We have appointed David Baxter as our Head of Natural Economy, and recruited five new consultants to meet growing demand for services from our policy and waste operation teams.
David joins us after leading the environmental practice within consultancy Indepen, and following ten years in high profile roles at the Environment Agency – including as executive lead on the Water Framework Directive. He has over 20 years’ experience of integrated water management and environmental regulation, including policy development at UK and European levels.
Based in our head office in Bristol, David is joining our policy team, which applies expertise in policy design and research for governments, NGOs and private companies around the world. David will contribute to a portfolio of work already underway, including the Natural Capital Trust project in collaboration with the West of England Nature Partnership (WENP) and a new project that will offer the first insight into what role the water industry might play in post-Brexit agriculture policies. Sponsored by Southwest Water, Wessex Water and Anglian Water, this new project, delivered in partnership with the WWF (the World-Wide Fund for Nature), reviews the impacts of future agriculture policy scenarios on water industry catchment management schemes.
“Eunomia is not your standard environmental consultancy. I came to work for an organisation that tackles wicked problems and shows that innovative environmental thinking is at the heart of smart business. I have not been disappointed.”
Now a founding trustee of the UK and Ireland Lakes Network, David began his career as a general management trainee with North West Water and has a degree in Natural Sciences (Zoology) from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
To work alongside our Head of Natural Economy, Trainee Consultant Alice Thomson who holds a First-Class Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford also joins the policy team. Alice will be based in our Bristol office after working for the University of Edinburgh’s Rum Red Deer Project, and prior to that, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Commenting on the growth of this area of the business, Eunomia Founder and Chairman Dominic Hogg said:
“The argument – that we have degraded the natural environment to a degree that makes no sense – has largely been won. The challenge, going forward, is how we formulate institutions and policies to deliver the outcomes that we’re seeking. There’s a great opportunity to re-think our approach as we consider how the UK should look post-Brexit, but we shouldn’t be waiting until then to set in chain changes that we can make today, for example, in the planning process. Eunomia is known for thinking creatively about policies and incentives, and these recruitments will help us to advance ideas we’re already developing to enhance the natural environment.”
Our waste operations team, which delivers projects for British Local Authorities and European Municipalities, has appointed Jade Kelly, Emma Fletcher and Dominique Sandy as Junior Consultants and Tanguy Tomes as a Trainee Modeller.