Key Contacts

 
Karl Jones - 
Managing Director

Karl has worked in the landscape and environmental sectors since 1996, and has been a team member at Crestwood since 2008 (and a Director since 2009). He has overseen the introduction and development of a number of the Company’s consultancy services, including landscape architecture, ecology, 3D CAD and Visualisation, augmented reality, eDNA analysis, arboriculture and heritage. He is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv.), Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (PIEMA) and a full member of the Institute of Agricultural Management (MIAgrM). Karl is also a current active member of the Technical Committee of the Landscape Institute, has acted as a Mentor for Pathway to Chartership and was a previous committee member of the UK branch of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE UK). 

Karl has worked on a variety of large-scale development projects including numerous quarries, landfills, wind farms, waste management facilities and housing and commercial developments and acted as an Expert Witness on Green Belt, landscape and visual issues at Public Inquiry for a number of different developments. He has also authored and co-authored a number of technical documents (including BS42020: ‘Biodiversity - Code of practice for planning and development’). His broad range of experience in industry and consultancy relating to landscape architecture, environmental impact assessment, planning and management provides a solid base for the provision and ongoing development of the Company’s services
 
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Lucy Cash - Associate Director

Lucy leads the provision of ecology services at Crestwood Environmental. She has worked in the field of ecological consultancy, habitat management, conservation work and research projects for over 20 years and has a comprehensive knowledge of UK and European Wildlife and planning legislation. . Lucy is a full member of CIEEM and a Chartered Ecologist and has worked on a variety of projects in a number of sectors across the UK including large-scale gas pipeline, renewable energy sites, quarries, landfills and transport and major rail projects.

Lucy is an experienced all round ecologist, having undertaken numerous Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIAs), on various projects around the UK, and holds a number of Natural England survey licences including Great Crested Newt and Class 2 Bat Survey Licence. She has held numerous European protected species development licences and is experienced in designing large-scale mitigation projects. Lucy has also provided project management services, ecology training and presented at conferences, and has acted as Expert Witness at Public Inquiry. 

 
 
 

Brian Higginson – Principal Arboriculturalist

Brian is the Principal Arboriculturalist at Crestwood Environmental. He has over 30 years’ of experience dealing with a range of arboricultural and woodland management issues, including;

  • Trees and development – Arboricultural Implications Assessments, Method Statements, Site Inspections and Supervision.
  • Tree risk management – Tree Risk Management Policy, Tree Surveys and detailed Tree Inspections.
  • Woodland management – woodland management plans, timber harvesting and utilisation and replanting.
  • Mortgage, subsidence and insurance related services.
  • Expert witness.
  • Arboricultural training.

Brian holds the Royal Forestry Professional Diploma in Arboriculture (NQF Level6), and is a Professional Member of the Arboricultural Association.

Brian started his career working for his father in the family tree surgery and forestry business, before moving to Glendale as an Arboricultural Contracts Manager gaining experience of project and contract management. From there, Brian has been Head of Arboriculture at Warwickshire College, teaching arboricultural and woodland modules on course ranging up BSc (Hons), Senior Arboriculturalist and Head of Arboriculture at Innovation Environmental Services (formerly Marishal Thompson) leading the subsidence/insurance and planning/hazard services for this national company, and then moving to Crestwood Environmental in April 2017.

Brian is passionate about the countryside, historic landscapes, and ensuring that clients are provided with pragmatic and sustainable solutions.

 
 

David Leigh - Senior Consultant Heritage and Archaeology

David is the Senior Consultant for Heritage and Archaeology at Crestwood Environmental. Following his graduation from the University of Birmingham, David has since worked in the heritage sector for over 25 years, both in the UK and in the Mediterranean, in Greece, Cyprus and Crete, on a wide variety of projects both in the academic field and within the commercial sector. His archaeological experience ranges from Neolithic settlements in northern Greece and the Roman city of Knossos in Crete, to Medieval Castles and World War II airfields in the UK.

David has a thorough knowledge of heritage legislation, best practice techniques and current construction methodologies, and otherwise is experienced in all aspects of Heritage and Archaeology, including the undertaking of WSI’s, watching briefs, Heritage DBA’s, historic building recording, presentation of visualisations, archaeological investigations, Consent applications for Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Scheduled Monuments and Heritage Statements for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). David prides himself in proactive in his communication with clients and consultees to help provide the proportionate, appropriate mitigation strategies that are fit-for-purpose and meet the project and stakeholders’ needs.

 

Jennifer Gatward - Ecologist

Jennifer (Jenny) has a Masters (MSc) degree in Ecology and Management of the Natural Environment and is an Ecologist with a several years post graduate experience under her belt, now being proficient in numerous areas of ecological consultancy. She regularly undertakes a range of protected species and habitat surveys including Phase 1, Great Crested Newt, Bat, Dormouse, Reptile and Badger, and also performs project management responsibilities, including acting as an on-site Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW). Jenny holds a Class 1 survey licence for Great Crested Newt, Bats (Class 2 licence application in progress) and Dormouse. Jenny regularly produces various reports, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Reports (PEARs), CEMPs, BAPs etc. 

 

 

Alyson Tunney - Office Manager
 

Alyson joined Crestwood Environmental in 2008 as an Office Administrator and has progressed through to the role of Office Manager within the administration team, helping to provide support to the consultancy team, clients and suppliers, as well coordinating the day-to-day running of the office. Alyson will generally be your friendly first port of call with enquiries, and will put you in contact with the most appropriate person at Crestwood. Alyson specifically controls purchase ledger, undertakes payroll duties and coordinates the Company’s HR responsibilities, including recruitment, and will assist you with your employment enquiries with absolute confidentiality.

 
Stephen Barnes
Stephen Barnes - 
Director

Stephen has over 20 years' experience as an environmental scientist and waste manager, gained in both the private and public sector. He has worked on various projects associated with waste management facilities and industrial processes including: landfill sites, energy from waste plants, hazardous waste transfer stations and treatment plants, cement and lime manufacture, foundries, food processing, anaerobic digestion, composting sites, metal recovery and vehicle depollution and dismantling.

Stephen has been responsible for the preparation and project management of Environmental Permit Applications, PPC Permit Applications and Waste Management Licence Applications for over 100 sites, including 25 successful permit applications as part of the largest waste PFI Contract in the UK. He is experienced in permit surrender applications, bid support, feasibility studies, due diligence and intrusive site investigations and monitoring.

Stephen has undertaken compliance audits of waste facilities in the UK and overseas, including landfills sites and pyrolysis and gasification plants. He has carried out compliance audits of waste and wastewater management in the ceramic, engineering, food and tyre manufacture sectors. He is a former Chair of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association’s (ADBA) Planning and Permitting Group and prepared the Permitting Section of ADBA´s ´Practical Guide to AD´, which is the industry’s guidance to its members. He is a Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Society for the Environment.

 

 

Adam Collinge - Associate Director 

Adam joined Crestwood in 2010 and is a Chartered Landscape Architect, with experience both in public and private sector. He has a Masters' degree in Landscape Architecture from Birmingham City University, as well as a 'with honours' degree in Geography and Environmental Management from Durham University and is an Associate Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (AMIEnvSci). Adam is also a former committee member of the UK branch of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE UK).

Adam is experienced in LVIA, as well as landscape design, planning and management, working on a wide variety of landscape projects including waste, minerals and renewable energy infrastructure developments, parks and open spaces, historic landscape restoration, play areas / outdoor sports facilities, school grounds and cemeteries. He is also experienced in landscape and ecological planning issues, has acted as a local authority planning consultee and has successfully compiled and managed a number of planning applications, obtaining planning permission for a range of developments. Adam is experienced at working on various sites of nature conservation interest and has also given evidence at Public Inquiry, relating to local development plans.   

Adam's primary job role with Crestwood is to provide assessment, design and management input into a wide range of landscape schemes, as well as offering support on planning and ecology issues.  His experience across both private and public sector, allows him to offer insightful client support from initial project inception through to design stages and obtaining planning approval as well as helping to plan the future management on the project sites. 

 

 

Ian Spindler – Principal Landscape Architect

Ian has worked as a Chartered Landscape Architect for over 15 years, working on various projects within the private sector both in the UK and abroad, ranging from hotel and leisure projects including theme parks, through to residential, education, commercial and mixed-use masterplan schemes. Ian is experienced in landscape design, providing masterplans, both schematic and detailed designs, construction details, levels and drainage strategies and reports for management, including the preparation of detailed planning drawings for costing purposes through to contract drawing packages and specifications.

 

Ian is also experienced in LVIA, including the writing and presentation of LVIAs using 3D CAD and photomontage techniques to assess and illustrate effects of proposed developments and to design mitigation measures in a variety of landscapes with projects undertaken throughout the UK.  Schemes include large industrial developments, waste management facilities and associated infrastructure, surface coal mines, quarries, wind farms, highways, and housing/mixed-use developments. Consideration of lighting impacts also incorporated into assessments

 

 
 
David Lowe - Senior Environmental Consultant

David has a Master’s degree in Environmental Control, became a Chartered Geologist in 1995, and is a Chartered member of CIWEM and a Chartered Environmentalist. David started his career with Severn Trent Water gaining experience in all aspects of the water industry being deployed in several operational roles across the business. He then moved into environmental regulation and has worked in several geographic areas including Yorkshire, East Midlands and West Midlands. For 12 years David was Environment Manager for the Environment Agency (EA), latterly working in the West Midlands where he led a department of circa 85 professionally qualified staff responsible for sustainably protecting and improving air land and water.

During his career with the EA David was frequently deployed as Strategic Manager in response to major incidents including flooding and pollution, and has worked on several high profile prosecution cases and has acted as Expert Witness at a number of Public Inquiries. At Crestwood, David’s experience provides an invaluable resource to call upon when providing technical advice on a wide variety of projects with environmental considerations, with a particular focus on the areas of odour, waste management and water.

 

 
Jaclyn Walker - Ecologist

Jaclyn (Jackie) holds a First Class Bachelors (BSc) (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation and joined Crestwood in 2015. She works as a consultant ecologist undertaking various protected species and habitat surveys (level 3 FISC holder), providing practical advice to clients and being an on-site Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW). Jackie also produces a range of reports including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Reports, Ecological Management Plans, Mitigation Plans, writes EPS Mitigation Licences and provides input in to EcIA’s. Jaclyn currently holds a Class 1 survey licence for Great Crested Newt, Hazel Dormouse and Bats. Jaclyn also volunteers with a range of wildlife groups across the country and also acts as a bat carer for Staffordshire.