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’!
BSc (Hons) MSc CEnv MCIEEM
Works as: Principal Ornithologist
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: Over the Rhine “The Trumpet Child”
Favourite bird(s): swift, mute swan and of course hen harrier
Watching: The Big Bang Theory
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.
BSc (Hons) MSc PhD MCIEEM CEnv
Works as: Principal Ecologist
Career: Graduated in Marine Biology and Zoology at Bangor and then worked across the Turks and Caicos Islands for a WWF project – 266 endangered rock iguanas, 115 cays, 24 low orbital American military NAVSTAR satellites, 4 pairs of hiking boots & 1 telescopic noose later, I left MMU with my MSc in Behavioural Ecology. Following a year at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Bat Hospital and English Nature Bat Warden Trainee Programme, I went on to complete my PhD with DMU, studying the orientation capabilities of great crested newts whilst wardening at Little Wittenham LNR. I joined TEP in 2001, when I had a pond net and a map thrust into my hands on my first morning and it’s been pretty much nonstop since then.
Inspired by:TEP has given me the opportunity to relocate back to Cornwall, which is fantastic. Having seen the ecology team in Warrington grow from a select few into the 30 strong team we now have, I am enjoying the challenges of firmly establishing TEP’s presence in the South West.
Sport: Diving and archery.
Listening to: Alestorm (pirate rock!) and “The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon”. Oh, and most things Nina Simone.
Reading: Recently finished “The Swarm” by Frank Schätzing. Re-reading “The Red Hourglass” by Gordon Grice and working my way through the Long Earth sequence by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett.
Watching: Foyle’s War after which I’m looking forward to “The Wind Rises” by Hayao Miyazaki.
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Career: Studied at Merrist Wood College in Guildford before travelling extensively and climbing big trees in Sweden. Joined TEP in 1999 after working as a Tree Officer with Warrington Borough Council and managing a successful tree surgery company and consultancy. Currently helping to direct the National Land and Risk Management Consultancy for the Homes and Communities Agency and continuing to enjoy working alongside a team of highly experienced and talented individuals.
Family: Liz my wife and a growing brood of five
City: Stockholm, Berlin, London
Film: Hodejegerne, Jackie Brown, Fra Diavolo
Book: Radetzky March – Joseph Roth, The Shining – Stephen King
Music: Hawkwind, Kraftwerk, Chemical Brothers, JJ Cale, Motorhead, Fwar
Holiday: Iceland, California, Belgium Ardennes, Maldives, Antarctic cruise
Food: Kapustnica, Yakitori, any crustacean (with the exception of a Welk or an Urchin!)
Restaurant: Jin Kichi, Hampstead, London
Spare time: Cooking, wine, allotment, movies and watching sport
Ambition: To manage a coppice woodland
Tree: Pseudolarix amabilis, Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Obelisk’, Cornus controversa, Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Red: Manchester United since 1977
Career: I graduated from Bristol University in 1991 then undertook rainforest biodiversity surveys in Colombia and worked for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee before doing an Ecology MSc at Durham, graduating in 1994. More rainforest research in Thailand followed before moving into consultancy in 1996 where I worked mainly on energy infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad. I took a 10 year career break to look after my young children before starting with TEP as a Senior Ecologist in April 2012.
Best Project: All are good in their own special way, whether it’s the people, the project location, the ecological issues that we are addressing or the outcomes we secure.
Listening to: A bit of everything, and generally whatever my children are listening to, which ranges from One Direction to The Vaccines. If I had my choice it would be Florence and the Machine or Mumford and Sons.
Reading: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, for the second time. Lessons in philosophy and a mystery all rolled into one – brilliant!
BA (Hons) Dip LM CMLI
Specialism: Landscape Management and Heritage
Career: Graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2003 with a Diploma in Landscape Management and headed South to London and then Oxford to start my career in a multi-disciplinary company where I worked on PPG17 open space strategies and historic parks restoration. I became a chartered Landscape Architect in 2006 and followed my roots back to the North West to join TEP in 2008. I have since led the landscape management team and worked on historic landscape projects; most recently ‘St Fagans’ National History Museum near Cardiff, which received the largest HLF grant ever allocated to Wales in the sum of £11.5m.
Travel: I can usually be found island hopping in the Scottish Islands.
Watching: Great British Bake Off and Only Connect.
Reading: Shetland Times and Shetland Life magazine…
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 started at TEP joining the Land Management team as a graduate Landscape Surveyor. I have now progressed to Principle level, leading the Land Survey team nationally, and primarily overseeing land and risk management on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency.
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, All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr, and an old childhood favourite, Room 13 – Robert Swindells
Not many people know but: I achieved grade 6 piano and grade 8 flute back in the day – with a dream of owning my own piano again when I have the space!
BA (Hons) DipLA CMLI
Career: Graduated with first class honours and a Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Leeds Met Uni back in 2004. Been at TEP ever since undertaking landscape design projects with an emphasis on masterplanning, urban design and public realm works. More recently undertaking landscape and visual assessment
Highlights so far: Warrington Town Centre Public Realm Strategy and Design Guide, Otterspool and Egremont Promenade and Carlisle Roman Gateway to name a few
Watching: The Wire, Sopranos and lots of football
Listening to: Foals and some Wu-Tang
Reading: The Stars My Destination
Travel: most recently Mexico, Sri Lanka and Venice
Red or Blue? Both!! Liverpool and Alumni FC – Scouse not English!
BA (Hons) MA AIEMA
Specialism: Ecology and Sustainability
Career: Graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Environmental Management. Gained business experience in a Liverpool based firm of Solicitors before joining TEP in 2008. Along with Liz Seal, I jointly lead TEP’s wonderful team of ecologists. As for me, I specialise in BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes and ecological risk management for the Homes and Communities Agency.
Highlights so far: Being given the opportunity to develop TEP’s ecology service ensuring effective environmental protection and enhancements on housing and government funded projects throughout the UK.
Watching: Most sport on TV or HBO box sets – Game of Thrones a current favourite.
Reading: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes
Travel: Sri Lanka and China during University days. Brazil 2014 was pretty memorable (except for the England games!).
Red or Blue? A true Lilywhite – Preston North End
BA (Hons) MA LD CMLI
Career: Studied and worked in Manchester area since 1985, with work break to Paris (’92) & study break to Malmo, Sweden (’93). Experience in public (Trafford & Manchester Councils) & private sector – Atkins & EDAW
Listening to: ‘The Campfire Headphase’ – Boards of Canada
Film: ‘Amelie’ – a modern fairy tale set in Montmartre, Paris
Inspiration – Design & city planning in Scandinavia, particularly the Western Harbour development B01), Malmo, Sweden
Sport: Swim/bike/run in north west England’s natural environment – fells, forests and lakes
Red or Blue? – Red, white & blue !… GB Triathlon team
BSc (Hons) Dip LA CMLI
Career: Graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Diploma in Landscape Architecture in 2003. Did my year out placement with TEP and it was so good I came back as a graduate landscape architect to work in the design team. In early 2008 I left TEP and joined the multi-disciplinary design consultancy Taylor Young. I re-joined TEP in 2011 (I couldn’t stay away!) and now work in the Environmental Planning team.
Projects I am proud of: Chester Public Realm Design Guide and the Carbon Neutral Show Garden at the RHS Tatton Flower Show
Inspiration: The great outdoors
Favourite Pantone Colour: 376 of course
Not many people know; I am a Welsh speaker (Cymru am byth!)
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Specialism: Arboriculture and ICT Systems
Career: Achieved National Diploma with Distinction after placement year in Switzerland climbing trees, on to Aberdeen Uni until ’01 for my Urban Forestry Degree. Worked in local government then with tree contractor and on to consultancy with TEP in 2003. I progressed from Consultant to Senior in 2006 and on to Principal in 2010, during this time I have also qualified as a Chartered Forester.
Activities: Snowboarding and spending time in the mountains, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Hiking and attempting to master Surfing.
Inspired by: Bradley Wiggins.
Tech: I am very much into my gadgets, I would not know where I would be without my iPad.
BA (Hons) BLA CMLI RMaPS
Career: Went to Manchester to study Landscape Architecture and joined TEP in 2002 as a graduate, following completion of the undergraduate & post graduate courses. I’ve since steadily climbed the ranks at TEP to Principal consultant. I enjoy working on a wide range of different projects types and I’m also a CDM Co-ordinator.
Best Project: From a success perspective I would have to say the Avenue Coking Works (recognised by awards from Landscape Institute, BURA, etc); however, I’m proud of a number of successful schemes that I have completed over the years, including Carlisle public realm, Stamford Brook development and Whalley Range High School.
Films: Die Hard
Sport: I like almost all sports, particularly if I can view from an armchair!
Team: The mighty (admittedly lowly placed) Wycombe Wanderers…
BSc(Hons) DipLA CMLI MRTPI
Specialism: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Assessment
Career: I left Sheffield Uni in 1992 to work as a Landscape Architect in North Wales before travelling and working in New Zealand and Australia. I joined TEP in 2000 initially working on landscape design schemes but quickly moving into environmental planning and assessment which is where my interest still lies. I head up the Environmental Planning Team comprising landscape architects, planners, environmental assessors and GIS consultants and we are fortunate to have a great team of people and a portfolio of really interesting projects.
Enjoy: Doing a bit of everything. Off to improve my windsurfing skills this summer in Spain!
Reading: ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl to my daughters who love it and like to read it over and over and over again.
Music: We have 3 guitars, a bass guitar and lots of other equipment in our house. The girls are keen to join their Dad in a band and I’m keen to have some peace and quiet now and again!
Best Project: Hard to choose. Each new project brings diverse and interesting challenges.
Not a lot of people know but: I’m Welsh. My un-placeable accent disguises the fact that I was born and bred in North Wales.
BSc (Hons) CMLI MICFor MCIEEM CEnv
Career: Left Edinburgh Uni in ‘83 to be a forester in Scotland, then to Afghan border with TEARFund to do community woodlots. Home to be an ecologist, first with Gillespies, then Merseyside Councils. Co-founded TEP in ’97.
Listening to: “Ground beneath her feet” – U2
Reading: “God’s Politics” by Jim Wallis – a call for politics to address social justice and spiritual renewal
Best Project: I’m hugely proud that TEP has helped the environmental and built regeneration of the Northwest – working with clients and colleagues with great personalities, vision and passion.
Not a lot of people know but…. I have the worst old passport photo ever
Red or Blue? White…Tranmere Rovers!
Career: Graduated from Manchester University in 2004 with Masters in Landscape Planning and Management. After leaving university joined the Mersey Basin Campaign, an organisation charged with facilitating the clean-up of the River Mersey and its tributaries in the North West. Joined TEP in 2005, and progressed to Principal Landscape Manager, leading on the development of field survey, risk management systems and ICT systems.
Sport: Football, Formula 1, Computer Games….kind of a sport.
Favorite Place: New York City
Film: Bond Films and Star Wars
Red or Blue? RED – Liverpool FC!!!
Career: Graduated with Masters in Town and Country Planning at the University of Manchester in 2007. Went into the Minerals industry working as part of an in house planning and estates team with Sibelco which honed experience in EIA, mineral planning, outline housing applications and land acquisitions. Took a secondment to Alliance Planning (now WYG), London, in 2012 to develop skills in Urban Planning. Joined TEP in 2013 working on major infrastructure projects, housing, urban design and of course mineral planning projects. Working towards being a multi-disciplinary consultant adept at covering a wide range of Spatial Planning projects.
Sport: Sport mad, Rugby League, Football and tennis a priority. Mountain biking and cricket on back burner since parenthood.
Listening to: Nostalgically re-visiting my 90s era currently via Soundgarden, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Cast and Shack. New music – saw a band called Dinosaur Pile Up recently who were excellent.
Film – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, cult classic.
Red or Blue? –Red Vee of St Helens Rugby League, toughing it out amongst the TEP ‘Wire’ faithful.
BSc (Hons) Dip LA
Specialism: Landscape Architecture, Estate Management and Health & Safety
Career: Graduated from Kingston Poly in ‘82 and subsequently worked for Bass Carrington, The Groundwork Trust, Carlisle City and Trafford Council before undertaking the part time Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham Poly. Subsequently left the public sector after over 20 years’ service to join a small design consultancy specialising in the design of holiday parks and, following a spell working contract, joined TEP in July 2008
Listening to: Very eclectic musical taste but have been a fan of The Cure ever since I first saw them in a sports centre in Crawley in 1979.
Reading: I possess every novel written by Wilbur Smith, just love the way he tells a story.
Best Project: Difficult to choose, but would suggest that its normally the current one.
Not a lot of people know but…. In a Brass Band for over 7 years during my teens and spent a lot of time in The Bulls Head, Parr (rehearsing obviously)
Red or Blue? – Red for my Rugby (Saints) and Blue for my Football (Everton), but rarely attend either.
BA(Hons) MA(LM) MSc CMLI MRTPI
Specialisms: Town Planning, Environmental Assessment and Landscape Management
Career: Was a Park Ranger for some time involved in environmental education and awareness; managed landscapes and planned things whilst becoming professionally qualified in each; worked for Warrington New Town and then Gillespies. Co-founded TEP in ’97.
Listening to: George Formby records, dust ‘em off and they turn out nice again!
Reading: Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Best Project: I’ve been privileged to work on many great projects and it seems unfair to single one out.
Not a lot of people know but…. that is because I do not tell them.
Red or Blue? Primrose and blue for the Wire!
Specialism: Landscape Management, Contract Management.
Career: Graduated from Manchester University in 2004 with a masters in Landscape Planning and Management. After leaving university joined Groundwork St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton and Liverpool, an organisation operating across the UK, changing places and changing lives through enabling local action. Joined TEP in 2005, working in the field of environmental regeneration with a focus on green infrastructure planning and community engagement. Progressed into a role of Managing Agent working on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency. When TEP was successful in winning a national consultancy for the HCA in 2011, I led the establishment of the Southern Consultancy including the opening and management of a southern TEP office.
Highlights so far: Being given the opportunity to develop TEP’s southern consultancy, building relationships with HCA southern managers.
Watching: Just finished watching all 4 series of Homeland (the end of series four was a let-down), addicted to Masterchef the professionals, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand…you name it I watch it.
Listening to: Mumford and Sons
Spare Time: Found down at the stables, mucking out and riding my horse.
BA (Hons) DipLA CMLI RMaPS
Specialism: Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
Career: Graduated from Sheffield University, spent a couple of invaluable years at Oxford City Council before returning to my home town to work for TEP. Specialise in public realm design, heritage and habitat creation. Proud to manage a great team of hard working and talented designers.
Most rewarding part of job: Getting schemes built on the ground
Sport: Masters Swimming
Watching: Far too much Sky Sports News
Loyalty: Warrington Wolves, Liverpool FC, Pittsburgh Steelers, Team GB
Quote: ‘Progress means simplifying not complicating’ Bruno Munari
BA (Hons) Dip LA CMLI
Principal Landscape Architect
Career: Graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Diploma in Landscape Architecture in 2003. Joined a private environmental planning and landscape design practice in Chester shortly after graduating, became a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in 2005 and worked at Groundwork Merseyside on community design projects during 2009-2010. Joined TEPs Environmental Planning team in June 2010 and have since worked on a variety of landscape and visual assessments including on major infrastructure projects.
Sport: Netball, hill walking, frisbee.
Reading: ‘Master of the Game’ – Sidney Sheldon
Watching: Australian Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off
BSC Hons CEnv MCIEEM
Career: Left Manchester Uni in ‘98 to work for the British Council before heading off to be a zoology researcher for various institutions including Adelaide Uni, Oxford Uni and Arizona Uni. Returned to the northwest to complete an MSc and after a brief spell with Government Office Northwest I joined TEP in 2004.
Listening to: 6 Music
Reading: “Fingers in the Sparkle Jar” by Chris Packham
Best Project: I don’t have favourites, some projects inspire because of the people, others because of the location and more besides due to the collaborative outcome we secure.
Not a lot of people know but…. That would be telling
Red or Blue? – Green!
BSc (Hons) MA LA CMLI
Career: I have been working as a Landscape Architect since completing my MA at the University of Greenwich in 2011. Before re-training as a Landscape Architect, I worked as an Environmental Consultant developing best practice guidance and supporting design teams on major building and infrastructure projects. As a consultant I focussed on resource efficiency, carbon foot-printing, urban ecology and sustainable drainage. These themes have carried through into my work as a Landscape Architect, with a focus on green infrastructure in urban and suburban spaces. Projects have included SuDS retrofit, a wetland boardwalk, multiple park and social housing regeneration schemes, historic garden restoration works and public art. My interest is in combining strong design concepts with sound detailing to create landscapes that are multi-functional, beautiful and diverse.
Listening to: All genres of music, but particularly dance/electronica – the Late Night Tales series, Aphex Twin, LTJ Bukem, Daft Punk etc.
Reading: The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan, Topos and Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth
Watching: Sport, boxsets and any film by Wes Anderson.
Not a lot of people know but: Zammo from Grange Hill is my brother-in-law!
Favourite Things: Family, Swimming, The Square and Compass pub in Dorset, Dungeness, walks through the woods, Baklava, 30mins sat in the garden with a coffee and nothing else to do….
BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM
Career: Graduated from the University of Stirling in 2001 with a degree in Biology and then spent a couple of years working for Intelligent Finance and travelling. Went back to the University of Aberdeen in 2003 to get a Masters degree in Ecology. My first consultancy job followed in 2005 with Young Associates. In 2008 I joined Atmos Consulting in Edinburgh, becoming a Senior Ecologist in 2011 and moving to Ely. There I mainly worked on the ecological aspects of renewable energy developments. I joined TEP as a Principal Ecologist in the Market Harborough office in December 2015.
Music: Pretty eclectic really, if it’s good I’ll listen to it! I love John Martyn, Suzanne Vega, Nirvana, Ben Folds and The Black Keys. I’m currently listening to Sylvan Esso.
Watching: Masterchef, The Sopranos, varied documentaries and as much sport as I’m allowed.
Red or Blue? Red and The Arsenal all the way! Although I’m from Leicester, so I’ve got a soft spot for the blue of the Foxes and the green and red of the Tigers.
Spare Time: Spare time is largely a pre-kids concept, but I love surfing and generally being in and by the sea, running, climbing hills, cooking, watching sport and having the odd drink with friends.
Not a lot of people know that my surname means rabbit in Hungarian.
BSc (Hons) MICFor
Works as: Principal Arboricultural Consultant
Career: I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (Myerscough College) with a first class bachelors with honours in Arboriculture with top student and best dissertation awards in the year. I worked as a tree surgeon during my studies and then moved into consultancy and joined TEP’s arboriculture team in 2010. During my time at TEP, I have also become a chartered arboriculturist.
Projects I am proud of: St Fagans National History Museum and Richborough Connection (National Grid’s proposed 400kV line in Kent)
Favourite things: Grammar, pancakes, Yorkshire
Reading list: Feral by George Monbiot; Forest Gardening by Robert A de J Hart; The Lord of The Rings by J R R Tolkien
Not many people know: I can ride a unicycle
Works As: Principal Ecologist
Career: Left School in in ‘82 to work in farming, then to 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!
BA (Hons) MALA CMLI
Specialism: Landscape Architecture
Career: Graduated from Sheffield University in 1994 and joined TEP working for 6 years on a wide range of landscape design and planning projects before relocating to London. Over the next 10 years gained further experience in the private and public sectors, in the residential, education, commercial and power industry markets. Returned to TEP in 2013 with particular responsibility for business development in London and the south east.
Project Highlights: Researching and restoring Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, assisting National Grid obtain the Development Consent Order for the Richborough Connection, planning One Galleons (a highly sustainable residential scheme based on the One Planet Living principles) and creating a special setting for new homes at Great Kneighton in Cambridge.
Inspiration: David Scott, founding partner of TEP; mentor and friend since 1994.
Reading: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Greatest Sporting Achievement: Making it up Ditchling Beacon on the London to Brighton Cycle ride
Passionate about: Jonathan, Radio 4 and Marmite
Career: Graduated from the University of Manchester with an undergraduate masters in Landscape Planning and Management and joined the Land Management at TEP as a graduate in 2011. I became a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in 2013 and became a Principal Landscape Manager in 2017. I specialise in landscape and habitat management plans, landscape maintenance costings to inform endowments and stakeholder consultation.
Travel: Recently spent three weeks in China and loved it
Sport: Walking my border terrier, Charlie.
BSc (Hons) M.Arbor.A
Career: Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2006 with an honours degree in Arboriculture and experience as an arborist in Auckland. Joined TEP shortly after graduation as a Surveyor and progressed to Senior Consultant in 2011.
Sport: Football, squash and snooker
To Unwind: Electric Drum Kit, Mountaineering and the pub
Listening to: Anything involving a double-bass pedal
Film: American Psycho
Why trees: Because climbing them for a career looks like fun to a 15 year old
BSc (Hons) PhD HND
Specialism: Arboriculture and Estate Management
Career: A career change took me to a HND Distinction in Arboriculture and on to estate and property management. I now manage the north-east team of TEP, based in Gateshead.
Listening to: Frank Turner
To unwind: Kayaking, cycling, off-piste skiing.
Best Project: Opening and staffing of the north-east office.
Not a lot of people know but…. I spent a year and a half cycling around the world.
Bridges: So many great ones but it has to be the Tyne.
Specialism: Finance and Administration
Career: Started work at 16 on a 6 month YTS scheme and secured full time employment working in a local Solicitors Office. I spent a few years there and left to take up employment with New World Gas Cookers in the Research and Development Department. Left there after 3 years to have my son and had a break for 8 months. I then worked for Arcon Construction Supplies for nearly 8 years and left there to take up my post with TEP and have been here for nearly 14 years
Favourite Place: America.
Film: The Wizard of Oz
Watching: Breaking Bad.
Not a lot of people know but I passed my motorcycle test in November 2011 at the ripe old age of 40something!
RFS Cert Arb
Works as: Principal Managing Agent
Career: Worked in the Arboricultural industry for 20 years starting as a contract climber then on to contracts and company management. I began my career with TEP in 2007. I am based in the North East office and became Principal consultant in 2014. I now spend most time as a Managing Agent, looking after open spaces and vacant property for Homes and Communities Agency.
Reading: Not enough time to indulge but do love 1950’s/60’s beatnik authors such as Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, William Burroughs and Charles Bukowski. I also have a large library of obscure Herpetological literature.
Music: Listening to far too much 1960’s Psychedelia, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and The Grateful Dead.
Best Project: Receiving new sites and the resulting delivery of de-risking and management are always interesting…
Films: Pulp Fiction, Some Times A Great Notion.
Favourite Place: Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye. The Himalayas.
Family:Wife (long suffering) and two children (causing long suffering!).
Activities: Kayaking, Mountaineering, Climbing (trees) and catching snakes!
Not a lot of people know:I have a keen interest in Herpetology and maintain a large private breeding facility of reptiles and amphibians.
BSc (Hons) MA (LM) CMLI
Specialisms: Landscape Management, Contract Management and Costings
Career: Left Newcastle Uni 1979 to become a Park Ranger in Warrington working for the New Town Development Corporation. In 1990 spent a year in Australia working for Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers and travelling. Took a Landscape Management Master’s Degree in 1992 and joined TEP in 1998.
Best Project: Can’t pick one out, it is the variety of clients, projects and people that I work with that I love.
Listening to: old school radio and CDs
Reading: love a good old fashioned ‘who dunnit’ but rubbish at working out who did do it
Watching – Warrington Wolves Rugby League Football Club to give them their posh name or Wires to their fans or Wolves as they were rebranded in the 90s!
Not a lot of people know but…. I can knit and crochet like a good un (my Grandma taught me)
BSc (Hons) MSc
Career: Graduated from Sheffield University in 2002 with a Honors Degree in Environmental Conservation, and began working in the Environmental Contracting sector, until going travelling, where I found myself in New Zealand working for an Environmental Company. Upon my return I went back to university, graduating from Salford University in 2007 with a Masters Degree in Planning Sustainable Environments. I have spent my time in the private consultancy sector ever since.
Specialism: EIA and Town Planning
Highlights so far: The wide range of jobs we are involved in; Residential, commercial, leisure, infrastructure… and it’s always nice to see things built!
Sport: Rock climbing
Watching: Grand Designs or anything to do with climbing!
Favourite Place: Fontainebleau, Paris.
Not a lot of people know but: I’m not Spanish! I was born in the Isle-of-Man so my name is pronounced the English way.