Dan Boys BSc (Hons)
Consultancy Manager

Dan graduated with a BSc (Hons) Geography & Environmental Management from UWE in 1998. After working for the National Trust and Peak District National Park Authority for almost 10 years he spent a further decade running his own business delivering digital visitor experiences across the UK. More recently, Dan has been a Project Manager at an award-winning Nottingham digital agency. His role as Consultancy Manager combines his passions for the environment with his skills as a project manager and business owner.

Sean Gallagher MSc MCIEEM
Principal Ecologist

Sean joined EMEC Ecology in 2003. He graduated from The University of East Anglia in the mid 70’s with a degree in Biological Sciences and went on to complete a p/g Cert. Ed. at Keswick Hall College in Norwich. After this a 15 year full-time career in various secondary schools, teaching science up to A-level (biology/chemistry), followed by 10 years part-time teaching and part-time ecology work. After completing a Master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of Nottingham in 1999, Sean gained further ecological consultancy experience in North Wales, followed by a year working as a Conservation Officer with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust before joining EMEC Ecology full-time in 2003.

Sean is primarily responsible for bat survey and mitigation advice (including applications for European Protected Species licences with respect to bats). As well as being a licenced bat surveyor, he is also ‘registered consultant’ RC112 for obtaining ‘low impact’ Bat Mitigation Class Licences (BMCL). He is also highly experienced in botanical survey and management planning and has over fifteen years experience of professional ecological work. This includes upland vegetation surveys in the Mourne Mountains and seabird surveys on the west coast of Scotland and Shetland. Sean is also licensed to survey for great crested newts and white-clawed crayfish.

Christian Daems

Christian joined EMEC in 2019, after coming over to the UK from the Netherlands. He has a degree in Nature and Forestry management from Van Hall Larenstein University. In the Netherlands he gained experience in doing visual tree assessments (VTA), surveying and supervising public green areas for various municipal councils. He is also trained in chainsaw operation and the surveying and inspection of various fauna. Christian carries out a range of tree surveys as part of our arboricultural team.

Adrian Dutton BSc

Joining us in August 2015, Adrian Dutton brings additional skills to EMEC Ecology, with his 30 years experience in invertebrates. He is a valuable asset to the company and has already carried out invertebrate surveys for Natural England across the country, looking at invertebrate abundance in relation to scrub habitat. In addition to the species level identification required for the contract for Natural England, Adrian has been undertaking butterfly and moth surveys at sites in Nottinghamshire and aquatic invertebrate surveys of rivers and streams. The results of these surveys can be used to assess the pollution levels of watercourses.

Kelly Yates
Business Support Coordinator

Kelly Joined EMEC Ecology in 2017 as our administrator, coming from a background of charity administration and finance. Kelly ensures the smooth running of day to day office procedures and is always happy to help. Kelly is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Sean Davey MSc MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Sean joined the team in February 2020 from a multi-disciplinary consultancy in Yorkshire, where he worked during and after studying an MSc degree in Biodiversity & Conservation at the University of Leeds. He has over 7 years professional experience and expertise in bat ecology. In addition to a bat licence he holds personal survey licences for barn owls and great crested newts and has broad skills in ecological surveys, mitigation and practical management work. Sean is responsible for much of the bat survey and mitigation work for EMEC and also produces ecological appraisals and impact assessments, habitat management plans and mitigation strategies as part of his role.

Kate Statham MSc
Consultant Ecologist

Kate joined the team in January 2020, following a career break and a role with a heritage and environment NGO in the Isle of Man. She has gain six years professional experience in a consultancy setting since graduating with an MSc in Conservation Management from Edge Hill University, and has worked on a diverse range of projects, from domestic to nationally significant infrastructure. She holds survey licences for bats and great crested newts and is experienced in a wide variety of ecological survey techniques. Kate is currently developing skills in Biodiversity Net Gain as well as working towards a white-clawed crayfish licence and building survey experience with rare reptiles, her main area of interest.

Sarah Spotswood BSc (Hons) AMRSB

Sarah joined EMEC in June 2018 after graduating from the University of Nottingham that summer with a first class honours degree in Zoology. Sarah has experience in conducting phase-1 habitat surveys, and a variety of protected species surveys, including badger, bat, great crested newt, water vole, nesting bird and reptile surveys. She is also experienced in the design and management of habitat for great crested newts. Sarah qualified as a badger vaccinator in 2019 and assists the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust with their BEVS vaccination program. She also redesigned the EMEC website.

Alice Palmer MSc

Alice joined EMEC in September 2020, after returning from a two-year career break in Canada where she worked as a field technician at several bird observatories. Prior to her work abroad, Alice held a graduate ecologist role at a multi-disciplinary consultancy for three years, after graduating from the University of Leeds with an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation. Alice has experience of habitat surveys and a range of protected species surveys, including bats, great crested newts, water voles and birds. She plans to further pursue her passion for birds in her career.

Greg Gilmore BSc (Hons)

Greg joined EMEC in September 2020, following three seasons with a large consultancy in the North of England. He completed his degree in ecology and land management in 2016 and now looks to bolster his skills within the ecology field. He is experienced in a wide range of ecological surveys for protected species, including reptile and phase 1 habitat surveys and holds both great crested newt and bat survey licences. He has a passion for birds and has gained a great deal of experience in carrying out breeding, wetland and vantage point bird surveys through working on a large national infrastructure project within the Midlands. A trainee bird ringer for a local group, Greg also volunteers on Breeding and Wetland bird surveys for the British Trust for Ornithology in Nottinghamshire. He is also proficient and trained in the use of chainsaw, brush cutter and other habitat management tools through a previous volunteer ranger position.

Rachel West MSc
Assistant Ecologist

Rachel joined EMEC in the summer of 2019 whilst completing her Masters in Biodiversity Conservation at Nottingham Trent University, starting a full time position in February 2020 after her graduation with Distinction. She gained extensive ecological experience over the 2018 survey season on placement in Devon and is enthusiastically building her experience as an ecologist in her new role. Prior to her masters degree, Rachel enjoyed many volunteer roles in environmental education and practical conservation in the UK, and pursued a passion for birds studying ornithology in Canada. She plans to build her diverse ecological skills and licences, including botany and birds, in her career.