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


Dr 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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Dr 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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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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team members

Chrystiann Lavarini PhD

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 Fluvial Geomorphologist and Southern Team Leader

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

Field Technician/ Junior Project Manager

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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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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Michael MacDonald MSc

Junior Technician

Michael is a masters graduate with experience in freshwater ecology, fisheries biology, and river habitat restoration through a 2 year study of salmonid habitat in the Tromie catchment. Since then, natural flood._.

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Fraser Drummond MSc

Junior Technician

Fraser has an Msc in Land and Hydrographic Surveying from the University of Glasgow and an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Edinburgh. His undergraduate degree provided him with a._.

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Dr Matthew O’Hare PhD

Principal Consultant

Dr Matthew O’Hare is an internationally recognised expert, with over 25 years experience working across the UK and Europe, on freshwater systems subject to multiple stresses. He has also worked in Australia,._.

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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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Dan Piggott

Dan Piggott BEng

Hydraulic Modeller

Dan is a hydraulic modeller, working on flood mapping, flood risk assessments and hydrology. He also provides support on project tenders and project management. He graduated from Plymouth University with a degree._.

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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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Megan Annetts BSc

Field Technician/ Junior Scientist.

Megan Annetts studied BSc Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University, developing a keen interest in fluvial geomorphology, and flood risk, as well as acquiring field experience in, sediment sampling, macroinvertebrate sampling and land._.

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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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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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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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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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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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