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Convenor Julian Arthur
Vice Convenor Nick Coppin
Treasurer Carly Goodman-Smith
Secretary Jenny Stuart
Committee members Jason Ball, Simon BatesValerie Choiseul Darwall, Ceri Griffiths, Kate Jeffreys, Mathew Loak, Greg NightingaleJames PackerOllie Prudden, Jenni Reid, Lindsay Taylor



Julian Arthur CEnv MCIEEM 

I hold a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Freshwater Ecology. After an initial spell undertaking research in ecotoxicology, I have spent the last 17 years as an ecology consultant. Together with 3 friends I set up Tyler Grange in 2010, where I head up the ecology team; this is now grown into a medium-sized environmental consultancy.

I have sat on the South West Section committee since 2008, the last three years of which I have been Vice Convenor. In the absence of someone in post I fulfilled the role of Convenor in 2014/15, a year that has proved to be a highly successful one for the committee, with: our first conference for over 5 years to be held in December 2015; active participation and sponsorship of a planning conference in early 2015; and regular careers events and fields trips almost every month of the year.

Should I be elected as Convenor, with the help of the committee (which comprises a talented and dynamic group of like-minded-members) I would aim to continue the success of 2015, with more, regular events that will appeal to/have value for the breath of our membership, with a view to these being spread throughout what is a large and disparate region.  


Vice Convenor
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. 


Jenny Stuart CEnv MCIEEM

I have worked as an ecologist for 17 years, and I am Principal Ecologist at Cornwall Environmental Consultants, the trading arm of Cornwall Wildlife Trust. I have a particular interest in protected species survey and mitigation.

I’ve served on the South West England committee for nearly two years now, and have helped organise a number of events. I was co-opted into the Secretary role in 2016 and am delighted to be able to continue in this role, supporting communication within the SW Section. 


Carly Goodman-Smith MCIEEM

I have now been on the committee for the South West England Section for five years and currently hold the position of Treasurer. I have worked in ecological consultancy for 9 years, however being a member of the CIEEM committee has given me opportunity to mix with ecologists from a range of backgrounds and experiences which I really value.

My role is to assist in the running of the committee, organising of finances and help with running events for the benefit of our members. I also hope to encourage membership of CIEEM in a new generation of ecologists through contact with universities and attendance at student events.  


Committee Member
Jason Ball MCIEEM (co-opted)






Committee Member
Simon Bates MCIEEM

Simon is a self-taught naturalist whose passion for the wild was ignited by cycling to Rostherne Mere in Cheshire to count ducks on a Sunday morning! He gained a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science at Nottingham University before embarking on an expedition to study coastal birds in Tanzania. An MSc in Rural Resource Management at Bangor University followed, studying the bird communities of the ‘ffridd’ in North Wales. His first job was with English Nature in 1990, writing management plans for protected sites in Northumberland. Since then he has worked his way south via the Lake District and Yorkshire, and between 2000-2008 he looked after Dartmoor’s wildlife as a Conservation Officer with Natural England. A short spell tackling climate change, then collaborating with the French on managing landscape change, has led to his present job delivering quality green space in the Exeter and East Devon growth point. His passions include his family, wild camping, birds, the protection of natural resources, writing, and his allotment.


Committee Member
Valerie Choiseul Darwall ACIEEM

I have a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and Botany from University College Dublin and an MSc in Environmental Science (by research) from Trinity College Dublin. My professional experience has included working for over 8 years as a field scientist in the UK and abroad, with varied  posts such as: field technician for the Irish Department of the Marine surveying nutrient loading in the Irish Sea (EU NORSAP programme); assistant coordinator for Frontier UK carrying out marine habitat and fisheries surveys in Tanzania; assistant scientist on the EU funded Lake Malawi Demersal Fishery Project; field technician for Ecotox Ltd carrying out ecotoxicological field trials on agricultural sites in Devon/Cornwall; assistant researcher at Plymouth University studying invertebrate communities in ponds on the Lizard Peninsula; temping ecologist with Suffolk County Councils Natural Environment Team carrying out scoping surveys on council owned sites. In addition I have a PGCE qualification (secondary science), with two years classroom experience. I continue to develop my ecological knowledge through attending courses, workshops etc. I bring a diverse range of skills and experiences to the CIEEM South West England Section committee and I am keen to assist the workings of the group wherever possible. 


Committee Member
Ceri Griffiths MCIEEM





Committee Member (co-opted)
Kate Jeffreys CEnv MCIEEM





Matthew LoakCommittee Member
Matthew Loak MCIEEM

Matt is an ecologist with more than 10 years’ experience in the commercial consultancy sector, over which time he has had responsibilities in coordinating and undertaking ecological works on strategic, large scale, multiphase industrial, mixed use and residential development in addition to having input into smaller schemes both at the pre-planning or construction stages, provision of ecological clerk of works services during the construction phase and monitoring post construction.

 Graduating from the University of Reading with a BSc (Hons) in Botany & Zoology and an MSc in Plant Diversity – Vegetation survey and assessment, botany remains his main area of interest, fully competent in Phase II botanical surveys (and NVC analysis) not limited to the UK flora having undertaken extensive phytosociological field work in mainland Europe. He holds both great crested newt and dormouse class licences and has a particular interest in protected species legislation.

His passion for natural history and ecology was inspired by the Somerset Levels where he grew up and following his return from university he has resided in South Somerset, working in Exeter where he manages the ecology team at the SW Regional office of FPCR Environment and Design Ltd.

Matt maintains good working relationships with the University of Plymouth, University of Exeter and University of Reading and works with senior colleagues to provide suitable work placements within FPCR for students. Through these placement programmes he also works with providers and contributes to degree courses delivered by some of these academic institutions.

Matt is keen to actively promote the role of CIEEM within the Environmental Consultancy sector through involvement with academic institutions and engagement with students aspiring to future employment in the sector in addition to raising the profile of CIEEM within the realm of construction and development. 


Greg NightingaleCommittee Member (co-opted)
Greg Nightingale Grad CIEEM

I am an ecological consultant with over four year’s experience. I am currently working as an Ecologist at ACD Environmental, where I take a keen interest in our graduate training, team CPD and client outreach. I have a keen interest in bat ecology and actively volunteer with the Avon and Wiltshire bat groups. I have recently gained my City & Guilds NPTC CS38 (Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue) with a view to learning more about bat tree roosts and arboriculture. I hold a degree (BSc) in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology. Through collaboration at university, I am a co-author on two scientific papers regarding physiological responses in marine invertebrates to ocean acidification. 


Committee Member
James Packer MCIEEM

James has been an ecology consultant for over 20 years, and is currently working as a principal consultant for ADAS UK Ltd.  James’ professional specialism is as a protected species ecologist.  He is also a passionate ornithologist and photographer, and is motivated by the challenges of difficult species identification.  James is the chairman of The Somerset Ornithological Society’s Rarities Committee.  Over the last few years James has tried to broaden his interest with other species groups, mainly into lepidoptera and odonata. 


Oliver PruddenCommittee Member (co-opted)
Ollie Prudden MCIEEM

I have an MA in Natural Sciences and an MSc in Ecology and Management of the Natural Environment.  I’ve worked as an ecological consultant for over 15 years at a number of companies and now am a partner at Woodfield Ecology, based in Cornwall.  When not out in the field or behind the desk, I spend much of my time renovating old buildings and managing our small holding, squeezing in kayaking, hiking and cycling trips whenever possible. 


Jenni ReidCommittee Member
Jenni Reid CEnv MCIEEM

I have over 16 years’ experience within the environmental sector, including 7 years within the Highways division and have developed a career rooted within the fields of construction and development. Providing advice on best practice in accordance with current legislation and experienced in client liaison, I specialise in providing pragmatic, project appropriate advice. I am passionate about designing strategic and project mitigation and enhancements that support green infrastructure and future health and wellbeing and this includes developing Green Infrastructure Strategies with Parish Councils to support their emerging Neighbourhood Plans. I am an Affiliate member of the Landscape Institute and am a champion for interdisciplinary collaboration in my work. I hope that I can support the South West committee with my experience and enthusiasm. 





Committee Member
Lindsay Taylor Grad CIEEM

I have been working in the environmental consultancy sector for 3 years and am currently a Graduate Ecologist at Tyler Grange. I’ve come to this career after nine years as a Biomedical Scientist during which time I realised there is more to life than a stuffy laboratory! I am now thoroughly enjoying working in the great outdoors, undertaking protected species surveys and habitat assessments. Outside of work, I volunteer with the Greater Bristol Otter Group and both the Wiltshire Dormouse Group and Somerset Dormouse Network and dabble with the Avon Bat Group.

Whilst I hope that joining the CIEEM South West committee will help to broaden my knowledge and networking skills, I also hope to give a “graduate’s eye view” on some of the issues and subjects raised.

Having been on the South West committee in January 2017, I have helped to organise several events and am looking forward to organising more! 



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