Emma Simmonds

Emma has a wide ranging experience of statutory and non-statutory ecological and countryside matters, working with local authorities, government organisations and NGOs. In her current role, she provides advice to local authorities regarding development proposals and strategic planning, dealing with wildlife legislation and planning policy - including major housing developments; minerals; waste and schools. She has produced Habitats regulations Assessments and attended public inquiries.

Emma also gets involved in a variety of management and delivery of projects and the management and protection of statutory and non-statutory wildlife sites. She has considerable expertise in supervising grant schemes and developing partnership approaches to biodiversity conservation and contributes her expertise to a number of biodiversity partnerships. Emma coordinates the Special Roadside Verges project for Essex County Council, in partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust.

She also has experience of local authority environmental scrutiny and policy development at a senior level; statutory site designation, ecological surveys, writing management plans and is a GIS user.