ESP Team

People & skills

ESP brings together leading experts and innovators with experienced project managers and environmental consultants to offer practical solutions underpinned by sound science.

Our highly qualified and experienced team, shared with Westcountry Rivers Trust, include recognised experts in the fields of ecosystem services, catchment management, farm advice and water quality modelling / monitoring. We have leading experts in the analysis of spatial data and evidence and the development of visualisation tool to convey complex environmental management issues and ecosystem services to a diverse audience from policy makers to farmers.

Dr Russell Smith – Commercial Director (CIWEM, CEnv, CSci, PhD, MSc, BSc)

Russell has over 15 years’ experience in catchment management and environmental monitoring and modelling working for public and private sector clients. He has considerable experience in directing and managing diverse multi-disciplinary projects and has been involved in the development and application of farm, catchment and national scale models and decision support tools.

Dr Laurence Couldrick – WRT Chief Executive Officer (PhD, BSc)

Laurence directs the Payments for Ecosystem Services projects within the Trust and consultancy. Laurence’s specialisms include modelling ecosystem services and environmental surveying as well as extensive experience monitoring freshwater habitats, lecturing on riparian and water resource management and carrying out catchment research through his work with several research institutes.

Dr Nick Paling – Head of Data, Evidence and Communications (PhD, MSc, BSc)

Nick specialises in the visualisation and communication of strategic information to target actions into the most important areas and predict/measure the improvements that might be realised. He is skilled communicator and develops runs GIS training courses aimed at conservation practitioners and catchment managers in the analysis and presentation of spatial data.

Ross Cherrington Senior Agricultural Advisor (HND, BASIS, FACTS)

Ross has over 20 years in the agricultural sector, his principal experience lies in the delivery of solutions for farm and environmental management and in the planning and delivery of landuse change based on practical knowledge and application. His farm-advice expertise includes the enhancement of farm incomes and instructing farmers in DEFRA policy regulations through Cross Compliance, including NVZs livestock ID, nutrient, pesticide management and environmental stewardship.

Simon Browning

Simon is a water quality scientist with twenty years’ experience using and developing environmental monitoring techniques and technologies. Simon has a long track record of working with the Trust and has now joined the team to help design and implement monitoring programmes for a range of projects and initiatives. He brings with him a particular specialism in working with low power, low maintenance sensors and instrumentation, ideally suited to continuous monitoring networks of remote catchment systems.

Lucy Morris (MSc, BSc)

Lucy is an ecologist and data analyst specialising in the technical delivery of strategic catchment management projects and in the communication of scientific outputs to a wide variety of audiences.

Hazel Kendall (AIEEMA, BSc)

Hazel is our senior land management officer with significant experience in community engagement and developing and delivering farm management plans.  Hazel also has extensive expertise in environmental surveying, sampling, monitoring and reporting and is a specialist in freshwater ecology.

Angela Bartlett (MSc, BSc, MCIWEM)

Angela is a water quality scientist and specialises in the technical delivery of strategic catchment management projects and risk assessments, as well as designing and delivering investigative water quality monitoring initiatives to identify pollutant sources or the effectiveness of mitigation.

Sarah Wigley (MSc, BSc)

Sarah is a Data and Evidence Officer and GIS specialist. She uses a range of techniques to gather, analyse and present environmental datasets in different forms and for a variety of purposes, including training, stakeholder workshops and scientific reports.

Jodie Simmons (MSc, BSc)

Jodie is an aquatic ecologist specialising in water quality monitoring and aquatic invertebrate taxonomy. Jodie undertakes the sampling and monitoring for our water quality studies and is experienced in the operation and maintenance of our wide range of monitoring equipment.

ESP often work closely with “The Rivers Trusts” to combine our joint expertise with the local knowledge and experience across the Rivers Trust movement as a whole.

Michelle Walker (MSc, BSc) is the Head of GIS & Data Management at The Rivers Trust (the umbrella body of the rivers trust movement in England & Wales). Her experience is in sourcing, interpreting and presenting data and information related to freshwater ecology and catchment conservation, and she has built strong links with the Environment Agency, Defra and other data providers, to ensure that rivers trusts have access to the data and evidence which is needed to underpin integrated catchment management planning. She has negotiated national data sharing agreements, and established a catchment mapping portal to provide wider access to the key datasets for rivers trusts and the wider WFD stakeholder community.