Meet the team

Brendan Joyce OBE 1/4
Sally McColl 2/4
Rachael Barber 3/4
James Allitt 4/4

Brendan Joyce OBE: Consultant Business Advisor

Following seven years as Director of Programmes for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Brendan took up the role of CEO of Norfolk Wildlife Trust for 23 years. He led a period of exceptional growth in that time and his achievements on many fronts were acknowledged nationally by being awarded The Christopher Cadbury Medal in 2011 and an OBE in 2017 for services to nature conservation.

Brendan has a  First Class Honours degree in Environmental Studies, and previous work experience with RSPB and large systems computer operations.

Having stepped down as CEO of Norfolk WIldlife Trust in 2018, he has returned in 2019 as a consultant business advisor to Norfolk Wildlife Services to lend his organisational management experience, ecological knowledge and energy to the next phase of the consultancy’s development.

Read more about Brendan Joyce OBE on NWT's website


Principal Ecologist

This position is vacant and currently under recruitment.


Sally McColl, BSc(Hons), MCIEEM – Senior Ecological Consultant

Sally graduated from UEA with a degree in Environmental Science in 1998. She joined NWS in 2016 following an 8 year career at the Broads Authority in conservation. Sally’s areas of expertise are fen management, lake and bank edge restoration, water sampling, fen and aquatic plant surveying and invasive species management. She has extensive experience of water vole surveying and mitigation, as well as bat, reptile and amphibian surveys. She holds a Level 1 class licence for bats and great crested newt. Sally also has a keen interest in botany and bird watching.

Ben Christie, BSc(Hons), ACIEEM M.RES – Ecological Consultant

Ben joined Norfolk Wildlife Services in 2014. He has over eight years’ experience in the conservation and ecological consultancy sector since graduating from the University of East Anglia in 2011 with a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Sciences.

Ben is very passionate about ecology and conservation, and often spends his own time carrying out voluntary work for conservation. He is an experienced surveyor in habitats and protected species.

Ben regularly carries out Preliminary Ecological Appraisal and Ecological Impact Assessment for development. He holds Level 1 class licences for great crested newt and bats, and has extensive involvement in mitigation projects for these species.

Ben is a member of the Royal Entomological Society and has a particular interest in beetles and spiders, and has carried out targeted aquatic surveys for Norfolk hawker dragonfly, Desmoulin’s whorl snail and shining ram’s-horn snail.


James Allitt, BSc, TechArborA – Arboriculturist

Jim studied a BSc in Outdoor Studies at St Martins College in Ambleside, Cumbria and holds the Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture. He also holds the Lantra Professional Tree Inspection award and a City and Guilds level 2 in AutoCAD.  Through his volunteering and professional work Jim has obtained a Level 1 class licence for bat surveying and can perform aerial bat surveys on trees.

Jim has a background in nature conservation and over 15 years Arboricultural experience.  Before working for NWS, he spent 8 years with Natural England working on the nature reserves in North and West Norfolk.  He has also worked in Ireland with Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board, as an arborist.

Outside the tree world, Jim divides his time between family outings and combining sea kayaking with enjoying wildlife on the North Norfolk coast.


Ben Moore, BSc, GradCIEEM – Ecological Assistant

Ben graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2015 with a BSc in Ecology and joined the team at NWS in May 2017. He has experience in surveying for reptiles, birds, water vole and great crested newt and bats. Ben also has experience in managing a range of habitats for conservation such as grassland, woodland and wetland habitats.

Ben has experience identifying bats through the analysis of their calls and holds a Level 1 class licence for bats.

Ben’s interests extend beyond terrestrial ecology and he is part of a local SCUBA diving club who regularly dive off the Norfolk coast where he records marine life and marine habitat types on shipwrecks sunk out at sea and in shallower waters closer to the shore.


Siobhan Trice – Consultancy Business Officer

Siobhan has over 15 years experience in office coordination, administrative duties and client liaison within a variety of industry sectors. Siobhan has grown up with an interest in wildlife and is able to fulfil these interests and skills in her role at NWS. She coordinates all office procedures and has gained some experience in nocturnal bat and newt surveys.


Rachael Barber, BSc (Hons), MSc – Consultancy Business Officer

Rachael graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a degree in Zoology in 2004. Since then she has over 15 years experience surveying marine mammals and educating members of the public as a Wildlife Guide on board various vessels from small boats to large ferries. Rachael moved to Norfolk in 2008, and after completing a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation at UEA in 2009, went on to work as the Marine Wildlife Report Writer and Data Coordinator for a marine survey company, gaining extensive knowledge and skills in report writing, impact assessments and associated legislation and regulations.

Rachael has an A permit for ringing birds and is involved with numerous monitoring projects in the local area. She is a partner of the charity the World Cetacean Alliance, working to protect and conserve the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises. In addition, she writes her own wildlife blog called Wild Barley.

NWS Board

NWS is steered and advised by a Board of Directors currently consisting of the following members:
Jon Humphreys  - Chair of NWS and Treasurer of NWT
Pamela Abbott  - Director of NWS and CEO of NWT
Geoff Randall – Director of NWS and Trustee of NWT
Garth Inman – Director of NWS and Vice President of NWT
Colin Ford – Company Secretary of NWS and Head of Finance and Support Services for NWT