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OUR COMPANY

OUR PEOPLE

Board Members

Nicholas Tompkins – Chief Executive Officer

Nicholas Tompkins – Chief Executive Officer

Nick joined HiDef in January this year as Chief Executive and after almost 30 years in the marine and offshore industry.  Across offshore businesses involved in renewables, autonomy, marine survey, seabed intervention, construction support, decommissioning and product installation with roles in engineering, project management, operations, business development and most recently senior corporate management, Nick brings… Continue Reading

‎‏‏Martin Scott – Managing Director

‎‏‏Martin Scott – Managing Director

Martin brings his strong ornithology background to the role of Managing Director. With HiDef since 2016, Martin has lead many HiDef projects, liaising with clients to ensure smooth project delivery to budget and time deadlines. Martin has acted as expert witness on windfarm and wider infrastructure projects and worked as an ornithological consultant relating to… Continue Reading

Dr. Georg Nehls – BioConsult SH Managing Director

Dr. Georg Nehls – BioConsult SH Managing Director

Georg is owner of HiDef and BioConsult SH’s Managing Director, bringing over 30 years of marine environmental research expertise to the team. He obtained his PhD studying eider ducks and mussel populations. In 1998, Georg founded BioConsult SH and since then the company has grown to become one of the leading providers of marine environmental… Continue Reading

Florian Lecorps – Biotope Head of Marine Renewable Energy

Florian Lecorps – Biotope Head of Marine Renewable Energy

Florian is acting as Head of the Marine Renewable Energy Department at Biotope since 2020 and as Non-executive Director at HiDef Aerial Surveying since 2022. As an environmental consultant, Florian has worked other the last 15 years on several fields of expertise : nature reserve and Natura 2000 sites conservation plans, renewable energy (onshore and… Continue Reading

Dr Kelly Macleod – Associate Director (Science)

Dr Kelly Macleod – Associate Director (Science)

Dr Kelly Macleod joined HiDef in May 2021 and is a marine mammal scientist with more than 20 years’ experience.  Kelly provides scientific oversight to all our projects and has direct responsibility for the delivery of technical reports, ensuring analytical approaches are appropriate and quality standards and deadlines are met. Kelly’s previous roles, at JNCC… Continue Reading

Julie Sibbald – PA / Board Secretary

Julie Sibbald – PA / Board Secretary

Julie has worked for several years as an Executive Assistant within the Aquaculture Sector.  Julie joined HiDef Surveying in March 2022 as Board Secretary/PA and is enjoying the challenge of organising the Directors.  More recently Julie worked at Scottish Salmon Company as a Facilities and Estates Controller arranging various improvement projects for the sites throughout… Continue Reading

Project Delivery

Dilwyn Jones – Business Development Manager

Dilwyn Jones – Business Development Manager

Dilwyn Jones has been with HiDef since 2022 as the Business Development Manager. He brings with him over 20 years knowledge & expertise in the Environmental Sector and has already started work on our commercial expansion. Although business has grown across the company at an unprecedented rate over the last couple of years, this has… Continue Reading

Natalie Murray – Marketing & Media Officer

Natalie Murray – Marketing & Media Officer

Natalie graduated in 2012 with a BA Hons degree in Visual Communications and Media Design and over the years has mainly focused on Graphic Design, Video Editing, and Marketing and Media Management. As the Marketing and Media Officer at HiDef Natalie will be responsible for the brand management of the business, creating visual content, website… Continue Reading

Catherine Irwin – Senior Project Manager

Catherine Irwin – Senior Project Manager

Catherine has a background in geography and spatial analysis, having completed an undergraduate degree in geography at the University of Glasgow in 2013. Catherine is our lead project manager, she is responsible for the delivery of a number of HiDef’s high-profile projects, including those for the renewable and conservation sectors. Since joining HiDef in the… Continue Reading

David Thain – Project Manager

David Thain – Project Manager

David is responsible for the planning and oversight of a variety of projects. Ensuring all parties are kept up to date and aware of the requirements needed from them. He works closely with the operations team to observe that deliverables are met on time and to scope, whilst administering change controls that effect’s the project… Continue Reading

Anna Macklin – Project Manager

Anna Macklin – Project Manager

Anna joined HiDef in June 2022 as a Project Manager.  She has a passion for the marine environment with a background in marine biology and ecology, having completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter in 2018.  Her research involved mapping fish lifecycle biogeography amongst seagrass, mangroves and coral reefs. Anna… Continue Reading

Laura Matthews – Project Support officer

Laura Matthews – Project Support officer

Laura joined HiDef in April 2021 in the Operations team where she was responsible for arranging the flights, training new staff and data management. She joined the projects team in January 2023. She is working with ArcMap and R to produce various reports as well as carrying out general project admin. Laura is passionate about… Continue Reading

Ben Cockshull – Project Manager

Ben Cockshull – Project Manager

Ben joined HiDef in February 2023 as a Project Manager. He brings with him a broad scientific understanding, having completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (with study abroad) at the University of Exeter including marine biology, microbial ecology and operations management. Prior to his role at HiDef, Ben worked as a Scientific Consultant at… Continue Reading

Gary Close – Project Manager

Gary Close – Project Manager

Gary joined HiDef in January 2023 as a Project Manager and will be working with the projects team on management of aerial surveys. He will also be working closely with the Operations and Consultancy teams. He comes from a predominately finance based background, working on large scale regulatory projects as well as having project experience… Continue Reading

Science and Consultancy

Dr Caroline Carter – Principal Consultant

Dr Caroline Carter – Principal Consultant

Caroline joined HiDef in April 2023. She has a background in Marine Science having studied at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. She focused on underwater noise, marine mammals and marine renewables for her PhD. Caroline’s previous role was with NatureScot as a marine ecology advisor. Within this role, she led on underwater noise advice… Continue Reading

Dr Glen Tyler – Principal Consultant

Dr Glen Tyler – Principal Consultant

Glen joined HiDef in January 2023, having previously worked for NatureScot as a marine ornithology advisor, with involvement in many offshore wind projects in Scotland, and leading seabird monitoring work. Prior to joining NatureScot he worked for RSPB research for 17 years on a range of species conservation work from woodland grouse and wet grassland… Continue Reading

Catriona Gall – Principal Consultant

Catriona Gall – Principal Consultant

Catriona joined HiDef as Principal Consultant in March 2020 and will be leading on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Habitats Regulations Appraisals (HRAs) for seabirds and marine mammals. She has a strong background in public sector impact assessment having worked for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for over twenty years, in the last ten acting as… Continue Reading

Ruth Peters-Grundy – Senior Ecological Consultant

Ruth Peters-Grundy – Senior Ecological Consultant

Ruth joined HiDef in 2019 as an Imagery Analyst/Ecological Consultant. She has a background in wildlife and environmental science, achieving the top student award in both her MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation (Edinburgh Napier University, 2018-19) and BSc in Biology and Applied Environmental Science (Keele University, 2011-14). Ruth has a varied background, working as… Continue Reading

Jaz Harker – Senior Ecological Consultant

Jaz Harker – Senior Ecological Consultant

Jaz joined HiDef in November 2020 and has a background in marine biology gained from her Bsc in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the University of Southampton in 2018 and Msc in Marine Biology from Bangor University in 2020. Her research so far has primarily focused on marine mammals, assessing the distribution of large whales… Continue Reading

Laura Rudd – Ecological Consultant

Laura Rudd – Ecological Consultant

Laura joined HiDef in September 2022 as an Ecological Consultant after completing her MSc in Marine Mammal Science from the University of St Andrews. Prior to that, she completed a BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Plymouth University providing her with a broad range of relevant knowledge. Her two most recent research projects focus… Continue Reading

Diane Pavat – Ecological Consultant

Diane Pavat – Ecological Consultant

Diane recently joined HiDef in October 2021 as an Ecological Consultant. She has a background in biology and marine conservation gained from a BSc in Biology from the Université Grenoble Alpes in 2020 in France and her MSc in Marine Conservation from the University of Aberdeen in 2021. Her latest research has focused on using… Continue Reading

Mairi Semple – Ecological Consultant

Mairi Semple – Ecological Consultant

Mairi joined HiDef in June 2021 as an Image Analyst before moving to the Projects team where she was responsible for the planning and management of the many projects carried out by HiDef. She has now joined the Consultancy Team as an Ecological Consultant. Mairi has a background in marine biology gained from her BSc… Continue Reading

Dr Jack Forster – Senior Data Scientist

Dr Jack Forster – Senior Data Scientist

Jack joined HiDef in 2023, having spent over 10 years working as a statistician in government. Since starting at HiDef, Jack has focused on embedding reproducible analytical pipelines within HiDef’s processes, along with refining flight height analysis. Jack is a Chartered Statistician, and previously worked as an in-house statistical consultant with a broad remit including… Continue Reading

William Peden – Senior Data Scientist

William Peden – Senior Data Scientist

William joined HiDef in 2022 bringing a range of skills having previously worked in government research agencies and consultancy. Much of his past work has involved working with complex ecological data and developing analytical processes using tools such as the programming language R and ArcMap. He also has extensive experience writing technical reports, peer-reviewed papers,… Continue Reading

Rory Thomson – Marine Data Scientist

Rory Thomson – Marine Data Scientist

Rory recently joined HiDef in March 2022 as part of the Data Science team. He has developed an interest marine biology and data manipulation through his BSc in Zoology and his MSc in Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology in 2021. During his MSc degree he carried out research into developing a bioenergetic model… Continue Reading

Naphon Olley – Data Scientist

Naphon Olley – Data Scientist

Naphon recently joined HiDef in August 2022 as a Data Scientist, after studying an integrated Master’s in Statistics at the University of Glasgow. He began university with a wide interest in statistical topics and through his studies has developed his passion for statistical ecology and spatial modelling, through realising the urgency of working on climate… Continue Reading

Allison Pearson – Business Administrator

Allison Pearson – Business Administrator

Allison recently joined HiDef as Business Administrator in the Consultancy Team. Prior to joining HiDef, Allison was a National Account Manager in the Office Supplies Industry and latterly worked in Lettings and Property Management.  Allison’s role within the team will ensure the company admin, project and financial matters run and are monitored smoothly. Continue Reading

Polly Brown – Ecological Consultant

Polly Brown – Ecological Consultant

Polly joined HiDef in January 2024 as an Ecological Consultant after completing her MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds. Before that, she gained a BSc in Zoology at the University of Glasgow, acquiring a wide range of relevant knowledge of both ornithology and marine science. Her Master’s research used foraging ranges… Continue Reading

Alice Lowry

Alice Lowry

Alice joined the HiDef Science and Consultancy team in February 2024. She has an MSc in Marine Environmental Management, a BSc in Conservation Biology and brings with her a diverse skill set and over 10 years of experience working in science and ecology. Alice has a particular interest in marine mammal research and most recently… Continue Reading

International Team

Maria Gädeke

Maria Gädeke

Maria is HiDef’s Australia Program Manager and point of contact for all Australian inquiries. She has started in 2020 as a project manager in the Digital Aerial Survey department of HiDef’s sister company BioConsult SH and has worked up her way to the deputy of the department within no time. As an all-rounder, Maria has… Continue Reading

Operations

Aidan Harrison – Operations Manager

Aidan Harrison – Operations Manager

Aidan is HiDef’s Operations Manager, he is responsible for the day to day running of the aerial survey and data processing operations which requires him to have adequate resources in place both internally and externally including our aircraft providers and ornithological subcontractors. As well as this, Aidan takes the lead role in maintaining and developing… Continue Reading

Shannon Standing – Operations Controller

Shannon Standing – Operations Controller

Shannon is one of our Operations Controllers, and a member of the Operations Department joining us in February 2022. She has a large variety of experience and knowledge in various previous roles, which has enabled her to thrive within the team. She is keen on customer relations, and hopes to build on communications both internal… Continue Reading

HR

Karen Armstrong – HR Manager

Karen Armstrong – HR Manager

Karen Armstrong joined the HiDef management team in May 2022 as HR Manager. Karen has over 15 years’ experience in HR roles in hospitality, the FMCG sector, leisure, and facilities management. As part of HiDef’s continued expansion Karen will work closely with the HR Officer to provide a dedicated HR function and support the existing… Continue Reading

Lynn Williams – HR Officer

Lynn Williams – HR Officer

Lynn joined HiDef as a reviewer in 2009, before moving to the role of Administration Officer in 2014 and more recently to the role of HR Officer.  Lynn is Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualified and has a background in Local Authority finance, where she worked for 15 years, before leaving to start a family… Continue Reading

ID Team Leader

Paul French – Team Leader

Paul French – Team Leader

Paul’s role within HiDef is senior ornithologist, undertaking bird and marine mammal identification, QA and adjudication. He has extensive experience of all marine and wetland species encountered around the north-east Atlantic and the Baltic, and also helps train the ID Team. Paul has identified over 500,000 bird and marine mammal images for HiDef and BioConsult.… Continue Reading

Simon Pinder – Team Leader

Simon Pinder – Team Leader

Simon is an Approved JNCC ESAS (European Seabirds at Sea) trainer since April 2010 with over 1000 hours of marine mammal surveys for research projects offshore wind farms, tidal and wave arrays. Adding to his ‘old seadog’ tag, beginning in January 2004 he has completed over 8000 hours (over 1000 days) of European Seabird at… Continue Reading

Lead Ornithologists

Richard Schofield – Senior Ornithologist

Richard Schofield – Senior Ornithologist

Richard brings over 35 years of ornithological technical expertise and ID to our identification team.  As a Senior Ornithologist, Richard has a responsibility for ensuring that the ID team is fully trained for the purposes of identification of birds and marine mammals from aerial footage and that the quality assurance processes are followed.  Richard is… Continue Reading

Torcuil Grant – Senior Ornithologist

Torcuil Grant – Senior Ornithologist

Torcuil has acquired and developed a range of skills in a career spanning more than 16 years within the environmental consultancy sector. Specialising in ornithology he has also worked for the RSPB, and other NGOs, gaining considerable knowledge and experience undertaking a variety of nationally recognised ornithological surveys. He was Assistant Warden on Fair Isle… Continue Reading

ID Team

Adam Hutt

Adam Hutt

Andy Bunting

Andy Bunting

Bill Aspin

Bill Aspin

Brian Small

Brian Small

Calum Scott

Calum Scott

Dave Farrow

Dave Farrow

Dave Pullan

Dave Pullan

Ellis Lucas

Ellis Lucas

Garry Taylor

Garry Taylor

Graeme Ruthven

Graeme Ruthven

Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Harry Hussey

Harry Hussey

Harry Witts

Harry Witts

Ian Dearing

Ian Dearing

Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon

Jonathan Farooqi

Jonathan Farooqi

Jonnie Fisk

Jonnie Fisk

Kester Wilson

Kester Wilson

Lynn Hobbs

Lynn Hobbs

Megan Watson

Megan Watson

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Micky Maher

Micky Maher

Nick Richardson

Nick Richardson

Pete Ullrich

Pete Ullrich

Rachel Griffin

Rachel Griffin

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Rik Morley

Rik Morley

Steve Mann

Steve Mann

Tim Jones

Tim Jones

ID Team

Adam Hutt

Adam Hutt

Andy Bunting

Andy Bunting

Bill Aspin

Bill Aspin

Brian Small

Brian Small

Calum Scott

Calum Scott

Dave Farrow

Dave Farrow

Dave Pullan

Dave Pullan

Ellis Lucas

Ellis Lucas

Garry Taylor

Garry Taylor

Graeme Ruthven

Graeme Ruthven

Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Harry Hussey

Harry Hussey

Harry Witts

Harry Witts

Ian Dearing

Ian Dearing

Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon

Jonathan Farooqi

Jonathan Farooqi

Jonnie Fisk

Jonnie Fisk

Kester Wilson

Kester Wilson

Lynn Hobbs

Lynn Hobbs

Megan Watson

Megan Watson

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Micky Maher

Micky Maher

Nick Richardson

Nick Richardson

Pete Ullrich

Pete Ullrich

Rachel Griffin

Rachel Griffin

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Rik Morley

Rik Morley

Steve Mann

Steve Mann

Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Review Team Leaders

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Natalie Walker

Natalie Walker

Review Team Leaders / Auditors

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Natalie Walker

Natalie Walker

Review Coordinator

Nathan Newstead

Nathan Newstead

Russell Fail

Russell Fail

Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley

Review Coordinator

Nathan Newstead

Nathan Newstead

Russell Fail

Russell Fail

Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley

Review Team

Alex Murray

Alex Murray

Angela Barrow

Angela Barrow

Anna Edgar

Anna Edgar

Arthur Cullnean

Arthur Cullnean

Chelsea Terry

Chelsea Terry

Christine Eland

Christine Eland

Claire O’Neill

Claire O’Neill

Daniel Tinnion

Daniel Tinnion

Dave Gair

Dave Gair

Dayne Middleton

Dayne Middleton

Eilidh Kyle

Eilidh Kyle

Ellie Green

Ellie Green

Ellis Murray

Ellis Murray

Jackie Bell

Jackie Bell

Jennifer McLachlan

Jennifer McLachlan

Jerry Simpson

Jerry Simpson

Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson

Katie Davis

Katie Davis

Kieran Dixon

Kieran Dixon

Lorna Turner-Jepson

Lorna Turner-Jepson

Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson

Lynda Stephenson

Lynda Stephenson

Martin Graham

Martin Graham

Mary Earl

Mary Earl

Morgan Cape

Morgan Cape

Natasha Dawson

Natasha Dawson

Nicole Benson

Nicole Benson

Nigel Hodgson

Nigel Hodgson

Rebecca Burridge

Rebecca Burridge

Ricky McDowell

Ricky McDowell

Robbie McCracken

Robbie McCracken

Ryan Garner

Ryan Garner

Scott Hucknall

Scott Hucknall

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith

Terrence Fail

Terrence Fail

Tom Clark

Tom Clark

Yvonne Hart

Yvonne Hart

Review Team

Alex Murray

Alex Murray

Angela Barrow

Angela Barrow

Anna Edgar

Anna Edgar

Arthur Cullnean

Arthur Cullnean

Chelsea Terry

Chelsea Terry

Christine Eland

Christine Eland

Claire O’Neill

Claire O’Neill

Daniel Tinnion

Daniel Tinnion

Dave Gair

Dave Gair

Dayne Middleton

Dayne Middleton

Eilidh Kyle

Eilidh Kyle

Ellie Green

Ellie Green

Ellis Murray

Ellis Murray

Jackie Bell

Jackie Bell

Jennifer McLachlan

Jennifer McLachlan

Jerry Simpson

Jerry Simpson

Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson

Katie Davis

Katie Davis

Kieran Dixon

Kieran Dixon

Lorna Turner-Jepson

Lorna Turner-Jepson

Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson

Lynda Stephenson

Lynda Stephenson

Martin Graham

Martin Graham

Mary Earl

Mary Earl

Morgan Cape

Morgan Cape

Natasha Dawson

Natasha Dawson

Nicole Benson

Nicole Benson

Nigel Hodgson

Nigel Hodgson

Rebecca Burridge

Rebecca Burridge

Ricky McDowell

Ricky McDowell

Robbie McCracken

Robbie McCracken

Ryan Garner

Ryan Garner

Scott Hucknall

Scott Hucknall

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith

Terrence Fail

Terrence Fail

Tom Clark

Tom Clark

Yvonne Hart

Yvonne Hart

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