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 21 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

Ned Westaway - Chair

Ned is a barrister practising at Francis Taylor Building; he is ranked as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners for environmental law, planning law and agricultural and rural affairs; he is on Attorney General’s panel of counsel.

Nick Whitaker - Honorary Treasurer

Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977.  He was a partner in BDO LLP prior to retirement in 2015 providing audit, forensic and corporate finance services. This included work in the charity, not for profit sectors as well as for corporates and Government departments and bodies. 

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. 

Warren Percival - Vice Chair

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

Nina Pindham - Vice Chair

Nina is a specialist planning and environmental law Barrister at No5 Barristers Chambers.


Other Council members

James Adler

James is CEO of Ashdown Forest, Sussex. He is also national land management advisor to The Wildlife Trusts.

Lucy Bruce Jones

Lucy is Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP advising on all aspects of environmental law with a background in environmental engineering. Lucy is UKELA's Company Secretary.

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. 

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.

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.  

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 planning and environmental lawyer at Town Legal LLP where she advises on all aspects of planning and environmental law.

Ben Stansfield

Ben is an environmental lawyer with Gowling WLG with particular expertise in waste matters and corporate disclosure and reporting issues.

Richard Turney

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

Jamie Whittle

Jamie  is a partner at R & R Urquhart, Scotland where he advises clients on all aspects of environmental law and rural land law. 

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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