Areas of Expertise
Ecology, Green infrastructure, Urban and derelict land use
Growing up in an urban area that suffered unemployment and decline of industry, yet having discovered nature thriving on abandoned urban fringe land, I have always wished to improve community resilience through better quality housing surrounded by accessible and biodiverse greenspaces.
I am an ecologist with particular experience in restoration and regeneration. With a degree in Ecological Science (Edinburgh, 1983), I have worked in forestry and landscape architectural practices and in a local authority. All these arenas allowed me to input to design and take charge of implementation of green infrastructure schemes in urban fringe landscapes.
I am privileged to have spent my working life alongside landscape architects and planners. A multi-disciplinary approach was at the heart of the idea of founding TEP in 1997 as an independent environmental consultancy, committed to sustainable development, personal development and environmental excellence. As a director of TEP which has grown to support 140 planners, designers and environmentalists, I work with many developers, Local Planning Authorities and Homes England to harness the finance and energy that arises from (re)development towards improved local environments.