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Company Directors

Dr-Keith-Hendry

Dr Keith Hendry has over 30 years’ experience in water quality and fisheries management.

Dr Keith Hendry

Chairman

Adrian took over from Dr Keith Hendry as managing director in 2018.

Dr Adrian Williams

Managing Director

Stuart is an aquatic ecologist with over 20 years’ experience in the environmental consulting industry.

Dr Stuart Clough

Director

Divisional Directors

David-Bradley

David combines his technical specialism in hydro-ecology with executive level management.

Dr David Bradley

Director of Freshwater Ecology Consultancy

John Corker, non-executive director, APEM

John joined APEM in May 2018 as non-executive director and his main focus is strategic financial matters.

John Corker

Non-executive Director

Peter Dennis, head of field teams, APEM

Peter is responsible for managing APEM’s field survey teams throughout the UK.

Peter Dennis

Director of Field Operations and Health & Safety

Mike is a freshwater biologist with over 30 years’ experience.

Dr Michael Dobson

Staff Engagement Director

Rob Fairbanks_financial controller_APEM

Rob has been with APEM for over 17 years.

Robert Fairbanks

Financial Controller and Company Secretary

David-Hall

David has led our marine and freshwater laboratories since 2015 and is a marine macrobenthic quality assurance specialist.

David Hall

Director of Biolabs and Marine Consultancy

Nicola-Teague

Nicola has responsibility for the company’s fisheries engineering and marine ecology teams as well as the South Wales office.

Nicola Teague

Director of Physical Aquatic Consultancy

Associate Directors

APEM head of hydrology

Dan has over 20 years’ consultancy and regulatory experience delivering applied hydrological and hydro-ecological assessments.

Dan Cadman

Head of Hydrology

Mark-Rehfisch

Mark is a respected ornithologist with 30 years’ experience.

Dr Mark Rehfisch

Head of Ornithology

David-Campbell

David is a geographic and environmental scientist with over twelve years’ experience.

David Campbell

Head of Remote Sensing

Principals

Hannah-Austin2

Hannah has a particular focus on the Water Framework Directive, water resources, drought and hydro-power studies.

Hannah Austin

Principal Freshwater Scientist

Head and shoulders shot of Mark Barnett, principal consultant

Mark has extensive experience of working on water quality and natural capital projects gained from his time in the public and private sectors.

Dr Mark Barnett

Principal Consultant

Dr-Roger-Buisson

Roger has 30 years’ experience in assessing the impacts of man’s water and land management activities on bird populations.

Dr Roger Buisson

Principal Ornithologist

Dr Tim Coppack, APEM

Tim has been working as an ornithological consultant in Germany since 2010.

Dr Tim Coppack

Associate Consultant, Germany

Paul Gratton, APEM

Paul specialises in fisheries engineering and freshwater fisheries ecology.

Paul Gratton

Principal Freshwater Consultant

Marc Hubble Marine Consultant Technical Speclialist

Marc has over 16 years of experience in the field of marine ecology research and consultancy.

Dr Marc Hubble

Head of Marine Consultancy

Chidi joined APEM in 2010 to become APEM’s first HR manager.

Chidi Lee

Human Resources Manager

Dr-Stephanie-McGovern

Stephanie is an experienced biometrician who has worked at APEM for over five years.

Dr Stephanie McGovern

Principal Biometrician

Rob-Moore

Rob has over 20 years’ of water and environmental science experience.

Rob Moore

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Harvey-Walsh

Harvey has a background in water resources planning and hydrology with over 18 years’ experience of project management.

Harvey Walsh

Principal Freshwater Scientist

Heather Webb

Heather manages some of APEM’s most important long-term water quality monitoring studies.

Heather Webb

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Photo of Richard Wells, APEM

Richard has wide-ranging experience of the assessment, survey, management and protection of aquatic systems.

Richard Wells

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Technical Specialists

Chris Ashelby Marine Laboratory Scientist Technical Specialist

Chris has over fifteen years’ experience working in marine environmental consultancy.

Dr Chris Ashelby

Marine Laboratories Commercial Manager and Crustacean Specialist

Richard is APEM's lead phytoplankton analyst with over ten years’ experience.

Richard Bassett

Phytoplankton Technical Manager

Steve Holroyd, remote sensing scientist, APEM

Steven is an environmental scientist and project manager with a wide range of scientific knowledge who specialises in the use of remote sensing and GIS.

Steve Holroyd

Remote Sensing Technical Specialist

Mark Jowett, remote sensing scientist, APEM

Mark is an experienced project manager and APEM's head of hydrographic surveying, with specialisms in the fields of GIS and remote sensing.

Mark Jowett

Remote Sensing Technical Specialist

John and his team are critical to ensuring we gather the best possible data from our aerial surveys.

John McCarthy

Data Operations Manager

Sophie is a surveyor with over eight years’ experience in the aerial survey industry worldwide.

Sophie Nunn

Data Operations Technical Specialist

Portrait of APEM staff member, Alex Scorey

Alexander specialises in marine and terrestrial strategic environmental assessments for all scales of infrastructure projects.

Alexander Scorey

Fisheries Technical Specialist

Sean Sweeney Ornithologist Technical Specialist

Sean is an experienced ornithologist and project manager based in APEM’s Chester office.

Sean Sweeney

Ornithology Technical Specialist

Luke Teague Field Scientist Technical Specialist

Luke joined APEM in 2006 and is our health and safety manager based at our Cardiff office.

Luke Teague

Health and Safety Manager

Mark Wilkins, remote sensing consultant

Mark is an environmental scientist and project manager who specialises in the use of remote sensing and GIS.

Mark Wilkins

Remote Sensing Technical Specialist

Tim Worsfold Marine Laboratory Scientist Technical Specialist

Tim is an experienced marine ecologist with over 20 years’ experience.

Dr Tim Worsfold

Marine Technical Specialist

Dr Keith Hendry

Chairman

Dr Keith Hendry has over 30 years’ experience in water quality and fisheries management in rivers, estuaries, lakes, reservoirs and canals, gained from numerous projects throughout the UK. He founded APEM in 1987 and the company now employs over 130 scientists in the UK, USA and Germany. Keith was a member of the government’s Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Legislative Review Committee, which contributed to the landmark 2009 Marine Act. He has also sat on various Environment Agency advisory committees and is chair of the North West branch of the Institute of Fisheries Management.

Dr Adrian Williams

Managing Director

Adrian took over from Dr Keith Hendry as managing director in 2018. He formerly had overall responsibility for the aquatic ecology core of APEM including the consultants, field teams and laboratories. Under his leadership APEM grew to become Europe’s largest independent provider of aquatically based ecological services. Adrian is an aquatic ecologist who joined APEM in 2002, coming from an academic background. He has published numerous papers for international peer reviewed journals and contributed book chapters on the eutrophication and restoration of Africa’s Lake Victoria and the restoration of the Manchester Ship Canal and Salford Quays. He was a scientific adviser to the Species Survival Commission of The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and a committee member for the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Dr Stuart Clough

Director

Stuart is an aquatic ecologist with over 20 years’ experience in the environmental consulting industry. Stuart joined APEM as a director in 2006 and took on responsibility for the company’s remote sensing division in 2009. Under Stuart’s leadership the division has expanded to a fleet of three aircraft and has become Europe’s leading provider of ultra-high resolution aerial surveys to the offshore wind industry, delivering over 1,500 aerial surveys for many of the world’s leading wind farm developers. Stuart began his career in 1992 with the Institute of Freshwater Ecology in the UK, publishing a number of scientific papers and becoming a specialist in fish migration. In addition to his domestic remote sensing and ecology work Stuart also has responsibility for APEM’s overseas work in both Germany and the USA. Stuart is a Fellow of the Institute of Fisheries Management and a member of the Institute of Water.

Dr David Bradley

Director of Freshwater Ecology Consultancy

David combines his technical specialism in hydro-ecology with executive level management. He leads a team of consultant scientists who are experienced in hydro-ecology, freshwater bio-assessment, water quality, catchment management and natural capital; delivering a range of projects for the water and energy industries, environmental regulators and conservation bodies. David and his team support evidence based, sustainable activity, with a mission to protect the aquatic environment, whilst ensuring the supply of clean water, electricity and food. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the Freshwater Biological Association, the Salmon and Trout Conservation Trust and the Grayling Society. A passionate fly-fisherman, David is never happier than at the waterside.

John Corker

Non-executive Director

John joined APEM in May 2018 as non-executive director and his main focus is strategic financial matters. He has over 20 years’ experience as both a non-executive director and a finance director in businesses ranging from start-ups, through fast growing SMEs to a public company. He has worked predominantly in businesses where high quality technical services are fundamental to the financial success of the organisation. John previously worked for Software AG, which is a major technology partner to SAP, as well as having held senior finance roles with Omnibus Systems Limited and Red Box Recorders Limited.

Peter Dennis

Director of Field Operations and Health & Safety

Peter is responsible for managing APEM’s field survey teams throughout the UK. His career at APEM began in 2001, after working as an aquatic scientist for Thames Water. Since then Pete has led the development of robust field survey design strategies, particularly during the implementation of new techniques devised by APEM. This has involved developing strategies to classify fish habitats in UK rivers, new approaches to monitoring conservation species in SAC rivers, and more recently devising a methodology for identifying and mitigating the sources of diffuse pollution in rural locations. This research was integral in the survey design and implementation of the 2009 – 2014 EA Diffuse Pollution Projects, a pioneering approach to monitoring and mitigating diffuse pollutants in England and Wales. This approach was subsequently adopted by numerous NGOs throughout the UK that are engaged in delivering DEFRA’s Catchment Based Approach.

Dr Michael Dobson

Staff Engagement Director

Mike is a freshwater biologist with over 30 years’ experience. Formerly a university lecturer and then director of the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA), he is experienced in explaining aquatic science and management to those without scientific training or experience. He is regularly involved in developing and delivering both formal and informal training programmes for APEM staff and external organisations. Mike has many publications from his research into rivers, lakes and wetlands in Europe, Africa and Central America. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and a chartered ecologist, Mike has also co-authored several undergraduate textbooks on aquatic ecology and management, and has written identification guides to freshwater invertebrates, including invasive non-native species.

Robert Fairbanks

Financial Controller and Company Secretary

Rob has been with APEM for over 17 years. Since the company’s early days on the Manchester Science Park to the multi-sited organisation it is today, Rob has overseen the business support sector of APEM, specialising as the financial controller at the divisional director level. He graduated in Business and Finance at Salford University.

David Hall

Director of Biolabs and Marine Consultancy

David has led our marine and freshwater laboratories since 2015 and is a marine macrobenthic data quality assurance specialist. David is a professional marine biologist with over 20 years’ experience working in the commercial marine consultancy sector. He is the leading macrobenthic analysis auditor in Europe. He joined APEM in 2013, is the Letchworth site manager and heads up APEM’s freshwater and marine laboratories across the UK, leading a team of over 40 marine and freshwater taxonomists. He co-ordinated the benthic invertebrate, fish and particle size components of the North East Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control (NMBAQC) scheme since inception in 1994 to 2012. APEM was awarded the contract to run the scheme’s benthic invertebrate and particle size components from April 2014 to March 2018 and David is the co-ordinator of these components. His audit work also extends beyond European waters, ensuring that laboratories comply with best practice systems for marine biological sample processing.

Nicola Teague

Director of Physical Aquatic Consultancy

Nicola has responsibility for the company’s fisheries engineering and marine ecology teams as well as the South Wales office. Nicola has specialised in fisheries engineering, migratory and estuarine fish dynamics and marine ecology in general throughout her career. Nicola is well known for her fish entrainment and screening expertise within the UK having been directly involved with the development of best practice guidance, the organisation of a specialist UK conference and the production of numerous papers on the subject. Nicola is involved in all areas of marine ecology technical consultancy and has extensive experience of undertaking all types of environmental assessment including EIA’s, HRA’s and SEA’s. Notably she was lead for the migratory and estuarine fish topic for the DECC Severn Tidal Power study, including presenting information to the government’s chief scientist.

Dan Cadman

Head of Hydrology

Dan has over 20 years’ consultancy and regulatory experience delivering applied hydrological and hydro-ecological assessments. Working across the flow regime and in a wide range of UK river environments, Dan specialises in large, high profile and leading edge water resources, drought and hydro-power studies, to which he brings technical, project management and operational management expertise alongside a broad understanding of river behaviour and legislative drivers. An important thread in Dan’s professional work has been in addressing new problems and developing new solutions. This includes contributions to a Weight of Evidence Framework for water resources assessment, the development of ecological indicators and flow optimisation frameworks (SNIFFER WFD21D), pilot application of the DRIED UP hydro-eco-morphology models and methods for Water Framework Directive initial characterisation.

Dr Mark Rehfisch

Head of Ornithology

Mark is a respected ornithologist with 30 years’ experience. Mark joined APEM in April 2012 as head of ornithology after having worked at the British Trust for Ornithology since 1990. Mark has managed both private and public sector projects ranging from EIAs of large offshore wind farms both around the UK and overseas, to the assessment of anthropogenic impacts on birds in Special Protection Areas for government regulators. Mark has made novel use of technology to deliver solutions for clients. These include making accurate assessments of the use of offshore habitats by seabirds, as well as estimates of avoidance rates of birds to wind farms.

David Campbell

Head of Remote Sensing

David is a geographic and environmental scientist with over ten years’ experience. He is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and aerial photography and has been developing APEM’s remote sensing services since they launched in 2006. His research and development of new technologies has helped to put APEM at the cutting-edge of remote sensing. David leads our remote sensing team and regularly manages projects, undertakes analysis of data and compiles reports for clients. He continues to deliver services at the highest standard using the latest technology.

Hannah Austin

Principal Freshwater Scientist

Hannah has a particular focus on the Water Framework Directive, water resources, drought and hydro-power studies. With nine years’ of technical experience in hydrology, hydro-ecology and water quality assessments, she has been the technical lead for a range of WFD studies into the environmental and ecological implications of abstraction, including assessment and design of flow regimes downstream of impoundments. She has a detailed knowledge of surface water hydrology including both lake and river systems. Hannah is also APEM’s lead in plume modelling and drought permit assessment. She manages a team of freshwater scientists and is an active member of the CIWEM North West committee.

Dr Mark Barnett

Principal Consultant

Mark has extensive experience of working on water quality and natural capital projects gained from his time in the public and private sectors. He has worked on a broad range of projects from creating and delivering water quality monitoring programmes to being a technical lead feeding into EIAs for major infrastructure projects. As well as natural capital and ecosystem service assessments, he also has extensive knowledge of Water Framework Directive assessments, water quality modelling, catchment investigations, water cycle studies and eutrophication investigations. He is also an external advisor on CIWEMs Natural Capital Network.

Dr Roger Buisson

Principal Ornithologist

Roger has 30 years’ experience in assessing the impacts of man’s water and land management activities on bird populations. He has over ten years’ experience in a senior consultancy role, leading teams of ornithologists and terrestrial ecologists delivering desk studies, species and habitat surveys and impact assessments for private and public sector clients. His experience has resulted in him being contracted to carry out reviews of environmental statements and reports to inform appropriate assessments for the government and its agencies, to prepare such documents for statutory decision makers and commercial developers and to appear at public inquiries, examinations and hearings to present evidence and be cross-examined.

Dr Tim Coppack

Associate Consultant, Germany

Tim has been working as an ornithological consultant in Germany since 2010, specialising in the implementation and coordination of digital aerial monitoring programs and platform-based surveys to assess the potential effects of marine infrastructure (in particular offshore wind farms) on birds in accordance with German governmental standards. Tim graduated from the University of Constance, Germany, and gained his PhD in Biology following research at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany. His expertise includes the application of dedicated RADAR and automated night-vision camera systems to assess the risk of collision for birds passing offshore wind farms.

Paul Gratton

Principal Freshwater Consultant

Paul specialises in fisheries engineering and freshwater fisheries ecology. His experience in aquatic engineering projects includes the appraisal and design of fish passes for salmonids, eel, lamprey and coarse fish species at a wide range of barriers to migration. He has authored or provided technical fisheries input for a range of assessments, including Habitat Regulations Assessments for hydro-power developments and flood control works located within protected SAC water bodies. He has also authored fisheries chapters for EIAs and Water Framework Directive assessments and provided technical fisheries input into environmental assessment reports for drought permits. He advises on best-practice screening solutions for abstractions to ensure regulatory compliance and has a strong working knowledge of fish screening solutions and fish recovery-and-return approaches.

Dr Marc Hubble

Head of Marine Consultancy

Marc has over 16 years of experience in the field of marine ecology research and consultancy. During this time he has gained extensive experience managing a diverse range of marine projects for a range of work sectors including nuclear power and renewable energy, oil and gas, water industry, flood defence, aggregates, coastal infrastructure developments and public sector projects. Marc has a detailed understanding of the ecology and conservation requirements of biological groups encompassing plankton, macroalgae, angiosperms, invertebrates, finfish and shellfish and associated fisheries, and marine mammals. He has an excellent knowledge of protected species and habitats and relevant policy and legislation and is highly experienced in the management and production of marine ecological impact assessments including EIAs, SEAs, HRAs, WFD and MCZ assessments.

Chidi Lee

Human Resources Manager

Chidi joined APEM in 2010 to become APEM’s first HR manager.  She began her career as an HR professional in 2001 and has previously worked as part of both large and small HR teams, in small, medium and large sized organisations. Chidi created APEM’s first internal HR support structure and provides both strategic and administrative HR business support. She works closely with APEM’s senior management team, staff engagement director and employees towards achieving the company’s goal of becoming “the employer of choice” in the environment sector.

Dr Stephanie McGovern

Principal Biometrician

Stephanie is an experienced biometrician who has worked at APEM for over five years. Working on aerial survey projects primarily for the offshore wind industry she undertakes density modelling to predict bird distribution, data analysis work and collision risk assessments. In 2011, Stephanie created APEM’s bespoke bird migration model, MIGROPATH. She has experience on a number of offshore wind farm development projects and has an in-depth knowledge of the methodologies used for ornithology surveys. Stephanie has a long-standing interest in ornithology and bird behaviour which, together with her statistics knowledge, she is using to further develop APEM’s analyses of bird data.

Rob Moore

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Rob has over 20 years’ of water and environmental science experience gained both from the Environment Agency and in consultancy. He has a broad range of experience of operational, planning and policy roles. He led the national team at the Environment Agency for water quality assessment and reporting, providing expert technical knowledge and guidance on water quality regulation for 250 operational staff. Rob was a policy advisor for water quality at the Environment Agency and worked as a member of external expert working groups for Defra on a range of water quality issues. As an environmental consultant he was a project manager to the European Commission providing scientific and technical support for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.

Harvey Walsh

Principal Freshwater Scientist

Harvey has a background in water resources planning and hydrology with over 18 years’ experience of project management, water resources, engineering and environmental planning. Before joining APEM he worked for government bodies and as an independent consultant on a large number of projects, including as a project manager for UKWIR. He brings a holistic perspective of the water industry, which includes managing large civil engineering projects, cementing culture change throughout a business, to the regulatory management of the industry. Harvey is passionate about implementing pragmatic, real-life solutions that result in positive changes.

Heather Webb

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Heather manages some of APEM’s most important long-term water quality monitoring studies. These include the innovative oxygenation and aeration projects at Salford Quays and the Manchester Ship Canal. Heather has a broad background in aquatic ecology in both freshwater and marine environment, with a particular interest in the evaluation of water quality parameters (chemical, microbiological and ecological) and their interpretation against current environmental standards. Since joining APEM she has been responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of comprehensive water quality management programs at a variety of locations.

Richard Wells

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Richard has wide-ranging experience of the assessment, survey, management and protection of aquatic systems. He has worked at the Environment Agency and in consultancy and is an experienced project manager and principal water consultant working across water quality, hydroecology and water resources. He has an extensive knowledge of environmental impact assessment, drafting chapters for a range of technical aquatic disciplines and for several NSIP projects. Other experience includes Water Framework Directive assessments, drought-related environmental assessment reports, baseline assessments, survey design and data interrogation, H1 assessment and research studies. Richard has provided water quality expertise including survey design, characterisations and water quality impact assessments for five of the UK’s current proposed nuclear new-build power stations.

Dr Chris Ashelby

Marine Laboratories Commercial Manager and Crustacean Specialist

Chris has over fifteen years’ experience working in marine environmental consultancy. He is responsible for producing many of APEM’s marine proposals and managing projects for a variety of Public and Private Sector clients.

Chris has a large amount of experience of analysing marine and estuarine biological samples from a range of habitats. This experience has covered all British coasts and offshore regions and deep sea habitats as well as several other regions including the Gulf, West Africa, the Mediterranean, SW Atlantic, St. Helena and Greenland. Chris specialises in crustacean taxonomy, particularly of caridean shrimps on which his PhD is based, and marine invasive species. Chris is involved in writing reports for a variety of clients, ensuring they are clear and comprehensible for both scientists and non-scientists.

Richard Bassett

Phytoplankton Technical Manager

Richard is APEM’s lead phytoplankton analyst with over ten years’ experience. He has analysed samples from all over the UK and has successfully completed the EQAT for freshwater phytoplankton for the second time, demonstrating his understanding of methods and his ability as a taxonomist.

Richard is also competent in marine phytoplankton enumeration and identification, and in 2009 attended the Marine Institute in Galway, where he received one-on-one training with some of the country’s leading experts. He has since analysed samples from all over the world and has completed the BEQUALM marine phytoplankton assessment each year since 2010.

Steve Holroyd

Remote Sensing Technical Specialist

Steven is an environmental scientist and project manager with a wide range of scientific knowledge who specialises in the use of remote sensing and GIS. Since joining APEM in 2010 Steven has been a key member of APEM’s remote sensing team, helping to integrate new technologies into our workflows including our offshore ornithological surveys and river catchment management surveys. He currently specialises in photogrammetry, oblique aerial surveys, satellite remote sensing and thermal imaging. He has managed projects for a variety of clients from the water, power and infrastructure sectors, both in the UK and United States.

Mark Jowett

Remote Sensing Technical Specialist

Mark is an experienced project manager and APEM’s head of hydrographic surveying, with specialisms in the fields of GIS and remote sensing. As head of hydrographic surveying, Mark ensures that work is delivered to the client specification with applications including bathymetric survey, sub-bottom profiling and substrate classification, fisheries surveys and macrophyte surveys. Mark has expertise in topographic surveys to support field operations and provide survey control. His skills and expertise in GIS and remote sensing are used to support projects throughout the company. He has extensive experience in handling geospatial data and is skilled in geoprocessing techniques, spatial analyses and cartography. Mark played a crucial role in the development and deployment of APEM’s bespoke Fluvial Information System software.

John McCarthy

Data Operations Manager

John and his team are critical to ensuring we gather the best possible data from our aerial surveys. As head of APEM’s data operations he works closely with our aviation and remote sensing teams, helping to plan aerial surveys and ensure that our cutting-edge hardware is working optimally and that the thousands of ultra-high resolution images and other data gathered is downloaded, processed and stored correctly. As well as working on surveys all around the UK, John has been the technical lead on surveys in Ireland, New York, Hawaii, Texas, Florida and New England. He joined APEM in 2011 after completing a master’s degree in Environmental Assessment and Management at the University of Salford.

Sophie Nunn

Data Operations Technical Specialist

Sophie is a surveyor with over eight years’ experience in the aerial survey industry worldwide. She is responsible for coordinating APEM’s aerial surveys for a diverse range of applications. She joined APEM in 2015 as a senior remote sensing scientist specialising in LiDAR and photogrammetric surveys and has managed a number of successful projects that combine both aerial and field survey methods. Sophie has also worked in a variety of other disciplines including flood forecasting and hydrographic surveys.

Alexander Scorey

Fisheries Technical Specialist

Alexander specialises in marine and terrestrial strategic environmental assessments for all scales of infrastructure projects.

He has particular experience in fisheries and marine ecological dynamics and processes, conducting assessments and authoring many technical reports on matters such as fisheries, benthic ecology, the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Regulations.

Whilst at Tidal Lagoon Power, Alexander led the development of many assessment and monitoring methodologies for the emerging tidal lagoon industry. These included the development of novel fisheries encounter risk, collision risk and population models, as well as monitoring methodologies for various topics of the adaptive environment management plan for the world-first Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

Sean Sweeney

Ornithology Technical Specialist

Sean is an experienced ornithologist and project manager based in APEM’s Chester office. He has been involved in bird surveys, data analysis, reporting and impact assessments for over nine years. He is an experienced field ornithologist, having led, coordinated and undertaken surveys across Britain and overseas, including voluntary national surveys for the BTO for over 14 years. Sean is one of APEM’s lead consultants on ornithological Environmental Impact Assessments, cumulative impact assessments and Habitat Regulations Assessments, most recently leading the assessments for multiple proposed NSIP offshore wind farm developments. He is also one of APEM’s leads in stakeholder liaising, skilled in people management and communications to aid the smooth transition of projects and plans between developers, statutory agencies and other consultees.

Luke Teague

Health and Safety Manager

Luke joined APEM in 2006 and is our field equipment manager based at our Cardiff office. Luke also acts as APEM’s health and safety manager for our field team and has undertaken both NEBOSH and IOSH training. He has extensive experience in organising, leading and carrying out field surveys throughout the UK in freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats. His sampling and monitoring experience encompasses fisheries, invertebrates, water quality and hydro-acoustics. He has also played an important role in developing new specialist sampling techniques, such as air-lift sampling for lamprey in deep water. Luke is trained in electric fishing, is RYA power boat trained, holds a first aid certificate and is fully competent in all aquatic ecology field sampling techniques.

Mark Wilkins

Remote Sensing Technical Specialist

Mark is an environmental scientist and project manager who specialises in the use of remote sensing and GIS. Since joining APEM in 2010 Mark has worked on a diverse range of projects from offshore ornithological surveys to thermal pipeline mapping. He currently specialises in photogrammetry and has produced high-density digital elevation models (DEMs) and 3D outputs for clients across the globe including Balfour Beatty, Hatch Mott MacDonald and the Environment Agency. Mark has worked on the mapping of a new road development in Scotland, land cover mapping for cable route planning, thermal tracking of power station outwash plumes, and fluvial mapping of salmonid and shad habitat. He has managed aerial mapping projects in the Florida Everglades and New England.

Dr Tim Worsfold

Marine Technical Specialist

Tim is an experienced marine ecologist with over 20 years’ experience. He has a wide range of experience with benthic macrobiota, having identified specimens from several thousand samples. He has also collected samples from all around the British Isles, as well as from other regions including Greenland, the Mediterranean, West Africa, St. Helena, the Gulf region and the Caspian Sea. Much of his benthic invertebrate work has involved identification checks for internal quality control and external sample audit work, including the implementation of the NMBAQC scheme. In addition to macroinvertebrate identification, Tim has carried out intertidal and boat-based survey work, as well as analysis of underwater video and photographs, particularly with a view to the production of distribution and biotope maps.