Meet the Ascerta Team

Our team of dedicated professionals, all experts within their respective disciplines, bring many years of experience to the wide range of projects that we deal with. Both individually and collectively we can add significant value to your projects.

Carina Oliveira

Carina Oliveira

Landscape Architect


Carina is a dedicated and creative Landscape Architect who is on the Pathway to Chartership of the Landscape Institute and proficient in landscape design, urban planning, technical design, agri-environment and Silviculture. An ethical and impartial position is an integral part of her approach to all projects. Her experience has allowed her to develop important skills such as clear and logical thinking; critical evaluation; assessment and interpretation of data; organisation, planning and problem solving. She has become a valued member of our team and brings excellent communication skills, the ability to deliver projects on time and to budget.

During her spare time, Carina likes to visit different parts of the country experiencing some of the quality landscapes the UK has to offer, and regularly pops back to her native Portugal for short breaks


Helen Sullivan

Helen Sullivan

Senior Arboriculturist


As our Senior Arboriculturist, Helen has responsibility for the delivery of survey and consultancy services to our client base across a broad arboricultural spectrum. Qualified through Myerscough College in Lancashire, Helen has experience of working for arboricultural contractors and previous consultancies, as well as in a local planning authority environment as a tree officer, therefore she brings a wealth of experience to the team in the planning and insurance arenas.

Helen enjoys travelling, having spent several years working in Dubai, and enjoys keeping fit with spinning classes. Having recently completed a 10K she is now in training for a half marathon.


Rob Armitage

Arboricultural Surveyor


With a degree in arboriculture, Rob is instrumental in our arboricultural service by providing high quality tree surveys in accordance with client requirements, whether that’s for planning applications, risk management or general tree management. Rob is equipped to deliver no fuss, accurate surveys to input into projects and to assist with the design & management process.

Rob spends most of his spare time either writing music and performing with his band or sea fishing in his Kayak.


Rosalind King

Dr Rosalind King

Senior Ecologist


Rosalind has over 10 years experience of working as a professional ecologist and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM). She has worked within the private, public and voluntary sectors, as an ecological consultant, council ecologist and volunteer with a conservation charity. This has given her both practical and theoretical knowledge to be able to deliver cost effective and practical solutions to client teams to enable them to deliver projects whilst maximising biodiversity opportunities.

Roz usually spends her spare time immersed in all things ecology, including managing the mini-farm (currently comprising chickens) in her back garden, and can often be found delivering talks on biodiversity to her daughter’s school.


Neil Everett

Neil Everett

Senior Field Ecologist


Neil holds a foundation degree in Ecology and Countryside Management and an honours degree in Rural Resource Management and is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Neil’s main areas of operation are the gathering of site data in relation to ecology, including protected species and phase one habitat surveys, the interpretation of results with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), the preparation of reports to support planning applications and the provision of advice to clients in relation to ecological issues.

Away from the office Neil has a keen interest in ornithology, wildlife watching and photography, often in the Highlands of Scotland.


Tosha Allen

Tosha Allen

Ecological Consultant


Tosha holds an honours degree in Wildlife Conservation and Zoo Biology and has experience of working across the UK as an Ecologist within private sector environmental consultancies. Having worked on a variety of high-profile projects within the commercial, residential, large infrastructure and energy sectors, Tosha has the breadth of knowledge to enable her to deliver practical solutions to client project teams and is also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). She brings a wealth of experience of working within large organisations, and has developed valuable skills and an organisational ability to complement the ecology team.

Tosha spends most of her spare time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.


Liz Kenyon

Liz Kenyon

Ecologist


Liz holds an honours degree in Ecology and Environment and is a member of the chartered institute of ecology and environmental management (CIEEM). As a valued member of the ecology team Liz’s responsibilities include conducting phase 1 and protected species surveys for the preparation of reports to support planning applications. Liz has a particular interest in bats having been an experienced bat carer for Lancashire and is a member of her local bat group.

Outside of the office Liz enjoys the outdoors and can normally been found exploring national trust properties, normally followed by an afternoon tea.


Jim Forshaw

Jim Forshaw

Accounts & Credit Control


With a background in banking and commercial business, Jim supports the business on a day to day level, keeping our accounts in order and liaising with clients over invoicing and payments.

Jim is keen on travel and likes to get out and about on city breaks to various parts of Europe. A very keen golfer as well, he recently had spells as club captain and president.


Ciaran Power

Ciaran Power

Technician


Ciaran is our drawings and IT guru, and with a degree in Geography he’s got a great insight into what we do, allowing him to deliver first class drawings whilst keeping our systems running smoothly.

In his spare time, Ciaran is a keen gamer and football supporter, and spends much of his time building, dismantling and fixing computers.


Danielle Wood

Danielle Wood

Commercial Manager


With 10 years experience in professional office and business management positions, and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments, Danielle provides leadership in skilfully managing corporate duties and commercial processes for her colleagues at Ascerta.
As Commercial Manager she ensures the smooth operation of the company, as well as the implementation and management of all business processes to give clients the best possible service, whilst exploring new opportunities for company growth and development.

Outside of work, Danielle enjoys walking and keeping fit, as well as spending time with friends and family. She also volunteers for the Girl Guiding Association with the Rainbows group.


Alistair McLeod

Alistair McLeod

Company Principal


Alistair draws on a vast amount of experience across an almost unrivalled breadth of projects stretching back to when he first entered the arboricultural industry in 1987. Having worked with a diverse client base alongside numerous allied disciplines for many years, Alistair is able to see and focus on the positives in every situation and uses this, along with his unwavering support of client aims & objectives, to get the best results possible for clients.

Alistair loves to get out into the countryside and has been known to get involved in the occasional charity walk, having completed the Caledonian Challenge (walking 54 miles through the Highlands of Scotland in 24 hours) two years running.