WYG Ecology team grows in Scotland

Programme, project management and technical consultancy WYG strengthens its ability to deliver ecology services to clients in Scotland with two new appointments in Edinburgh. 

Joining one of the UK’s largest teams of professional ecologists, Gary Sinclair and Nicola Tyrrell have taken up new roles as Principal Ecologists. Together, they bring additional skills and extensive new experience within the ecological consultancy and environmental management services at WYG. These appointments consolidate further the multidisciplinary team of experts already based in Scotland.

Gary Sinclair has over ten years’ experience in ecological consultancy and nature conservation, gained through a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, as well as within charitable trusts and industry advisory bodies. As a consultant ecologist he has contributed to Environmental Impact Assessments and Habitat Regulations Assessments for major development projects.

On joining the team, Gary said: “I am delighted to join WYG’s highly skilled team of ecologists and to have the opportunity to lead the Scottish ecology team in consolidating and ultimately expanding WYG’s range of ecological consultancy services in the Scottish markets, as well as supporting our existing disciplines within Scotland and the wider company.”

Nicola Tyrrell has been practicing as an ecological and environmental consultant since 2005. She brings significant experience of auditing construction projects for compliance with environmental commitments to her new role. As an experienced field surveyor who holds several protected species licenses, she is adept in coordinating and conducting surveys for legally protected and conservation priority species.

She said: “I value the integrated approach that WYG’s expert team of ecologists take to deliver services to their clients across the UK. I am really pleased to support the national ecology team and help build WYG’s contribution to managing ecological and environmental components of an increasingly diverse project portfolio in Scotland.”

Gordon Buchan, Office Director, WYG Scotland, said:”The WYG team in Scotland is growing ever stronger with both these appointments. Our service offering in Scotland has been substantially enhanced and I look forward to welcoming more key appointments across all our disciplines to keep providing our expanding client base with service excellence.”


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Notes to Editors

About Gary Sinclair

Gary has considerable experience both as an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) and also in managing and co-ordinating teams of ECoWs on large construction projects. These include onshore wind and major infrastructure projects such as the Beauly Denny Rationalisation scheme, the Forth Replacement Crossing and the A5 Western Transport Corridor in Northern Ireland.

He is a highly experienced field surveyor who has supported clients in obtaining European Protected Species (EPS) licences. His expertise covers otter, water vole, badger, red squirrel and pine marten as well as aquatic species such as great crested newts, freshwater pearl mussel, lamprey and fish species. He has gained considerable experience in designing, co-ordinating and implementing surveys for all major protected species and habitats within the UK, with particular specialisms in terrestrial mammals, aquatic fauna and birds.

He has also worked closely with Fife Council to develop a series of ‘biodiversity indicators’ concurrent with Local Authority Single Outcome Agreements as a means of monitoring the success of LBAP implementation. Gary has also applied his innovative approaches at a strategic level, playing a major role in co-ordinating the development of an Integrated Habitat Network (IHN) tool for Fife to inform and facilitate habitat creation, restoration and enhancement at a regional scale.

About Nicola Tyrell

Nicola is technically skilled in Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) and has co-authored training to raise the standard of practitioner’s skills in this role in collaboration with the professional body, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). As an experienced field surveyor who holds several protected species licences, she is adept in coordinating and conducting surveys for legally protected and conservation priority species.

Having acted on the CIEEM Scottish Geographic Section Committee as a member, Vice Convener and Convener since 2009, Nicola is part of a small team at the forefront of driving forward the objectives of the main professional body representing 5,000 professional ecologists and environmental managers in the UK. In this role, she has acted as an advocate for the Institute and its members on a national scale and performed in a supportive and advisory capacity to the Institute’s Governing Board. She will now be acting as an advocate of WYG to raise the profile of the company’s ecological services and successes to a wide range of professionals and organisations.

About WYG

One of the top-ranking global consultancies employing around 1,300 people, WYG is behind some of the world’s most challenging projects. Our specialists provide expert advice and project management support that is helping shape landscapes, infrastructure, society and culture in the developed and developing world.

We advise on planning and transport, provide engineering and environmental services, consult on waste and resource management, and deliver support to enable economic and social reform.

By engaging with clients at an early stage we ensure that decisions are made which will maximise a project’s potential and deliver our client’s strategic objectives. In turn, this builds strong and lasting relationships with clients in each of our seven core sectors:

• Defence & Justice
• Energy & Waste
• Environment (including Waste & Waste Water)
• Transport
• Commercial Development & Urban Regeneration
• Mining & Metals
• Social Development & Infrastructure

WYG has an international presence with offices throughout the UK, and in Eastern Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, and South Africa.

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