Bermuda Environmental Consulting, Ltd.                    
                 Sound Science. Innovative Solutions

Our Team

        Jack A. Ward BSc (Hons) MSc
President, Environmental Scientist

With over 40 years progressive experience working as a biologist, resource manager and promoter of environmental sensitivity Jack has developed extensive knowledge of Bermuda’s biological and regulatory environment, since starting his career as a member of the Bermuda Inshore Waters Investigation (BIWI) team. Formerly a Fisheries Biologist, then Principal Curator of the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, Jack became the first Director of the Department of Conservation Services from 2000 until 2008. During his tenure, he directed the development of plans and legislation to protect Bermuda’s unique natural heritage including the Protected Species Act 2003 and participated in the review of all relevant development planning policy and environmental protection legislation. Jack, who has an MSc in Marine Biology, represented Bermuda on the International Coral Reef Initiative and served as a Ministry representative to the Marine Resources Board and the Board of Agriculture. He is a former Chairman of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and is a PADI Rescue Diver has his 'C' Class Pilots licence. 

    Anne F. Glasspool BSc (Hons) MSc PhD CEnv MCIEEM MIEMA LEED AP 
 Vice President, Environmental Scientist

As a Chartered Environmentalist with an MSc in Fisheries Management and a PhD in Marine Biology, Annie has over 30 years experience specialising in biodiversity studies, strategic planning, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, environmental policy development, regulatory compliance, project management, stakeholder consultation, capacity strengthening for NGO's and renewable ocean energy project development. After starting her career in Bermuda as the Senior Site Operator for the Air/Ocean Chemistry Experiment (AEROCE), she then led the award winning Bermuda Biodiversity Project from its inception in 1997 until 2008, building and managing a network of scientists researching Bermuda's natural environment. The author of a number of scientific publications and technical reports, she took the lead in promoting local conservation action through the initiation and development of the Bermuda Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, a community-based blueprint for conservation in Bermuda. Author of the report entitled "The Impact of Climate Change on Bermuda" commissioned by the Bermuda National Trust, she has served on various management, research, advisory and education committees for a number of NGO's and as a consultant to the Bermuda Government. She currently sits on their Marine Resources Board and Energy Working Group. Annie is a PADI Master Instructor and has her 'C' Class Bermuda Pilot's licence. 

Christine Rickards BA MSc MCIP RPP
Senior Land Use Planner

With an MSc in Planning and professional accreditation with the Canadian Institute of Planners since 1993, Christine brings 30 years of planning experience to our team. She has expertise in both the private and public sector, in forward planning policy development, preparation and submission of development applications, regulatory processing of applications, EIA review, project management, expert witness statements, and budget preparation and management. She worked in Bermuda for 22 years and was the Senior Development Control Officer at the Bermuda Department of Planning for over six years, leading a team of 6 planning officers reviewing development applications and providing recommendations to the Development Applications Board. She also managed the Development Services Applications team guiding them in functions related to front end application vetting and client services. Christine was responsible for processing the more complex planning applications and played a pivotal role in progressing the understanding, requirements and need for EIA work on projects and technical requirements that needed to be met with regards to EIA preparation.

Our Associates

    Thomas D. Sleeter  BA SM PhD
 Environmental Engineer
With a PhD from Harvard, where he was Scientific Editor of the Environmental Law Review, Tom served as Director of the Department of Environmental Protection in Bermuda from 2002-2007, where he was responsible for the enforcement of 30 legislative Acts and statutory instruments. Prior to that he served in various management and advisory roles within the Ministry of the Environment, overseeing air and water quality monitoring programs. Tom spent two years as the Environmental Manager of the Military Bases Transition Office in Bermuda where he managed a team of environmental consultants and legal advisors and coordinated environmental site investigations and human health risk assessment for the closing of four military bases (US, Canadian and British). He then became Environmental Advisor of the Land Development Transition Office for the Bermuda Government from 1995-1997 where he developed an innovative “Brownfield” initiative to indemnify developers of the former US military base lands. He was Curator of the Bermuda Aquarium from 1988-1991 and before that Managing Director of Fish Farms Bermuda Ltd, developing a pioneering fish farming project. Tom is Chairman of Triton Renewable Energy Ltd and of the Atlantic Conservation Partnership Scientific Advisory Committee. 

Mark Rowe  BSc MSc

With a BSc in Geology from Imperial College and an MSc in Hydrogeology from University College London, Mark brings over 30 years experience in ground water research and management to the team. At the beginning of his career with the Public Works Department of Bermuda Government, he undertook island-wide field investigations which culminated in production of the  Geological Map of Bermuda. He also supervised drilling of numerous test wells related to pioneering development the islands fresh ground water resources. After taking up the role of Government Hydrogeologist, he designed wellfields and developed strategies for sustainable development and monitoring of the water resources. Working for the Department of Environmental Protection, his responsibilities included supervision of hydrocarbon remediation projects including large spills at BELCO and at the ESSO terminal. On the legislative front, he provided technical advice to the Environmental Authority and drafted licences for waste water treatment plants under the Clean Air Act and for wells and disposal boreholes under the Water Resources Act. Since taking early retirement from Government in 2011, he has continued to advise the Department of Environmental Protection as a consultant. He is also in the process of submitting several articles for publication in scientific journals on aspects of Bermuda's geology such as the palaeo-sea-level history.

 Ross Andrews BSc (Hons)    
 Policy Advisor
 Policy Advisor

Ross brings a range of experience in policy analysis and project management for international sustainable development. As a policy official for the UK Government (Defra) for several years, he led the team responsible for implementing outcomes from the 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development, devised and developed "Sustainability Dialogues" with the BRICS economies, represented the UK at numerous UN and EU meetings on international sustainability, and led an EU team in UN negotiations to support and encourage multi-stakeholder engagement.  He was contracted by the Bermuda Government in 2005 to lead the development of a national Sustainable Development Strategy and Implementation Plan, setting up the independent Sustainable Development Round Table, Government’s Sustainable Development Department and leading a comprehensive public consultation on sustainability in Bermuda. Subsequently, he was Head of Programme at the SEED Initiative, an international partnership of Governments, international institutions and the private sector which supports, researches and profiles entrepreneurial multi-stakeholder approaches to sustainable develelopment and the green economy in developing countries. 

Dave Collins DipIT
Chemical and Environmental Technologist

With diplomas in Chemical and Environmental Technology and Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and a former quality assurance coordinator, Dave brings a strong hands-on technical background to support our laboratory and fieldwork services. He has experience in R/O and STP operations and maintenance, being responsible for the servicing  the R/Os that support dialysis at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Acute Care Wing in Bermuda, as well as the STP at the Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute. He was LEED Coordinator for the new Acute Care Wing construction project in Bermuda. He also has experience in ground water monitoring for the oil industry and provides general support for other fieldwork.

Robin Marirea BSc 
Specialist Plant Propagator

ecognised expert in the propagation of native and endemic species, Bermudian born Robin was formerly Head Zookeeper at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo between 2007-2013, having worked there since 1992. During this time his responsibilities included operational management of the facility including exhibit and ground maintenance and design. It was through this work that he developed a wide range of plant propagation skills with a focus on Bermuda’s native and endemic species and by persevering to find the most successful techniques, he has developed a well earned reputation as Bermuda’s leading propagator of the ‘harder to grow’ plant species. He was awarded the Bermuda National Trust Patsy Phillips Bermudiana Award in 2010 for his work propagating rare native and endemic species and is often called upon for advice and to give lectures. He has grown over 36 native and endemic species, the majority of which have supported larger-scale restoration projects. 

       Dylan Ward BSc 
        Field Biologist

Bermudian-born Dylan has a degree in Biology from the University of Victoria, Canada. A born naturalist, Dylan has continually sought out opportunities to learn more about the natural history of his native island joining diverse teams of researchers to gain hands-on experience. Carrying a 'C' Class Bermuda pilot's license, he provides technical support in the field including boat handling and SCUBA diving, field observations and survey work (both marine and terrestrial) and protected species assessments. 

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