Emma Is our office administrator and is responsible for the everyday running of WSL’s office. She is also responsible for our tendering process, bookkeeping, Health, Safety & Wellbeing monitoring, scheduling of works and ensuring staff training is kept up to date.
Emma has over 7 years of experience working in business administration, including implementing and monitoring quality, environmental, H&S and data protection procedures. She also has a background in management accounting and holds 4 ACCA qualifications (Accountant in Business, management Accounting, Financial Accounting & Corporate & Business Law) as well as a BSc (Hons) International Development, Environment & Society. She also holds a NEBOSH Award in Health & Safety.
BTec MSc MCIEEM
Helen has over 25 years experience of working in the environment and has been practicing as an independent ecologist specialising in bats since 1996. A brief time working with a large environmental consultancy broadened Helen’s skills and experience in the area of ecological clerk of works. Since November 2006 Helen’s practice (Wild Surveys Ltd) has been providing an ecological consultancy service giving advice in relation to all protected species from survey through to licensing and mitigation for a variety of clients and projects. Ranging from BAE, Scottish Power, several Local Authorities to individual clients working on small projects.
As well as being qualified to master’s degree level (MSc Environmental and Sustainable Studies), Helen holds NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage) Bat Licences, including a BLIMP licence (Bat Low IMPact licence) and is also a Bat Worker for NatureScot as well as being an active member of the Clyde Bat Group.
Helen also holds NatureScot licences for birds, badgers, great crested newts and otters, and is a named agent on a colleague’s barn owl licence. She is a fully qualified tree climber (NPTC CS38), a full member of CIEEM and holds a current and valid CSCS card.
Helen is closely involved with the running of WSL’s projects on a daily basis and as well as managing a number of projects for WSL directly herself, she is available to oversee her employees’ work and provide specialist support to them when needed, thereby ensuring that all WSL projects are completed to a high standard.
BSc (Hons), LEED AP, PMP
Morna is our Technical Director and a biodiversity professional with 20 years of ecological experience gained in environmental consultancy in a wide spectrum of new construction projects from renewable energy, housing developments to ecological input into the certification of green buildings and Environmental Impact Assessments. Morna has experience influencing landscaping designs with an aim to create sustainable landscapes and biodiversity enhancement strategies collaborating closely with landscape architects and design teams to develop nature-based solutions, including for green building rating system BREEAM.
Responsible for in-depth technical review and analysis of project deliverables, Morna is responsible for performing quality control and assurance of work produced by the project team. By undertaking process improvement with a consistent demonstrated success in ensuring consistency and alignment between projects, internal and external strategies, Morna keeps abreast of evolving policies (including National Planning Framework 4) and the individual policies pertaining to biodiversity within Local Development Plans, with an aim to provide practical, achievable and cost-effective solutions to meet client project needs.
Morna is a growth-minded professional with experience in applying Biodiversity Net Gain principles, with a working knowledge of green building rating systems BREEAM and LEED, with a LEED AP BD+C credential and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Davina has been working with Wild Surveys as a graduate ecologist since March 2022. During this time, she has gained valuable experience managing the ecology aspects of small projects and conducting field surveys for a range of habitats and species. Davina has a background in conservation with a higher National Diploma in Wildlife and Conservation Management from SRUC and was previously involved in the field of graphic design.
She is passionate about botany, birds and biodiversity, and is a member of Plantlife, BTO, SWT, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI), Scottish Ornithological Society and Butterfly Conservation Trust. She has gained experience in bat, badger and otter surveying (amongst other things) and is working towards obtaining protected species licenses.