Meet the new members of the team…
Dr Lauren Vickers
Dr Lauren Vickers joins us as Associate Director, bringing with her over 13 years’ experience and a wide skill set gained in both the private and public sectors. Lauren has been aquatic technical lead on a number of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects including HS2, Thames Tideway, Mersey Gateway, Doncaster iPort and East Midlands Gateway.
Lauren is also a co-founding Director of Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, which she has chaired for the last 10 years in her spare time. She is a chartered member of the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) and acts a Technical Advisor for the Specialist Fish Section of the IFM.
Dr Natalie Angelopoulos
Principal Fisheries Scientist Dr Natalie Angelopoulos has an academic and consultancy background gained over 13 years. Specialising in the conservation and restoration of migratory and freshwater fish and fisheries in relation to the resilience of aquatic ecosystems to climate change, habitat degradation and restoration, fish passage/movement, flood risk management and flow regulation.
Natalie’s experience is multidisciplinary covering hydrogeomorphology and general aquatics, and has seen her working with government agencies, water companies, internal drainage boards and river restoration managers, using an evidence base to inform management decisions.
Natalie continues to be an active member of the IFM, she sits on the IFM Accreditation Team, the IFM Diploma Training Team, and is an IFM CEnv Sponsor. She is also currently module lead for Fisheries Conservation and Management.
Dr James Smith
Next, we have Dr James Smith who has spent the last two years as a fisheries specialist working on national scale transport schemes. His strong academic background was achieved at Loughborough University where he achieved a PhD in fish feeding behaviour and associated sediment dynamics.
James’ work specialises in the interaction of fish at the biotic and abiotic interface and more recently, supporting clients to achieve compliance under the Eel Regulations, 2009.
Last but not least is Harriet Alvis.
Harriet joins APEM from the Rivers Trust movement, having spent 8 years project managing a range of fisheries, river restoration and catchment management projects in both the public and private sectors.
She is also an active member of the IFM, as an Editor for the Institute’s FISH Magazine and co-leading the Fisheries Conservation and Management Diploma module with Natalie Angelopoulos.
APEM’s freshwater fisheries experience spans several decades, and this latest recruitment intake has brought even more technical expertise and experience to our clients.