Amir Bassir

Principal - Historic Environment
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Amir Bassir

Principal - Historic Environment

BSc (Hons) PGCert MCIfA

Career: Since graduating from Birmingham University in 2008 with a degree in Geology and Archaeology I have worked in archaeology in various guises including as a field archaeologist and site supervisor. I spent several years heading up an illustration department where I gained an interest in historic buildings which quickly became my specialism. I have completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Architectural History and enjoy publishing articles on interesting projects. I joined TEP as a Senior Historic Environment Consultant in 2018 and have had the opportunity to work on several exciting projects which have considerably helped my professional development and broadened my experience.

Paul Bennison

Principal Landscape Manager
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Paul Bennison

Principal Landscape Manager

BA (Hons) Dip LA Dip UD CMLI

Career: I graduated from Manchester Polytechnic in 1989 with a degree and postgraduate diploma in Landscape Architecture. I then moved to the North East and joined a large engineering consultancy, where I worked on large infrastructure projects including EIA production and also developed an interest in masterplanning and golf course design. For a short period I worked as a Local Authority urban designer before developing an urban and graphic design team at Newcastle based planning consultancy, Lichfields. Following that I joined a landscape design practice, working on BSF and masterplanning projects. I then joined TEP in 2012, working mainly on the Homes England consultancy, managing their land and vacant property portfolio and various related Landscape Management contracts.

Highlights: Seeing my masterplans finally coming to fruition, sometimes years after that initial commitment from a developer/local authority. Working with deprived communities across the north of England to develop regenerative development plans.

Listening to: Talking Heads, Franz Ferdinand, Van Morrison, Judie Tzuke and Bruce Springsteen.

Reading: The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper by Jonathan Wilson; Bomber Command by Max Hastings; and Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah again.

Favourite places: Back to the family’s roots in Whitby/Esk Valley and the wider North York Moors. My back garden and allotment.

Alun Evans

Principal Ecologist
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Alun Evans

Principal Ecologist

BA MSc MCIEEM

Career:  I graduated from Aberystwyth with a BA in Geography and Bangor with a Masters in Rural Resource Management. I initially worked as a tutor for the Field Studies Council followed by undertaking ALC (soil) surveys and delivery of the original Countryside Stewardship Scheme for the Farming & Rural Conservation Agency.

I spent a considerable length of my career working in natural environment departments in local government across Cheshire. I provided specialist ecological input into both development management and policy formulation, which included acting as an expert witness in a public inquiry for a major windfarm development.  Highlights also include a successful application to the HLF for a Landscape Partnership Scheme. I have also led teams of technical specialists across a range of disciplines including arboriculture, building conservation, landscape, ecology, natural health and green infrastructure.

Listening to: Stereophonics

Reading: Too little time to read……last book read Curlew Moon by Mary Colwell

Watching: Rugby

Not a lot of people know but: Spare time is spent managing farmland in north-east Wales under various agri-environment schemes, including part of a SSSI with a small flock of Hebridean and Herdwick sheep, and a couple of ponies.

Favourite things: Welsh Rugby, early morning dog walks

Lee Greenhough

Principal Ecologist
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Lee Greenhough

Principal Ecologist

Career: Left School in ‘82 to work in farming, then the music industry as a radio plugger (Warner Bros) via working in a record store chain. Studied Countryside Management & Creative Ecology at University in 2002 and joined Cheshire Wildlife Trust as their People & Wildlife Manager.  I then joined TEP in 2007 as an Ecologist.

Listening to: Arctic Monkeys

Reading: Tim Dee. Four Fields spreads around the world: their grasses, their hedges, their birds, their skies, and their natural and human histories.

Watching:  Football (Chelsea)!

Best Project:  Lane End, Buckley, North Wales, seeing how development can work protect and support wildlife …

Not a lot of people know but:  I used to breed pigs! Oink! Oink!

Robin Grimes - Principal Arboriculturist

Robin Grimes

Principal Arboriculturist
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Robin Grimes

Principal Arboriculturist

(FdSc) MICFor M.Arbor.A

Career: I experimented with several different trades before finding arboriculture in 2006. I worked as a contractor for seven years and after graduating from Myerscough College with a Foundation Degree in 2013, I moved into consultancy with TEP. Since joining TEP I have also become a Chartered Arboriculturist.

Specialism: Linear routes, big data, AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel.

Favourite Places: Between the mountains and the sea, anywhere with a view (and Disneyworld, Florida).

Listening to: All sorts. I have a rather eclectic taste in music covering everything from classical to ska and soul to symphonic metal, not a fan of cheesy pop though.

Sport: Formula 1, Cricket and NFL

Watching: Marvel Cinematic Universe, anything Disney, Jack Whitehall and Ricky Gervais (After Life is a must watch!)

Not a lot of people know but… I have multiple tattoos including Wall-e on my leg and the Lorax on my stomach. I have also built my own wood-fired pizza oven.

Favourite Tree: The Common Hornbeam – Carpinus Betulus

Jennifer Hansen

Principal Quality & Training Manager
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Jennifer Hansen

Principal Quality & Training Manager

220Specialism: Learning and Development

Career: After travelling in Australia I joined Vodafone as a Customer Service agent before quickly progressing to becoming a Learning and Development trainer, whilst studying to complete my Chartered Institute in Learning and Development level 3. I then joined TEP in July 2013 as a Quality and Training Coordinator and by 2017 progressed to a Senior Quality and Training Manager and most recently in 2018 was awarded the promotion of Principal Quality and Training Manager. I am also one of TEP’s Mental Health First Aiders and play a big part in promoting Health and Wellbeing within TEP.

Enjoy: Spending time with my lovely family Chris (husband), my two children Emilee and Archie and Ralphy our Lhasa Apso dog.

Reading: An array of children’s books from Peppa Pig with my son to The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams with my daughter.

Music:  I love all different types of music ranging from Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller to Motown and Northern Soul. Also a good sing along to anything Disney is good for the soul.

Not a lot of people know but: I’m a fully qualified Hairdresser by trade and have continued to keep up my skills over the last 17 years.

Red or Blue: 100% the Blue side of Merseyside

Emma Parker

Principal Landscape Manager
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Emma Parker

Principal Landscape Manager

BSc (Hons) CMLI AIPROW

Career: I joined TEP in 2010 as a Graduate Landscape Surveyor with a BSc Hons in Agriculture, Environment, and Conservation. I also have a National Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture, which led to me obtaining my chainsaw certificate and gaining experience in tractor driving. It also helped me gain a placement and voluntary work with Denbighshire Countryside Service, the RSPB, and a private country estate. I feel my practical experience helps me better understand works on site.

Since joining TEP I achieved Chartered Membership with the Landscape Institute, my ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management, and became a Principal Landscape Manager in 2020.

I now work primarily within the Homes England consultancy team, providing high-level support for the Procura Risk Management Systems and to Regional Managers in resourcing and work allocations across the team.

Liz Plumpton

Principal Landscape Manager
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Liz Plumpton

Principal Landscape Manager

BSc (Hons)

Career: Graduated from Lancaster University in 2006 with a degree in Geography. I took a break to travel around North and South America and then headed back to the north of England to undertake a graduate programme with Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale. In 2008 I joined TEP as a graduate in the Land Management team. I  have now progressed to Principle level and am Service Leader for the Risk Management Systems within the Homes England Framework, overseeing development and outputs across over 200 sites nationally.

Favourite places: San Francisco, The Lake District, Home – a Midlander at heart but an adopted Northerner as have lived here for the past 15 years

Reading: The Help – Kathryn Stockett, and The Spy and The Traitor – Ben Macintyre

Not many people know but: I achieved grade 6 piano back in the day, with a dream of owning my own piano again when I have the space!

Tim Ross

Principal Ornithologist
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Tim Ross

Principal Ornithologist

BSc (Hons) MSc CEnv MCIEEM

Career: Studied at Oxford Brookes University completing my MSc in 1999. I moved to Liverpool and worked as an Ecological Consultant at Casella Stanger. In 2003 I joined TEP and specialised as an Ornithologist about three years later. I have overall responsibility for the delivery of high quality ornithological survey and assessment work.

Listening to:Various Historical Novels and the Bible

Favourite bird(s): swift, mute swan and of course hen harrier

Watching:Motherland, World on Fire and Handmaid’s Tale

Wildlife highlights: watching a family of giant otters playing when I visited the Pantanal in Brazil, tracking large mammals in South Africa and seeing a fighting peregrine and hen harrier drop a hundred feet towards the earth.

Kerry Stead - Principal Ecologist

Kerry Stead

Principal Ecologist
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Kerry Stead

Principal Ecologist

BSc (Hons) MSc AIEMA MCIEEM

Career: Graduated in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Biology, closely followed by an MSc in Environmental Engineering. Following this, I worked in environmental consultancy with a focus on contaminated land for almost 10 years. This was until a work-related encounter with an ecology consultancy brought my focus back to wildlife and biodiversity. I began volunteering with wildlife organisations and attending courses in my spare time, subsequently taking on a role as a sub-consultant with TEP’s ecology team for the 2013 survey season. I was taken on as a graduate ecologist following the end of the season and have now been with TEP for eight years.

Listening to: Pretty much anything and everything!

Reading: Don’t get to read much through choice with two small children around, but Stephen King is a favourite.

Watching: Love anything sci-fi, spent lockdown watching the Marvel films and my all-time favourite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Best Project: There are a lot of schemes I’ve enjoyed working on but Road One, Winsford is probably the one at the top. It presented many challenges relating to great crested newts and it was a good feeling once we finally achieved a licensable newt scheme.

Not a lot of people know but: I am a mini rugby coach with Northwich RUFC Superstars and spend my Sunday mornings trying to organise 20-30 pre-schoolers, not exactly a lazy Sunday morning but I love it!

Rick Tomlinson Principal Landscape Manager

Rick Tomlinson

Principal Landscape Manager
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Rick Tomlinson

Principal Landscape Manager

BSc (Hons) MLA CMLI MCIHort

I gained a Landscape Management degree from Reaseheath college and went on to complete a masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University. As part of the masters course, I undertook a 3-month placement module at TEP and subsequently was offered a position in the Land Management Team in 2015. Prior to study I established a successful landscape design, build and maintenance business where a honed practical landscape skills and gained first-hand knowledge of horticulture, which I continue to draw upon in my role as a professional landscape consultant.

I became a chartered member of the Landscape Institute in 2017 and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture in 2019. My current role at TEP sees me working alongside colleagues to deliver the Homes England Estate Management service across its land holdings in the North West. I also produce detailed landscape management plans for a range of landscapes, from new housing developments to large destination parks and community greenspaces.

Listening to: Foo fighters, The Killers, Stereophonics, Red Hot Chili Peppers…that sort of stuff

Watching: A good crime drama, Stranger Things and my favourite film is JAWS

Reading list: Feral by George Monbiot, Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepard and The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

Favourite things: Fell-walking with my family, Paddleboarding and My VW Camper

Mike Walker

Principal Ecologist
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Mike Walker

Principal Ecologist

Career: I spent a fair amount of time in the world of academia, graduating from York University with a  BSc in Biology in 2000 and then moving to Staffordshire University to do an MSc and then a PhD. My PhD looked at the importance of field boundary features for wildlife, in particular green lanes and farmland birds. I then worked for the British Trust for Ornithology while finishing off my PhD and joined TEP in 2006.

Favourite Places: The shores of Derwentwater

Music: Love it. I have been in a few bands playing guitar, bass and drums (but not all at the same time).

Film: Lord of the Rings trilogy

Watching: Anything cycling related – UCI World Championships at the moment

Favourite Bird: Golden eagle (you can’t beat a golden eagle)

Reading: At Home (Bill Bryson)

Not a lot of people know this but: I have worked in a local theatre company doing sound for a good few years and my nickname is ‘Danger’!

Franki Webb

Principal Historic Environment Consultant
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Franki Webb

Principal Historic Environment Consultant

BA Hons, PGDip, MA MCIfA

Career: Franki is an archaeologist and former journalist. She has an honours degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and a Masters in Archaeology from University College London. She went to Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. Franki began retraining as an archaeologist in 2014. She focussed on zooarchaeology, the study of the human-animal relationship. Franki worked for Atkins, where she worked for the Environment Agency mostly on habitat recreation and flood defence schemes and then moved to Lichfields in 2021, where she established their archaeological services. Franki is  based in London and focuses on sustainability and environmental conservation.

Not a lot of people know: Franki trained as an actor at The BRIT School.

Favourite Things: Reading, blogging, running, fashion and cats.