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Marine management requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Our team combines significant experience in marine sciences, commercial experience, and experience of policy and regulation, stakeholder engagement, socio-economic analysis and terrestrial planning.

In addition, MPC work with a network of associates, from experienced terrestrial planners to experts in environmental law. This gives us the flexibility to put the most appropriate team together to meet the needs of each project.

Meet the Team:-

Paul Salmon - (Managing Director)
Paul is an experienced environmental management and assessment professional with over 20 years’ experience in managing complex projects potentially affecting the aquatic environment. He leads our Impact Assessment services and has previously managed over 50 EIAs including HVDC marine interconnectors, a tidal barrage, waste water treatment works, wind farms, aspects of nuclear decommissioning and coastal development projects.
Farah Chaudry - (Principal Consultant)
Farah is a marine environmental scientist with a background in marine wildlife distribution and behaviour, while more recently she has specialised in the assessment of marine benthic communities and marine chemistry. Farah specialises in delivering marine environmental consultancy services for a variety of offshore industries, including oil and gas, renewable, marine cabling and ports and harbours, in addition to working with governments, advisory bodies and academic institutions.

Based in the UK, Farah has considerable UK and international experience, and she has conducted and reported on marine environmental and wildlife surveys from the North Sea to West Africa, South America and the Asia-Pacific region. Farah is focused on providing high quality technical and scientific consultancy and advisory services to assist clients with their environmental, licensing and permitting requirements.
Erin Snaith - (Assistant Consultant)
Based in our Newcastle office, Erin provides support on our marine ecology, planning and impact assessment projects as well as assisting in the co-ordination of general business activities. Erin graduated with an MSc in International Marine Environmental Consultancy from Newcastle University and also holds a BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography. Her key skills include report writing, statistical methods (using PRIMER and R) and GIS. To date Erin has worked on projects across the fisheries, offshore renewables, oil and Government agency sectors.

Erin has played a key role in a number of MPC projects including:
• NE, SE, SW and NW Marine Plan Sustainability Appraisal scoping on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), where she was involved in data management of the evidence database that underpins the findings of the scoping exercise.
• Four environmental and consents due diligence appraisals for >100 MW offshore wind farms in UK waters, where her role was to gather all of the appropriate evidence required to conducted the appraisals of compliance and risk.
• Various fisheries projects including an impact assessment of the potential impacts of fishing gear on protected features on the north Norfolk coast using the MMO’s Fisheries in European marine sites matrix on behalf of the North Norfolk Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), and a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) screening of commercial fisheries impacts on European Marine Sites on the north Norfolk coast on behalf of the Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (EIFCA).

Erin has experience of engagement with regulatory bodies, particularly the MMO with whom she has consulted on for a number of different projects with particular reference to marine licensing process and associated requirements.
Nathalie Stevenson – (Renewables Associate)
Nathalie is an offshore project manager with 21 years’ post graduate experience with considerable offshore wind farm consents experience. Additional experience includes the undertaking of 16 environmental and consents due diligence appraisals in the last 5 years. For the last 15 years Nathalie has worked almost exclusively on renewable energy projects including wind, wave and tidal schemes. Nathalie was the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm overall Project Manager for Vattenfall and was responsible for management of all development and pre-construction aspects of the project including selection and development of the onshore substation site, FEED and grid studies and for securing consent for increased tip heights. Nathalie has also worked for EDF Energy Renewables for 7.5 years in various roles on the Teesside Offshore Wind Farm and Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project. She was previously the Project Manager of the Narec Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project taking the project from initial concept to development, and in an 18mo period achieved fast track delivery of key funding milestones.
Caroline Chambers - (Associate – Policy and Spatial Analyses)
With over 20 years’ experience in the marine policy and spatial analyses fields, Caroline has provided leadership in many research and evidence based projects to assist government policy and planning, principally at the national scale but also on regional projects. Working across all corners of the UK as well as overseas, her focus is on multi-disciplinary projects that forge new areas of development, for example towards Marine Planning and development of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), the Water Framework Directive and Habitats Regulations. To do this she works with teams across a number of sectors / specialisms, pulling together a range of skills required to deliver complex projects. For example, Caroline has provided peer review on national seabed habitat models and data guidelines to the Government, developed predictive spatial data layers with published guidance to inform marine plans and lead the economic valuation of both marine recreation and coastal management activities at the national level. At the root of her work is an in-depth and transparent approach to scrutinising and analysing information, whether literature, data or spatial analyses, with high competency in GIS software; as well as her clear and detailed presentation of this in reports, brochure designs and her delivery of workshops. Caroline works closely with her project teams, partners and clients, with regular communication, ensuring that deliverables are always of the highest quality.
Peter Barham - (Associate Consultant)
After 25 years working in increasingly senior roles for the EA, Peter was Sustainable Development Manager for Associated British Ports for 9 years, during which time his work on port development and conservation was described as ‘best practice for sustainable development’ by Natural England. Since leaving ABP Peter has run his own successful environmental consultancy working in the marine and coastal environment with clients in both the public and private sectors.
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