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Jon Riley

Divisional Director - Biodiversity

Jon MSc MCIEEM has over 30 years’ experience as an ecology practitioner in the commercial, local government and charitable sectors. During this time he has developed particular strengths defining and delivering a diverse range of client briefs and in negotiating with statutory bodies and local government. His current focus is the role of biodiversity in terms of wider environmental benefits, and the delivery of green infrastructure and ecosystem services.

Jon regularly prepares complex Ecological and Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment; mainly in the housing and infrastructure sectors in the UK. He regularly works as part of design team in the preparation of masterplans for public open spaces to deliver scheme designs with a wholistic approach to biodiversity.

He has prepared guidance on integrating biodiversity with the design and management of residential developments, including as part of Berkeley Group’s commitment to achieving biodiversity net gain. He also has a wide range of experience of conservation management planning, including plans intended to provide community as well as ecological benefit.

He is technical lead for biodiversity for HS2 Phase 2b and previously for Phase 1 and has had a leading role in consultation with stakeholders throughout. This includes working with statutory bodies such as Natural England, local and metropolitan authorities, and Wildlife Trusts and other non-statutory and community organisations. Delivered by an effective interdisciplinary team, consultation and engagement has achieved consensus and approval for key elements of ecological mitigation and compensation among a wide range of stakeholders.