Team

Team

Meet some of the team...

We firmly believe that our valued team of ecologists, surveyors, arborists 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. In 2018 we were proud winners of The Small-Scale Ecological Consultancy of the Year Award given by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) who are our industry’s leading professional body. Receiving this national award gives recognition to GES’s commitment to developing team members, its efforts in promoting the profession and the excellent standard of work the company has achieved. In 2016 we were winners of The Build Magazines Sustainable Building Awards 'Best Ecological Solutions Company and Innovation in Green Infrastructure’ for the South East of England. We have pleased to have such a truly amazing team...

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 while supporting clients through their schemes. ... 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 while supporting clients through their schemes.

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.

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.

Guy is a registered consultant with Natural England allowing him to conduct work under the Low Impact Bat Licence (LICL) which has assisted an array of clients with licensable works.

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

With a strong interest in planning and protected species Guy 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 thrives on building strong relationships with clients, providing great customer care and mentoring members of the ecology team. He is very focused on finding solutions for projects and has a huge level of experience with UK & EU protective species legislation and UK planning policy.

As a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a member of the L7 Apprenticeships Scheme Trailblazer Group for the Occupation of Ecologist and Environmental Managers Guy is evolved in pushing forward industry standards.

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, various schools, colleges and architect companies.

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Joseph Dyson

Senior Ecologist

Joseph has worked full-time in professional ecological consultancy since 2014 and has gained a great deal of experience in ecology working across various sectors and collaborating with different disciplines.... read more...

Joseph Dyson

Senior Ecologist

Joseph has worked full-time in professional ecological consultancy since 2014 and has gained a great deal of experience in ecology working across various sectors and collaborating with different disciplines. Joseph has experience in surveying for a wide variety of flora and fauna including European Protected Species (EPS) such as great crested newts and bats as well as UK protected species such as barn owl, reptiles and badgers.

Joseph also has a great deal of experience in office based ecology works including producing maps, handling and analysing data, and writing reports including: protected species reports, BREEAM and code for sustainable housing (CfSH) reports, Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRA) and ecology chapters of environmental impact statements (EcIA/EIA). Joseph has worked and project managed across a wide range of sectors including residential (both small and large scale), energy and infrastructure (including both rail and highway).

Joseph has liaised with clients, local authorities and governing bodies, as well as collaborated with other disciplines across all of these sectors and managed projects ranging from small-scale local developments to large regional and national scale projects. Joseph holds personal survey licenses for a number of protected species such as great crested newts, including an addition to use box traps as an alternative method and a licence permitting him to survey for great crested newts in Wales; bats; and barn owls.

Joseph joined Greenspace in early 2019, in his previous positions Joseph was primarily based in the midlands but worked across the UK, including both Wales and Scotland. Joseph therefore has experience of surveying for protected species across the UK and liaising with various local authorities across England.

Outside of work Joseph is a member of multiple bat groups and has taken part in a number of bat monitoring projects, mist netting, harp trapping and radio tracking bats including: a monitoring program of bats within the Wyre Forest; the national Nathusius project; the Nottinghamshire Barbastelle project.

Joseph has also previously volunteered for both the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and the Worcestershire Biological Record Centre, representing the organisations at public events and participating in National Lottery funded projects.

Florence Hodsdon

Operations Director

Florence manages the office administration, business development, HR and monitors project delivery. Over the years she 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

Operations Director

Florence manages the office administration, business development, HR and monitors project delivery. Over the years she 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 client care, monitoring project delivery, tendering, financial management, staff wellbeing and general administration.

Overseeing survey scheduling (sometimes this is the most challenging part of her role due to weather, access issues, H&S, survey time restraints etc) Florence works alongside clients and the GES project lead team on survey scheduling and co-ordinates both the admin and ecology teams to keep projects moving.

Constantly assessing business development and team training opportunities, Florence pushes these forward and is full of ideas. With an eye for finding great CPD opportunities she helps to develop and support team members, oversees all HR and recruitment for the company and is a firm believer in ‘Positive Team = Positive Outcomes’.

Florence also helps to oversee H&S in the workplace alongside our Health & Safety Co-ordinator. As the company as evolved Florence has managed to introduction of Citation, a national company whom provide Health and Safety and HR support to businessess. This has involved an assessment of all company polices, contracts etc.

Florence has worked with design companies on various marketing campaigns for GES and has implemented the design and fruition of a new company website. She is currently working on and implementing a strategy in which GES can keep clients up to date on various topics related to ecology and company news and always wanting to do well to support this she is undertaking further study on online marketing.

Outside of work Florence enjoys spending time with family and friends, hot yoga, weight training, running, reading and planning, as we said... she is full of ideas! She is also involved with volunteering as a PTA member at her children’s school and having completed the London to Brighton 100km Challenge in 28hrs, the Brighton Marathon and several RED January’s (Run Every Day in January for the Mind Charity) she is now looking at her next outdoor physical challenge.

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Paul White

Senior Ecologist and Health & Saftey Coordinator

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 and Health & Saftey Coordinator

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.

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 has experience of protected species surveys and European Protected Species Licence applications and mitigation strategies and has managed both small-scale domestic projects as well as large-scale projects with a typical value of £100k - £200k.

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 client’s behalf.

Paul holds a Natural England GCN Licence, has attended courses such as the Advanced Course in Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) run by CIEEM 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.

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

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

Matthew Rohner

Ecologist

Matthew manages a variety of projects and conducts ecological survey work in support of planning applications and undertakes PEA’s, Botanical and Protected Species Surveys.... read more...

Matthew Rohner

Ecologist

Matthew manages a variety of projects and conducts ecological survey work in support of planning applications and undertakes PEA’s, Botanical and Protected Species Surveys.

Specialising in herpetology and ornithology, Matt is an experienced surveyor of protected species including great crested newt, natterjack toad, bats, birds, reptiles (including sand lizard), water vole, otter and badger and holds a Natural England Great Crested Newt Class Licence.

Additionally, Matt is well versed in technical report writing and the implementation of ecological mitigation strategies. With a wide range of electronic mapping skills, Matt produces CAD designed drawings and figures for reports, NET Gain and EPSM licences.

Matt also acts as an ecological clerk of works, conducts destructive searches, and is experienced in the trapping and translocation of amphibians and reptiles.

With a large multi-disciplinary Engineering, Environmental and Mining consultancy background, Matt has an eye for detail and great project management skills. Matt assists clients with ecological advice and produces an array of reports, management plans, sections of EPSM Licences and detailed desk studies.

Matt is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has gained a MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation from Nottingham Trent University and a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Brighton.

Matt has volunteered in the UK and abroad at wildlife sanctuaries, reserves, and as a research assistant for Curtin University in Western Australia. He has also previously had the pleasure of working as a volunteer assistant ecologist behind the scenes on ‘Foxes Live: Wild in the City’ in conjunction with Channel 4 and Dr. Dawn Scott of the University of Brighton. In his spare Matt enjoys testing his ornithology skills, hiking, camping, socialising with friends, and going to live music events.

Martin Rann

Ecologist

Martin works as an Ecologist running projects and conducting surveys for an array of schemes. Martin conducts PEA’s, has surveyed for Bats (including radio-tracking), Barn Owl, Breeding Birds, Reptiles, Badger, Dormice and Great Crested Newts and has worked as ECoW.... read more...

Martin Rann

Ecologist

Martin works as an Ecologist running projects and conducting surveys for an array of schemes. Martin conducts PEA’s, has surveyed for Bats (including radio-tracking), Barn Owl, Breeding Birds, Reptiles, Badger, Dormice and Great Crested Newts and has worked as ECoW.

Having started his career within ecological consultancy in 2016, working for various sized companies in the UK, Martin has experience on an array of projects including HS2, small scale housing and industrial developments.

Having joined GES as an Assistant Ecologist while completing his BSc in Ecology at University of Brighton, Martin progressed to Ecologist level within his first year. Martin works closely with clients, guiding them through their schemes and raising ideas for mitigation measures along the way.

Martin is a Qualifying member of CIEEM, has gained qualifications in History and Countryside Management, and has a BSc in Ecology from the University of Brighton.

As a keen ornithologist, his passions for birds has led him to volunteering at a local bird of prey centre helping with care and displays, dedicating time to the Horsham Tawny Owl Project and attending courses focused on the ecology and surveying techniques of barn owls while working towards his licence.

Martin has volunteered with several wildlife groups across the globe, in the UK, South Africa and South America following his passions of conservation, he also enjoys water sports and has spent a considerable time working within the water sports industry as an instructor.

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.

Tanya Rowlinson

Ecologist

Tanya manages an array of projects and undertakes a variety of surveys including those of PEA’s, reptile, GCN, bat and dormouse. ... read more...

Tanya Rowlinson

Ecologist

Tanya manages an array of projects and undertakes a variety of surveys including those of PEA’s, reptile, GCN, bat and dormouse.

She has a keen eye for detail and starting at GES in 2018 as a Graduate Ecologist on a fixed term contract, she has worked through her role as an assistant ecologist and now works at Ecologist level.

Having continued to develop her skills and knowledge, Tanya produces an array of technical reports including; Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Management Plans and detailed desk studies. She conducts sonogram analysis and helps with data management and assists with the drafting of EPSM Licences. During her time at GES she has become proficient in the use of CAD and has built on her knowledge of UK and EU protective species legislation, the UK planning system and various mitigation methods.

Tanya enjoys all things botany and spends much of her time learning about botanical species and habitat types within and around the local area. Being fortunately positioned in close proximity to Scotney Castle, Tanya is also currently working towards her dormouse licence and hopes to soon obtain her Class 1 GCN survey licence soon.

A Qualifying Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Tanya has gained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behavioral Science and Welfare from the University of Greenwich. Her thesis subject of ‘the efficacy of reptile translocations for effective conservation’ also enable her to gain an MSc in Advanced Wildlife Conservation from Bristol University.

A lover of the great outdoors, Tanya has volunteered on a range of conservation projects in Thailand, Malaysia, Spain and the UK. Always keen to help, Tanya is a member of The Mammal Society and the Sussex Amphibian and Reptile group. Tanya currently volunteers at Folly Wildlife Rescue and assists with conducting bat hibernation checks in Kent when time allows.

Outside of work, Tanya enjoys nothing more than going for afternoon tea’s, baking and playing netball to competition standard.

Gemma Abela

Bat Ecologist & Data Co-ordinator

With a keen interest in bats, Gemma runs Bat related projects across a range of sectors. She has experience of residential developments, utilities and commercial projects, worked on parkland projects and has a keen eye for design.... read more...

Gemma Abela

Bat Ecologist & Data Co-ordinator

With a keen interest in bats, Gemma runs Bat related projects across a range of sectors. She has experience of residential developments, utilities and commercial projects, worked on parkland projects and has a keen eye for design.

Working across various departments, gaining project management and a range ecological experience Gemma has been with GES since 2015.

Gemma enjoys conducting bat scoping and activity surveys, data analysis and interpretation, compiling mitigation strategies and ensuring that all important project timing and coordination remains on point.

Guiding clients through their schemes and ensuring they remain informed throughout, Gemma has a keen eye for detail and produces technical reports and is involved with the production of Bat EPSM Licence applications, BLICL applications and the relevant sections of EcIA’s. Having worked on projects ranging from domestic to multi-phased developments Gemma’s project management skills shines through.

Gemma manage all GES survey data and is often found scrutinising both in house and out of house data sets to generate new and improved methods of data/document management, and data interpretation and display within reports. Training sessions on Data Management and Processing Systems for the GES are also developed and run by Gemma.

Gemma specialises in MS Office products including template creation, formatting and Power Point. Drawing on her academic interest in environmental modelling, her background in the Design and Marketing Industry and experience as a Projects Executive for a leading London recruitment company, Gemma draws upon her various talents within her current role. Known within the company as our very own 'Data Rock Star' she even has the t-shirt to prove it!

Gemma is a Qualifying Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has a 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 Elekon Expert Batlogger/BatExplorer Training and puts these skills in the action often.

In her spare time Gemma volunteers for the Kent Bat Group, conducting monitoring projects for bats these including hibernation checks, transect surveys and emergence surveys of known maternity roosts. Gemma enjoys a busy family life, gym training, cooking and is involved as a volunteer for a children’s theatre and dance company in Tunbridge Wells.

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.

Harriet Pitman

Operations Administrator

Harriet has worked in operations and logistics for many years. Her organisational skills help to keep the businesses admin moving along smoothly and she is often the first point of contact for clients. Harriet’s role is varied, and every day is different.... read more...

Harriet Pitman

Operations Administrator

Harriet has worked in operations and logistics for many years. Her organisational skills help to keep the businesses admin moving along smoothly and she is often the first point of contact for clients. Harriet’s role is varied, and every day is different.

Harriet provides general office support and is involved with processing project commissions, the scheduling in of surveys and checking access and H&S ahead of site visits. She also monitors the company TOIL system, maintains an up to date project management system and assists our accounts administrator with various duties. Currently she is studying a HR qualification and hopes to have this completed by the end of the year.

With a background as a Learning Operations Coordinator for a training organisation and as a HR and Training Administrator for a disability and support service she is using those transferrable skills and experiences within this role with great enthusiasm.

Outside of work Harriet has a love of music and teaches Piano to all levels and ages. She loves being outdoors and is an avid nature photographer and in particular loves taking macro pictures of flowers and wildlife. Last year she went on a canoeing and bush craft course and is looking for the next adventure to use the new skills she learnt. When she is not outdoors with her camera she loves reading, mindfulness, yoga and board games.

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.