Wednesday, May 29, 2024

EMEC Ecology bolsters expertise with double appointment

East Midlands Environmental Consultants (EMEC), headquartered in Nottingham, strengthens its ecology team with the recent appointments of Chloe Newberry and Athina Constantinou.

These appointments coincide with EMEC’s strong start to 2024, marked by significant contract wins and proactive measures to comply with Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) legislation changes which became mandatory in February 2024.

Chloe Newberry joins EMEC as an Ecologist, tasked with conducting Ecological appraisals, protected species surveys, and BNG calculations for potential commercial developments. She is actively pursuing licenses for Bat and Great Crested Newts.

Joining EMEC as an Ecologist alongside Chloe is Athina Constantinou. Athina, who holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Queen Mary University of London, brings extensive experience in conducting protected species surveys, project management, and report writing.

Leveraging her expertise, Athina assists EMEC’s clients in navigating new legislative measures to ensure environmentally responsible development practices, thereby enhancing the natural environment and mitigating potential ecological damage.

Additionally, she holds a Natural England Class 1 Great Crested Newt license and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Expressing her enthusiasm at her new role, Newberry remarked: “I wanted the opportunity to join a company that was closely associated with the Wildlife Trust, and work on some different projects and get involved more with one of my interests which are terrestrial invertebrates.”

Constantinou shared similar sentiments stating: “I was looking for a company that would give me a healthy work life balance, but also enable me to work in a sector that I truly care about. EMEC ticked all the boxes and I can’t wait to help contribute to a more sustainable future.”

On behalf of EMEC, Consultancy Director, Ed Tripp added: “I am thrilled to welcome Chloe and Athina to the team during a period of huge excitement. BNG legislation changes represent a great opportunity for us all in the Environmental sector and our role as the consultant ecologist is as much about protecting habitats as it is about offering added value advice to the developer and landowners, so that the communities they create, incorporate diversity.”

As a subsidiary of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, EMEC directs all profits through gift aid to the Trust, supporting nature conservation efforts. Over the past three decades, EMEC has donated over £1 million, financing habitat conservation projects and wildlife conservation initiatives managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

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