Steph joined Temple in 2018 as Director of Ecology after the Temple Management Group acquisition of Arbeco Ltd a company which she founded. Steph was responsible for integrating Arbeco Ltd client’s and 25 employees into the Temple group. Now the divisional director for post consent ecology, working in collaboration with other divisions and business units, Steph is responsible for a number of large technical projects with a specific focus on bats, stakeholder engagement and innovation for our clients to deliver a bespoke solution for complex projects.
Steph has over 18 years’ experience in consultancy in addition to five years research work on woodland bats. Her technical expertise has focused on complex projects of protected species including great crested newts, dormice and bats. These projects including A27 Bypass, Gatwick Airport re-designed masterplan, Box Mine SSSI SAC, Cinderford Northern Quarter, Trowbridge Urban Extension and the lead technical ecologist on the Forestry Commission Framework. These projects included complex issues in relation to woodland bats, specifically woodland bats Annex II Bechstein’s, barbastelle and, also, both Annex II Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats.
Step has worked on HS2, where significant populations of bats, including nationally significant populations of Annex II species are present. Steph was involved with the scheme from survey in 2012 through detailed design, select committee and public enquiry for the Greatmoor Sidings TWAO. She is the Named Ecologist on the Bernwood Licence contracted to take it through construction and operation. Stephanie is a registered consultant on both CL21 Bat Mitigation Class Licence (BMCL) and CL40 HS2 Bats in Trees and Bat Mitigation Class Licence. Stephanie has recently been appointed by Natural England to be on the CIEEM Earned Recognition Panel to pilot a new scheme to review and implement new bat licensing mechanism in the UK. Stephanie is a member of the Bat Conservation Trust Woodland Advisory Group and is on the Steering Group and co-author for Bat Conservation Trust Guidelines 4th Edition ‘surveying for bats and infrastructure chapter’. Steph also has protected species expertise
Alongside work, she spends her time with her five dogs, enjoys roller blading and is involved in numerous local wildlife groups surveying, training and educating younger wildlife enthusiasts.