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Convenor David Martin
Vice Convenor Vacant
Treasurer Clare McIlwraith
Secretary Bernadette Lobo
Committee members

Phillippa BaronBarry ClarksonAndrew Halcro-Johnston, Gordon Haycock, Alex Keen, Kate Prior, Luke Verrall, Richard Wilson

 

 

Convenor
David Martin CEnv MCIEEM
Senior Environmental Specialist, Natural England

Background
I have a degree in Ecology from the University of Stirling and have worked in conservation and land management for around 25 years, largely in the public sector.  I currently work for Natural England as a specialist leading on the grazing management of upland and grassland habitats, within agri-environment schemes and on designated sites. 

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
I wanted to get more out of my membership of CIEEM, and get to know ecologists and environmental professionals working in different sectors and jobs.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
Growing up I spent a lot of time out of doors and developed an interest in what I saw and experienced around me.  I wanted a job that involved being out in the countryside, sadly now not so frequent!

Interests outside work
Hillwalking and climbing, mountain biking, trout fishing (the wilder the better!), whatever my three kids are up to, food, ale, music, news.

Contact details david.martin@naturalengland.org.uk

 

 

Vice Convenor
Vacant

 

 

 

 

Treasurer
Clare McIlwraith CEnv MCIEEM
Principal Ecologist

Background
Having worked as a consultant ecologist for over 14 years, of which most recently I have been with AECOM for over 6 years. During this time I have gained direct experience of the (trials and tribulations!) of ecological impact assessment on a wide variety of development projects in a number of sectors.

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
I have been a member of the Section committee for three years, during which time I have enjoyed attending and assisting with Section events and meetings.  To share experiences and learn from fellow Section members about their experiences and knowledge within a number of different Environmental Sectors has been beneficial.  Being part of the Committee enables me to become more involved with the Institute at both a local and national level and I look forward to arranging and assisting on more events and activities going forward.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
Like most ecologists the main driver to the day to day work I undertake is to seek to protect and conserve our amazing wildlife and habitats.

Interests outside work
Various stuff when time from domestic bliss allows.  I love to travel, with various wildlife trips planned any given year, walking, music festivals, visiting friends, camping, and running the Yorkshire Amphibian and Reptile Group, which takes up a fair bit of time in the spring and summer!  Other than that, drinking Yorkshire Tea and chilling out....!

Contact details
E-mail: clare.mcilwraith@aecom.com
LinkedIn:  https://uk.linkedin.com/in/clare-mcilwraith-0317856b

 

Secretary
Bernadette Lobo MCIEEM
Principal/Consultant Ecologist

Background
I have served on the committee since its inception and became Secretary when we formalised as a section in 2013. I am fortunate to have had a varied career including the Nature Conservancy Council (now NE), Environment Agency, DEFRA, Babties Ltd, Jacobs Ltd, Flora Locale and more recently working as a self-employed ecological consultant.

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
Joining the committee was a great way to meet ecologists in the Yorkshire and Humber region and also an opportunity to be part of a group of people who are keen to make sure our region has an active regional group. I think we are doing a great job and a lot of people have benefitted from the varied events we have organised.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
I cannot remember ever wanting to do anything else.

What’s your environmental/ecological interest/passion?
I am a generalist at heart and after that there is a very lengthy list of interests and passions.

Interests outside work
Recently qualified permaculturalist, struggling allotment holder, bread maker and owner of a rescue dog now undergoing dog therapy!

 

Committee Member
Phillippa Baron CEnv MCIEEM
Ecologist

Background
I have worked for the Canal & River Trust for the past 11 years.

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
I joined the committee in March 2014 to meet other environmental professionals and increase my knowledge. I also wanted to help arrange section events.  I believe the CIEEM provides an invaluable platform for learning new skills.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
I have always enjoyed working outside and I wanted a job where I feel like a can make a difference to the environment.

I really enjoy the variety projects along the canals and seeing the interesting wildlife.

What’s your environmental/ecological interest/passion?
Arboriculture and aquatic ecosystems.

Contact details
E-mail: Phillippa.baron@canalrivertrust.org.uk
LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/phillippa-baron/33/75b/542

 

  

Committee Member
Barry Clarkson MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Background
I have served on the committee for almost 10 months so I’m relatively new.  I have worked in the environmental sector on and off since finishing university.  I am a Senior Ecologist at Smeeden Foreman Ltd and undertake mainly bat work as I’m a licensed bat surveyor.

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
I wanted to join the committee to help encourage others to take part in environmental activities and to help perpetuate the sharing of knowledge within the ecological field.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
I’ve always had an interest in the environment which was encouraged from an early age by my mother.

What’s your environmental/ecological interest/passion?
I have a passion for bats and invasive weeds!

Interests outside work
Triathlon (swim, bike, run)

Contact details
I’m on Linkedin

 

 

Committee Member
Andrew Halcro-Johnston MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Background
I am a professional ecologist with several years of experience in environmental consultancy. Since 2015 I’ve worked for Amey in York, mainly on rail and highways schemes. I became a CIEEM committee member in 2014.

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
The Yorkshire & Humber Section runs some great events and I wanted to contribute to the development of this. It’s also a really good opportunity to network with other ecologists and share ideas and expertise.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
I enjoy working with wildlife, being outdoors and doing my bit for biodiversity.

What’s your environmental/ecological interest/passion?
My main areas of ecological expertise are habitats and botany, terrestrial mammals and birds. I have a wider interest in environmental issues including renewable energy, climate change and sustainability.

Interests outside work
Hiking, running, cycling, travel, photography and wildlife/nature.

Contact details
uk.linkedin.com/pub/andrew-halcro-johnston/a0/755/605/ 

 

 

Committee Member
Gordon Haycock MCIEEM
Principal Ecologist

Background
I volunteered to convene a Regional Shadow Section in December 2007, and since then have acted as Convenor. We became a formal Geographic Section in March 2013 which was an exciting milestone.

For the last five years I have been a Director at Haycock and Jay Associates Ltd, a specialist ecological consultancy based in Otley, West Yorkshire.

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
I enjoy my CIEEM role and value the opportunity to meet with other Committee members regularly to facilitate events, discuss ideas and shape the way our profession is developing in the region.

Personally, I see the Section activities as a vital part of being a professional ecologist allowing practitioners to meet with other ecologists whether they be working in consultancy, statutory or charity sectors. I feel we achieve a good balance in the practical content of our events whilst also aiming to satisfy the needs of our members for networking and social participation within the professional ecologist community.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
I can’t imagine doing anything else!

What’s your environmental/ecological interest/passion?
I enjoy studying small, resilient plants in vast, open landscapes of moorland and bog. I am Bryophyte Recorder for Wharfedale Naturalists Society.

I am also committed to conservation of amphibians, and over the last six years have established a new population of great crested newt in Wharfedale for conservation purposes.

Interests outside work
Sailing, both dinghy and yacht.

Contact details  http://haycockandjay.co.uk/

 

 

Alex KeenCommittee Member
Alex Keen
Biodiversity and Conservation MSc graduate

Background
I have recently completed a Biodiversity and Conservation MSc degree at the University of Leeds. My research focused on the ectoparasitic communities present on bats in Baja California, Mexico. I have a broad interest in ecology although do show preferences for bats, amphibians and reptiles!

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
I wanted to give myself the opportunity to meet other likeminded people and boost my employment prospects. I look forward to getting involved in committee-led events as well as developing myself as an ecologist.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
Having been fascinated by the natural world for my entire life, the opportunity to work to protect it and spend my working hours surrounded by it almost seems too good to be true.

Interests outside work
Climbing, running and anything that affords me time outside. Ale drinker and long suffering Everton fan.

Contact details
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-keen-1058a264/

 

Kate PriorCommittee Member
Kate Prior

I am a Chartered Ecologist and Chartered Environmentalist with over 10 years of industry experience. I work for Ove Arup and Partners Ltd as a Senior Ecologist and have experience in providing information for planning applications, including all forms of Ecological Impact Assessments, Article 6 (Appropriate) Assessments, protected species and habitat surveys. I also have significant project experience managing the ecological component on large infrastructure schemes.

I am keen to help promote a career in ecology and environmental management and take a greater role in organising CIEEM events within the Yorkshire and the Humber region, both of which I hope to be able to do as a committee member.

 

Committee Member
Luke Verrall Grad CIEEM
Graduate Ecologist

Background
I’ve served on the committee for three year and have worked for WYG since March 2015 as Consultant Ecologist, and previously for AECOM.  I spent one year working for the RSPB at their flagship Minsmere reserve, firstly as a residential volunteer, then latterly employed as Reserve Assistant in 2011. At WYG I organise and carry out a suit of protected species surveys and ornithological surveys for development projects. I write baseline reports, digitise ecological data and co-ordinate surveys with sub-contractors and landowners. My favourite surveys are bird and great crested newt surveys.

Why did you want to join the Committee and what do you get out of it?
I want to help organise a range of exciting events for those in the environment sector enjoy networking with a wide variety of people I can learn so much from.

Why did you want to work in the environmental sector?
Nature is awesome. There’s so much human environmental degradation in the world and I knew I had to do something to speak up for our voiceless natural world. I wanted a career surrounded by wildlife and the great outdoors, where I can do my best to protect our fragile planet.

What’s your environmental/ecological interest/passion?
Wildlife, all sorts! Climate change, pollution and waste.

Interests outside work
Acting, music, festivals, hiking, cycling, swimming, environmental campaigning.

Contact details
LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/lgverrall
E-mail: luke.verrall@wyg.com 

 

 

Committee Member
Richard Wilson

I am an experienced ecologist and Chartered Environmentalist who has worked in the environmental sector for almost 20 years; within the consultancy sector since 2001. I have a broad range of skills and experience obtained through project and continued professional development, supporting a diverse range of clients within the private, public and non-governmental sectors, focussing on my core specialisms of invertebrate and avian ecology. This technical speciality combined with my broad experience will enhance the delivery of the group for members in the Yorkshire region and offer an increasingly diverse portfolio within the committee.

 

 

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