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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Demian Lyle

Principal Ecologist

Demian has worked in ecological consultancy for 12 years. He has experience in and is highly competent at Ecological Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment.... read more...

Demian Lyle

Principal Ecologist

Demian has worked in ecological consultancy for 12 years. He has experience in and is highly competent at Ecological Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment. He has worked on 200+ projects covering the residential, highways, rail and energy sectors, ranging in size including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. Demian specialises in reptiles and was the reptile technical lead for HS2 Phase 2B Lot 1. He is the Company Lead for Herpetology (reptiles and amphibians), monitoring company delivery, and ensuring the GES team are updated on any changes to legislation, guidance, or survey techniques for this group. Working closely with clients, Demian has a strong interest in protected species, mitigation and enhancement. Demian has conducted habitat and various protected species surveys and provided European Protected Species Mitigation licence applications (EPSM Licences) for great crested newt and has been involved with the writing of EPSM Licences for bats. Holding Natural England licences for bats, great crested newt, sand lizard and smooth snake, Demian has a wide skillset to aid with project needs. Demian has managed small medium and large-scale projects and prioritises effective client relationships and communication as a part of delivering these projects. Having gained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and a MSc Merit in Conservation Science in 2008, Demian entered ecological consultancy in 2009. He is now a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Demian runs training events for the CIEEM on Reptiles: Ecology, Surveys and Mitigation. These courses cover reptile ecology, habitat requirements, legislation and guidelines, mitigation and enhancement measures and prove very popular.

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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Charlotte Bell

Principal Ecologist

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Charlotte Bell

Principal Ecologist

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Heather Clayson

Senior Ecologist

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Heather Clayson

Senior Ecologist

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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.

Jacob Tassaker

Ecologist

Jacob works as an Ecologist, running projects and conducting surveys such as Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs), Habitat Suitability Index Assessments, Bat Scoping, Bat Emergence and Transect Surveys, Reptile Surveys, trapping and translocations. ... read more...

Jacob Tassaker

Ecologist

Jacob works as an Ecologist, running projects and conducting surveys such as Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs), Habitat Suitability Index Assessments, Bat Scoping, Bat Emergence and Transect Surveys, Reptile Surveys, trapping and translocations.

Having started at Greenspace Ecological Solutions as a Seasonal Graduate Ecologist whilst completing his Masters in Environmental Assessment and Management, he has progressed swiftly to Ecologist level.

Obtaining a distinction in his masters, Jacob is trained in Environmental/ Ecological Impact Assessment (EIA/EcIA), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Law and with a BA (Hons) in Architecture he is highly skilled in CAD and enjoys the design element of schemes and mitigation. Jacob understands the complexities of modeling, data, planning and law when dealing with ecology.

Jacob has a strong interest in botany and bird and has been developing his skills both in and out of the workplace. He is also currently working towards his Great Crested Newt and Bat Natural England Licences.

Jacob is previously trained in Architecture and Business Development, with over 5 years’ experience working in London and the South East with mid to large scale Developers, Engineers, Contractor, Architects and Designers. He is proficient in building client relationships with a conscientious, professional, and pro-active approach. Jacob has a real passion for environmental conservation, sustainable development and design.

Outside of work Jacob enjoys travelling and has so far visited Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, America and is looking forward to more adventures in the future. He can also be found watching live comedy at unusual and up and coming venues.

Alexandra Ash

Assistant Ecologist

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Alexandra Ash

Assistant Ecologist

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Alana Ball

Assistant Ecologist

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Alana Ball

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.

Lottie Gibbons

Graduate Ecologist

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Lottie Gibbons

Graduate Ecologist

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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.

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. 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. Harriet’s role is varied, and every day is different.

Harriet provides general office support and is involved with processing project enquires, commissions, scheduling, H&S and team wellbeing. 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 she is uses these 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. 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.

Deborah Arnold

Office Manager

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Deborah Arnold

Office Manager

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