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Who We Are

Geckoella is a responsible business, providing high quality services for our clients and a good working environment for our employees and associates. We seek to benefit the environment and the communities in which we work.

Dr Andy King PhD FGS MCIEEM BSc 

Andy is a Director of Geckoella. He specialises in Geology whilst also being an experienced ecologist. He obtained his PhD (Geology: Palaeontology) the University of Wales in 1990. After oil consultancy work at Cambridge University, he joined English Nature, working in the SW Region Science Team and Environmental Impacts Team as Senior Geologist. 2001 to 2006 he was English Nature’s Area Manager for Somerset, Avon & Gloucestershire where he also developed further ecological interests and skills in the management of lowland wetland habitats, coastal realignment, general invertebrate taxonomy and surveys, and was formerly Chair of the SW Climate Change Impact Partnership (Biodiversity Group). He has written books and guides on the geology and fossils of the Somerset Coast, Quantock Hills AONB and the wildlife and history of the Somerset Levels and Moors. Recently Andy has worked as Consultant Geologist on the Strategic Stone Study (with English Heritage and British Geological Survey) and with Somerset County Council on identifying building stone sources, defining Mineral Safeguarding Areas and developing minerals policy. Andy is on LinkedIn here: uk.linkedin.com/pub/andy-king/59/6b9/156

Kate Jeffreys CEnv MCIEEM MSc BSc   

Kate is a Director of Geckoella and an ecologist with 17 years of experience, including 9 years as Company Director. She enjoys fieldwork and project and team management, and whilst specialising in bats and botany she has broad conservation and resource management experience across a range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats, both in the UK and in Sri Lanka. Her current research topics are Ecosystem Services, and South Asian bats.

Kate is on LinkedIn here: uk.linkedin.com/pub/kate-jeffreys/22/58/673


      Helen Saunders GCIEEM PgDip BSc

Helen is Senior Ecologist / Technical Officer for Geckoella. Helen has studied and worked in ecology for 8 years after    previously following a career in IT. She has experience undertaking extended Phase 1 habitat assessments and a wide    range of protected species surveys including great crested newt eDNA sampling. She holds a Natural England (NE) great crested newt licence. She is an experienced environmental survey co-ordinator with team and data management    skills gained supporting large infrastructure projects. Helen has a specialist interest in how to use technology to improve fieldwork. She is skilled in the use of GIS (ArcGIS, MapInfo, QGIS) including in the technical development and application of GIS in the field.

                                                            Helen is on LinkedIn here:  uk.linkedin.com/pub/helen-saunders/29/ba1/796



Millie with a Grass Snake        Millie Coleing, GCIEEM, BSc, MSc

Millie is an ecologist for Geckoella. She has been working as a consultant ecologist in the UK for two years, building on several years of research experience overseas in both terrestrial and marine habitats.  Her MSc thesis involved the use of GIS in biodiversity assessment in Cape Verde and the collection of invertebrate specimens and their repository in Glasgow Museum (including a newly recorded species of arachnid Devada cf. indistincta). The report is now contributing to a WWF / UN climate change project. She holds a Natural England (Class 2) great crested newt licence   and is experienced in extended Phase 1 habitat surveys, protected species survey and translocation.

                                                            Millie is on LinkedIn here: www.linkedin.com/in/acoleing


       Verity Richardson BSc, MSc

Verity is an ecologist for Geckoella. She has research experience in both the marine and terrestrial environment. She spent three years working as the resident Marine Ecologist and Conservation Officer for the NGO ‘B.E.A.C.H.’ that she   co-founded in Thailand. Since then she has returned to the UK to grow her knowledge in British ecology she is particularly passionate about herpetology and plans to further her study by completing an LLM in Environmental Law.

          Verity is on linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verity-coleing-26936947



      Sian Stafford

 Sian is the Administrative Support Officer for Geckoella. She has a background in customer services/administration and has recently returned to the UK after spending many years living in the USA and the Middle East.

 Sian is on linkedin here: www.linkedin.com/in/sian-stafford-a7152858





 Andrea Place

Andrea has been working in UK Ecological Consultancy since 2012; the majority of her experience has been with  herptiles, including Great Crested Newt mitigation. She also has experience in assisting in Water Vole translocation.  Prior to working in Ecology, Andrea worked in Finance (public and private) and complaints resolution.

Andrea is on Linkedin here: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/andrea-place-60a0a041




         Jason Ball BSc (Hons), MCIEEM, MCMI, MSP® Practitioner.

Jason is an Ecologist and Fieldwork Coordinator for Geckoella. He also works on our Quality systems for Safety,  Health and Environment standards and policies. Jason has been surveying with Geckoella since 2016 and is training  for professional survey licences for bats and Great Crested Newt. Jason is already a licensed Voluntary Bat Roost  Visitor, responding for the Natural England Bat Helpline.

Based in Devon, his broad experience includes heading the Heart of Exmoor HLF Landscape Partnership programmes  at Exmoor National Park, and previous jobs managing environmental projects for various organisations in Manchester, Oxfordshire and Kent – not only ecology and wildlife conservation, but also alternative energy, stakeholder engagement, community outreach and environmental education.

Jason is on LinkedIn here: www.linkedin.com/in/jasonpball

                               Charles Stamp, BSc

 Charles is an ecologist for Geckoella.  Whilst studying Zoology at university, he researched in particular how human and environmental pressures impact hedgehog populations in the UK. He has been training with the BTO for 2 years as a bird ringing trainee, handling birds up to the size of Canada geese.  He has recently returned from New Zealand, where he worked with a number of agencies, including the Dept of Conservation helping rejuvenate habitat for kiwis, the Pohatu Penguins surveying a breeding population of little blue penguins & latterly with the Sinclair Wetlands aiding the rejuvenation of the wetlands.  He plans to further his study by completing an MSc in Applied Data Analysis for Life and Environmental Scientists.

 Charles is on Linkedin here: www.linkedin.com/in/charles-stamp-7289b1133/