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Cornwall Environmental Consultants consists of a team of friendly, dedicated and enthusiastic ecologists and landscape architects with a wealth of experience and expertise in their chosen fields. They are supported by an experienced management and administration team to ensure that every aspect of delivery across the range of CEC services is effective.

The team is collectively based at CECs offices just outside Truro, Cornwall.

To speak to a member of our team, contact us on 01872 245510 or contact us to discuss your project and requirements.

Jenny Stuart Principal Ecologist BSc, MSc, MCIEEM, CEnv, CBiol, MSB

Jenny has been with CEC since 2004 and heads up CEC’s ecology team. She has experience in managing large-scale long-term projects such as the A30 widening scheme across Bodmin Moor between 2015 and 2017.

Alongside our standard Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and watching brief work, Jenny regularly undertakes one-off bespoke research and reporting commissions such as an extensive Invasive Species Study for South West Water (2017).

Jenny has a passion for small mammals and holds the new Class Licence for Badgers as well as undertaking numerous dormouse surveys each year.

When not at work Jenny enjoys walking and kayaking around the Cornish landscape.

Steve Adams Senior Ecologist BA (Hons), MSc, MCIEEM, CEnv

Steve is our longest serving member of staff, having joined CEC in 1999. He has responsibility for client liaison, supervising the work of CEC ecologists and undertaking habitat and protected species surveys and assessments. Steve has also been responsible for the design of survey methodology and overall project management on a number of complex projects, and has extensive experience and knowledge of the ecological issues affecting Cornwall, especially those involving former mine sites.

Steve holds a licence for dormouse survey and handling and is also a licenced bat worker. Steve also has a particular interest in mosses and lichens.

Steve’s interests when not at work include sea kayaking, mountain biking and growing vegetables with varying degrees of success.

Ben Wyatt Ecologist / Project Manager BSc (Hons), ACIEEM

Ben joined the ecology team in 2015. Ben has experience in undertaking a wide range of ecological surveys including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals/ Phase 1 habitat, reptile, breeding bird, badger, dormouse, bat emergence and bat activity surveys. Ben has experience of working on a wide variety of projects including, road schemes, cabling routes and residential housing developments. 

Outside of work, Ben enjoys playing football and cycling.

Landscape Architect Team

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Birgit Hontzsch Principal Landscape Architect Dip.Ing, CMLI

Birgit has been with CEC since 2004, where she was instrumental in implementing our landscape services and developing our track record and expertise for delivering high quality projects across the South West. Prior to joining CEC, Birgit gained experience working for large national consultancies since coming to the UK from Germany in 1999.

Her strong management skills compliments her expertise, which spans from landscape and visual impact assessment work to technical design of a wide range of projects, from private individual developments to large public schemes.

Birgit likes to spend her time outside work walking her Shetland sheepdogs, helping a local dog welfare charity, cycling, and tasting the new and traditional local ales and food on offer in Cornwall!

Lucy Wilson-Richards Senior Landscape Architect BSc, PGDip LM, CMLI

Lucy moved to CEC in 2007 from a large national consultancy having also worked in local government, she has been chartered for 12 years and has a background in landscape and visual impact assessment, heritage landscapes and educational spaces. Lucy is responsible for the day to day management of the landscape team as well as project delivery including restoration, eco developments and large contemporary residential developments.

Lucy is part of Gwennap’s Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group and is leading their local landscape character assessment, she is also developing her knowledge of outdoor spaces for people with dementia following her father’s battle with the disease. Outside the world of landscape her time is filled exploring the Cornish coast, countryside and culture with her young children and occasionally finding time to read a book or ride her bike!

Graham Sansom Landscape Architect CMLI

Graham has been working at CEC since 2012 on a wide range of LVIA and design projects. He has great attention to detail and is thorough, yet innovative and flexible in his approach to a project work. He particularly enjoys design work and problem solving. Graham previously worked for Groundwork Hertfordshire, where his main role was overseeing community oriented environmental improvement projects from inception and design through to onsite delivery.

Graham enjoys travelling and the outdoors. He is a keen surfer and also has a small boat to explore the Cornish waters.

Amanda Neal Assistant Landscape Architect / Project Manager BA (Hons)

Amanda joined the landscape team in 2011 and has experience in a wide range of projects including Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, Arboricultural Assessments, planting schemes and detailed design.

Amanda enjoys conservation work with the volunteer organisations such as the HVMCA and just recently completed a training course to become a medic with the BDMLR.

Bat Team

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Steve Marshall Senior Bat Ecologist MCIEEM

Steve started working for CEC as a sub-contractor for many years prior to becoming the companies first full time bat ecologist in 2004. From the early days of surveying mine shafts, work now involves having a thorough knowledge of small barn conversions to major housing and road developments.

As well as keeping up to date with legislation etc, Steve also has a keen interest in the way equipment and software has improved over the years which has made survey work both more accurate and cost effective.

Outside of work Steve monitors barn owls at 2 sites, bats at 3 sites and runs a small (40 hives) bee farming business with his wife. Free time, where possible Steve likes to spend with his family, especially his grandson……..who apparently he has been told can do no wrong!

Dave Hunter Bat Ecologist / Project Manager BSc, MCIEEM

Dave started working for CEC as a sub-contractor in 2004 and was taken on full-time in 2007. He has experience in bat work on a wide variety of projects from small house extensions and barn conversions to large housing developments and road improvements schemes.

Management and Administration Team

Phil Hills Consultancy Manager / Director BA (Hons), DipTP, DipLA, CMLI

Phil has been with CEC since 2002 as Consultancy Manager. Trained as both a planner and landscape architect he has worked in the field of development and biodiversity since the 1980s.

Phil has overall responsibility for the company, leading the strategic development of CEC with the help of the CEC Management Team as well as ensuring that the company runs smoothly from day-to-day.

He also keeps involvement in project work through working with other staff as part of project teams and completing his own projects focussing on landscape architecture and biodiversity.

Phil is active in the Cornish business community, heading up the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Environment Sub-Group. He regularly delivers presentations to businesses on the themes of Business & Biodiversity, Environmental Growth and Japanese Knotweed.

Phil’s interests outside work include walking, cycling and swimming, live music, steam engines and sea-fishing.

Emma Barrow Business & Marketing Manager DipBM

Emma has worked at CEC for 10 years. She previously worked for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, so knew CEC’s background and how it supported the Trust.

Emma is qualified and highly experienced in her discipline, and achieved CEC’s accreditations for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, plus others.

She is enthusiastic and passionate about CEC’s work and Cornwall’s wildlife. Outside of work she is kept busy with three young children, dog walking and horse riding.

Kirsten Roots Administrator

Kirsten provides vital admin support to the whole CEC team and is the main contact for Bat and Barn Owl Assessments. She is very experienced in administration and office duties, but since working for CEC is also now becoming a bit of an expert when it comes to bat surveys! Outside of work, Kirsten is a busy mum to her daughter.

If you require any further information please call us on 01872 245510 or contact us to discuss your project and requirements.

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