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Chartered Ecologist Profiles

Career Profile:

Richard Graves CEcol CEnv FCIEEM

Current employer: Richard Graves Associates Ltd

Richard GravesWhy you joined CIEEM: To meet other ecologists and help to develop the profession further.

Why you applied for Chartered status: This was something I had been looking forward to and helping to work for, for a number of years, so I applied as soon as I could.

How you found the process: Once fully familiar with CIEEM’s competency framework straightforward enough if concentrated on for a day or two.  I was a bit more nervous about the interview than I anticipated but all went well.

How has achieving Chartered Status impacted on the types of work you undertake?: I find it of benefit when undertaking review and audit and public inquiry work as it provides evidence of a higher level of competence.

Would you recommend applying for CEnv to your peers and colleagues?: I have been actively promoting both CEnv and CEcol to anybody I feel should apply.  The more members who are chartered the more these qualifications will matter.

Education: BSc (Hons) Human Biological Sciences Loughborough University of Technology 1991, Postgraduate Diploma Environmental Impact Assessment, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 1993, MSc Crop Production in the Changing Environment, University of Essex 1996.

Volunteer work: I have participated in a significant amount of voluntary conservation work over the years and for IEEM / CIEEM, eleven years on council, including eight years as the chair of the membership admissions committee and four years as treasurer.  I am currently a CEcol and CEnv assessor and member of the standing disciplinary panel.  I am an author and contributor to bat survey guidance and a number of CIEEM and other organisation working groups.

Training courses: I recently attended a University of Kent workshop on great crested newt population monitoring.  Other than CIEEM annual conferences most of my training over recent years has related to health and safety, employment law and management, so it was nice to do something more technical.  Over the years I have had the benefit of working with and having working for me many expert ecologists.  I’ve always taken the opportunity to work with these colleagues and learn as much as I can when doing so. There is always more to learn in ecology. 

What is the best thing about your job?: I’ve always regarded being an ecologist as my vocation.  Having worked within other organisations, large and small, for most of my career I never realised, until I started working for myself, how much more ‘ecology’ I could actually do when it is entirely up to me to set up the priorities for the day, week, month or year.  


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We would like to draw attention to the vital work Chartered Ecologists are involved with whilst also raise awareness of this important new award.  Therefore, we are looking for Registrants who would be willing to submit a career ‘profile’ which may be chosen to appear here, on the CIEEM website or in Chartered Ecologist marketing materials. 

If you would be happy to do this, please provide us with a career profile of between 250-500 words by completing and submitting this email.


What Chartered Ecologist status means to the Registrants

Miss Emma Goddard CEcol CEnv MCIEEM

South East Water Ltd 

Emma Goddard

"I applied for Chartered Ecologist status as I felt it was important to be able to demonstrate that I had met the professional standards required to undertake my role in the water industry. 

Obtaining my Chartership was a positive experience, has opened new opportunities and been recognised positively within the company that I work and operate."



Dr Sarah Cox CEcol CEnv MCIEEM

The Ecology Consultancy

Picture of Sarah Jackson"I am lucky I have the job I have always wanted.  The process of becoming Chartered is tough, but it is meant to challenge us.  That way, the sense of achievement is far greater in the end.  The process helps you to distil your strengths and weaknesses and challenges you to look critically at your knowledge and abilities.  It takes and needs time to do it justice. 

As Chartered Ecologists, we now have a responsibility to be leading by example, to mentor others and to share our expertise to ensure our industry provides the highest possible standards and quality across the board."


Dr Alan Feest CEcol MCIEEM

Ecolsulis Ltd and University of Bristol 

Alan Feest

"I was a founder member of IEEM and the creation of a Chartered Institute status for IEEM has been my wish from those early days.  All sorts of people seem to feel entitled to call themselves ecologist and now we can show that this is a serious title respecting substantial professional status similar to my Chartered Civil Engineer colleagues. 

Despite my being a 'non-conforming ecologist' in that I am both an academic and a practising professional ecologist (and theoretically retired!), I found the interview process both friendly and challenging as I expected it to be."


Miss Amy Wright CEcol MCIEEM

Native Ecology

Amy Wright

"I think the introduction of Chartered Ecologist Status will ensure that professionals within the industry strive to maintain the highest standards of practice whilst also advancing our knowledge within this dynamic field.  

The application process was challenging and demanded a high level of experience and knowledge. Therefore, I now feel very proud to have been awarded Chartered status."