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
Mrs Cheryl Avis, Executive: Corporate Affairs, has extensive experience in finance and is a Certified Associate of the Institute of Bankers. She was awarded a full university scholarship by First National Bank. She obtained distinctions from Rhodes University for all her degrees: B.Com (1987), B.A. (Hons) (1992) and Masters (1995). She worked at a local psychiatric hospital and ran a full-time practice as a Clinical Psychologist. In 1998 Cheryl assisted with the financial set-up of CES as a close corporation and became increasingly involved in the financial direction thereof. Cheryl has also lectured at Rhodes University, and is a past associate of the Psychological Care Centre in Donkin Street, Grahamstown. She is married with two sons born 1996 and 2002.
Mr Marc Hardy, Principal Environmental Consultant holds a M. Phil in Environmental Management from Stellenbosch University's School of Public Management and Planning. His professional interests include environmental impact reporting for linear, energy and large infrastructure projects, strategic environmental policy development and reporting, due diligence studies, compliance monitoring and environmental auditing. Marc is currently tasked with managing various large infrastructure, mining and renewable energy projects throughout Africa.
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.
Ms Amber Jackson, is a Senior Environmental Consultant and has 5 years consulting experience with CES. Amber holds an MPhil in Environmental Management from the University of Cape Town, BSc degree and BSc (Hons) in Zoology and 'Ecology, Conservation and Environment' from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her studies included both the natural and social environment with her master's thesis focusing on food security and honours thesis focusing on herpetology. During her time at CES Amber has conducted various BA's and EIA's in South Africa (SA) and Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessments (ESHIA) in Mozambique. The majority of South African projects include, but are not limited to, renewable energy sector, housing/eco estates and risk assessments for coastal developments. Mozambique projects include forestry, agriculture, and graphite mining sectors which have been completed to both MITDER standards and International lenders standards in fulfilment with lender requirements (IFC, FSC, AfDB and EIB). Amber has also developed her skills as a faunal specialist and has assisted and conducted a number of faunal impact assessments in both Mozambique and South Africa.
Mr Johnson, holds a BSc in Geoinformatics, a BSc (Hons) cum laude in Geoinformatics and an MSc in Geoinformatics from Stellenbosch University. Michael’s Master’s thesis examined the use of Remote Sensing and computer vision technologies for the extraction of near-shore ocean wave characteristic parameters. For the duration of his Master’s, he was based at the CSIR in Stellenbosch. During this time, in addition to his Master’s studies, he conducted work in collaboration with the CSIR Coastal Systems Research Group and provided GIS and Remote Sensing tutoring and technical assistance to the junior staff and fellow students. Michael graduated in March 2018 and has been working for CES since.
Ms Tarryn Martin, Senior Environmental Consultant and Ecological Specialist. Tarryn holds a BSc (Botany and Zoology), a BSc (Hons) in African Vertebrate Biodiversity and an MSc with distinction in Botany from Rhodes University. Tarryn’s Master’s thesis examined the impact of fire on the recovery of C3 and C4 Panicoid and non-Panicoid grasses within the context of climate change for which she won the Junior Captain Scott-Medal (Plant Science) for producing the top MSc of 2010 from the South African Academy of Science and Art as well as an Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Range and Forage Science from the Grassland Society of Southern Africa. Tarryn specialises in conducting vegetation assessments including vegetation and sensitivity mapping to guide developments and thereby minimise their impacts on sensitive vegetation. She has conducted a number of vegetation and impact assessments in Mozambique (to IFC standards) which include the Lurio Forestry Project in Nampula, the Baobab Iron Ore Mine in Tete and the Syrah Graphite Mine, Metals of Africa Graphite Mine, Triton Ancuabe Graphite Mine and Nicanda Hills Graphite Mine in Cabo Delgado. She has also worked on a Critical Habitat Assessment for Sasol in Inhambane Province and has co-designed and implemented the Terrestrial Monitoring Program for Kenmare, MOMA, a heavy minerals mine in Mozambique. Tarryn has also managed a number of projects, her most recent ones including the Metals of Africa Graphite Mine ESIA, Triton Nicanda Hills ESHIA as well as smaller projects in South Africa
Mrs Danielle Sampson is an experienced PA and Office Manager, currently fulfilling the demanding role of Office Assistant to the Cape Town Team and PA to the MD, Dr Ted Avis. She has a demonstrated history of successful accounts receivable and payable management, client relationship building, project planning as well as general administration due to her organisational abilities. Having worked in various industries, including, Oil & Gas as well as Renewable Energy, within supporting roles, on a local and international level, she has proven her competence with regards to negotiation and business planning, E-invoicing, and corporate communications, with strong administrative and professional skills.
Zweli Nkosi is a prospective young Environmental Scientist. He holds a BSc Life and Environmental Sciences (2013) with specialisation in Geography and Environmental Management obtained from the University of Johannesburg. He recently joined the EOH Coastal & Environmental Services (CES) team as part of young graduate development drive. His graduate research project included conducting a socio-economic study on gentrification evident in the SOWETO area (South Africa; SA). Prior to joining the EOH CES team, Zweli was involved in the environmental process control aspects of a potable and wastewater treatment plant in Caledon (SA) for distribution to the SA Department of Correctional Services, as per deployment by the South African Department of Public Works. Furthermore, he was involved in community engagement projects undertaken whilst he volunteered at Greenpeace Africa. At Greenpeace, he conducted public awareness campaigns and offered environmental education related to the field of renewable energy as part of the South African’s Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP). Zweli was also responsible for researching the involvement of local companies in this programme . Broadly, his research interests lie in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes, renewable energy, Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA) and water research.
Mr Aidan Gouws, work as an Environmental Consultant based in the Johannesburg 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 Roberto Almanza, work as an Environmental Consultant based in the Johannesburg 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.
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 an Environmental Consultant in the Port Elizabeth branch. She holds a BA degree in Social Dynamics with majors in Geography and Psychology as well as a BA Honours degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, 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. Rosalie completed the Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure Short Course by EOH Coastal & Environmental Services and the Department of Environmental Science Rhodes University as well as the Estuary Management Short Course by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Her main focuses include the general Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, GIS Mapping, Agriculture and Soils Assessments, Visual Assessments and Tourism Assessments.
Dr Alan Carter, Executive East London Branch has extensive training and experience in both financial accounting and environmental science disciplines with international accounting firms in South Africa and the USA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (licensed in Texas) and holds a PhD in Plant Sciences. He is also a certified ISO14001 EMS auditor with the American National Standards Institute. Alan has been responsible for leading and managing numerous and varied consulting projects over the past 25 years.
Mr Roy de Kock (Pri.Nat.Sci.), is a Principal Consultant holding a BSc Honours in Geology and an MSc in Botany from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. His MSc thesis focused on Rehabilitation Ecology using an open-cast mine as a case study. He has been working for CES since 2010, and is based at the East London branch where he focuses on Ecological and Agricultural Assessments, Geological and Geotechnical analysis, Environmental Management Plans, mining applications and various environmental impact studies. Roy has worked on numerous projects in South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi.
Mr Peter Smith, holds a BA Environmental Management, as well as a BA (Hons) in Environmental Management Majors, Environmental Management and Urban Dynamics both from Stellenbosch University. Peter is currently in his final year of his Master’s degree in Environmental Management through the Centre of Environmental Management, North West University. His dissertation aims to determine evolution of EIA report quality for Wind Energy Facilities in South Africa through developing a specific review criterion. The Masters programme has provided him with a broad range of skills consisting of Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Law, the shift towards sustainable thinking, Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) and integrated water and waste management systems. Peter has a strong focus on renewable energy having been gained several years of onsite practical experience on various windfarms dispersed around the Eastern Cape. This role consisted of conducting compliance audits against the EIR’s, EMPr’s, licenses and permits
Dr Greer Hawley, Principal Consultant, has a BSc degree in Botany and Zoology and a BSc Honours in Botany from the University of Cape Town. She completed her PhD thesis (Microbiology) at Rhodes University. Greer has been involved in a number of diverse activities. The core academic focus has been directed in the field of taxonomy both in the plant and fungal kingdom. Greer's research ranges from studying fresh and marine algae, estuarine diatoms, Restio species classification in the fynbos and forest vegetation and fungal species identification and ecology. Greer's study of fungi have also contributed towards an understanding of soil ecology and "below ground" ecology. She is currently working on numerous impact assessments at the East London branch.
Ms Amy Lindsay ,(Cand. Nat. Sci.) is a Senior Environmental Consultant at EOH-CES. Amy holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Zoology as well as a B.Sc. Honours in Zoology, both from the University of Johannesburg. Her honours project investigated the role of a tenebrionid beetle in the ecology of Bakwena Cave, Pretoria. Her M.Sc project, through Stellenbosch University, was a study on the effects of probiotics on the physiological and biochemical development of hatchery raised dusky kob (Argyrosomus japonicus) larvae. Her professional interests and passion lies within coastal and marine ecology as well as the development of sustainable aquaculture in South Africa. Amy has experience in a wide variety of areas with particular focus on aquaculture EIAs, coastal development EIAs and EMPs as well as coastal and estuarine management programmes.
Ms Thina Mgweba, Environmental Consultant holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Environmental Science as well as a B.Sc honours in environmental science both from Rhodes University. My honours dissertation investigated climate change resilience and adaptation in the coastal villages of Hamburg, Eastern Cape. My professional interests include the development of climate change strategies, environmental economic analyses as well as social impact assessments.
Ms Jaclyn Smith, Environmental Consultant, has a BSc degree in Geology and Environmental Science and a BSc (Honours) Degree in Geology. Jaclyn has worked as an environmental consultant for over 3 years. She has experience in managing and undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments for both NEMA and NEMWA applications. She has prepared Environmental Screening Reports, managed water use licence applications and she has extensive experience in construction compliance auditing.
Ms Nande Suka, is a Senior Environmental Consultant. Nande holds a BSc degree with majors in Botany and Zoology, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Botany, with majors in Environmental Management, Environmental Management Procedures, Conservation Biology, Ecology and fundamentals in Biological Statistics. Nande also conducted two main research projects at honours, the first project looked at the effects of sea level rise on the marine environment and the second project was an EIA and an ecological assessment for the Weston Sewer Package Plant (Eastern Cape), in conjunction with Public Process Consultants in Port Elizabeth. Both degrees were obtained from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth. Nande is interested in all aspects of environmental quality management. She is currently employed in the East London Office of EOH Coastal & Environmental Services (EOH CES). Nande is a registered scientist with SACNASP.
Ms Caryn Clarke holds a M.Sc. Environmental Science (2012), B.Sc. Hon. Environmental Science (2010) and a B.Sc. Environmental Science and Economics (2009) from Rhodes University. Her M.Sc. thesis was titled “Responses to the linked stressors of Climate Change and HIV/AIDS amongst vulnerable rural households in the Eastern Cape, South Africa”. Her B.Sc. Hon. thesis investigated climate change perceptions, drought responses and views on carbon farming amongst commercial livestock and game farmers within the Great Fish River Valley, Eastern Cape, from which a paper was published in the African Journal of Range and Forage Science 2012, 29(1):13-23. Caryn has further completed a Carbon Footprint Analysis Course (2013). Caryn’s expertise includes project management, environmental impact assessments including public participation, MPRDA applications, environmental compliance monitoring, various licensing and permit applications, feasibility assessments and GIS mapping. Caryn is a registered Candidate Natural Scientist under the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.
Ms Lynn Smit, Office Assistant & PA to Branch Director of East London has more than 20 years of Administrative, Secretarial, Personal Assistant, Reception experience and has got extensive experience in the field of bid/tender management.
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
Mr Lungisa Bosman, holds a Bachelor of Social Science (1993) from U.C.T, with majors in Public Administration & Sociology, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisation and Management. Over the past eleven years Lungisa has gained considerable experience in social facilitation and community engagement. He is currently working full-time as a senior consultant for EOH Coastal & Environmental Services involved in a number Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), especially Social Impact Assessment (SIAs). These studies involved a number of social and community survey and also stakeholder engagement. Lungisa has been involved in doing SIAs and social survey for a number of projects in and outside South Africa. Some of these projects include but not limited to the Knysna Bypass EIA; Qolora Aquaculture, Malawi Monazite Mine, Syrah Balama Graphite Mine, LGR-SA Forestry Planation. Lungisa has been involved in a number of resettlement projects as well such as Chibuto Corridor Sands EIA; LGR-SA Forestry Planation RAP and Syrah Balama Graphite Mine SIA & RAP in Mozambique Murrimo Macadamia Plantation Gurue, Mozambique.
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 Justin Green, has a BSc. degree in Zoology and Entomology as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management from Rhodes University. Justin has been an Environmental Consultant will CES for 5 years and has been involved in extensive work in Renewable Energy Projects and mining based projects. Justin played an integral part in Environmental Impact Assessment as well as Basic Assessments in South Africa as well as numerous internationally based projects. He is also part of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) team for the past 5 years with his primary experience through ArcGIS 10.1 and Quantum GIS 2.8.3. He has been involved in producing mapping data for a multitude of projects all completed to IFC and World Bank standards. Justin has also made a considerable difference using OruxMaps for the purpose of specialist fieldwork and mapping purposes. He has recently become involved in specialising in surface water quality analyses using the South African Scoring System (SASS5) methodology. His work experience has been completed in South Africa as well as several African countries.
Ms Lara Horne , is a Senior Environmental Consultant with five years’ experience supervising as well as managing the environmental impact assessment process across a variety of projects (from wind farms to heavy mineral mining). Lara has experience working with environmental laws (such as the National Environmental Management Act of 1998, the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002 and the National Water Act of 1998) as well as ensuring ESHIA’s meets IFC compliance. Although experienced with projects across all sectors, Lara’s strength is in the mining sector (from financial provision calculations to undertaking an ESHIA for a large scale mine). Lara’s background as a water quality specialist stems from undertaking her honours thesis (received distinction) analysing Grahamstown’s Municipal Water Quality followed by her Masters thesis (current) using constructed wetland technology to treat brewery effluent to discharge standards. Lara has conducted water quality baseline and impact assessment studies in South Africa, Mozambique as well as Cameroon. Lara’ s extensive knowledge on EIA regulations as well as the application of these regulations has resulted in being course co-ordinator as well as lecturer at the annual “Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures” course run by EOH CES in collaboration with Rhodes University. Lara also lectures the EIA module to Rhodes University Department of Environmental Science honours students as well as lectures the third year students on environmental management systems. Please refer to her CV for further details.
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 Marina van Zyl, Travel & Training Coordinator, 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 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 and has provided E & S advisory services to clients across a wide range of industry sectors including mining, forestry,agro-industry, energy & electrical distribution, ports, tourism and finance & banking across Africa. Although he has maintained active involvement in projects related to waste management, sanitation and environmental management training, he has specialized in the management of E&S risk and has a comprehensive understanding of international E&S safeguards and standards. Kevin has worked extensively with a number of international Development Finance Institutions including the DEG, FMO, AATIF and FINNFUND and work has included E&S due diligence assessments and provision of technical assistance to their clients. He is currently serving as independent E&S Advisor on a number of international projects. Prior to joining EOH 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 and management of the sustainability modules of the Master of Business Administration programme. He has also co-authored a number of scientific papers in the area of sanitation and environmental management.
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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.