Meet the many people who make UKELA tick - from our distinguished President and patrons, through to our wonderful Board of trustees (known as Council) and our small but perfectly formed staff team. 


UKELA has 20 elected trustees at present, drawn from our wide ranging membership and represent all sectors of environmental law. They are known as Council. Council is responsible for ensuring UKELA achieves its strategic and charitable aims. Because UKELA is also a limited company, our trustees are also directors. The Executive Committee is responsible for the day to day running of the charity, working with the Executive Director. Our constitution sets out the rules on selection and responsibilities of Council. Read more on our what we do page. If you would like to contact any of our trustees, please get in touch.


Executive Committee

Warren Percival - Chair

Warren is a Director at RSK Group and has over twenty years’ experience in environmental consultancy.

James Sanderson - Honorary Treasurer

James is a qualified chartered accountant with over twenty years' corporate finance experience. James works at Philips where his current role focuses on internal controls relating to financial reporting.

Simone Davidson - Vice Chair

Simone is a solicitor and Head of PSL Environment and Head of the Built Environment Cluster at LexisNexis.

Phil Hunter - Vice Chair

Phil is a Partner and head of environmental law at leading Scottish law firm Brodies LLP.

Christian Jowett

Christian is a barrister at 30 Park Place, Cardiff and at 36 Commercial, London focusing on waste law and its interaction with other areas of law.  

Nina Pindham - Vice Chair

Nina is a specialist planning and environmental law Barrister at Cornerstone Barristers. 

Other Council members

Odette Chalaby

Odette is a barrister at No5 Chambers specialising in environmental and planning law.

Estelle Dehon KC

Estelle is a public law silk at Cornerstone Barristers. She practices in environment and planning law, with particular expertise in climate change. 

Toby Fisher 

Toby is a barrister at Matrix Chambers specialising in environment, public and human rights law.

Peter Harvey

Peter is Senior Editor at Practical Law Environment (Thomson Reuters) and formerly a solicitor in private practice. 

Jane Haviland

Jane is a solicitor in the Planning and Environmental Team at Birketts where she focuses on Environmental Regulation and Compliance.

Safiyah Islam

Safiyah is an associate solicitor at Town Legal LLP where she advises on all aspects of planning law.

Emma Lui

Emma is a Policy Advisor at the Office for Nuclear Regulation. She is also an Advisory Board member to Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK.

Brendan Martyn

Brendan is an Associate Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors, Belfast, specialising in planning and environmental law.

Helen Mitcheson

Helen is a solicitor at Freeths in the environment team. She is Deputy Director of Cet Law (a not-for-profit furthering law and policy to protect marine mammals). 

Juliet Munn
Juliet is a Legal Director at Town Legal LLP. 

Ben Stansfield
Ben is a partner at Gowling WLG, and leads the ESG group. He specialises in environmental law and the consenting of projects and real estate developments.

Richard Turney

Richard is a barrister at Landmark Chambers specialising in environmental, planning and public law.

Simon Tilling

Simon is head of a dedicated environmental law team at Pennon Group, owner of South West Water, Bournemouth Water and Bristol Water. 

Alison York

Alison is a solicitor and Head of Legal in the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, practising in environmental law and regulation in the public sector in Scotland.

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