Matt Loak

Position

Associate Director

Qualifications

B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc.

Professional Memberships
  • Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management (MCIEEM)
  • Member of the Botanical Society of the British Isles
  • Member of the British Bryological Society

Matt has more than eight years post graduate experience in ecological consultancy with expertise in field survey specialising in vegetation survey and assessment (Phase II botanical survey and detailed NVC analysis) not limited to the UK having undertaken extensive phytosociological fieldwork in mainland Europe. Considerable experience in surveying, mitigation and translocation of protected species including badger, great crested newt, dormouse, white-clawed crayfish and reptiles and has a proven record in securing mitigation licences for European Protected Species.

He coordinates ecology services from the Exeter office, and is proficient in project management, logistical planning, budgeting and project delivery. He is responsible for undertaking a wide range of ecological work on strategic, large scale, multiphase industrial, mixed use and residential development as well as smaller schemes both at the pre planning and construction stage.

Matt has gained a wealth of experience in liaising with statutory bodies including DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency in addition to Local Planning Authorities across the southwest liaising on requirements for Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening, Appropriate Assessment, planning objections, negotiation of planning conditions and EPS licensing.

He is currently engaged managing ecological input into master plan design and EIA’s for a range of residential housing projects of up to 3,000 units, industrial and retail distribution schemes and associated infrastructure across the south west.

Outside of employment with FPCR also undertakes volunteer work on the Herbarium, part of the Natural History collection at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and conservation work for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV).