Dr Ted Avis, Managing Director, is a leading expert in the field of Environmental Impact Assessments, having project-managed numerous large-scale EIAs to international standards (e.g. World Bank and International Finance Corporation). Ted has also project managed and provided professional input to the State of Environment reports and Strategic Environmental Assessments produced by CES.Curriculum Vitae of Ted Avis
Maura holds a Masters Degree in Geography, as well as two BA Honours degrees, one in Human Geography and another in Economics from Rhodes University. She was also involved in the development and teaching of under-graduate Environmental Science courses at Rhodes University for 5 years. Her professional consulting experience and interests include Environmental, Social and Economic Impact Assessments, Risk Assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA), Socio-economic Research and Surveys, Stakeholder Engagement facilitation, Resettlement Action Plans, Monitoring and Evaluation, State of the Environment Reporting, and Policy Research (industry certification, water, environmental and land reform). Maura has 5 years of experience working for CES as a Senior & Principal Environmental Consultant and another 5 years as a socio-economic sub-consultant. She has participated in and managed assessments of roads, mines, biofuel estates, golf courses, conservation, tourism, industrial and residential developments in South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Egypt.
Mr Justin Green, Justin is a Senior Consultant with a BSc. degree in Zoology and Entomology as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management from Rhodes University. Justin has been with CES for 8 years and has been involved in extensive work in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as well as Aquatic Biodiversity Assessments. His work experience is in Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia, Cameroon, Tanzania, Malawi, Madagascar, the DRC and extensively throughout South Africa. Professional Bodies: - SACNASP, South African Council for Natural Scientific Profession, Professional (Pending); - African Journal of Aquatic Science; - IAIASa: Member of the International Association for Impact Assessments South Africa. He specializes in Water Resources Management and Aquatic Biomonitoring and Assessment using the South African Scoring System (SASS5) methodology. Justin is an accredited SASS5 practitioner. SASS5 is based on the presence or absence of sensitive aquatic macroinvertebrates collected and analyzed according to the methods outlined in Dickens and Graham (2002). His experience in this field has included numerous large scale mining, industrial, wastewater and agricultural EIA’s that have required the construction of dams, pipelines and reservoirs. Many of these projects have also required the application for WULA’s to be assessed. Justin has also received training in Wetland Assessment and Delineation and completed assessments both locally and internationally.Additionally, he is the lead GIS specialist for CES, having digitized and processed vector and raster data for nearly all BAR, EIA’s and ESHIA’s both locally and throughout Africa. Justin has worked in the GIS department for the past 7 years with his primary experience through ArcGIS 10 and Quantum GIS 3. GIS projects have included watershed analysis, viewshed analysis, infrastructure layouts, RAP data implementation, Sentinel-2 processing and specialist field data extraction. All mapping data for international projects have been up to African Bank, IFC and World Bank standards.
Skye is a Grade 2 environmental consultant and has been with CES since 2019. She holds a BA degree in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa (2018)and is completing her honours degree, with a focus on Integrated Environmental Management. Skye manages basic assessments and is the contact person for the Cape Town branch,majoring in Geography and Social Sciences. With a background in hospitality management and administration, she is also filling the role of office assistant. Her areas of interest include biodiversity management, GIS and the EIA process.
Mr Peter Bally, is a Junior Consultant that holds a Rhodes University Geography honours degree. He is passionate about the geospatial industry and has professional experience working across multiple GIS programs as well as sourcing and analysing satellite imagery.
Brooke obtained an honours in Ichthyology and Fisheries Science from Rhodes University, with specific focus on climate change and the vulnerability index of 50 priority fish species along the South African coast. Prior to this Brooke completed her undergrad at Rhodes University in Environmental Science and Ichthyology and Fisheries Science. Brooke has trained and had experience in both Fisheries and Environmental science disciplines with working experience in the aquaculture and aquaponics industry. Brooke joined CES in 2021 and is currently involved in several projects, these include Basic Assessments and Public Participation Plans (PPP). Her studies have led her to have a keen interest in climate change and mitigating adverse impacts on the marine environment and wetland ecology, with the use of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and ecological studies
Ryan is a professionally registered Environmental Scientist and has worked in the field of environmental and social management for large infrastructure-related developments, Mining and Renewable Energy projects (solar and wind energy facilities) within Africa. His involvement in these various projects has been from feasibility (inception) through to operation, closure and rehabilitation phases. He has acquired 14 years (full time) consulting experience in project management, business development and also executing various environmental permitting and management processes (in terms of local legislative and international performance standards) for a diverse range of large infrastructure developments, mining and renewable energy (solar and wind energy facilities) projects. His project management experience includes Client (Project Developer) liaison, scheduling, professional services contract (i.e. NEC3) management, progress reporting, managing sub-consultants, specialists and junior staff, invoicing and ensuring the quality of deliverables to a Client (Developer). Ryan is also proficient in tender, expression of interest and proposal writing for local as well as IFC and World Bank projects.
Mr Aidan Gouws, work as an Environmental Consultant based in the Centurion branch; obtained his MSc in Environmental Science (Cum laude) from Rhodes University, having conducted research on the spatio-temporal dynamics of Acacia dealbata invasions and broader land-use and cover changes in the northern Eastern Cape, funded through a study bursary awarded by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). Prior to this, he obtained his BSc Honours in Geographical and Environmental Sciences (Cum laude) from the University of Pretoria, studying plant ecology and EIA methodology amongst others. Aidan is also member of the Golden Key Honours Society. His interests include GIS, ecological studies and social impact assessments.
Mr Alex Ndlovu, obtained his BSc Honours degree in Geography from University of South Africa, having conducted a research proposal on solid waste problems in the Mamelodi township. Funded by Gauteng Campus Regional Academy (GCRA) throughout his studies as being the top achiever in high school. Prior to this, he obtained his BA in Environmental Management majoring in Geography from University of South Africa. Did an internship at Leapenviro Consulting where he managed to write BAR, EIA, WULA and GA reports. Alex joined CES in May 2021 and is already involved in several projects, including Basic Assessment, General Authorisation and Environmental Audit reports. He works from the Gauteng office and his interests include the general Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) process, Environmental Audits and Public Participation (PPP).
Dr Chantel Bezuidenhout, holds MSc and PhD degrees in Botany (estuarine ecology) and a BSc degree in Botany and Geography from NMMU. Chantel's main focus is estuarine ecology and she has done extensive work on 13 systems from the Orange River Mouth in the Northern Cape to the Mngazi Estuary in the Transkei. As a result she has been involved in a number of ecological reserve determination studies including the Kromme, Seekoei and Olifants systems. Chantel has been an Environmental Consultant for approximately 9 years and as such has been focused on environmental management and impact assessment. Chantel is well versed in environmental legislation and has been involved in number of environmental impact assessments and management plans in South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique and Madagascar. She is currently employed in the Port Elizabeth office of CES.
Ms Rosalie Evans, is a Senior Environmental Consultant with seven (7) years’ experience and she is based in the Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) branch. She holds a BA Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and a Degree in Social Dynamics with majors in Geography and Psychology, both from Stellenbosch University. Rosalie’s honours dissertation analysed the role of small grains in soil carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector of the Western Cape. In 2016, Rosalie completed the Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure Short Course by Coastal and Environmental Services and the Department of Environmental Science Rhodes University as well as the Estuary Management Short Course by Nelson Mandela University (NMU). In addition, Rosalie is a member of the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (LaRSSA) and a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). Rosalie’s key focus areas include renewable energy developments, linear developments, residential developments, and agricultural developments. Her main focuses include Project Management, Basic Assessment Processes, Scoping and EIA Processes, the Environmental Authorisation (EA) Amendment Processes, Reviewing Reports, the Public Participation Process (PPP), NEMA Section 24 (G) Applications and associated reports, MPRDA Section 53 Applications and GIS Mapping.
Ms Marina van Zyl, Travel, Training & Website Administrator, qualified in HR Management (TUT). She has extensive working experience in travel liaison and coordination as well as training coordination and development. Marina is also qualified as an ETDP (Education Training and Development Practitioner) (UJ).
Ms Nicole Wienand (SACNASP Reg No. 130289) is an Environmental Consultant with just over two (2) years’ experience based in the Port Elizabeth branch. Nicole obtained her BSc Honours in Botany (Environmental Management) from Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in December 2018. She also holds a BSc Degree in Environmental Management (Cum Laude) from NMU. Nicole’s honours project focused on the composition of subtidal marine benthic communities on warm temperate reefs off the coast of Port Elizabeth and for her undergraduate project she investigated dune movement in Sardinia Bay. Since her employment with CES in 2019, Nicole has specialised in the field of ecology and undertaken numerous Ecological Impact Assessments. Nicole is also well versed in the Basic Assessment Process and has undertaken and assisted with a variety of projects for which she also managed stakeholder engagement. Nicole’s key interests include GIS Mapping, the general Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, Public Participation Process (PPP) and Ecological Impact Assessments.
Mr Alain du Plessis is an Environmental consultant with 5 years of experience, based in our Port Elizabeth branch. He has his BSc Honours in Environmental Sciences from Rhodes University and a BSc Degree in Environmental and Geographical Sciences and Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences from UCT. His focus is concentrated on ECO Audits and the Public Participation Process.
Elena Reljic is an ecologist with an MSc in Zoology (Cum Laude), for which she focused on forest restoration. She has done a great deal of field work in remote regions of South Africa and has experience with a range of species, including birds, reptiles, small mammals, and arthropods. Moreover, she was part of a 14-month research expedition team to the sub-Antarctic Marion Island where she was a seabird researcher. This is complemented by her strong knowledge of managing and analysing large ecological databases, the programming language R, and GIS software. is an ecologist specialising in restoration ecology and has extensive experience in conservation and long-term research projects across southern Africa.
Dr Alan Carter, Executive overseeing the East London and Port Elizabeth branches, has gained extensive experience over the past 25 years in both financial accounting and environmental science disciplines with CES and international accounting firms in South Africa and the USA. He holds a PhD in marine ecology and BCom Honours degree in financial accounting and auditing. Alan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (licensed in Texas) and is also a registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner and a certified ISO14001 EMS auditor with Exemplar Global. Alan has been responsible for leading and managing numerous and varied consulting projects including in the following disciplines: environmental management, coastal management, waste management, climate change, renewable energy, aquaculture, environmental and financial due diligence, carbon foot-printing, varied infrastructure, etc.
Ms Lynn Smit, Tender Manager to all branches of CES & PA to the Director of East London has more than 25 years of Administrative, Secretarial, Personal Assistant and Reception experience. She has especially extensive experience in bid/tender management within the public sector and SOEs and has broaden her skills to the private sector over the years at CES.
Robyn Thomson is a Senior Environmental Consultant and holds a BSc with majors in Archaeology and Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from Rhodes University. Her honours research project looked at the effectiveness of the community awareness programme conducted by the Asbestos Interest Group (AIG) on the effects of and attitudes towards asbestos contamination in two rural communities in the Northern Cape Province. The research project formed part of a larger project quantifying the extent of secondary environmental asbestos contamination in South Africa. Robyn has 15 years of experience and expertise in Basic Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Management Plans, Water Use Licencing, Public Participation, GIS, Community Development Projects and project coordination. Robyn has particularly strong experience in infrastructure projects for various municipal, provincial and national organisations. She is registered as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner with the EAPSA Interim Certification Board.
Mrs Bernadette Emslie, Executive: Finance, holds a B.Comm (Accounting) degree (Rhodes). Worked for over 7 years for Bethlehem Export cc, who at the time was one of the top exporters in South Africa of fresh asparagus. Was involved in running all aspects of the operations. At the same time she was made a member of the Close Corporation that owned lands with fresh asparagus that was picked, packed or canned for local or export. After starting her family in 2002 & no longer wanting to travel, she started her own accounting business in Grahamstown which managed large payrolls, accounting & tax consulting. In August 2005 she joined CES as the Financial Manager and in August 2010 was promoted to Financial Director
Ms Caroline Evans, Environmental Consultant. Caroline holds a BSc with majors in Environmental Science (distinction) and Zoology, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science (distinction) both from Rhodes University. Her undergraduate degree included both commerce and natural sciences. Caroline's honours dissertation evaluated the economic impacts of degradation of the xeric subtropical thicket through farming practices, focusing on the rehabilitation potential of the affected areas in terms of carbon tax. She has a broad academic background including statistics, economics, management, climate change, wetland ecology, GIS, rehabilitation ecology, ecological modelling and zoology. Caroline has a strong focus on renewable energy and South African policy and legislation related to development.
Mr Greg Shaw, Principal Environmental Consultant and Business Development Manager. Greg has 12 years’ experience in conducting environmental consultancy services in the energy, transport, maritime and agricultural sectors on behalf of South African and oversees government departments and agencies, local government authorities, private developers, international funding organisations, and non-government organisations. He has a strong track record of projects completed within budget, on time and in accordance with national and/or international environmental legislation and guidelines. Greg’s skills include ESIA, environmental survey development, management, execution and monitoring, report writing, project management and strategic planning.
Ms Soné Nel, Expense Administrator has extensive administrative and bookkeeping experience which covers a broad range of areas, such as Receptionist, Secretary, Manager and Accountant. She holds certificates in VIP Payroll Phase 1; VIP Payroll GT Detailed Tax Year End and Calico Training program.
Ms Louise van Aardt, Head Office Secretary: CES Grahamstown. Louise has more than 20 years of administrative experience which covers a broad range of areas, including Receptionist, Secretary, Personal assistant; and she has extensive experience in the travel industry as a supervisor for foreign exchange as well as tour consulting.
Ms Marinda van Achterbergh, Ms Marinda van Achterbergh, Billing Administrator, started her career in banking, then moved to conveyancing and Barlow Rand Properties thereafter where she gained extensive administration and secretarial experience. Marinda holds an Estate Agents Certificate. She has extensive Management and Hospitality experience having been a Restaurant business owner (De Wijn Huijs & Die Taphuis) as well as managing a family business, Dismantled Motors.
Dr Kevin Whittington-Jones, holds a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology, has nearly 20 years’ experience in environmental management and provides E & S advisory and auditing services to international clients across a wide range of industry sectors including mining, forestry, commercial agriculture / processing, energy & electrical distribution, ports and finance & banking. Although he remains actively involved in complex Environmental & Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), as either Study Leader or Reviewer, the majority of his recent assignments relate to his specialist knowledge of international E&S safeguards, including the IFC Performance Standards. The combination of his experience of managing E&S risks in emerging economies, attention to detail, effectiveness in the area of capacity building and highly pragmatic approach has resulted in referrals and repeat work from numerous international clients. He has worked extensively with international Development Finance Institutions (DFI) including the DEG, FMO, Proparco, AATIF, Norfund and FINNFUND, has led a large number of E&S due diligence assessments and is currently serving as the Lenders’ E&S Advisor on multiple international projects in Africa and Asia. His contracts for private clients frequently involve technical assistance aimed at compliance with their E&S obligations to Lenders, including implementation of Environmental & Social Management Systems (ESMS). In 2019, Kevin was a recipient of the World Bank’s ENB (Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy) Vice President’s Units Award for his contribution to the Post-conflict Damage and Needs Analysis for Iraq and is currently consulting to the World Bank as E&S Safeguards Specialist for various projects in the Middle East. In addition to work in South Africa, Kevin’s experience also covers projects in 17 other African countries, Bangladesh, the Gulf States and Iraq. Prior to joining CES, Kevin held a number of academic posts at Rhodes University, South Africa. The most recent was the post of Senior Lecturer at the Rhodes Business School where he was responsible for the development, management and delivery of the sustainability modules of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.
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Ms Lina Buque is a skilled and experienced public facilitator and socio-economic and environmental consultant with over 10 years of experience working in Mozambique. . She has a Master of Environmental Science from the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Her research area was in Socio-environmental Conservation and Development, focused on environmental policies, including environmental education, analyse rural and urban environments from the point of view of socio-environmental planning and development, environmental impacts and their effects on health as well as environmental management and control. Lina has experience in both environmental and social best practice performance and management. Her expertise includes project management, environmental impact assessments including public engagement and social facilitation, environmental compliance monitoring, ESIA reporting, social impact assessment and resettlement planning. As a senior environmental consultant, she worked on a number of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) projects related to mines, conservation, forestry hydrocarbons and dams, facilitated stakeholder engagement processes for various EIA and SEA projects; qualitative and quantitative socio-economic surveys and monitoring; Social Impact Assessments (SIA), Resettlement Action Plans (as per IFC guidelines) and Economic Impact Assessments. She completed a practical training course in Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability that was presented by the word Bank. She has also gained notable experience in social performance management for mining industry.
Ms Lina Buqueé consultora ambiental com mais de 10 anos de experiencia em Estudos de Impacto ambiental (EIA) e na conduçåo de processos de facilitacao de consultas publicas e envolvimento das partes interessadas. Ela também ganhou experiência notável em gestáo de performance social para o setor de mineração. Esses EIAs cobriram diferentes regioes do país com as suas diferentes características permitindo adquirir um conhecimento privilegiado do ambiente biofísico do território, das populações e sua cultura. Possui um mestrado em ciências ambientais pela Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil. Sua área de pesquisa foi em Conservação e Desenvolvimento Socioambiental, com foco em políticas ambientais, incluindo educação ambiental, análise de ambientes rurais e urbanos do ponto de vista do planejamento e desenvolvimento socioambiental, impactos ambientais e seus efeitos na saúde e no meio ambiente, gestão e controle ambiental. Lina tem experiência em desempenho e gerenciamento de melhores práticas ambientais e sociais. Sua especialidade inclui gerenciamento de projetos, avaliações de impacto ambiental, incluindo engajamento público e facilitação social, monitoramento de conformidade ambiental, relatórios de AIAS, avaliação de impacto social e planejamento de reassentamento. Como consultora ambiental sênior, ela trabalhou em vários projetos de Due diligence e monitoramento de conformidade, Gestão de resíduos e infraestruturas, Agricultura comercial, plantações e biocombustíveis; Mineração e Recursos, planos de Ação de Reassentamento e Estudos Socioeconômicos de Base. Completou um curso prático de formação em Aquisição de terras, Reassentamento e Sustentabilidade, que promove a compreensão e o desenvolvimento de habilidades na gestão dos riscos e impactos sociais associados ao desenvolvimento de projetos de investimento público e privado e particularmente questões relacionadas à aquisição de terras e reassentamento. Curso administradoo pelo Banco Mundial. Lina tem.
Prof Roy Lubke, is a retired Associate Professor in the Department of Botany, Rhodes University, and retired Director of Coastal & Environmental Services. He contributed to the preparation of the SA Association of Botanists vegetation map by mapping the vegetation in a large part of the Eastern Cape. Professor Lubke has been involved in numerous EIAs and has extensive experience in ecological and vegetation studies and the identification of indicators for SoERs.
Mr Bill Rowlston, After working for more than 35 years in the English and South African water sectors, during which he worked extensively on the development of national policies, legislation and implementation strategies for managing water resources, Bill joined CES in 2007. He worked as project manager and water specialist on a number of large environmental and social impact assessments in several southern African countries, mainly for industrial, mining, and hydroelectric power developments, most of which were carried out to international performance standards. Bill undertook environmental and social compliance reviews, due diligence studies and audits for international lenders for a wide range of new and existing projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In South Africa he worked on the technical aspects of appeals against decisions by the environmental authorities, mainly for renewable energy projects. Bill retired from EOH CES in December 2016, but remains active as an Associate.