environmental specialist on numerous pipeline projects in the UK and abroad. More recently he has provided ecological expertise on development projects closer to home, including ornithological input on wind energy projects. He wants to contribute as he benefitted greatly from his mentors and wants to give something back.


Committee Member
Clare Nisbet ACIEEM

I am a Consultant Ecologist based in Edinburgh. I have worked on many large infrastructure projects throughout Scotland in various sectors, including road, rail, transmission, renewable energy and property development. I am passionate about helping others realise their potential. I love finding out what others want to achieve and what they have accomplished so far. In December last year, I ran a very successful careers event with the CIEEM Scottish Section Committee, which brought together a fantastic range of speakers to share their ecology journeys. I love seeing the benefit of knowledge sharing and encouraging others to ask questions. I am a very organised person, whether it is a girly lunch or a wedding for 100 people, I love planning and sorting, therefore I feel that I would be a great addition to the Scottish Section Committee. I love brainstorming and coming up with ideas, and hope that my enthusiasm, passion and work ethic shine through.  


Juli TitheringtonCommittee Member
Juli Titherington MCIEEM

I am a Principal Ecologist based in the LUC Glasgow Office and a full member of CIEEM.  I’ve been working professionally in ecology and environmental management for 10 years, with roles as a hydro-ecologist in one of Scotland’s largest engineering consultancies, species licensing officer at SNH, and consultant ecologist with several companies in Scotland.  My experience spans public and private sector and I always aim for high quality, be it in writing, science, or direct relations.  I am a strong advocate for our profession and hope to make a difference. 


Patrick WhiteCommittee Member
Patrick White MCIEEM

I am an ecologist and lecturer in environmental and conservation biology at Edinburgh Napier University. I have been a MCIEEM since 2013 and I joined the Committee in 2016. I studied ecological sciences as an undergraduate and my PhD was in applied ecology, looking at the impact of agricultural management on the productivity of farmland passerines. Prior to my current role I worked as a research scientist at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust in the Highlands, primarily studying the habitat ecology of black grouse. I hope to promote the benefits of engagement with CIEEM to students, as well as develop links between practitioners and researchers, since networking with ecological consultants has forged some of my own research interests and collaborations.



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