Principal Ecologist | Managing Director
In-depth understanding and hands-on experience of a wide range of ecological and ornithological conservation / consultancy issues, developed over a 21-year period as a practicing consultant ecologist, ornithologist and licensed bat worker / licensed bat consultant.
Experience and understanding of mining, transport, utility and renewable markets and associated environmental considerations.
Management of large scale and complex projects, such as multi-site ecological and environmental assessments, including delivery within required timescales.
Thorough in-depth understanding of UK and European wildlife and environmental impact assessment legislation.
Strong project management, including client communication, financial and commercial control and reporting.
Commercial awareness and understanding of clients' needs in environmental consultancy.
Graham’s career started after graduating from the University of Stirling in July 1996. Not one for letting the grass grown under his feet, he moved to Wales within a month of graduating to work for the Countryside Council for Wales. After a four year period, he had not only successfully gained additional work opportunities with the North Wales Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, but had also successfully completed a Masters Degree in Rural Resource Management at the University of Wales, Bangor.
Graham won his first consultancy position in March 2000 with a small boutique ecological consultancy in Milton Keynes; where he put to good use all of the survey skills and knowledge he had learned in Wales, working throughout the home counties on a wide variety of projects.
Graham used the knowledge and experience he gained in Milton Keynes to facilitate a moved back to Scotland, where he took a position as ‘Consultant Ecologist’ with Jacobs Engineering (formally Babtie Group), in Glasgow. Over the next nine years Graham rose within the company ranks to the grade of ‘Principal Ecologist’, where he and his team supported nationally important infrastructure developments.
Ambitious to broaden his experience and gain more work opportunities across his sector, Graham took the role of ‘Associate Ecologist’ with WSP Environmental in early 2011, where he and his team supported a wide variety of private sector projects in the renewable and transmission markets over a three-year period.
Graham was given an opportunity in early summer 2013 to join ITP Energised (formally Energised Environments), where he took up the role of ‘Head of Ecology’. Working under the combined experience of four well-known and highly experienced directors, Graham and his team gained valuable experience in supporting private sector clients with a wide variety of developments.
Graham has worked for 21 years in the fields of environmental consultancy and wildlife conservation, and has successfully managed the ecological and ornithological deliverables for a range of large-scale mining, transport, utility and renewable projects, including a number of ‘high profile’ projects, for example, the Forth Replacement Crossing in Scotland and the Tegout Copper / Molybdenum mine in Armenia. Through his role as a project manager, Graham has gained valuable knowledge and experience in field survey, report writing, mitigation development, monitoring and licensing, preparation of feasibility, scoping and fee proposals, and personnel co-ordination, logistics and team management (of up to 15 ecologists and sub-contractors).