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About Us

We are experts in ecology and arboricultural consultancy with twenty-five years plus experience in our individual sectors.

Our History

The evolution of l started 25 years ago and the experiences we have gained over this period have provided us with extensive knowledge in relation to solving environmental issues associated with achieving planning permissions throughout major UK business sectors. We are a purpose-driven, dynamic practice constantly evolving to new legislative challenges. Sustainability and social-economic considerations affecting business operation are at the heart of our development. We are dedicated to prompt, pragmatic service provision.

Board of Directors


Simon Brain, Managing Director

Simon is the Managing Director at Amenity having over 30 years’ experience in this role. He is the principle ecologist and an arboricultural consultant. He is a chartered arboriculturist (Institute of Chartered Foresters) and holds the Professional Tree Inspection certificate. He is a practicing ecologist holding a Class 2 bat license and a Post Graduate Certificate in Biological recording. He regularly compiles protected species surveys, habitat regulations assessments, biodiversity net gain and enhancement reports as well as advising on Environmental Impact Assessment and biodiversity offsetting.


Steven Shell, Technical Director

Steven is a level six arboricultural consultant with 35 years’ experience in the arboriculture sector and ten years’ experience as an ecologist holding a bat license with Natural England. He is the Technical Director at Amenity holding experience in large scale arboricultural surveys utilizing GIS and positioning systems and acts as an ecological surveyor, particularly in relation to bats and mammals. He holds NEBOSH and acts as the safety advisor and manages the company’s ISO accreditation ensuring we conform to international quality and environmental standards in 9001 and 14001.


Dawn Goodfellow, BSc (Hons) MCIEEM

Dawn is the Senior Ecological Manager and has over 20 years’ experience within the ecology sector and is licensed to survey for Great crested newts (GCN) in England and Wales (and has held GCN derogation licenses in both countries). Dawn has managed many amphibian-related projects specializing in GCN appraisals/both traditional & eDNA surveys/non-licensed mitigation and Natural England licensed mitigation.  She is also a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Dawn also has experience of guiding clients through the GCN Natural England District Licensing Scheme currently being rolled out in various areas of the UK, enabling Amenity’s clients to avoid project delays and translocation costs in counties where this option is now available. Dawn also has a keen interest in bats, managing a team of up to 8 bat surveyors.


Gethin Owens, DipLA CMLI

Gethin is an associate landscape architect with over 13 years experience in the landscape sector. Gethin has experience in the private, public and third sector over a range of projects including residential development, play area design, masterplan and heritage. Stiwdio Owens provides expert support to Amenity advising on landscape matters and preparing landscape design proposals. With working experience across the range of LI/RIBA work stages Gethin is skilled at identifying creative whilst pragmatic solutions.


WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US

  • ISO 9001
  • WCS ISO 14001
  • Builder's Profile
  • Constructionline
  • CHAS – The Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme
  • Cyber Essentials Certified