Our brilliant staff

Who is on the cbec team?

cbec prides itself on the extensive level of practical and academic experience held by its staff and management.

the core of our success

Management Team

Hamish Moir MSc PhD

UK Managing Director & Geomorphologist

Hamish is cbec’s UK Managing Director and has extensive training in the fields of fluvial geomorphology-instream ecology interactions and river engineering, both in research and consultancy capacities.

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Chris Bowles PhD

US Managing Director

Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist with over 18 years of experience in water resources and ecological engineering. He obtained his doctorate in physical and computational modelling of intake._.

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Eric Gillies

Dr Eric Gillies BEng PhD

Technical Director

Dr Eric Gillies has over 20 years’ experience in modelling and measurement of a diverse range of fluid flows, and for the past 6 years has specialised in modelling river flows and._.

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Dr Martin Kernan PhD

Operations Director

Dr Martin Kernan is an environmental scientist with over 20 years’ research and consultancy experience of freshwater environments. He was scientific co-ordinator of the EU FP6 project, Euro-limpacs and the FP7 Project._.

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Alison Wood

Alison Wilson BSc

Senior Project Manager

Alison Wilson has a BSc Honours in Geography from the University of Aberdeen. Through her degree, she gained a fundamental understanding of important management and conservation issues relating to the physical environment,._.

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team members

Chrystiann Lavarini PhD

Senior Fluvial Geomorphologist

Chrystiann Lavarini is a geomorphologist who has investigated rivers and landscapes since his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (in Brazil), through to his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. His research has coupled field,._.

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Dr Lynsey MacLeary PhD

Senior Fluvial Geomorphologist

Lynsey is a geoscientist specialising in fluvial geomorphology and has over fifteen years’ experience across the environmental, engineering and mining sectors. Her PhD focused on untangling the effects of climate and vegetation._.

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Sam McArthur MSc

Senior Geomorphologist

Sam is a spatial scientist with a specialisation in fluvial geomorphology. Sam studied fluvial geomorphology at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) under Professor Gary Brierley and Dr Jon Tunnicliffe. His studies._.

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Grace Prouse BSc

Junior Field Technician

Grace studied BSc Physical Geography at the University of Southampton, developing knowledge of fluvial geomorphology and river basin management. Through fieldwork, she has applied this knowledge to a number of contrasting river._.

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Dr Stephanie Davidson CGeog(Geomorph), FRGS

Principal Fluvial Geomorphologist

Stephanie has 25 years’ combined experience of consultancy and university research and teaching (Aberdeen and Norwich). Stephanie’s research interests focus on fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology, particularly natural channel design approaches to river._.

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Michael Green MSc, MCIWEM

Senior Restoration /NFM consultant

Michael is an advocate for nature-based solutions which deliver multiple benefits for people and the environment – and believes that the two are not mutually exclusive. He previously worked for cbec in._.

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Dr Peter Downs PhD, CGeog (Geomorph), SFHEA

Principal Fluvial Geomorphologist

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of fluvial geomorphology, sustainable river management and restoration, and science and policy in river basin management.  His career has combined university lecturing (Nottingham and._.

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Kate Comins MSc

Business and Projects Coordinator

Kate has over 20 years’ experience in environmental management, specialising in river and water resource management. She has a sound technical knowledge of river restoration techniques and processes and extensive project management._.

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Ashley Bird MSc

Junior Technician

Ashley has an MSc in Geographical Information Technology and Cartography from the University of Glasgow where during his thesis he looked at the use of UAV photogrammetry to assess river restoration. Ashley’s._.

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Leonardo Camelo

Leonardo Camelo MSc

Senior Fluvial Geomorphologist

Leonardo has over five years’ experience in the environmental consultancy sector after graduating with Distinction from the Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management MSc at King’s College London.   The core of his._.

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Carolyn Mills

Dr Carolyn Mills PhD


Dr Carolyn Mills has eight years’ consultancy experience as a fluvial geomorphologist, with extensive experience in geomorphological field assessments, and a thorough theoretical understanding of fluvial processes. She has a wide range._.

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Gordon Falconer MSc

Senior Technical Specialist

Gordon Falconer has an MA Honours in Geography and an MSc in Sustainable Catchment Management from the University of Dundee. He has been conducting topographic and bathymetric surveys with cbec for over._.

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Jorge Iguzquiza MSc

Technical Specialist

Jorge has five years’ experience in river basin management and GIS, and holds a Masters in Environmental Management and Restoration from University of Barcelona, where he studied specific subjects about GIS Analysis,._.

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Clare Hunter BA

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Clare has a degree in fine art, and is skilled in the production of hand-drawn illustrations as well as graphic designs, for river restoration. She has produced illustrations for a number of._.

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Marleen Crabtree

Office Manager

Marleen has an MSc in Molecular Nutrition from Wageningen University in her native Netherlands. Since joining cbec in 2017, Marleen has been involved in a variety of tasks, gaining experience and understanding of._.

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Richard Williams PhD

Dr Richard Williams from the University of Glasgow is an honorary member of cbec UK staff after undertaking an industrial fellowship with the company in 2017. Funded by the Royal Academy of._.

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Ruth Ward

Ruth Ward MSc

Proposal and Marketing Co-ordinator/HSE Adviser

Ruth has an MSc (with Distinction) in Environmental Protection and Management from the University of Edinburgh. Through her Masters studies, Ruth gained knowledge and experience of river catchment management with particular focus._.

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