We’re excited to announce that we have recently appointed Kiran Johal, as our newest ecologist.
The appointment of Kiran comes as a result of EMEC receiving an increase in enquiries for ecological and land management services, in response to a change within government legislation, which now requires that new developments need to deliver a minimum 10% biodiversity net gain.
As a qualified ecologist, Kiran has a master’s degree in Zoology and holds a class 2 bat licence and class 1 great crested newt licence. In her new role, she will be responsible for carrying out a number of ecological and habitat surveys required by clients as part of the planning application process.
Commenting on why she wanted to join EMEC, Kiran said “My former employer was retiring so I was searching for new opportunities. Part of the reason I chose to join EMEC was because EMEC profits are gift aided to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. I felt this was a more ethical business model as it means funds are re-invested in supporting wildlife conservation efforts.”
Dr Ed Tripp, Consultancy Manager at EMEC added “We are delighted to welcome Kiran to the team. Demand for ecology services is at an all-time high and we are thrilled to have appointed an experienced ecologist who shares our passion for conservation and ensuring the needs of our clients are met.”
Outside of work, Kiran has two common pipistrelle bats named Titch and Prince and three pet snakes called Casper, Ophelia and Magnus Bane.
Established in 1991, EMEC is one of 24 Wildlife Trust Consultancies that gift aid all of profits to a local Wildlife Trust to ensure positive conservation outcomes and support the recovery of nature across their counties.