In no particular order, firstly meet Ryan Irvine, senior consultant (ornithology).
Ryan has over 20 years’ experience in all things ornithological, both in the UK but further afar too. Most recently and over the last two years, he has been working in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia providing environmental consultancy work for British Antarctic Survey, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI), the Falkland Islands Government and the Antarctic Research Trust mainly carrying out breeding bird surveys and seabird at sea surveys.
During his career to date he has worked across a broad variety of industries including on and offshore renewables, oil and gas, nuclear, research and even a spot of tour guiding!
He also headed up the seabird team that undertook the largest boat-based ornithological survey (at the time) at Dogger Bank.
In the early years of his career he gained invaluable experience by working on short term contracts for the RSPB and JNCC in a wide range of roles including aerial seabird surveys, managing tern colonies, breeding bird surveys, high/low tide surveys and more.
It won’t surprise you to hear that in his spare time, Ryan loves nothing more than a spot of birding and says that this is his passion. Although he does enjoy a game of cricket or football but says he’s getting a bit old for the latter!
When asked why GoBe, Ryan answered: “GoBe has a good name and I wanted to get back into more consultancy and office-based work. I have always worked in the environmental sector because my main passion and hobby is birds/birding.”
Ryan is lucky enough to live in beautiful Cornwall but will be making regular visits to our office in Buckfastleigh.
Next let us introduce you to Belinda Collington, a recent masters graduate from Heriot Watt University who joins us as a graduate environmental consultant.
This is her first role in the environmental consulting sector and she’s previously worked in hospitality as a bartender. She has assured us that she makes a grand French martini and even created her own cocktail called ‘the lovers twist’ a combination of prosecco, Chambord, cranberry juice and lemonade, which sounds delicious!
Belinda said: “I’m extremely passionate about the environment and always have been. I consistently try and make my own life more sustainable and softly promote that to others. The climate crisis is on the forefront of everyone’s minds and being able to work in the offshore renewable sector allows me to be part of the bigger picture – something that I am looking forward to.”
Outside of work, Belinda keeps fit by running, going to the gym and horse riding and has two horses of her own. She also volunteers for the Orkney Marine Mammal Research Initiative where she helps compile sightings data.
We’re looking forward to working with Belinda and sampling her mixologist skills at our next team get together!
Last and by no means least, welcome to the team our newest consultant, Bailey Biggar!
Bailey is also a recent graduate, this time from the University of Plymouth with a masters of research in applied marine science. For both of his degrees, Bailey focused his dissertation projects around plastic pollution – something close to all our hearts at GoBe!
Coming from a background in laboratory work, Bailey has carried out his research projects in partnership with both The Open University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. He’s looking forward to putting his education to good use, contributing towards tackling climate change.
Living in Devon means that Bailey gets out and about in his local marine environment, whether that is swimming, snorkelling, rock pooling or taking long coastal walks.
Bailey has jumped straight in and is working as part of GoBe’s East Anglia Hub team, supporting on numerous developments.
Are you interested in joining one of the UK’s environmental consultancies? If so, check out all the current vacancies for the APEM Group here.