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Convenor Harriet Webb
Vice Convenor Vacant
Treasurer Matthew Harris
Secretary Vacant
Committee members Francesca Brailsford, Rebecca Clews-Roberts, Dunia Hatuqa, Eifiona Lane, Laura Palmer, David ParkerAlex PollardMike Shewring, Fred Slater, Lorraine Woolley



Harriet WebbConvenor
Harriett Webb CEcol CEnv MCIEEM

I am a consultant ecologist with the multinational Engineering company CH2MHILL, where I specialise in ecological support to the transportation and utilities sector.  As part of this role I provide input to a variety of tasks including Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRA) and protected species licensing.  I am also a guest lecturer at Swansea University providing guidance to students wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy.

I am really passionate about ecology and as a new member of the committee I hope to get to know the other CIEEM regional members as well as helping to deliver Section events and contributing to the wider CIEEM network.


Vice Convenor





Matthew Harris MCIEEM

I have ended up as an ecologist via a less traditional route, starting off as a zookeeper, mostly with reptiles and amphibians, and working on conservation and research projects in South America and the West indies, latterly working for the IUCN on reptile trade issues in West Africa.

Subsequently I spent a couple of years at CCW as a SAC/SSSI notification officer, before taking up my current post as Ecologist with Cardiff Council, where I advise mostly on strategic development. 

My main interest is reptile and amphibian conservation, and I was previously chairman of Gwent Amphibian and Reptile Group for nine years.  I try to raise the profile of these species, and in particular to raise the standards of survey and mitigation in respect of development.


Francesca BrailsfordCommittee Member
Francesca Brailsford

Currently I am a PhD researcher in freshwater biogeochemistry at Bangor University in addition to working as a part-time graduate ecologist, with a particular interest in the protection of bat species. Sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for science is important to me and as a member of the CIEEM Welsh committee I would like to continue to disseminate knowledge to the public, both locally and across the country. In addition, I would like to contribute to documenting the activities of CIEEM in Wales and using social media to share these updates in order to increase our online presence.


Committee Member
Rebecca Clews-Roberts Grad CIEEM

I have built up a range of skills and attributes throughout my varied career.

My Business Studies degree certainly gave me a firm grounding for all future work. However, I now have a career within the ecology and conservation sector which followed on from the MSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation course I completed as a mature student in 2003.

Having worked as an Ecological Consultant, a Project Officer for The Mammal Society and various roles with RSPB Cymru, I have certainly gathered an important and increasing portfolio of experience and contacts which will hopefully be of benefit to the Welsh Section of CIEEM.

My current role with Natural Resources Wales as a Project Officer for the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment project will also enable links with this important organisation.

I am a huge fan of volunteering, having carried out a great deal over the years and also worked with volunteers during my various roles.  This is an important attribute for my role as a Committee Member.


Committee Member
Dunia Hatuqa MCIEEM





Eifiona LaneCommittee Member
Eifiona Thomas Lane MCIEEM

I graduated in Zoology from Manchester University, PGCE in UWBangor and taught secondary Biology for before graduating with PhD from Liverpool University (Botany & Geography) with a PhD entitled ‘The Socio-economic Context of Agricultural and d Ecological Change in the Llyn Peninsula.

Since 1993 I have been a lecturer and course director at the University in Bangor in Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development degrees.

Research and development interests include integrated aspects of sustainable communities and designated landscapes, environmental policy implementation and local stakeholders.

Recently I have been working on place-making foods, responsible environmental interpretation and also on local food poverty reduction with new projects emerging on sustainable micro-brewing.

My voluntary work includes supporting local food producers small diversifying farmers and local agenda 21 type activism supporting groups to understand and thus conserve the value of local environment and biodiversity as well as engage in policy development for sustainable communities.

I am a long standing Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Affiliate Member of IEMA. 


Laura PalmerCommittee Member
Laura Palmer MCIEEM

I am a Local Planning Authority Biodiversity Officer which covers a wide range of projects. Mostly working on planning applications, I have an in-depth knowledge of Welsh and UK policy and legislation. Sometimes I get outdoors, mostly doing a variety of surveys and engaging the public. I am obsessed with maps and biological recording and using QGIS to demonstrate needs and drivers to future conservation work. Starting in Cardiff Council in 2004 I now work in Neath Port Talbot CBC. Since here I have covered development applications from basic householders to wind farms, solar farms, opencast coal mining and the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. There is always something new to learn and I am hoping being a Committee Member will allow me to continue to share my knowledge while learning from others.

Like most ecologists, the job doesn’t stop when I clock off. I am involved in a number of species interest groups in South Wales and am an active bat carer.


Committee Member
David Parker CEcol CEnv FCIEEM

I am an independent consultant ecologist dividing my time between advisory work for the voluntary sector and consultancy commissions.  My ecological and environmental management career has been both in the private and public sectors, starting in environmental consultancy followed by a Government statutory agency, the Countryside Council for Wales. I sat on the Chief Scientists' Group of the UK nature conservation agencies from 2004-2013.

My scientific interests centre around the protection and management of ecosystems and their component habitats and species.  My voluntary work is for professional institutes and NGOs, including the National Trust, Plantlife, British Trust for Ornithology, Eurosite and Natur Cymru.  I also chair the Dee Estuary Conservation Group.


Alex PollardCommittee Member
Alex Pollard MCIEEM

I am an ecologist at Wildwood Ecology and am also chair of Cardiff Bat Group, Treasurer of South Wales Mammal Group, a member of Rudry Common Trust, and part of the operational team at Bats Without Borders. I am a keen science and conservation communicator, and after completing my PhD at Cardiff University, set up a not-for-profit company to provide science engagement opportunities and to resource long-term ecological and biological datasets. I regularly organise bat group project events and visits to schools. I am approachable, and will bring enthusiasm and fundraising experience to the committee if elected. 


Committee Member
Fred Slater CEcol CEnv FCIEEM

I have been on the Welsh Section committee since its inception. After school teaching for a few years I worked for Aberystwyth then Cardiff Universities. A Fellow of CIEEM and Chartered Ecologist, I am “retired” but still teaching, consulting and working with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.



Mike ShewringCommittee Member
Mike Shewring CEcol MCIEEM

I am a consultant ecologist with Natural Power Consultants Ltd and have over ten years’ experience in the sector. My work has involved all aspects of ecological consultancy including implementation and management of ornithological and ecological surveys, project management, tender preparation, production and review of ES chapters, client and consultee liaison and post application support. This work has also been varied in nature with work in highways, rail, aviation, residential and industrial development, with my current work load dominated by renewable energy projects.

I am also an active naturalist in South Wales and involved with both local bat groups, the mammal group and the Cardiff bay ringing group. As such I am keen to bring together these local groups and local CIEEM members to encourage collaboration and provide informal CPD and training opportunities. 


Lorraine WoolleyCommittee Member
Lorraine Woolley CEcol CEnv MCIEEM

I am a consultant ecologist with Mott MacDonald Ltd. and have been advising on ecology for over 9 years in England and Wales on various projects ranging from housing and commercial development to large transport, infrastructure and utilities schemes. A large part of this role involves preparing ecological assessment reports, Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRA) and species licensing, as well as designing mitigation and management plans. My particular interest is bats, which I pursue both within work and as a volunteer and I am particularly passionate about training in and outside of work. I look forward to the opportunity to get involved in more training and outreach across Wales and am keen to help deliver a diverse range of events both within and outside of my ecology comfort zone!



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