Chris Smith – Consultancy Manager
Chris moved to Norfolk in the 1980’s, whilst studying for a BSc in Ecology from the University of East Anglia. His 20 years working in nature conservation, as well as 8 years as a Natural England protected landscapes specialist, created the skills and experience to offer clients advice on protected species issues, botanical surveys, ecological impact assessment, management planning and GIS.
Chris is a current holder of Natural England bat and great crested newt licences. Through study at the Open University, Chris has gained Diplomas in both Statistics and German.
Jim Allitt – Arboriculturist – TechArborA
Jim studied a BSc in Outdoor Studies at St Martins
College in Ambleside, Cumbria and holds the Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture. He also holds the Lantra Professional Tree Inspection award and can deliver the ‘Valuing and managing veteran trees’ 1 day foundation course.
Jim has a background in nature conservation and arboricultural work. Previous to working for NWS he spent 8 years with Natural England working on the nature reserves in North and West Norfolk. He has also worked in Ireland with Coillte the Irish Forestry Board as an arborist.
Outside the tree world Jim divides his time between family outings and combining sea kayaking with wildlife
watching on the North Norfolk coast.
Sally McColl – Ecological Consultant
Sally graduated from UEA with a degree in Environmental Science in 1998.She joined NWS in May 2016 following an 8 year career at Broads Authority in conservation. Sally has extensive experience of water vole surveying and mitigation as well as bat and reptile surveying.
Sally’s areas of expertise are fen management, lake and bank edge restoration, water sampling, fen and aquatic plant surveying and invasive species management. She also has a keen interest in botany and bird watching.
Ben has a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia. He has three years of experience in ecology and land management. Particular ecological interests include invertebrates and great crested newts.
Carolyn Smith – Assistant Ecologist
Carolyn started with NWS in April 2016 after graduating from the Open University with a 1st Class honours degree in Environmental Science. She was previously a professional librarian working in Higher Education in London. After deciding to change career she volunteered as a woodland warden for the Woodland Trust and a botanical surveyor and water vole surveyor with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. She has also worked for the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre. Carolyn is passionate about wild flowers and also has a soft spot for bees, keeping an emergency bottle of maple syrup in her fridge to help any tired bees that land in her garden.
Siobhan has grown up with an interest in wildlife, and with previous experience in administration and office support she is able to fulfill these interests in her role at Norfolk Wildlife Services.
After growing up on the Suffolk coast, she moved to Norwich a few years ago where she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son.
Roger completed a degree in Ecology at the University of East Anglia in 2009. Since then he has been working seasonally within the field of ecology. Roger’s particular ecological area of specialism is reptile surveying and mitigation.
Colin Ford – Company Secretary
As well as being a fully qualified chartered accountant, Colin also has a degree in Environmental Sciences. He acts as advisor for financial and contractual issues for the company and is also Head of Finance for Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Brendan Joyce – Chairman
Brendan, acting as a Director of NWS, is able to bring the experience to the company’s board of 15 years as the Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Dick Wingate – Board Member
Dick is a retired Town Planner, having worked at Director level in Local Government, and later as a town planning consultant.
As well as being a Director of NWS, Dick was a member of the NWT Council for 9 years, and is promoter of the Trust’s small Lottery – the 250 Club.
Jon Humphreys – Board Member
Jon is a Relationship Director with Santander Corporate Bank in Norwich and is also the Treasurer and Board member for Norfolk Wildlife Trust.