Who we are

Johns Associates was set up as an environmental consultancy in 2007 and has grown organically from a team of two into a vibrant, multi-disciplinary organisation with a global perspective.  Our head office is located in Bradford on Avon, UK.

We’re a diverse and growing group of motivated, highly skilled professionals with a substantial depth of experience across different environmental and social disciplines. We invest heavily in our people through training and professional development. As a company we’ve attained a wide range of accreditations and won environmental awards for our work. This is supported through the use of cutting edge technology and a can-do attitude. Johns Associates and its team have a range of professional accreditations and memberships that demonstrate our accountability and the professionalism of our work.

We work pragmatically to find the most effective solution for you and your project and our approach is based on the understanding that capable, happy, well supported staff work well with you and deliver high quality work.

The whole company engages in activities that benefit our local environment and community. That extends our positive influence beyond our commercial work.

We won the ICE Environment and Sustainability Award in 2013, and more recently were delighted to be awarded the CIEEM 2018 Best Practice Award for Large Scale Mitigation and/or Enhancement in partnership with Drew Smith Ltd and Sovereign Housing Association Ltd. We were also finalists in 2017 for the Royal Town Planning Institute’s “Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment” award, for which the same scheme was Highly Commended. We achieved the Investors in People Platinum standard in May 2020.

Johns Associates is a Registered Practice with both CIEEM and the Landscape Institute.

If you’re interested in joining the team, click here to see our current vacancies.

Matt Johns, BSc (Hons) MSc CEnv FGS MCIEEM MIFM


Matt is an experienced chartered (CEnv) environmental consultant and business leader specialising in Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Risk Assessment and CDOIF, biodiversity, environmental design, environmental planning, geomorphology and water management. He has a strong grounding in project direction and management, quality assurance systems, bid development, business management and staff development.

Matt holds a wide range of protected species licences, is a RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handler and CAA PfCO UAV Pilot – which all come in handy!

Key sectors include Professionals, Sports, Aviation, Defence, Water, Construction, Property, Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Estate Management and Industry.

His collective experience stems from a genuine passion in what he does and for the environment and people, academic and commercial sectors, wider training and experience provided while serving in the Royal Naval Reserve and as a Parish Councillor, seizing the moment, taking opportunities, working with inspiring people and on inspiring projects, his wonderful family and growing and developing a successful business.

Through his work, Matt strives to enable his client’s ambitions, realise cost effective and pragmatic solutions, as well as promoting innovation, environmental enhancement and social and economic benefits.

Never one to sit still, Matt has started a part-time PhD in Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology at the University of Manchester. His research is focusing on optimising carbon sequestration and ecosystem service delivery through wetland habitat restoration in Mountains, Moorland and Heathlands.

Liz Johns, BSc (Hons) MSc CEnv MCIEEM MRSB


Liz is the founder of Johns Associates and has led the company from its inception. Liz is an experienced ecologist and environmental manager, with a strong background in environmental biology, aquatic resource management, ecology, (both terrestrial and aquatic), impact assessment and Environmental Risk Assessment and CDOIF. She has held full membership of CIEEM since 2001, Chartered status (CEnv) since 2005 and has 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. Liz trained as an aquatic ecologist and spent the first 6 years of her career as an ecologist with the Environment Agency, where she undertook ecology surveys and provided comments and advice on planning applications, capital works schemes and applications for a range of Agency consents as well as attending pollution incidents. On moving into the private sector, Liz gained a wealth of experience in large-scale infrastructure projects, including pipelines, rail and road schemes, strategic residential developments and utilities.

Away from her technical work, she oversees the financial direction and day-to-day management of the company.  She is able to combine her understanding of environmental regulation with the commercial needs of our clients to ensure Johns Associates delivers robust and efficient services.

 

Anya Patel, BA (Hons) MA PostGradDipLaw Bar CIWM


Anya is Director of Legal & People of Johns Associates and provides leadership in respect of people development, organisational change, employment law, health & safety and commercial contracts.

Before joining the Company and for twelve years Anya worked for legal services and practiced as an Employment Lawyer advising, mediating and representing business across the UK in all aspects of employment and equality law at an in house non-contentious and contentious level at Employment Tribunals.

Prior to her retraining in law and associated Call to Bar in 2007 Anya was a leading advocate for over 80,000 British Artists at a domestic and European level, Director of national and European Professional Associations for Artists, Advisor to the Arts Council of England, and Project Manager and Lead Artist to social and economic regeneration schemes for local authorities.

On a personal level Anya is committed to making art, the conservation of historic buildings and owns a woodland in the Mendips which houses an off-grid barn, native tree nursery and a beautiful array of trees, species and plant life.

Vernon Button, BSc (Hons)


Vernon joined Johns Associates as Commercial Director in November 2018. He provides leadership in business development, bid writing and bid management.

He is skilled in communicating at Board level in Government & private sectors and has a wide-ranging background featuring senior roles in Business Development (Sales, Bidding, Commercial), Consultancy, Project Management and Operations. Vernon’s sector expertise includes Environmental, Facilities Management, Criminal Justice, Healthcare, Logistics and Food.

Vernon has previously worked for Bilfinger Europa Facility Management as Director of Bid Management and as the Business Development Director at G4S and Reliance and this wealth of experience helps drive Johns Associates’ capabilities in co-ordinating and securing successful large bids and framework opportunities.

Niall Machin, BSc MCIEEM


Niall joined Johns Associates in 2021 as Technical Director for Ecology. He has a proven 30-year career in ecology and sustainability across the public, private and voluntary sectors, most recently spending 7 years as National Ecology Lead for Waterman Infrastructure & Environment, leading on ecological survey and assessment of nationally significant infrastructure projects, large-scale urban expansions and other developments across the UK. Niall spent 10 years as Principal Ecologist at the London Ecology Unit before becoming Sustainability Manager at the Greater London Authority in 2000.

Niall is a leading professional with a wealth of experience in ecology, particularly in impact assessment, strategic assessment, ornithology and Habitat Regulations Assessment, has acted as Expert Witness at a number of public inquiries for ecology and sustainability and is a member of the CIEEM England Policy Board.

Niall oversees the ecology work at Johns Associates, ensuring compliance with wildlife legislation and guidance and developing and delivering high quality ecological advice to clients.

Mari Webster, BSc MA MRTPI


Mari is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and has over 20 years planning experience in both the public and private sectors. She has managed projects and determined applications relating to major EIA schemes including mineral extraction and subsequent restoration schemes, new school and Academy developments, strategic waste management facilities and waterfront development. Mari has also been involved in the formulation of planning policy and led public consultation events and liaison committees.

Mari is currently developing an exciting and innovative planning portfolio of renewable energy and ecosystem services projects.

Jason Holmes, BA(Hons) DipLA PG Cert. (Urban Design) CMLI


Jason is a Chartered Landscape Architect and leads the Landscape service at Johns Associates. He possesses a dual qualification in landscape architecture and urban design with over 25 years of design and construction experience. He has worked on a wide range of schemes from urban regeneration to education projects and brings a wealth of creative and practical expertise to his work.

Recent project experience includes a LVIA to support an EIA for a solar farm project in Dorset, a new cemetery for Salisbury, a major upgrade for a golf club in the Cotswold and the design and coordination of detailed proposals for residential and mixed used developments, including a four-star Hilton hotel in the centre of Bournemouth.

Jason has gained considerable experience through managing a broad portfolio of projects from concept through to implementation and on-going management and has been the landscape design lead on numerous education, residential, urban regeneration, and public realm projects throughout the UK.

 

Ben Mitchell, BSc (Hons) MCIEEM


Ben is a Principal Ecologist, managing his own portfolio of projects and working with the Directors on strategic business development.  He has over 15 years experience working in the professional consultancy and nature conservation sectors both within the UK and internationally.  Ben holds several EPS licenses in England, Scotland and Wales including bat survey and mitigation licences, great crested newt, schedule 1 bird and natterjack toad. He is an experienced tree climber and has inspected over 400 trees for bat roosts for several large infrastructure projects. He has extensive experience in surveying a range of protected and notable species, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians as well as undertaking specialist bird surveys.

Ben is experienced in compiling targeted mitigation strategies for a range of protected species and for complex, strategic development sites. He has a strong record of project management from managing nationally important conservation projects, to delivering high-profile, multi-phase residential developments. He has managed bat licence applications and the delivery of licence conditions for a number of projects from small developments to larger developments containing roosts of multiple species.

Tessa Pepler, BSc MSc MCIEEM


Tess joined Johns Associates as a Principal Ecologist in 2019.

Tess is a skilled ecologist and project manager, with over 15 years’ experience in ecological consultancy. She has held full membership of CIEEM since 2006, and has survey licences for bats, great crested newts and dormice. Tess has extensive experience of undertaking ecological surveys, including Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, botanical surveys and a range of protected species surveys, including water vole, badger, bats, great crested newts, dormouse, otter and reptiles and of acting as the ECoW for a range of projects and species. She is experienced in supervising contractors on site, maintaining site records and delivering toolbox talks. Tess has been involved in numerous strategic developments across the UK, providing advice and interpretation of ecological data to inform site master-planning and development design, to presenting ecological constraints and opportunities clearly. Tess takes pride in developing strong working relationships with client teams and wider project stakeholders, including contractors, regulators, local authorities and local community and interest groups. At Johns Associates, Tess acts as the Lead Mentor to junior colleagues, providing support and guidance as they develop their skills, as well as managing project requirements to ensure tasks are delivered on time and to budget, and that they are completed with maximum ecological benefits and net gain. Tess is experienced in producing PEA reports, Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA), BREEAM Assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments, Ecology chapters of Environmental Statements and a range of ecological management plans.

Catherine Phillips, BA (Hons) DipLA CMLI


Catherine is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 20 years’ experience working mainly for private practice in multi-disciplinary design office settings.

She has a broad range of experience across a variety of development sectors including schools, higher education, business and R&D, and housing. Her involvement has encompassed landscape design at all work stages from site analysis through to the implementation of schemes on site.

In her role as Senior Landscape Architect at Johns Associates, Catherine brings her versatility and wide-range of experience to the team, providing landscape design, planting and graphics assistance across a number of our projects ranging from feasibility studies through to construction packages, and beyond to the production of landscape management plans.

She is currently working on a large crematorium development in the West Midlands, special needs school in Wiltshire, water park feasibility proposals in Gloucestershire and assistance with a cross-County community landscape initiative.

Since joining the team she is also gaining further experience in areas of the EA process and in the production of Landscape and Visual Assessments.

Holly Jenkin Brown, BA(Hons) MSc PIEMA


Holly joined Johns Associates in August 2020 as a Senior Environmental Consultant. Holly has worked in environmental consultancy for over 6.5 years having previously worked in the charitable sector. She has worked across a number of disciplines since starting her consultancy career including ecology, planning and EIA which support her multi-disciplinary project approach.

A passion for obtaining the best results for both clients and the environment is achieved by using her environmental and regulatory knowledge. Holly prepares technical reports including Planning Supporting Statements, Design and Access Statements and technical chapters of Environmental Statements and has a range of experience preparing ecological reports and protected species licence applications.

Holly also has good project management skills and in previous roles has provided business support, led on logistics, budget management and reviews of internal systems. Holly also holds a Class 2 Bat Licence and has undertaken a range of ECoW work.

In her spare time, Holly enjoys exploring new places in her van, walking and fitness challenges. She loves to learn and is also passionate about reconnecting with nature and indigenous rights.

Kat Newbert, BSc (Hons) MSc


Kat joined Johns Associates in 2018 as an Assistant Ecologist and has since been promoted to Consultant in recognition of her skills.

Kat has over 5 years experience working in ecological consultancy and specialises in botanical surveys (including phase one habitat surveys covering a range of habitat types (both aquatic and terrestrial) as well as more specialist surveys e.g. NVC and condition assessments). She has experience of undertaking protected species surveys and has acted as an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) on a range of projects and for a number of protected species and habitats. Kat is responsible for producing a range of  reports, from PEAs and EcIAs to habitat management plans, LEMPs, CEMPs, habitat inspection reports, BREEAM Assessments and assisting in the production of production of Ecology chapters of Environmental Statements and co-ordinating the technical appendices for these.

She manages a growing portfolio of projects and is responsible for ensuring Phase 1 Habitat Surveys are carried out to a high standard within the Company, including providing botanical training to less experienced members of the team.

Kerry White, BSc (Hons) ACIEEM


Kerry  joined Johns Associates in January 2018 and is an experienced Consultant Ecologist. After completing a BSc (Hons) in Ecology of Wildlife Conservation in 2013, Kerry joined the conservation placement scheme with Avon Wildlife Trust and gained experience in all aspects of wildlife conservation including species surveying and practical habitat management. Following this, she spent two field seasons working for Bristol University as a research assistant and two field seasons with a local Ecological Consultancy where she gained valuable experience in protected species surveying.

At Johns Associates, Kerry manages her own portfolio of projects and has recently been involved in a heathland translocation, large-scale mixed-use development and managing the ecological aspects of proposals to redevelop a historic park in central Bath. She co-ordinates the busy ecological survey season and is an experienced field surveyor, undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys and a range of protected species surveys -Kerry holds NE and NRW survey licences for dormouse and an NE survey licence for GCN. She has acted as the ecological clerk of works (ECoW) for a wide range of developments and species, keeping accurate site records during works, supervising contractors and delivering comprehensive toolboxtalks. She produces robust ecological reports including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, Ecological Management Plans and mitigation strategies and also handles EPS licence applications. Kerry  has a significant amount if experience leading volunteers for a range of ecological surveys and habitat management tasks, including for the Avon Wildlife Trust and at Durlston Country Park.

In her spare time Kerry enjoys exploring new places in her campervan and assisting with a number of national species monitoring programmes.

 

Jacob Scoble, BSc GradCIWEM


Jacob is a Geospatial Analyst with his main focus being GIS, environmental assessments, planning and hydrology.  Jacob graduated with a 1st class BSc in Geography which has provided him with a strong and practical foundation in physical geography, spatial mapping, hydrology and geomorphological processes, field investigations, data collection and management and reporting.

Jacob is the operational lead for GIS Services, providing support across the company including Biodiversity Net Gain, mapping, data analysis and presenting outputs for a wide range of projects.  These include planning submissions, environmental risk assessments, flood risk strategies and protected species licence applications, with ongoing review, analysis and management of large datasets.

Jacob has a keen eye for detail and prides himself on ensuring the highest standard of work. He is experienced in ArcGIS Pro and QGIS, CAD, Python and RMarkdown. Jacob also provides QGIS Training for colleagues.

 In his spare time Jacob enjoys walking, photography, watching low-budget 80s action films with his friends, and reading a range of comics and graphic novels.

Myles Sedgwick, BSc (Hons) QCIEEM


Myles joined Johns Associates in March 2020 as an Assistant Ecologist and holds Qualifying membership of CIEEM. He has two years’ experience in the ecology sector undertaking protected species surveys (bats, GCN, reptiles, badgers and dormouse), data analysis and report writing and has acted as an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) for small-scale projects. He is currently working towards his great crested newt survey licence, and has a particular interest in badgers, having been involved in a number surveys (including bait marking studies) and licensed sett closures. At Johns Associates, Myles is developing his project management skills by assuming responsibility for delivering small-scale projects to time and to budget, undertaking detailed desk studies and producing Preliminary Ecological Appraisal reports.

Myles enjoys running, cycling, golf and tending to his houseplants.

 

Joanne Stokes


Jo is the Finance Manager at Johns Associates. As a qualified accounts technician, she brings a strong background of finance and office administration to the operations of the company, which she has gained from working in the UK and Gibraltar, and from ACCA qualifications.

Jo has developed her interest in health, safety and wellbeing to become Johns Associates’ H&S Lead, Equality Lead and Adult Mental Health Champion. In addition, Jo is now a qualified First Aid Instructor and conducts Emergency First Aid @ Work courses for all Johns Associates employees.

Mandi Reeves


Mandi joined Johns Associates in June 2020 as a member of the Finance team. She currently works as the finance ledger clerk, responsible for Credit control within the company.

Mandi has nearly 20 years experience within finance, with a strong background in Purchase Ledger and Sales Ledger, working in various industries including Telecommunications and Charities.

Having completed 22 years in the Armed forces, Mandi has used the skills she gained to specialise in Finance, embracing the chance to re train and take on a new career which she has done successfully.

Kate Sutton, BSc(Hons)


Kate is an Admin & Finance Assistant, responsible for the Purchase Ledger, maintaining the supplier database and general office administration tasks. She also provides support to Jo and Mandi as required.

A trained ecologist, Kate is also able to assist with surveys during the busy periods and arranges social events.