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Professional Background

Years of Experience

Jan 2009 - Present

Owner GW Ecology

Carrying out survey work and leading public events and training workshops.

Mar 2012 - Present

Consultant Ecologist, David Dodds Associates Ltd.

Consultant ecologist carrying out extended habitat surveys as well as bat, badger, red squirrel and reptile surveys.

Oct 2011 - Apr 2019

Centre Manager, The Wildlife Information Centre

Overall responsibility for the delivery of TWIC’s work programmes and management of staff, volunteers and resources.

Lead role in

  • liaison with customers

  • development of business opportunities

  • preparing policies

  • promotion of the Centre

  • fundraising

May 2006 - Oct 2011

Biodiversity Officer, Midlothian Council

  • Co-ordinating the implementation of the Midlothian Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

  • Developing a variety of biodiversity projects with different Council departments, community groups and external biodiversity partners and securing funding to carry out these projects.

  • Carrying out habitat and species surveys for various Council departments, including badger, bat and otter.

  • Reviewing biodiversity screening reports on all planning applications produced by the Local Records Centre and advising planning officer where required.

  • Reviewing ecological reports that accompany planning applications and advising planning officers.

  • Commenting on Environmental Statements of large developments, such as windfarms, and ensuring that protected species and habitats have been taken into consideration.

  • Inputting into the development of natural heritage planning policy.

  • Producing guidance such as Biodiversity Guidance for Developers in Midlothian.

  • Representing the Council at public inquiries.

  • Chairing the Midlothian Local Biodiversity Sites System Group.

  • Organising and running training events including wildlife surveying and habitat management.

  • Assisting in developing various local wildlife surveying projects.

  • Drawing up tender documents, assessing bids, appointing consultants and overseeing contract delivery.

  • Representing the Biodiversity Officer Network on the Scottish Biodiversity Committee’s Action Coordination Group.

Feb 2003 - May 2006

Environmental Community Development Fieldworker, Scottish Borders Council - Scottish Borders Rural Partnership

  • Encouraging and supporting community groups to carry out environmental projects.

  • Providing information and training to community groups, including surveying and management planning.

  • Assisting in accessing funding for community based projects, including assisting with grant applications.

  • Sitting on appropriate committees including Access Forum and various LBAP groups, including chairing the Urban Habitat Working Group.

  • Providing specialist knowledge and information on environmental matters including natural heritage, renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste minimisation to community groups and other team members.

Jun 2002 - Jan 2003

Environmental Education Coordinator/Gardener in Charge, Paxton House Trust

  • Planning and leading school groups and other community groups in outdoor environmental activities.

  • Planning and leading summer activities.

  • Maintaining the grounds and gardens in a fit state.

Mar 1997 - Apr 2002

Various Positions, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Started as a trainee then a project supervisor, moving on to be a lifelong learning coordinator and finally as the site manager at a reserve.

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