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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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.

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.

Joseph Dyson

Senior Ecologist

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Joseph Dyson

Senior Ecologist

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Matthew Rohner

Ecologist

Matt undertakes Phase I Habitat, Botanical and Protected Species Surveys and holds a Natural England Great Crested Newt Class Licence.... read more...

Matthew Rohner

Ecologist

Matt undertakes Phase I Habitat, Botanical and Protected Species Surveys and holds a Natural England Great Crested Newt Class Licence. Having joined the GES team in 2018, 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. Additionally, Matt is well versed in technical report writing and the implementation of ecological mitigation strategies.

Specialising in herpetology and ornithology, 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 is enjoying the varied nature of the work at GES.

Having 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 experienced in sonogram analysis and has recently gained CAD skills which he uses for site mapping.

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 both at home in the UK and abroad in 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 watching live music.

Gemma Abela

Data Co-ordinator & Assistant Bat Ecologist

Gemma starting at GES as a member of the Admin team in 2015 and since then has moved to the Ecology department due to her growing interest and experience with bats and skill set with processing data, project management and client liaison.... read more...

Gemma Abela

Data Co-ordinator & Assistant Bat Ecologist

Gemma starting at GES as a member of the Admin team in 2015 and since then has moved to the Ecology department due to her growing interest and experience with bats and skill set with processing data, project management and client liaison. Gemma manages 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, data interpretation and visual display for reports. With her interest in bats and the management of bat projects Gemma is currently working towards her bat licence and enjoys talking through survey data, mitigation measures, and project timings. She is also highly involved with the production of Bat EPSM Licence applications, technical reports and electronic mapping using CAD. Through her experience within the admin team, Gemma assists with the scheduling of bat surveys, tendering, client liaison and project monitoring. She provides both ecological and 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 the action often. With a background in the Design and Marketing Industry, experience 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. In her spare time Gemma volunteers in Kent, conducting monitoring projects for bats these include hibernation checks, transect surveys and general emergence surveys. Gemma enjoys a busy family life, gym training and cooking and is involved as a volunteer for a children’s theatre and dance company in Tunbridge Wells.

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

Assistant Ecologist

Tanya assists with undertaking a variety of surveys including PEA’s, reptile and GCN surveys, relocation and translocations; bat scoping, bat activity and emergence surveys and dormouse surveys. Tanya is keen to learn as much as she can about ecological consultancy and has a keen eye for detail.... read more...

Tanya Rowlinson

Assistant Ecologist

Tanya assists with undertaking a variety of surveys including PEA’s, reptile and GCN surveys, relocation and translocations; bat scoping, bat activity and emergence surveys and dormouse surveys. Tanya is keen to learn as much as she can about ecological consultancy and has a keen eye for detail. Since starting at GES in 2018 as a Graduate Ecologist and gaining key skills within that role, she has now become an Assistant Ecologist.

Tanya assists in the production of an array of reports including preliminary ecological appraisals, management plans, EPSM Licences and detailed desk studies. She conducts sonogram analysis and helps with data management. During her time at GES she has gained CAD skills which she uses for site mapping and is building on her knowledge of UK and EU protective species legislation, the UK planning system and various mitigation methods.

Tanya is gaining experience across a range of habitat and species surveys and is currently working towards both her dormouse and GCN licences.

Tanya is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has gained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare from the University of Greenwich and a MSc in Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice from Bristol University, undertaking her thesis in the efficacy of reptile translocations for effective conservation. This helped develop her keen interest in reptile and amphibian ecology.

Tanya has volunteered in Thailand, Malaysia, Spain and the UK in a range of conservation projects and is now volunteering when she can with bat hibernation checks in Kent. Tanya is a member of The Mammal Society and the Sussex Amphibian and Reptile group.

Outside of work, Tanya enjoys going for afternoon tea’s, baking and is an avid netball player and has been playing competitively for several years.

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.

Martin Rann

Assistant Ecologist

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Martin Rann

Assistant Ecologist

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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.

Genevieve Labram

Assistant Ecologist

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Genevieve Labram

Assistant Ecologist

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Vickie Gorst

Office Administrator

Vickie starting with GES in 2018 and has developed into a key member of the team. With great organizational skills and a keen eye for detail Vickie helps to keep the admin element of the business running smoothly and is often the first point of call for clients.... read more...

Vickie Gorst

Office Administrator

Vickie starting with GES in 2018 and has developed into a key member of the team. With great organizational skills and a keen eye for detail Vickie helps to keep the admin element of the business running smoothly and is often the first point of call for clients.

Vickie’s role is varied as she 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. Vickie also monitors the company TOIL system, maintains an up to date project management system and assists our accounts administrator with various duties. No one day is the same!

With a background as a Cash Administrator for large investment management company, an Administrator for a borough council and her degree in Zoo Biology from Nottingham Trent University, Vickie is now combining her skills and interests with great success.

Outside work Vickie enjoys her dogs and volunteers for a local animal rescue center and assist with their larger animals, her love of goats, horses and donkeys plays a key part here.

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.