Our staff are our biggest asset and we continually invest to make sure we have a resilient team able to deal with and adapt to the particular challenge of our sector.
Over 20 years' experience as an environmental professional with particular strengths in botany and habitats. Starting his career as Research Fellow in the Botany Department of the Natural History Museum London, Peter then went on to qualify as a Landscape Architect, working as a restoration ecologist for RMC Aggregates. He set up Brooks Ecological in 2005 after establishing the Ecology Department at RPS Consultants where he worked and helped build the team for five years.
Peter Brooks BSc (Hons) MA MCIEEM CEnv
Through a lifelong interest in vegetation and habitats Rob has worked in Ecology and Conservation for over 20 years and has dedicated himself to consultancy for the last 12. Working throughout all of the main ecology disciplines Rob is also a Registered Consultant under the Bats Mitigation Class License. He has advised and represented our clients at a high level and has appeared many times as an expert witness at Planning Inquiries.
Director of Ecology
Rob Weston BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM
Micah joined the Brooks team in September 2017 as Biodiversity Manager, working primarily on habitat and invasive species management and acting as our principal biosecurity officer. Prior to Brooks he worked for more than 15 years lecturing in further and higher education, most recently as a Higher education lecturer in Ecology and Conservation at Askham Bryan College in York. Micah has a long-standing interest in environmental and sustainability issues having had roles as Trustee and Director for Bradford Environmental Action Trust (former Chair) and The British Permaculture Association (former Treasurer).
Micah Duckworth BA (Hons) MSc
Chris has worked with Brooks for more than five years, a highly competent
project manager and skilled field ecologist, Chris has a broad skill base but particular strengths in bat and amphibian ecology and licensing.
Chris Shaw BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Sam started his career as an Environmental Geologist. He brought valuable knowledge from this industry to Brooks and through his lifelong interest in nature rapidly re-skilled. With an important role to play in team management, Sam is now one of our most knowledgeable ecologists with invaluable experience in dealing with protected species licensing and mitigation.
Sam Kitching BSc (Hons)
Victoria joined the Brooks team in May 2016 as a Principal Arboricultural Consultant, the head of Brooks Arboricultural department. Prior to joining Brooks Victoria had worked within the Arboricultural industry for over 20 years. Victoria has worked on numerous high-profile projects in the public and private sector, including clients such as the Office for Deputy Prime Minister, Yorkshire Water, Major house-builders and numerous Local Authorities.
Principal Arboricultural Consultant and Head of Arboriculture
Victoria Black FdSc Arb
Josh has a degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology. He started work at Brooks as a seasonal survey assistant in 2014 and was one of our annual student intake who assist with large bat surveys and pairing up on amphibian and reptile surveys. He rapidly proved himself to be highly capable in the field having good plant ID and faunal tracking skills.
Josh Birchall BSc (Hons)
Laura has worked as a chartered landscape architect and arboriculturist for over twenty years and now devotes her career to arboricultural consultancy. Laura enjoys the challenges of trees in urban planning and is a Technical Member of the Arboricultural Association.
Senior Arboricultural Consultant
Laura Buckley BA (Hons) DipLA, MSc TechArborA
Laura has over 10 years' experience as an environmental professional, working at the Environment Agency in the Biodiversity and Water Resources team and a number of multidisciplinary consultancies as a dedicated ecologist with a broad field skill base and a range of protected species survey capabilities.
Laura Turnock BSc (Hons) MRes MCIEEM CEnv
We greatly benefit from having an office manager who is a former ecologist and who understands the demands that this profession has on its staff and working environment. Joanna ensures all staff are supported and provided with the correct PPE, sourcing the latest kit and equipment for fieldwork and analysis.
Joanna Cornfield BA(Hons) MSc MCIEEM
Vickie has worked with us since completing her Masters degree in Biodiversity and Conservation at Leeds University. She uses her skills of organisation and decision making to full effect on complex projects such as large scale regeneration and refurbishment schemes for social housing clients.
Victoria Baker BSc (Hons) MSc
Kate has been working with us since graduating with her master's degree in 2017. She has broad field skills base with a particular interests in the relationship between wildflower habitats and pollinating invertebrates. Kate previously worked as an invasive species trainee with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust producing a biosecurity kit and set of procedures and training volunteers.
Kate Wright MSc, GradCIEEM
Olivia came to us through our links with Leeds University, working as a seasonal field assistant in her first year. She now works as an invaluable full time assistant with a keen interest in bat ecology.