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Team

Team

Meet some of the team...

We firmly believe that our valued team of ecologist, surveyors and administrators are key to the delivery of high quality work and great customer care. We are passionate about our projects and each team member plays a vital role in project delivery and our success. We encourage each member to pursue regular in house and external training, attend groups, events and take part in various CPD opportunities throughout the year. We are pleased to be solution-focused and motivated to deliver.

In 2016 we were proud winners of The Build Magazines Sustainable Building Awards 'Best Ecological Solutions Company and Innovation in Green Infrastructure’ for the South East of England. This is a true credit to our team and we thank them greatly for this.

Guy Newman

Director & Principal Ecologist

Having founded Greenspace Ecological Solutions in 2011, Guy has a clear vision to build a strong, dynamic and multi-disciplined team who deliver a wide range of high quality ecological services to a broad range of clients.... read more...

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Guy Newman

Director & Principal Ecologist

Having founded Greenspace Ecological Solutions in 2011, Guy has a clear vision to build a strong, dynamic and multi-disciplined team who deliver a wide range of high quality ecological services to a broad range of clients.

Guy gained an ecological degree after a long career within the UK utilities industry, the combination of commercial, project management and ecological background has provided a firm foundation for the provision of sound advice and ecological input for various size of projects.

With a strong interest in planning and protected species he has consulted on a wide range of projects ranging from commercial and domestic developments, renewable energy and public sector; including educational, infrastructure, recreational and health care schemes.

Guy holds a Natural England Class 2 Bat Licence and Great Crested Newt Licence and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management CIEEM. He has produced European Protected Species Mitigation licence applications (EPSM Licences) for both Bats and Great Crested Newts and also works regularly on Management Plans, Ecological Impact Assessments, and protected species mitigation strategies.

Guy enjoys identifying ecological constraints and resolutions throughout a range of projects and has assisted on a variety of Master Plans for residential developments.

Taking pride in each team member’s professional development Guy has completed the CIEEM Train the Trainer Course and implements this in both in-house training sessions and external presentations. Over the years Guy has been invited to give presentations regarding ‘The Role of an Ecologist’, ‘An Insight to the Ecological Industry’ and ‘How Ecology Can Affect Your Project’ to universities, colleges and architect companies.

Guy thrives on building strong relationships with clients and mentoring members of the ecology team. He is very focused on finding solutions for projects.

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Paul White

Senior Ecologist

Paul has worked in professional consultancy since 2005, he provides ecological input to all stages of projects from Phase I Habitat Surveys, identification of ecological constraints and opportunities to inform masterplans for large sites, through to post planning discharge of conditions and on-si... read more...

Paul White

Senior Ecologist

Paul has worked in professional consultancy since 2005, he provides ecological input to all stages of projects from Phase I Habitat Surveys, identification of ecological constraints and opportunities to inform masterplans for large sites, through to post planning discharge of conditions and on-site ecological supervision. He has experience of protected species surveys and European Protected Species Licence applications and mitigation strategies. He has experience of managing large-scale projects with a typical value of £100k - £200k and is a strong report writer and reviewer.

Paul has written Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) for proposed power station redevelopments, biomass plants, bridge schemes, and a proposed brownfield site adjacent to SSSIs and SNCIs. He attended an Advanced Course in Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) 2016 and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). He has also gained an advanced postgraduate diploma in Environmental Decision-Making and a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology.

He is an experienced investor relations/communications professional with a keen interest in Corporate Social Responsibility. Over the years Paul has conducted and co-ordinating surveys on various sized projects including rail, residential and commercial schemes, written management plans and liaised with town planners, planning agents and construction companies on the clients behalf.

Paul’s has experience in delivery of training workshops, direct consultancy support, auditing and resource efficiency support. Paul has previously worked with both small and large organisations across a wide range of sectors, implementing recognised standards such as ISO 14001 and BS 8555.

Prior to working within ecological consultancies Paul worked in Investor Relations and Group Environment Management for a large FTSE 100 company. Paul has strong professional and academic experience of Ecology, Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Sustainability and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and is a competent project manager.

Paul’s role as Health & Safety Co-Ordinator means he is constantly assessing potential risks that our ecology team may find on site. He is currently reviewing the company’s current H&S policies and is designing a new system for risk assessment preparation and implementation to be in place in 2017.

When not working Paul enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling and is a member of a local running group.

James Johnston

Senior Ecologist

James manages a variety of projects and conducts ecological survey work in support of planning applications, Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, CfSH/BREEAM.... read more...

James Johnston

Senior Ecologist

James manages a variety of projects and conducts ecological survey work in support of planning applications, Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, CfSH/BREEAM. James co-ordinates and undertakes Phase I Habitat surveys and an array of protected species surveys, including bats, great crested newts, dormice, reptile, water vole and badger. He assists in the implementation of mitigation strategies and conducts ECoW for various size of projects.

James produces survey reports, management plans and sections of EPSM Licences. He has a wide range of electronic mapping skills and produces CAD designed mapping and figures for both reports and licences.

James joined Greenspace Ecological Solutions as an Ecologist after working within the conservation and ecology sector in the North of England.

Currently James is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc degree in Biological Sciences and subsequently spent an extended period in South Africa involved with primate conservation and then returned to the UK to work for an ecological consultancy.

James holds a Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation, a Natural England GCN Licence and a Natural England Class 1 Bat Licence.

Outside of work James is a Member the Kent Bat Group and volunteers as an assistant on local hibernation checks and has recently started enjoying joining in with dormouse surveys for a local dormouse group.

As former Captain of Birmingham University Rugby League Team James continues to play as a full back locally as well as competitive cricket and recreational tennis. He is also involved with a local cycle group which meet at the weekends and tour the surrounding area. He is a keen movie buff and is often found quoting lines from Lord of the Rings while in the office.

Linnet Whiston

Ecologist

Linnet undertakes Phase I Habitat, Botanical and Protected Species Surveys. Linnet holds a Natural England Great Crested Newt licence, and regularly undertakes reptiles, dormouse and bat surveys gathering a wealth of knowledge to enable her to work towards other Natural England survey licences.... read more...

Linnet Whiston

Ecologist

Linnet undertakes Phase I Habitat, Botanical and Protected Species Surveys. Linnet holds a Natural England Great Crested Newt licence, and regularly undertakes reptiles, dormouse and bat surveys gathering a wealth of knowledge to enable her to work towards other Natural England survey licences. Linnet also acts as an ecological clerk of works and conducts destructive searches, trapping and translocation of reptiles and amphibians and is keen to partake in bird surveys as these are her passion.

With an eye for detail, Linnet produces an array of reports, management plans and sections of EPSM Licences and has a true skill with detailed desk studies and analysing records data. She is currently gaining experience in sonogram analysis and has recently gained CAD skills.

Linnet is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc degree in Biological Sciences, holds a Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation and has an OCN Certificate in Ecological Assessment. During her studies she spent several weeks at Montana State University assisting Dr Billie Kerans’ project on the health of the Milk River.

Linnet joined Greenspace Ecological Solutions as an assistant ecologist after working as a trainee Assistant Ecologist at Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy in partnership with the LEMUR Project, since then Linnet has been promoted to Ecologist and is now running her own projects.

Linnet volunteers for the British Trust for Ornithology and conducts voluntary dormouse surveys in her spare time and is a keen hiker and member of a local walkers club. She often plans walking holidays and has completing the Northumberland Coastal Path as well as a section of the Juan De Fuca Trail Canada. Linnet is an enthusiast for the 1920s and 1930s Harlem dance craze Lindy Hop and loves to travel about to join in dance night events across the South East.

Gemma Costin

Assistant Ecologist

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Gemma Costin

Assistant Ecologist

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Kate Baldock

Affiliate Ecologist

Kate has 10 years’ experience as an ecological consultant and has worked with Greenspace Ecological Solutions on an array of projects since the company began.... read more...

Kate Baldock

Affiliate Ecologist

Kate has 10 years’ experience as an ecological consultant and has worked with Greenspace Ecological Solutions on an array of projects since the company began.

Kate holds Natural England survey licences for Bats, Great Crested Newts, Dormice, Smooth Snakes and Sand Lizards, and a bat roost visitor licence. Kate has a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation and has a wide range of skills in habitat and protected species surveying, identification, mitigation and habitat creation. She regularly assists us with a variety of surveys, technical reporting and project or industry discussions.

Kate is named ecologist on EPS mitigation licences for dormice and bats and has worked on a range of projects, including small and large scale private housing schemes and the geotechnical stabilisation of highway embankments.

Genevieve Labram

Graduate Ecologist

Genevieve is the newest member to our team having joined the GES early in 2017 as a Graduate Ecologist. Enrolled to aid the existing team with surveys, translocations, desk studies and reporting, she has a particular love of botany and a love of conducting hedgerow surveys.... read more...

Genevieve Labram

Graduate Ecologist

Genevieve is the newest member to our team having joined the GES early in 2017 as a Graduate Ecologist. Enrolled to aid the existing team with surveys, translocations, desk studies and reporting, she has a particular love of botany and a love of conducting hedgerow surveys.

After gaining a BSc in Ecology at the University of East Anglia Genevieve (Gen) completed a MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter. During her MSc she took on extracurricular work through a ‘Green Consultant’ programme and was trained in energy, waste and water audits for commercial buildings. While studying at Exeter she was also involved in updating and improving the University of Exeter’s Biodiversity Action Plan and during this time she gained experience in liaising with clients on their requirements and expectations, team management, problem solving and contacting stakeholders.

In May 2016 Genevieve was selected to take part in an intensive ecological consultancy training programme with Operation New World where she gained some experience of Phase 1 surveys, various species specific surveys, Landscape Character Assessments and an Environmental Impact Assessments. Working as an Assistant Instructor at Sayers Croft in 2014 – 2015, Gen led groups aged 6-18 on educational sessions including mammal trapping, bat walks, plant ID skills and other ecological subjects as well as outdoor pursuit activities.

Gen has also spent the last few years volunteering for various wildlife charities such as Kent Wildlife Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and Norfolk Wildlife Trust and is currently conducting breeding bird surveys for an ongoing research project for KWT. Among other things, Gen has also volunteered for organisations and research groups such as Global Vision International and Frontier International, has co-founded an independent student lead campaign called ‘Ban the Bottle’.

Ollie Kemp

Assistant Ecologist

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Ollie Kemp

Assistant Ecologist

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Steve Songhurst

Field Surveyor

Steve has been asisting Greenspace Ecological Solutions as a field surveyor for several years. Steve holds a Natural England (NE) Dormice Survey Licence and also trains ecologists and volunteers to gain their own NE Dormice Survey Licence.... read more...

Steve Songhurst

Field Surveyor

Steve has been asisting Greenspace Ecological Solutions as a field surveyor for several years. Steve holds a Natural England (NE) Dormice Survey Licence and also trains ecologists and volunteers to gain their own NE Dormice Survey Licence. Steve participates in many national monitoring programmes, including for dormice, bats and water voles.

Also managing a local urban nature reserve, Steve loves creating and improving wildlife habitats, particularly for reptiles and amphibians. He has manged many reptile relocation programmes and has a very practical understanding of the correct survey conditions.

After 25 years in the finance industry Steve gained a first class honours degree in conservation and in his spare time he plays an active role in Kent’s specialist amphibian and reptile group (KRAG), plus the counties mammal group.

Spending his childhood forever wandering the fields, hedgerows, woods & streams of Kent he developed a love and fascination of nature, which has never left him. He is a true field naturalist and after more than fifty years of exploring nature has a wealth of knowledge on the natural world.

Over the years Steve has assisted the company with dormouse surveys, ECoW, bat, reptile and GCN surveys plus team training on habitat creation and dormouse skills. He is a great sounding board for ideas and regularly enjoys a debate on wildlife policy and national trials.

Steve Stanley

Field Surveyor

Steve has been assisting Greenspace Ecological Solutions as a seasonal field surveyor since 2013.... read more...

Steve Stanley

Field Surveyor

Steve has been assisting Greenspace Ecological Solutions as a seasonal field surveyor since 2013. Over the years he has assisted the company with bat, badger, reptile and GCN surveys, reptile translocation projects and acted as Ecological Clerk of Works on a wide range of sites across the South of England.

Steve has gained a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Conservation and holds a Natural England (NE) Great Crested Newt Licence. With experience of conducting bat surveys since 2009 Steve is currently working towards his Natural England Class I bat licence.

Steve is an active member of the Kent Mammal Group, and designs their quarterly magazine publication ‘Quadrupedia’ which features environmental articles, news and upcoming training events.

In his spare time Steve is a Wildlife Artist, he enjoys studying mammals to produce colourful, playful images and works with clients on commission pieces for brochures etc and he also works on environmental art design and direction for video games.

Rachel Bates

Field Surveyor

Rachel has been assisting Greenspace Ecological Solutions either as a part time ecologist or field surveyor since 2013. Now based in Cambridge, Rachel assists us on occasion with surveys nearer her new location.... read more...

Rachel Bates

Field Surveyor

Rachel has been assisting Greenspace Ecological Solutions either as a part time ecologist or field surveyor since 2013. Now based in Cambridge, Rachel assists us on occasion with surveys nearer her new location.

Rachel holds both Great Crested Newt and Dormouse Natural England Licences as well as a Class 2 Bat Licence. She has gained a Bsc (Hons) in Environmental Conservation and National Diploma in Countryside Management and has recently qualified as a tree climber.

Rachel assists us with a range of protected species and habitat surveys, including Extended Phase 1 habitat survey and species-specific surveys, including bats, GCN, reptiles and dormice. She has over the years acted as Ecological Clerk of Works on a large array of projects and overseen several roof strips under licence for us.

Rachel volunteers for the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme, BCN Wildlife Trust, and Bedfordshire Bat Group and enjoys bat research trips to the Greek islands most summers. She has also been working with People’s Trust for Endangered Species on dormouse mitigation research projects.

Olly Edmonds

Field Surveyor

Olly has been assisting Greenspace Ecological Solutions as a seasonal field surveyor since the beginning of 2016 and has worked on an array of surveys and acted as Ecological Clerk of Works on several projects.... read more...

Olly Edmonds

Field Surveyor

Olly has been assisting Greenspace Ecological Solutions as a seasonal field surveyor since the beginning of 2016 and has worked on an array of surveys and acted as Ecological Clerk of Works on several projects. Olly holds a Natural England survey licence for great crested newts and has significant experience undertaking surveys for bats, reptiles and other protected species. Having been involved in professional bat surveys and conservation projects for over five years, he is currently working towards his Class 1 Bat Licence.

With over 5 years’ experience within ecological consultancy and having gained a BSc in Ecological Science and an MSc in Land Restoration and Reclamation, Olly has worked both for local and central government, most recently as a scientist for Defra working on agri environment policy. Olly's research interest focusses around the development of efficient and effective approaches to restore and manage the wider countryside to ensure ecological resilience which consider the conservation needs of priority species and the multiple demands on land and ecosystems.

Alongside his role as a field ecologist, Olly designs and builds furniture working out of a workshop in London. He can often be found walking the South Downs or further afield in Dartmoor and the Brecon Beacons when he gets the chance.

Florence Hodsdon

Office Manager

Florence manages the office administration, business development, HR and monitors project delivery. Florence has worked hard at developing a Project Management System (PMS) which allows the team to work closely with clients, keeping projects on track.... read more...

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Florence Hodsdon

Office Manager

Florence manages the office administration, business development, HR and monitors project delivery. Florence has worked hard at developing a Project Management System (PMS) which allows the team to work closely with clients, keeping projects on track. With a strong PMS the company has grown year on year and supports its clients throughout their schemes, this is something Florence is very proud of.

Florence has a wealth of experience with customer care and people management. Her day to day role includes ensuring customer care, monitoring project delivery, general administration, tendering & financial management and often the most challenging of them all is survey scheduling (due to weather, access issues, H&S, survey time restraints etc).

Florence is constantly assessing business development and team training opportunities and pushes these forward. With an eye for finding great CPD opportunities she helps to develop and support team members. Florence oversees all HR and recruitment for the company and is a firm believer in ‘Positive Team = Positive Outcomes’. She also helps to manage H&S in the workplace alongside our Health & Safety Co-ordinator.

Over the last few years Florence has also worked with design companies on various marketing campaigns for GES. She has implemented the design and fruition of a new company website and is currently working on an informative e-newsletter template aimed to keep clients up to date on various topics related to ecology and the company.

Outside of work Florence enjoys spending time with family and friends, hot yoga, running, reading and planning, she is always full of ideas! Having completed the London to Brighton 100km Challenge in 28hrs she is now preparing to take part in he first Marathon. Each year Florence also enjoys taking part in RED January (Run Every Day in January for the Mind Charity).

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Gemma Abela

Office Administrator / Data Co-ordinator

Gemma organises all survey data, she is highly involved in data mapping and sonogramme analysis and has a keen eye for detail. Often found checking over data and coming up with ideas on document management and visual display for reports, she is very much a ‘Can Do’ person.... read more...

Gemma Abela

Office Administrator / Data Co-ordinator

Gemma organises all survey data, she is highly involved in data mapping and sonogramme analysis and has a keen eye for detail. Often found checking over data and coming up with ideas on document management and visual display for reports, she is very much a ‘Can Do’ person.

Since starting in 2015 Gemma has created a more streamline TOIL monitoring system for the GES team which has been implemented with great success. She provides general office support and specialises in MS Office products including template creation, formatting, Power Point and Excel.

Gemma has gained an MSc in Environmental Modelling, Monitoring and Management, a BA (Hons) in Geography of Africa and Asia and has completed PRINCE2 Practitioner Level training. She has also completed the Elekon Expert Batlogger/BatExplorer Training Day and puts these skills in action often.

With a background in the Design Industry, experience as a Practice Manager in an NHS practice and as a HR Projects Executive for a leading London recruitment company, along with her academic interest in environmental modelling Gemma uses various skill sets within her role with GES. She is known within the company as our very own 'Data Rock Star' and even has a t-shirt to prove it.

Gemma enjoys family life, running and cooking and regularly volunteers for a children’s theatre and dance company in Tunbridge Wells.

Susie Arthur

Accounts Administrator

Susie started with Greenspace Ecological Solutions in 2014 and undertakes everyday bookkeeping tasks, reconciling records, paying suppliers, invoicing, payroll and reporting on expenses and budget variances.... read more...

Susie Arthur

Accounts Administrator

Susie started with Greenspace Ecological Solutions in 2014 and undertakes everyday bookkeeping tasks, reconciling records, paying suppliers, invoicing, payroll and reporting on expenses and budget variances. Since joining GES Susie has implemented a more streamline system for financial procedures and has set up a two tiered company pension scheme.

With a background in accountancy practice Susie has a Foundation and Certificate Level ACCA Qualification, is a certified QuickBooks Advisor specialising in the integration of online bookkeeping software as well as an expert user of Sage Line 50 and Sage Payroll software.

Susie graduated from Wye College, University of London with a BSc degree in Rural Environmental Studies and although she offers business support at GES she also enjoys being assimilated in an ecological consultancy. Having joined GES after managing the accounts of several small businesses and charities in London and the local area Susie offers a forward thinking approach to accounting software and financial systems.

When not working Susie spends much of her free time with her family off-road cycling and sampling the local restaurants.

Howie Dog

Wonder Dog

Howie is a valued member of the team, always making the team smile and helping to keep team members feet warm in the winter by laying on them. He is always pleased to meet any clients who come to the office and welcomes them with a wagging tail.... read more...

Howie Dog

Wonder Dog

Howie is a valued member of the team, always making the team smile and helping to keep team members feet warm in the winter by laying on them. He is always pleased to meet any clients who come to the office and welcomes them with a wagging tail.

Ensuring team fitness no matter what the weather, Howie likes going on lunchtime walks around the country estate.