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Directors

Dr-Keith-Hendry

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

Dr Keith Hendry

Managing Director

Adrian is an aquatic ecologist and director of APEM.

Dr Adrian Williams

Director of Freshwater and Marine Ecology

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

Dr Stuart Clough

Director

Associate Directors

Rob-Fairbanks

Rob has been with APEM for over 15 years.

Robert Fairbanks

Financial Controller

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

Dr Michael Dobson

Head of Limnology and Water Quality

David-Bradley

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

Dr David Bradley

Head of Hydro-ecology and Invertebrate Ecology

Mark-Rehfisch

Mark is a respected ornithologist with 30 years’ experience.

Dr Mark Rehfisch

Head of Ornithology

David-Hall

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

David Hall

Head of Marine and Freshwater Laboratories

Nicola-Teague

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

Nicola Teague

Head of Marine Ecology and Fisheries Engineering

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

Peter Dennis, head of field teams, APEM

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

Peter Dennis

Head of Field Teams

Principals

Ben-Chapman

Ben joined APEM in 2016 with over 20 years and 3,500 hours of flying experience.

Ben Chapman

Chief Pilot

David-Campbell

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

David Campbell

Head of Remote Sensing

Dr-Kirsten-Wright

Kirsten specialises in hydro-ecology, with a particular emphasis on still water and wetland ecosystems.

Dr Kirsten Wright

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Dr-Peter-Stone

Peter has been working in geomorphology, hydromorphology, sediments and water management for over 18 years.

Dr Peter Stone

Principal Freshwater Scientist

Dr-Stephanie-McGovern

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

Dr Stephanie McGovern

Principal Biometrician

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

Hannah-Austin2

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

Hannah Austin

Principal Freshwater 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

Rob-Moore

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

Rob Moore

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Simon Palmer

Simon is a chartered principal consultant with over ten years of experience in hydrology, hydraulics and hydromorphology.

Simon Palmer

Principal Freshwater Scientist

Dr Tim Coppack, APEM

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

Dr Tim Coppack

Associate Consultant, Germany

Dave joined APEM in 2017 with 38 years aviation experience.

Dave Taylor

Ground Operations Manager

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

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

Damien Hicks Wetland Ecologist Technical Specialist

Damien is an experienced botanist and statistical analyst, working in the UK and overseas since 1999.

Damien Hicks

Botanist

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 field equipment manager based at our Cardiff office.

Luke Teague

Field 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

Nick Monaco APEM

Nick joined APEM in 2007 as an apprentice and has worked his way up to technical specialist.

Nick Monaco

Field Technical Specialist

Dr Keith Hendry

Managing Director

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

Director of Freshwater and Marine Ecology

Adrian is an aquatic ecologist and director of APEM.  He has overall responsibility for the aquatic ecology core of APEM including the consultants, field teams and laboratories. Under his leadership APEM has grown to become Europe’s largest independent provider of aquatically based ecological services. Adrian 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 Lake Victoria and the restoration of the Manchester Ship Canal and Salford Quays. He was a scientific advisor 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 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.

Robert Fairbanks

Financial Controller

Rob has been with APEM for over 15 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 an associate director level. He graduated in Business and Finance at Salford University.

Dr Michael Dobson

Head of Limnology and Water Quality

Mike is a freshwater biologist with over 30 years’ research experience. Formerly director of the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA), he is experienced in explaining aquatic science and management to those without scientific training or experience. Mike currently runs the water quality and limnology team at APEM, which focuses on management and restoration planning for freshwater bodies. He 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.

Dr David Bradley

Head of Hydro-ecology and Invertebrate Ecology

David combines his technical specialism in hydro-ecology with executive level management. He leads a team of scientists who are experienced in ecology, hydrology, geomorphology and catchment management, delivering a range of projects for the water and energy industries, environmental regulators and conservation bodies. David and his team embrace the APEM approach of using robust scientific data to support pragmatic decision making. He joined APEM in 2004 and aims to further the protection of the aquatic environment, whilst ensuring the supply of clean water, electricity and food. A passionate fly-fisherman, David is never happier than at the waterside.

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 Hall

Head of Marine and Freshwater Laboratories

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

Head of Marine Ecology and Fisheries Engineering

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.

Peter Dennis

Head of Field Teams

Peter is responsible for managing APEM’s field survey teams throughout the UK. He joined APEM in 2001 having worked as an aquatic scientist for Thames Water and since then 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.

Ben Chapman

Chief Pilot

Ben joined APEM in 2016 with over 20 years and 3,500 hours of flying experience. He first flew with the Air Cadets at the age of 13, and was sponsored by the RAF through University. Since gaining his commercial license in 2004, he has specialised in survey work for clients including the Coastguard, Ordnance Survey and the Environment Agency. Ben is a civilian flying and aerobatics instructor, and a qualified military glider pilot and Human Factors Facilitator. He is an Associate Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Upper Freeman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots.

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.

Dr Kirsten Wright

Principal Aquatic Scientist

Kirsten specialises in hydro-ecology, with a particular emphasis on still water and wetland ecosystems. She is a PRINCE2 practitioner and an experienced project manager, with over 18 years’ industry and academic experience. Kirsten previously managed short and long-term flow monitoring surveys, urban pollution management surveys and drainage area studies for UK water companies. Through these projects, she gained a detailed knowledge of a wide range of flow monitoring technologies and techniques, in addition to expertise in hydrometric and water quality data analysis. Kirsten provides technical expertise in impact assessments, habitat restoration and baseline ecological monitoring surveys.

Dr Peter Stone

Principal Freshwater Scientist

Peter has been working in geomorphology, hydromorphology, sediments and water management for over 18 years. His technical expertise covers water management and the practical implementation of legislation in catchment management. Peter has extensive project management experience, as well as experience in setting up and implementing hydrometric monitoring networks. He is also experienced in drought planning and management for both water companies and regulators. Peter is an expert in suspended sediment investigations in rivers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Simon Palmer

Principal Freshwater Scientist

Simon is a chartered principal consultant with over ten years of experience in hydrology, hydraulics and hydromorphology. He specialises in assessing the impacts of changes in high flows and low flows on natural processes, habitats, people and infrastructure. Simon is experienced in delivering assessments relating to the Water Framework Directive and heavily modified water bodies, drought permits and hydropower projects. He is also APEM’s lead for river restoration and has delivered a number of schemes related to habitat and fish pass improvements. Simon is co-author of Environment Agency R&D publication: Cumulative effects of hydropower schemes on fish migration and populations (2015).

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.

Dave Taylor

Ground Operations Manager

Dave joined APEM in 2017 with 38 years aviation experience.  Formerly a Royal Navy pilot, he brings extensive experience to the aviation team, both as a pilot with over 8,500 hours flying time and in general aviation management.  Previous roles include chief pilot, compliance director, quality auditor and safety manager.  Other roles have included corporate and charter work, emergency services flying for the police and helicopter emergency medical services,  flying and safety training, and project management.

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.

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.

Damien Hicks

Botanist

Damien is an experienced botanist and statistical analyst, working in the UK and overseas since 1999. He has recently coordinated several monitoring projects including the UK Urban Pollinator Project and Scotland’s Water Framework Directive macrophyte data (LEAFPACS), and published both taxonomic and ecological research. Damien runs a series of monitoring workshops at the Field Studies Council and is a national referee for the Botanical Society of the British Isles. He works closely with the University of Edinburgh, Forest Research and City of Edinburgh Council on the modelling of transect and quadrat data.

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

Field Technical Specialist

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.

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.

Nick Monaco

Field Technical Specialist

Nick joined APEM in 2007 as an apprentice and has worked his way up to technical specialist leading teams from our Oxford office. Nick has been responsible for planning and delivering the fieldwork elements of several large-scale, long-term monitoring projects throughout the Midlands and the South East for various water industry clients. He has accumulated a wealth of experience working in the UK’s freshwater, marine and estuarine environments and is fully trained in a range of APEM’s sampling techniques, encompassing habitat walkover, fisheries, water quality, macro-invertebrate and hydroacoustics. Nick 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.