In addition to individual specialisations, all of our team have undergone training in preparation and presentation of evidence at Oral Hearings and most have extensive experience of this – as well as negotiations with An Bord Pleanála for SID projects. All are active members of their relevant professional institutes and are also involved in third level education and research on their topics.

On a case-by-case basis, our in-house professional staff are augmented by retaining external specialists in areas such as building conservation, archaeology, planning and environmental law, ecology, landscape and building design.  Through regular contact we can engage these specialists quickly and brief them efficiently.  This ensures that we can draw on the skills and expertise of leading practitioners in a time and cost effective manner.

Conor Skehan, BSc, MLArch, our Director, has an unparalleled range of international and Irish experience. With a background in architecture and  landscape Architecture, he is a recognised authority on strategic planning, landscape management, visual impact assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment.  He has written a number of seminal guidelines in these areas and maintained a position as a leading academic in planning and impact assessment for over twenty years.  He is also an advisor to the UN on SEA.

Lara Gough BBdgA (Arch), MTRP, MIPI,  is a planner who has  over 20 years of experience of working on large scale project management, strategic policy planning, development management, site appraisals and feasibility studies – both nationally and internationally – having worked as a planner in South Africa, the UK, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Her work experience has included projects encompassing Development and Local Area Plans, Masterplans, housing estates, commercial retail parks and office buildings, pharmaceutical and data centre industrial developments, and major regional infrastructure – such as transmission lines, wind farm developments, as well as water supply and wastewater treatment development proposals.  She has worked closely with Planning Authorities, community groups and other state and NGO’s.  Lara has also provided strategic policy input to agencies such as Irish Water, IDA, EirGrid and Bord na Mόna on Development Plan policies, and has worked as a Fee-per-Case Inspector for An Bord Pleanála

Tomas Glancy BSc, is a planner who has experience working as part of team projects and in the preparation of planning and EIA documents on behalf of multi-nationals and infrastructural providers. He also liaises with the various government agencies and local authorities in order to assimilate the environmental and strategic baseline information that is used in initial site assessments, SEAs and EIAs and assists in the preparation of the various planning, EIA, SEA, AA and SFRA related documentation
Paul Fingleton, MSc, is an environmental manager and  impact assessor who has experience on projects of varying scale and complexity for a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has particular experience in relation to large-scale industrial projects. Paul contributed to the preparation of the EPA’s Guidelines on the Information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements and the accompanying Advice Notes on Current Practice in EIA.
David L’Estrange, BSc, MSc, is an impact assessor and environmental manager  David is recognised as the one of country’s foremost SEA practitioners.  He has prepared many assessments at every level of plan and programme. He is a well known figure in the SEA community who authoritatively contributes to innovation and development in practice and research of this rapidly developing field. He also prepares Flood Risk Assessments, often in conjunction with SEA and AA services.
Andrew Torsney  BSc Zoology, MRes Biodiversity and Conservation, ACIEEM, is a highly experienced project ecologist and AA specialist…
Andrew Reynolds BSc,  is an environmental manager and  impact assessor..
Kasia Kozlowska BSc, is an environmental manager and  impact assessor…
Sinead Black BSc, is an environmental manager and  impact assessor…