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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. Our Constitution sets our the rules on selection and responsibilities of Council. You can read more on our What We Do page.

Meet them below.

Executive Committee


Anne Johnstone, 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.

0141 331 4045

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.



Haydn Davies, 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: e-law editorial board; Working Parties co-ordinator, assistant Treasurer

01213 316703


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: e-law editorial team, Wild Law



Simon Tilling, Vice Chair

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, Conference committee Chair 2018

0117 902 7794


Karen Blair

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 chair

028 9027 1320

Other Council Members

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Simone Davidson

Simone is a solicitor and Head of Environment at LexisPSL. Prior to joining Lexis Nexis she trained and worked at Clyde & Co, where she advised on a broad range of environmental legal issues ranging from regulatory and compliance to transactional risk management and support. Simone was previously Acting E-law editor for UKELA.

0330 161 1234

Alison York

Alison is a solicitor and Head of Legal in the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. She has over 20 years’ experience practising in environmental law and regulation in the public sector in Scotland. Recent work includes involvement in the development and implementation of SEPA’s new enforcement tools and in the development of the new Integrated Authorisation Framework.

0131 273 7246
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Nina Pindham

Nina is a specialist planning and environmental law practitioner at No5 Chambers with experience in areas such as controversial minerals development, hazardous substances consents, waste, EIA, SEA, agriculture, water, air quality, and nature conservation issues. Nina has appeared before the High Court, Court of Appeal, and the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. She is also editor of the Trees chapter in Butterworth’s Planning Law Encyclopedia.



Charles Banner

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: London meetings, Garner lecture, contracts

020 7430 1221


James Burton

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

020 7832 1111


Veneta Cooney

Veneta is a Consultant Physician specialising in Occupational Medicine, and provides advice to both the public and private sectors on how the work environment impacts on both physical and mental well- being. Of particular interest to her is the link between public health and environmental protection.

Special Responsibilities: Conference committee 2018


Fiona Darroch

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 Hamilton

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.

Special Responsibilities: Membership Development, Conference committee 2018

0203 030 5984

Philip Hunter

Phil is a Partner and head of environmental law at leading Scottish law firm Brodies LLP. He advises on a broad range of environmental matters including management of environmental risks and liabilities.

Special Responsibilities: National Council Member for Scotland

0131 656 0279


Christian Jowett

Christian is a barrister at 30 Park Place, Cardiff and door-tenant at Foundry Chambers, London. His environmental law practice focuses on waste law and its interaction with other areas of law. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Wales).

Special Responsibilities: National Council Member for Wales, CPD

029 2039 8421


Penelope Latorre

Penelope is the head of Environmental Due Diligence and Responsible Investment at Ensphere Group. 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, partnerships, Conference committee 2018

0203 766 0083


Georgie Messent

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 committee 2018, contracts

020 7418 7000


Warren Percival

Warren is a Director at RSK Group Plc and has over sixteen years’ experience in environmental consultancy. Warren previously managed RSKs Northern EHS business, and is now the Group Director responsible for due diligence, ESG and expert witness services to the legal and financial sectors.

Special Responsibilities: Membership development, Regional Group co-ordinator

07793 365862

Stephen Sykes, Past 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.

Special Responsibilties: Fundraising, Membership Development



Richard Wald

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

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: Young UKELA, Wild Law, partnerships

020 7353 8415
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