Our Trustees are drawn from our wide ranging membership and represent all sectors of environmental law, from barristers to academics and with a range of experience. They are known as the Council and we have 22 elected trustees at present. Our Council is responsible for ensuring UKELA achieves its strategic and charitable aims. Because UKELA is also a limited company, our trustees are also directors. We have a senior team, known as the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation.
Meet them below.
Stephen Sykes, Chair
Stephen started his career as a solicitor, but has worked in business for many years. He has co-founded and chaired ventures in the environmental data, insurance and consulting sectors. He is Managing Partner of Sykes Environmental LLP. He is a Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck College's school of entrepreneurship. Stephen was awarded honorary membership in 2014.
Nick Whitaker, Honorary Treasurer
Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977. Until March 2015, when he retired from full time work, he was a partner in BDO LLP (and before that PKF (UK) LLP) providing audit, forensic and corporate finance services. This included work in the charity and not for profit sectors as well as for corporates and Government departments and bodies.
Anne Johnstone, Vice Chair
Anne is a Partner at Malcolm Hollis LLP and has over sixteen years’ experience in environmental consultancy, previously at Ramboll Environ and Atkins. She is head of Malcolm Hollis’ Environmental practice in the UK, Ireland and Europe. She specialises in environmental due diligence, risk assessment and permitting.
Special Responsibilities: Devolved administrations, marketing/social media/comms
0141 331 4045
Ben Stansfield, Vice Chair
Ben is a solicitor and head of the Environment and Planning Group at Stephenson Harwood. Ben was previously a Senior Associate at Clifford Chance. Ben advises on a broad spectrum on environmental, climate change and energy issues.
Special Responsibilities: Conference sponsorship, Conference team 2017, international links.
0207 809 2500
Kirsty Schneeberger MBE, Vice Chair
Kirsty is Head of Grants and Trusts at Client Earth. Previously, Kirsty was a Manager in the Climate Change team at CIFF, leading on the ‘Strategic Climate Litigation’ and ‘Initiative for Climate Action Transparency’ grants and, before that, an Advisor in the Office of the Executive Secretary at the UNFCCC, leading on non-state actor engagement with Paris COP21 focusing particularly on the investment community.
Special Responsibilities: Wild Law, e-law editorial board, Conference team 2017, marketing/social media/comms
Haydn Davies, Assistant Vice Chair
Haydn Davies is Deputy Director of Research at the School of Law at Birmingham City University. He has a background in both biochemistry and law and his research interests centre around the Environmental Justice Movement and comparative environmental governance.
Special Responsibilities:National Council member for Wales; e-law editorial board; devolved administrations group, Working Parties co-ordinator, assistant Treasurer
Penelope is the head of Environmental Due Diligence at Waterman. She is a qualified solicitor in Spain and the UK, specialising in environmental advisory support in the transactional and risk management context.
Special Responsibilities: Working Parties co-ordinator, international monitor
0207 928 7888
Other Council Members
Charles is a barrister at Landmark Chambers.His specialisms include environmental law, planning & infrastructure, energy & natural resources, EU law and international law. He is a member of the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
Special Responsibilities: Northern Ireland activity, London meetings
020 7430 1221
Karen Blair is Managing Director of Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors, a leading commercial law practice in Belfast. Karen specialises in planning and environmental law with particular interest in waste, energy, aviation and regeneration.
Special Responsibilities: National Council member for Northern Ireland; contracts, devolved administrations group
028 9027 1320
James Burton is a barrister at Thirty Nine Essex Chambers. He specialises in environmental, energy, planning and related areas. He is also a founder member of the Recyclists, UKELA's cycling/fundraising club.
Special Responsibilities: Young UKELA, Conference team 2017
020 7832 1111
Fiona was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994. Her practice consists of environmental law and litigation, with an emphasis on environmental contamination and corporate social responsibility. Internationally, her practice has included corporate corruption in Lesotho, EIA and procurement processes in general, together with their wider implications within developing communities.
Special Responsibilities: Membership Development
0845 083 3000
Heather is a lawyer in the Biodiversity Team at ClientEarth, focusing on the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, as well as its interaction with EU environmental legislation such as the Birds and Habitats Directives. Prior to this, she was a solicitor at Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law, working on judicial review and nuisance cases.
0203 030 5984
John Jolliffe is a barrister who specialises in environmental and public law. He was called to the Bar in 2005 and practises at 1 Crown Office Row. He is a member of the Attorney General’s panel of counsel to the Crown (B panel). His environmental work includes nuisance claims (including group actions) and contaminated land.
Special responsibilities: Law and your Environment (E/W), Marketing/social media/comms
020 7797 7500
Chief Consultant at Corporate Risk Associates Limited since 2007 advising on science-based evidence, especially pollution impacts from industrial operations. Former Nuclear Inspector & Principal Scientist at Defra, having publishing over 50 scientific papers. Internationally recognised expertise on emergency response and advice on the interpretation of EU Environmental Directives.
Special Responsibilities: CPD accreditation, student support and competitions
01372 860 840
Head Solicitor at SEPA, Bridget sits on SEPA's newly formed Better Regulation Project Board.
Special Responsibilities: Law and Your Environment (Scotland), UKELA development in Scotland, e-law editorial board, Garner lecture
Georgie is Head of Environment at Pinsent Masons. She advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues, litigation and risk management on environmental transactions and projects. Georgie has been an active UKELA member since she qualified in 1998.
Special Responsibilities: Conference team 2017, contracts
020 7418 7000
Kenneth Ross is a commercial property lawyer who specialises in environmental law working with clients ranging from global PLCs and developers to landowners, local authorities and individuals. He is also a Professor at Glasgow University.
Special Responsibilities: National Council member for Scotland, UKELA development in Scotland, devolved administrations group, media adviser
0141 245 6727
Hayley is head of Environment at LexisPSL, LexisNexis having previously worked in both the private and public sector at the Environment Agency, Allen & Overy, Stephenson Harwood and Ashurst Australia. She is qualified as an environmental lawyer in Australia, England and Wales.
Special Responsibilities: E-law editor
Simon is a partner in Burges Salmon's Environment team and specialises in the resolution of complex environmental disputes in the civil and criminal courts, statutory appeals, compliance and enforcement. Simon is UKELA's Company Secretary.
Special Responsibilities: Company Secretary, regional groups co-ordinator, devolved administration group, Garner lecture, Conference committee 2017
0117 902 7794
A barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, Richard is acknowledged as a leading junior in Environmental, Planning, Energy and Administrative law. He was appointed to the AG’s B-Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2009 and to the AG’s C-Panel of Prosecution Counsel in 2003. He is also a founder member of the Recyclists.
Special Responsibilities: London meetings
0207 832 1111
Ned Westaway is a barrister practising at Francis Taylor Building; he is ranked as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners for environmental law, planning law and agricultural and rural affairs; he is on Attorney General’s panel of counsel and has an LLM (environmental laws) from UCL.
Special Responsibilities: Conference committee 2017, PEBA liaison, Young UKELA
020 7353 8415
Partner at R&R Urquhart LLP Solicitors in Inverness where he advises and represents clients in all aspects of environmental and land related law. Jamie also lectures part-time on environmental law at Edinburgh University.
Special Responsibilities: UKELA development in Scotland; contracts; Wild Law