• Len Croney

    Len Croney

    MBA, DMS, Final Dip PRA, Dip Hort,

    Based in Cornwall, much of Len’s work has been around assisting public bodies to improve the quality of design proposals from developers. This has included writing developer contribution policies and minimum standards of open space and community provision. He worked extensively with Local Authorities through CABE on open space strategies. He has been engaged by individual Local Authorities, Sport England, Play England and Natural England to write policies on standards of Provision, e.g. "Nature Nearby"

    Ecology, Landscape, People & Place

  • Ben Croot

    Ben Croot

    BSc (Hons), MSc, CMLI

    LDA Design

    Ben is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 17 years’ professional experience. He has worked on a range of development projects, including nationally significant infrastructure projects. He has co-authored technical guidance for the Landscape Institute and regularly acts as an expert witness. Ben believes strongly in design as both a process and an outcome and the importance of understanding place and the wider context to shape a clear and compelling narrative that underpins projects to deliver memorable and cherished places.

    Ecology, Heritage, Landscape, Strategic Development

  • Kate	Jeffreys

    Kate Jeffreys



    Kate is a Director of Geckoella and an ecologist with over 20 years' experience within both private and public sector. Her fieldwork skills, specialising in bats and botany, provide the grounding for her knowledge of development control and planning across terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. The ecology sector is very dynamic at present, and Kate is looking forward to the technical and practical challenges of making policies such as Biodiversity Net Gain and Nature Recovery deliver for wildlife and communities, both at the individual site and at the landscape scale.

    Climate, Ecology, Landscape

  • Matt Jones

    Matt Jones


    EAD Ecology

    Matt is a Director of EAD Ecology and has over 25 years' experience as an ecological consultant. He is passionate about ecological design and enjoys the challenges and opportunities of integrating ecological understanding, policy and legislation with the aspirations, demands and creativity of development. Matt regularly presents on ecological matters such as Biodiversity Net Gain and acts as an Expert Witness. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Full Member of CIEEM.

    Climate, Ecology

  • Peter Neal

    Peter Neal

    BA (Hons), DIP LA, MDeS (Harvard), Dip Ecology, FLI

    Peter Neal Consulting Ltd

    Peter is a landscape architect, environmental planner and ecologist. He specialises in planning, design, funding and management of green infrastructure frameworks, urban parks and the public realm. Formerly head of public space at CABE, he has given evidence to Select Committees on the Future of Public Parks, appointed as a Green Space Commissioner by the Mayor of London, is a project mentor for the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a fellow of the Landscape Institute.

    Ecology, Landscape, People & Place

  • Jenni Reid

    Jenni Reid

    BSc, CEnv, CIEE

    Burton Reid Associates

    Jenni is an advocate for Heart Centred Leadership. Coming from a place of authenticity she consistently asks: is what we are doing making a difference, can we create a vision for the future and how can we work together more effectively and positively. Professionally, Jenni is trained as an Ecologist and has over 20 years’ experience. She is a Chartered Environmentalist and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM).

    Ecology, People & Place