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Convenor Peter Lawrence
Vice Convenor Debbie Bartlett
Treasurer Craig Llewellyn
Secretary Lynn Whitfield
Committee members Jon Best, Clare Caudwell, Jay Doyle, Liz Fagg, James Hildreth, Ruth HollandSylvia Myers, Alan Scott, Rosie Whicheloe


Peter Lawrence MCIEEM

I am currently Associate Director of Ecology at LUC, having worked as a consultant ecologist since 2002. I work on a wide range of ecological projects including protected species work, with particular experience in open space restoration and enhancement and strategic biodiversity planning.

Having arranged the 2015 AGM and a tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, I look forward to the busy schedule of events we have planned for the 2015.  This year the committee aims to boost the profile of the South East England Section and ensure that as many members as possible get involved and can benefit from the events we are planning.  Involvement in the committee provides me with an excellent opportunity to meet and learn from ecologists through the South East, including those from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of skills. I look forward to helping deliver Section events and meetings in the coming years, including to support student involvement and career development, and also the opportunity to contribute to the wider work of CIEEM.


Vice Convenor
Debbie Bartlett FCIEEM

I combine working as a consultant ecologist and landscape manager with my role as programme leader for the MSc in Environmental Conservation at the University of Greenwich, the first MSc to gain CIEEM accreditation. My research interests are agriculture and forestry and the challenge of combining delivering benefits for wildlife while maintaining economic viability and sustainable livelihoods.

My role with CIEEM is as Convener of the Academic Special Interest Group, member of the Training, Education and Career Development Committee (TECDC) and of the Governing Board. My involvement with the South East Section has focused on organising events on different topics around the region. I look forward to meeting more members in the future and am particularly interested in student involvement and facilitating new entrants to the profession.


Craig LlewellynTreasurer
Craig Llewellyn ACIEEM

I am an ambitious and hardworking ecologist with 6 years’ experience in ecological consultancy, building up a wide range of both public and private sector projects, in protected species survey and planning, EcIA and green infrastructure. I am an active volunteer in wildlife conservation, and in my spare time I am an NDMS dormice monitor, BTO volunteer, and most recently have joined my local barn owl and raptor group.

I am involved in assisting in the organising of events, and providing input during consultation for new policy. My aim is to promote cross-discipline working, and engagement with professionals, students and members of the public in promoting the development and understanding of ecology and environmental management.


Lynn Whitfield MCIEEM

I have been an ecological consultant since 2005, and am currently Principal Ecologist at Elmbridge Ecology in Surrey. I have worked on a wide range of sites and projects, but specialise in bat ecology.

After joining the South East Section Committee I became Secretary in 2014, and have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to both run and assist at Section meetings, while having the chance to meet and network with CIEEM members from all walks of the environmental professions. I look forward to helping further the aims of CIEEM and to serving its members in the South East over the coming year.


Jon BestCommittee Member

I have been the Ecology Officer at Southwark Council for over 13 years. During that time I have written two Biodiversity Action Plans. The first had 113 actions based on Haps and Saps and Southwark delivered 101 of the actions. The second BAP was theme based in response to changing policy from Government.

In 2005 I formed and have chaired the Southwark Biodiversity Partnership which is made up of charities, councillors and community groups.

I have developed a number of skills relating to this role including: Project Management, habitat management and enhancement, understanding the planning process, leading volunteers on practical conservation tasks, management of non-native invasive species, contract procurement and management including development of monitoring systems.  I have designated 7 Local Nature Reserves and organised an ecological survey of the whole borough. I contribute to the formation of local plans including Neighbourhood plans, Area Action Plans and the Borough Unitary Plan. I have driven the biodiversity agenda and sought continuous gain of habitats and green infrastructure in the urban environment.  

In addition to this I have chaired the London Borough Biodiversity Forum since 2013. This has resulted in attendance to the London Biodiversity Partnership board (now dissolved), and acting as an expert witness for the London Assembly Environment Committee.

So I have a good grasp of policy and delivery ecology in a local authority. I have recently been advising on biodiversity policy for the London Councils.


Committee Member
Clare Caudwell MCIEEM

I have worked as a consultant ecologist since 2006, providing advice to private and public sector clients on ecological survey, assessment and mitigation. Within my role as Associate Ecologist at CSA Environmental Planning, I work within a multidisciplinary design team and lead ecology services from our Sussex office.

I relocated to Brighton in spring 2015 from the West Midlands, where I have been involved with various CIEEM Section events over the past few years. I have found the opportunity to meet with and learn from other CIEEM members from a wide range of environmental backgrounds very rewarding.  I am keen to get involved with local events in the South East, to share knowledge and experiences and promote leaning and environmental best practice.


Committee Member
Jay Doyle MCIEEM

I have been employed as a District Ecologist with Forestry Commission England since 2002, working initially in the South East England Forest District and since 2012 in the South England Forest District which runs from Dorchester East to the Thames Basin Heaths, Surrey Hills and the western part of the South Downs covering some 46,000 hectares of the public forest estate.

My core duties involve protected areas management planning and advice provision to operational Forestry teams, ecological input to strategic Forest Design Plan (FDP) development, pre-harvesting operational site assessment, partnership working and funding bid development, species recovery projects and habitat restoration project development and implementation.


Committee Member
Liz Fagg Grad CIEEM

I work for the Port of Dover as an Environmental Officer.  I recently moved to this post after 15 years as a lecturer at a local Further Education college, teaching mainly practical conservation and environmental skills.  This move followed achieving an MSc in Environmental Conservation, with University of Greenwich, which I undertook to develop my career in the Ecology and Environmental Management sector.

As a graduate member of the committee I try to represent views of members early in their careers and encourage members to participate in networking at Section events. I personally find events very useful as often offers of help or knowledge has been freely shared and hope by offering a small amount of my time to the SE committee I am supporting others who are joining the profession.


Committee Member
James Hildreth CEnv MCIEEM

I have worked as a consultant since 2003 and am currently Principal Ecologist at Lockhart Garratt leading a team of five ecologists as part of a larger multi-disciplinary company. I have also spent time on academic projects, completing my PhD part-time and also completing and supervising Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with different institutions.

As a new committee member I have contributed to the organisation and running of events for Section members. I am looking forward to more involvement with events and meeting with the range of members in the South East England Section from different professions and backgrounds.


Ruth HollandCommittee Member
Ruth Holland Grad CIEEM

I have recently retrained to become an ecologist at the University Centre Sparsholt Hampshire. I was proud to be awarded First Class Honours by the University of Portsmouth in BSc Ecology and Conservation Management. During my studies, I gained substantial experience through volunteering to monitor bats, dormouse and water voles within Hampshire. I have also gained experience as a professional ecologist since graduating. I believe my previous experience as a Science Teacher would be an advantage to understand and connect with the modern student. I am also an active STEM Ambassador highlighting Ecology as a future profession.


Committee Member
Sylvia Myers




Committee Member
Alan Scott CEnv MCIEEM

I have a BSc in Zoology, an MSc in Ecology and 30 years' experience in conservation throughout the UK in the voluntary, statutory and private sectors.  For 25 years I have been in London and specialise in management of urban wildlife sites through my own company, Complete Ecology.  Although I do consultancy (especially management plans) most of my work is practical and I am more at home using a tractor or chainsaw.  I feel that the practical side of nature conservation is under represented in the CIEEM and hope that I bring a different view point to the South East Section Committee. 


Committee Member
Rosie Whicheloe MCIEEM

I have been working as a consultant ecologist since 2008 and am currently working for The Ecology Consultancy in central London. As a new committee member I am interested in helping with social media, and improving cross-disciplinary interactions. This includes organising joint events with the London branch of the Landscape Institute and the International Association for landscape Ecology. I have also taken on the role as policy officer/coordinator to ensure the committee responds to consultations relevant to our region.  



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