During April we said goodbye to Sam Thomas an expert botanist that has been with us for two years but reluctantly moved to his dream job with the Natural History Museum (future company away day perhaps:)). We were sad to see him go but wish him the best of luck in the future. With the departure of one member of staff we also welcomed three new starters to the business.
Beth (right) joins us as an intern from the University of Reading. Forming part of her MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills course, Beth joins us for the season to cut her teeth as an ecologist. She has already jumped straight into lots of survey work assisting us with various bat, reptile, newt and botanical projects. By the end of the placement she will have undertaken many surveys and learnt lots of new skills to either continue using with us or to give her a distinct advantage over her peers in the ecology sector (hopefully the former).
Emily (left) joins us as an ecology consultant. She has undertaken a few years of work for a local authority and for a larger ecology consultancy in Surrey. Emily has been on our radar for a while and brings a diverse skill set covering bats, newts, reptiles and BREEAM assessments.
Laura (Centre) joins us as a principal ecologist. Laura has over 10 years experience working for a larger consultancy on a diverse range of projects and for Oxford Council assessing mineral extraction applications. Laura has a broad range of skills but has considerable expertise with bats. Laura is a qualified thermographer so she brings a new skill set to the business, something we will utilise more going forward both for paid projects and research. Laura is a key new employee and will work closely with the company founder to grow the ecology team and to enter new markets.
These three new smiley faced starters support our ambitious plans for growth and reflect our growing client base both locally and across the UK and Ireland. Watch this space for more new faces through 2019.