We ensure the consistency and quality of our work through our investment in our teams that include over 30 consultants and support staff.

Our reputation for high quality and responsive environmental support is attributable entirely to the dedication and skills of our staff.  We are proud to be an Investors In People company and are committed to the retention of the standard.


Our Directors

Nick Birkinshaw, Managing Director

Nick joined Ecus in 2003 and became MD in 2010.  Formerly working as a Project Ecologist with British Waterways and at Scott Wilson, Nick also heads up the Ecology Team.
Email Nick Birkinshaw


Erica Kemp, Business Development Director

Erica joined Ecus from Scott Wilson in 2003 and became a director in 2010.  She specialises in providing environmental support through the planning process and leads the Environmental Impact Assessment team.
Email Erica Kemp


Sara Blannin, Finance Director

Sara joined Ecus in 2015 and brings an enviable career history and skills to the company having fulfilled similar roles in a number of environment based businesses including Ewan Group and most recently RSK Carter.
Email Sara Blannin


Peter Skipworth, Chairman

Pete became Ecus Chairman in 2009.  He brings extensive business experience developed while building company’s in the software, asset management and environmental sectors.
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The Senior Team

Chris John, Technical Director Ecology

Chris joined Ecus in 2013 with responsibility for ecology across the Ecus business. Chris has experience of working in both the public and commercial sectors, having joined Ecus from the Canal & River Trust, where he was employed as National Ecologist specialising in invasive species, wildlife and planning law and designated site management.
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Claire Browne, Landscape Team Manager

Claire joined Ecus Ltd in 2010 as the Team Leader of the Landscape Department.  Claire has extensive commercial consultancy experience and prior to joining Ecus she worked at HLM Architects, DLA and Scott Wilson.
Email Claire Browne


Paul White, Heritage Team Manager

Paul joined Ecus in January 2013 with responsibility for managing the Ecus heritage team. He specialises in historic landscapes and setting assessment and previously worked for Wessex Archaeology.
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Holly Smith, Environment Team Leader

Holly joined Ecus in 2006 and became the Environment Team Leader. Holly specialises in EIA and Ecology and is the Sheffield Office Regional Manager.
Email Holly Smith