Pro Vision appoints new head of ecology

10th January, 2019

Planning, architecture and urban design consultancy Pro Vision has added to its team with the appointment of Louisa Jones as new head of ecology.

Louisa brings with her a wealth of experience in Phase 1 habitat assessments, protected species surveys and devising mitigation strategies for a wide range of housing development, hotels, industrial, retail and mixed-use schemes.

Steven Smallman director at Pro Vision, said: “We’re very pleased to have Louisa on board. A key ingredient to successfully delivering new development is very often astute ecological advice. That’s why our ecology team is an important part of our integrated practice. Louisa’s arrival marks an exciting new chapter for Pro Vision Ecology.”

Louisa, 32, said: “Coming from a strictly ecology-based company, I’m looking forward to the more integrated approach of a multi-disciplinary practice. Ecology is an important part of most development schemes.”

She said goals include building-up the ecology team, so it could tackle bigger projects and widening in-house expertise with new specialisms and survey/research licences.

Louisa joins Pro Vision after five years with Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services where she held the post of principal ecologist. Prior to that she was employed at Atkins as an assistant ecologist and at RPS as a graduate ecologist. Notable projects include radio tracking of bats, breeding bird and badger surveys to determine what impact the new high-speed railway, HS2, will have on their habitats.

Louisa has worked in the ecology consultancy field for nine years after achieving an MSc in Environmental Biology Conservation and Resource Management from Swansea University and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from Royal Holloway University of London. She holds Natural England licences to survey/disturb bats, great crested newts, dormice and barn owls.

Louisa is a full member of CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment) with a particular interest in ornithology and bird survey work. She replaces Dr Des Purdy as head of ecology who will continue to provide senior consultancy services.

Pro Vision is a growing consultancy of 30 qualified and chartered town planners, architects, ecologist and urban designers with offices in Ampfield, near Winchester and Newbury.