Our Team

Chris Smith – Consultancy Manager – BSc(hons)

Chris Smith, Consutlancy ManagerChris moved to Norfolk in the 1980’s, whilst studying for a BSc in Ecology from the University of East Anglia.

His 25 plus years working in nature conservation, as well as 8 years as a Natural England protected landscapes specialist, created the skills and experience to offer clients  advice on protected species issues, botanical surveys, ecological impact assessment, management planning and GIS.
Chris is a current holder of Natural England bat and great crested newt licences. Through study at the Open University, Chris holds Diplomas in both Statistics and German. 
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im Allitt – Arboriculturist – TechArborA

Jim studied a BSc in Outdoor Studies at St Martins
Jim Allitt, ArboriculturistCollege in Ambleside, Cumbria and holds the Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture. He also holds the Lantra Professional Tree Inspection award and can deliver the ‘Valuing and managing veteran trees’ 1 day foundation course.
Jim has a background in nature conservation and arboricultural work.  Previous to working for NWS, he spent 8 years with Natural England working on the nature reserves in North and West Norfolk.  He has also worked in Ireland with Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board, as an arborist.
Outside the tree world Jim divides his time between family outings and combining sea kayaking with wildlife
watching on the North Norfolk coast.


Sally McColl – Ecological Consultant – BSc(hons)

Sally McColl - Ecological ConsultantSally graduated from UEA with a degree in Environmental Science in 1998. She joined NWS in May 2016 following an 8 year career at Broads Authority in conservation. Sally has extensive experience of water vole surveying and mitigation as well as bat and reptile surveying.

Sally’s areas of expertise are fen management, lake and bank edge restoration, water sampling, fen and aquatic plant surveying and invasive species management.  She also has a keen interest in botany and bird watching.


Ben Christie – Assistant Ecologist – BSc(hons) GradCIEEMBen Christie - Assistant Ecologist

Ben joined us in 2015. He has gained six years’ experience in practical ecology and land management since graduating from the University of East Anglia in 2011 with a BSc in Environmental Sciences, including work in Surrey, Worcestershire and Norfolk.

He holds a Level 1 Class licence for great crested newt and has had extensive involvement in surveying and mitigation.  He is also experienced in bat surveys and mitigation, and recently gained his Level 1 Class licence for bats.

As well as European protected species work, Ben is a capable surveyor in reptiles, birds, badger and water vole. He has carried out translocation projects for reptiles and mitigation projects for birds, badger and water vole.

Ben has a particular interest in invertebrates with specialist knowledge of carabid beetles and spiders, and has carried out targeted aquatic surveys for both Desmoulin’s whorl snail and shining ram’s-horn snail. He also has “hands-on” experience in estate management and nature reserve wardening as well as previous experience in environmental education, giving a unique perspective on the practicalities of ecology.

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 Rachael Barber – Consultancy Business Officer – BSc(hons), MSc

Rachael graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a degree in Zoology in 2004. Since then she has over 10 years experience of surveying marine mammals and educating members of the public as a Wildlife Guide on board various vessels from small boats to large ferries.

Rachael moved to Norfolk in 2008 and after completing a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the University of East Anglia in 2009, went on to work as the Marine Wildlife Report Writer and Data Coordinator for a marine survey company, gaining extensive knowledge and skills in report writing, impact assessments and associated legislation and regulations.

Rachael has an ‘A’-permit for ringing birds and is involved with numerous monitoring projects in the local area.

She is a partner of the charity the World Cetacean Alliance, working to protect and conserve the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises and their habitats. In addition she volunteers with WhaleFest, the world’s largest celebration of whales and dolphins, and writes on her own wildlife blog Wild Barley.

Rachael joined NWS in March 2017, looking to apply her passion, skills and knowledge to the ecological consultancy business.


Siobhan Trice – Consultancy Business Officer

Siobhan has over 12 years experience in office co-ordination, administrative duties and client liaison within a variety of industry sectors.

Siobhan has also grown up with an interest in wildlife, and is able to fulfil these interests and skills in her role at Norfolk Wildlife Services as Consultancy Business Officer. She co-ordinates all office procedures and has also gained some experience in nocturnal bat and newt surveys.


Colin Ford – Company Secretary

As well as being a fully qualified chartered accountant, Colin also has a degree in Environmental Sciences. He acts as advisor for financial and contractual issues for the company and is also Head of Finance for Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Jon Humphreys –Chairman

Jon is a Relationship Director with Santander Corporate Bank in Norwich and is also the Treasurer and Board member for Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Pamela Abbott – Board Member

Pamela, acting as a Director of NWS, is able to bring experience to the company’s board as the Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust.