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Convenor Aidan Marsh
Vice Convenor Paul Cobbing
Treasurer Luke Casey
Secretary Oliver Barnett
Committee members Simon Barker, Ed Leszczynski, Martyn Macefield, Stewart RamplingJenny Singh, Sue Swales, Stephen West, Andrea Wilcockson, Ben Wood


Aidan MarshConvenor
Aidan Marsh CEnv MCIEEM

Aidan has 20 years’ professional experience in consultancy, education and research. He is Director at CSA Environmental and runs the Worcestershire office. Aidan specialises in protected species survey and mitigation work and has extensive experience of licensing for bats, great crested newts and dormice. He has designed and agreed mitigation solutions in respect of development impacts on European Designated Sites across southern England and has wide experience of EcIA, HRA, and SANG creation. Typically working with wider consultant teams, Aidan co-ordinates CSA’s multi-disciplinary inputs and is an established expert witness.

Aidan has been a member of the West Midlands Section Committee since it was founded in 2010.


Paul CobbingVice Convenor
Paul Cobbing CEnv MCIEEM

Paul is Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum, a national charity that supports and represents flood risk communities.  It works by helping people to prepare for flooding and supporting them to recover their lives when they have been flooded.  The National Flood Forum also works with government and other organisations to put flood risk communities at the heart of policy making and operational delivery

Paul was also the Independent Chair of the Calderdale Flood Commission and Convenor of the West Midlands section of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.  He is a Director at Localise West Midlands a member of Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee for the West Midlands and on the Board of the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Local Nature Partnership.

Previously, Paul worked in a variety of public and private sector roles relating to the environment, including delivering agri-environment schemes, managing the land in a large country park in Cornwall, and dealing with policy issues in Defra and Government Office for the West Midlands.


Luke CaseyTreasurer
Luke Casey MCIEEM

Luke has been a professional ecologist working within the West Midlands since 2005, for CSa Environmental Planning and now Arup. Luke has led the ecological aspects of a wide variety of development projects and holds survey licences for bats, great crested newt and hazel dormouse. In a voluntary capacity he undertakes surveys as part of the NBMP, NDMP and roost visits as a Natural England volunteer.


Oliver BarnettSecretary
Oliver Barnett CEnv MCIEEM

Oliver works as a consultant ecologist based at Aecom’s office off Victoria Square in Birmingham. He is currently involved in several large infrastructure projects, but his skills and experience were originally developed whilst working as Ecological Clerk of Works for the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. Oliver’s ecological interests include habitat creation and enhancement, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services assessments and large-scale mitigation design.

Oliver has been a member of the West Midlands Committee since 2013.


Simon BarkerCommittee Member
Simon Barker MCIEEM

Simon is the National Trust’s Wildlife & Countryside Adviser in the West Midlands region, a role he has held since 2003.  He has thirty years professional experience in ecology and nature conservation, much of it gained within the region, from the public, voluntary and private sectors.  Simon has been a member of CIEEM since 1991.


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Ed Leszczynski MCIEEM

I joined CIEEM in 1994 & have worked in the sector for 27 years working within the public & private sectors. Since 1998, I have been the manager for Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy. As well as day to day managerial duties, I oversee the larger projects & surveys, provide mitigation advice & acts as principal 'Clerk of Works' on development & conservation schemes.

I have been part of the West Midlands Committee for a number of years, bringing a different perspective to the table as I am employed by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, one of the 47 Wildlife Trusts in the UK.


Martyn MacefieldCommittee Member
Martyn Macefield MCIEEM

Martyn is a senior consultant at SLR with a background in ecology. His experience includes conducting Environmental Impact Assessments; producing Nature Conservation Management Plans; baseline ecological appraisals; and undertaking surveys and mitigation for legally protected species including great crested newts, badgers and reptiles.  Martyn is also a BREEAM Accredited Professional licensed to undertake sustainability assessments.


Stewart RamplingCommittee Member
Stuart Rampling MCIEEM

Stewart is a director of Countryside Consultants Ltd with over twenty years' practical field ecology and impact assessment experience, having graduated from a degree in Countryside Management from Imperial College in 1994. Stewart is keen to use his position on the committee to promote and foster sharing of common experiences for the benefit of members to drive up standards. Stewart has, and will continue, to seek to identify opportunities for creative thinking and working which make us better ecologists, both in terms of safeguarding of ecological values and working more collaboratively and cohesively with other disciplines. 


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Jenny Singh CEnv MCIEEM




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Sue Swales CEnv MCIEEM

I have been a local government ecologist for 30 years, and currently work for Shropshire Council as Natural Environment Team Leader. I have been a full member of CIEEM since 1997 and have previously served on the Professional Standards Committee and the Advisory Forum. My work has encompassed, countryside management, community engagement, ecological aspects of development management and planning policy, including habitat regulations assessments, liaison with Biodiversity Partnerships and facilitating the development of the Shropshire Ecological Data Network. If I become a West Midlands committee member I would like to:

  • Help the Institute to support LA ecologists and encourage all LAs to adequately cover their statutory Biodiversity Duty,
  • Help encourage a consistent approach to biodiversity issues, across LA boundaries, by both LA ecologists and ecological consultants.
  • Help organize events on topical issues to spread knowledge, promote discussion and provide members with more local opportunities for CPD. 


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Stephen West MCIEEM

I’m an ecologist with more than 20 experience of consultancy, 30 of project and habitat management experience.  I was a foundation member, representing Southern England on the National Council of the BCT in the 1990’s.  I work with all types of wildlife, and with bats since the 1970’s in the UK and abroad. I’m a Registered Consultant under the Bat Low Impact Class Licence System. I run my own company started in 1993, along with associates.  I’m a foundation and currently serving committee member of the West Midlands Section Committee. I’m world-experience shaped (I’ve been a farmer, an estate manager, an area warden, a woodland manager, a lecturer and a zookeeper). 


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Andrea Wilcockson CEnv MCIEEM

Andrea is an Associate at SLR Consulting’s Worcester office.  She manages a team of staff across the West Midlands and in Kent.  Andrea’s has 16 years experience which includes detailed botanical surveys, surveys for a variety of protected species and has worked from John O’Groats to almost Land’s End.  She particularly specialises in species mitigation schemes with a focus on GCN. 

Andrea has been a member of the CIEEM West Midlands committee since 2013  and has been an active member of the committee since that date organising and running a number of events.  She is currently organising three forthcoming events.  


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Ben Wood

Ben is an Assistant Ecologist working with the Ecology, Historic Environment & Landscape team at Warwickshire County Council, where he has worked since graduating from the LEMUR traineeship scheme in 2013. Ben provides regular ecological planning support, data analysis and survey work, as well as performing a supporting role within Warwickshire Biological Records Centre. He has also been providing support to Solihull’s Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology team since October 2016. 

Ben is a qualified botanist (BSBI Field Skills level 4) and skilled in working with GIS and spatial data. He also spends his free time volunteering with Warwickshire Bat Group, Birmingham and the Black Country Bat Group, Warwickshire Mammal Group and Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team.


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