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.

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.


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.

Kat Newbert, BSc (Hons) MSc

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

Kat has over 6 years experience working in ecological consultancy and specialises in botanical surveys (including Phase 1 and UKHab 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 the production of production of Ecology chapters of Environmental Statements and co-ordinating the technical appendices for these. Kat is experienced in Biodiversity Net Gain assessments and providing advice to clients to enable them to achieve the maximum biodiversity benefits through their development proposals.

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

Lexi Yates, BSc (Hons) MSc ACIEEM

Lexi has been working in ecological consultancy for six years and joined Johns Associates as a Senior Ecologist in May 2022. She has a good working knowledge of the sector and associated legislation and policy, a professional approach to client liaison with experience managing a range of projects including householder applications, solar projects and large-scale residential developments.

Lexi is experienced in conducting a variety of surveys with a specialism in Biodiversity Net Gain and ecological impact assessment. She holds a Level 2 bat licence, Level 1 GCN licence and is skilled in QGIS and in producing robust technical reports including PEAs and EcIAs to CIEEM standards and has assisted in the preparation of European Protected Species Licence applications.

Ellie Hack, BSc (Hons) MSc ACIEEM

Ellie joined Johns Associates in May 2022 as a Senior Ecologist. 

She has 7 years experience in Ecology based roles, with three of those being in ecological consultancy. Ellie is particularly skilled in designing and implementing advanced field surveys for bats, and developing complex bat mitigation and compensation schemes. Ellie is confident at managing sites whilst working as an Accredited Agent on both EPS and BMCL licences, and is adept in leading large teams of contractors, delivering Toolbox Talks, using a range of soft demolition techniques, and designing and installing bespoke bat compensation features on a range of different types of buildings. Ellie holds her Level 3 & 4 Bat Survey Licences, allowing her to use all bat survey techniques including trapping and mist netting. She is an active member of the local bat groups, running various projects looking at bats within Bradford-on-Avon, including hibernation surveys, swarming, and bat box schemes.

 Ellie is experienced in producing technical ecological reports including Ecological Impact Assessment, PEAs, LEMPs and BREEAM assessment, and surveying for protected species including great crested newt, badgers, dormice and reptiles.

 Ellie is  an Associate Member of CIEEM, an NPTC qualified tree climber and holds a Level 1 great crested newt licence.

Charlotte Adcock, BSc MSc

GIS Consultant Charlotte holds a BSc in GIS and an MSc in Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma, and has a background in the city planning sector, where she applied her background in GIS to alternative transportation planning and safety analysis. Charlotte has led projects highlighting major crash areas for bicycles and pedestrians, which have subsequently been included in government funded projects.

Charlotte has experience working with ESRI’s ArcPro and ArcDesktop 10.0, and is familiar with ESRI web mapping tools. Her previous roles have provided her with the skills to understand geo-referencing, geocoding, creating and managing geo-databases, and of course create and analyse maps.

At Johns Associates Charlotte works across the company providing high level GIS input and data analysis.

Myles Sedgwick, BSc (Hons) QCIEEM

Myles joined Johns Associates in March 2020 as an Assistant Ecologist and holds Qualifying membership of CIEEM. He has recently been promoted to Consultant Ecologist and 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.


Anna Byatt, BSc (Hons) MSc QCIEEM

Anna joined Johns Associates as an Assistant Ecologist in January 2022. She has nearly two years experience of ecological survey, particularly protected species (including badgers, reptiles, great crested newt, birds and bats), Phase 1 Habitat Survey and UKHab. Anna also has experience of producing Preliminary Ecological Appraisal reports and undertaking Biodiversity Net Gain Assessments using the Defra Metric 3.0. She has acted as the Ecological Clerk of Works for construction and rail projects.

Liz Smart, BSc (Hons) DipLA

Liz joined Johns Associates as an Assistant Landscape Architect in May 2022 and holds Associate membership of the Landscape Institute. She has over 3 years experience in consulting and a background in horticulture spanning 9 years. Professional experience has included assisting with a range of projects from concept to completion. Liz has a keen interest in horticulture, sustainable design and creating landscapes for a positive impact on mental and physical well-being of communities.

Key skills including design and drawing up of concept and detailed design packages with a focus on planting plans, including schedules and specifications, and editing Landscape Management plans and specifications.

Liz has experience in projects spanning urban regeneration, residential, private estates and commercial developments.

Cerys Read

Cerys joined Johns Associates as a Trainee Assistant Ecologist in May 2022, having completed a season as a survey assistant in 2021. She will be undertaking field surveys including bats, reptiles and GCN and completing desk-based studies, whilst shadowing colleagues and receiving training to help build her field and report-writing skills. Cerys will be completing the final year of her undergraduate degree whilst working at Johns Associates.

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.