Penny Simpson – Brexit: How may leaving the EU affect environmental laws?
Penny Simpson is the Lead Partner for Environment at Freeths LLP. With 18 years’ experience in all areas of contentious and non contentious environmental law, starting at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and then DLA Piper prior to joining Freeths, she has built a national reputation for her specialism in “natural environment law”. This covers protected species, protected nature conservation sites, wildlife law, water law, environmental impact assessment, access to information and environmental permitting. She advises on regulatory compliance, criminal defence, planning issues, corporate and real estate transactions and public law challenges.
Andy Baxter – The responsibility of all business’s to manage bird strike hazard and best practice
Andy is the managing director at Birdstrike Management Ltd, a company set up to continue the development of delivery of best practice standards in wildlife hazard management to wider aviation industry. Andy sits as an expert advisor on the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Wildlife Hazard Management Group, was co-chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority Birdstrike Committee and is currently involved in wildlife strike risk management for major infrastructure developments and airports around the world.
Simon King – Simon King shares his view on environmental sustainability in business
Simon King began his career as a child actor at the age of ten, but soon moved into the field of natural history. His early programmes include Man and Boy, King’s Country and Walk on the Wildside.
Simon has contributed memorable footage to some off the BBC’s most prestigious wildlife series including Blue Planet, Life in the Freezer and Planet earth. He is well known for his presenting work on popular series such as Big Cat Diary, Springwatch and Autumnwatch as well as his series Simon King’s Shetland Dairies.
Simon is involved with many wildlife charities – The Wildlife Trust, Tusk Trust, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and The Woodland Trust, to name but a few.
In 2015 he launched the Simon King Wildlife Project which is a registered charity dedicated to land restoration, education and engagement in the natural world, and in August 2016 his latest book “Nature Watch” was published which is the ultimate guide to tracking and watching Wildlife in Britain and Europe.
Richard Aylard – Creating a strategy for environmental sustainability
Richard Aylard has worked for Thames Water since 2002 and has been Director of External Affairs and Sustainability since 2006. He is a member of the Executive Team and leads the company’s engagement with external stakeholders, including Government, the Environment Agency and the Consumer Council for Water, and is the principal spokesperson with the media and other audiences.
In his previous career he served in the Royal Navy and as Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales. He has a degree in Applied Zoology and Mathematics and is a Fellow of WWF and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.
Stewart Priddle MSc, CEnv, MCIWEM, MIAgrE, TechArborA
Stewart is Director of Habitats and Ecology at Blackdown Environmental and a Chartered Environmentalist. Stewart has over 15 years’ experience in environmental land management and associated work. Having worked on a varying degree of contracts including road, rail, civil engineering and utilities, he has a wealth of experience in a wide range of industries. In 2007, the same year that he founded Blackdown Environmental, he was named by Construction News in their Top 30 Future Leaders of Construction. He sits on the National Highway Sector Scheme (NHSS) advisory board and currently project manages the delivery of many ecological mitigation sites as part of the HS2 rail project. With the country looking to deliver a number of nationally important infrastructure projects and meet the national shortfall in housing, Stewart discusses the importance of well planned and executed ecological mitigation. Stewart also explores the importance of moving towards biodiversity net gain when delivering commercial operations if we are to reverse the historical decline of some habitats and species.
Adam Bratt BSc (Hons), MCIEEM
Adam is Principal Ecologist at Blackdown Environmental and a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Adam has over 10 years’ experience in the ecological consultancy sector, prior to which he worked on a number of academic research projects in Scotland and the Arctic including sheep tick ecology, seabird and marine mammal dietary analysis and grazing ecology of geese. Adam has a track record of providing ecological consultancy services to clients from a variety of industry sectors including; rail, highways, utilities, residential development and infrastructure projects. Adam is licensed to survey for bats, dormice, great crested newts and barn owls and has assisted in the design of species-specific mitigation for a wide range of British wildlife. Adam is also a panel member of the South West Design Review Panel (DRP) where he provides ecological expertise when reviewing planning applications as part of a multidisciplinary panel of built infrastructure professionals. With the country looking to deliver a number of nationally important infrastructure projects and meet the national shortfall in housing, Adam discusses the importance of well planned and executed ecological mitigation. Adam also explores the importance of moving towards biodiversity net gain when delivering commercial operations if we are to reverse the historical decline of some habitats and species.