About Us

Simon Humphreys, Stephen Lees, Matt Jackson - Land and Heritage DirectorsLand and Heritage was formed following a merger between Black Sheep Consultants and Wildlife Woodlands. The three directors and principal consultants are Simon Humphreys, Stephen Lees and Matt Jackson. We have extensive experience of both consultancy and contracting work so we can offer either consultancy grounded in reality or a full package including delivery with specialist contract staff.

Our wider team of staff, key associates and dedicated contractors allows us to build a highly specialised skills set capable of dealing with any tasks, from bat surveys, archaeological assessments and heritage architects to tree surgery, landscape construction and ecology fencing/barriers.

Simon Humphreys - Land and Heritage Director
Simon Humphreys
Simon was until recently Principal Ecologist with Pell Frischmann, a large multi-disciplinary consultancy, with experience of large civil engineering and commercial contracts. A forester and botanist by training, Simon has previous worked for Tamar Consulting which is part of the West Country Rivers Trust.  He was the founding Managing Director and for Silvanus Services and the Silvanus Trust back in the 1980’s.
Stephen Lees - Land and Heritage Director
Stephen Lees
Stephen ran the first version of Wildlife Woodlands in the 1980s and 1990s, offering contracting services to a wide range of conservation organisations and land managers. He later ran the business within BTCV Enterprises, part of a large conservation charity, before later moving on a to career of canal restoration with British Waterways and then Recreation Manager with the Forestry Commission. He still likes to get his hands dirty, but is now more often managing others to undertake the contract work!
Matt Jackson - Land and Heritage Director
Matt Jackson
Matt began his career as a gardener with the National Trust, working at Scotney Castle, and then Gardens and Estates Manager at Sissinghurst in Kent. After 25 years with the National Trust he went on to establish Black Sheep Consultants, which specialised in the heritage landscape sector. Matt has particular skills in horticulture and historic landscapes, and in presenting them to a diverse audience. He is also a trained arborist and Chair of the Trustees at The Garden House, Devon.
Amanda Urmson - Land and Heritage Landscape Architect
Amanda Urmson
Amanda recently joined the team following relocation to Cornwall. She is a Landscape Architect with over 18 years’ experience in both public and private sectors. She is experienced in multi-disciplinary team work on major developments, and in partnering contracts and frameworks. As Principal Project Development Officer at Nottinghamshire County Council, she has played a key role in some exciting projects, which range from master planning the Sherwood Forest visitor centre to colliery reclamation schemes. Fluent in end-to-end working on various types of project, Amanda has strong project management skills, and a good breadth of knowledge across environmental sectors, structure planning and development control.

 

Associates


Dee Medlicott, BSc, MCIEEM
Dee holds a class bat licence and has over 10 years bat survey experience. She has overseen licence applications for a wide range of domestic and commercial developments. She is passionate about habitat conservation on a landscape scale and has extensive experience of successful bat mitigation schemes. She also holds Natural England survey licences for dormice and newts, and is able to undertake river corridor surveys, including otter and water vole surveys.

Keith Rolfe BSc (Hons), Dip TP, DMS, MRTPI
Keith is member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has worked as a planning consultant since 2012. Previously Keith held a range of offices within the public sector, including Head of Development and Building Control and also Head of Spatial Policy for Caradon District Council. He is therefore an expert in planning policy and development management procedures and processes, helping clients achieve successful outcomes.

Clare Mitchell, BA, MA

Clare has an MA in Museum Studies and has been working within the heritage sector for over 17 years. She has an outstanding knowledge and experience in all areas of collections and project management. She curates the art collection for The Palace of Westminster and has led a number of private and public museums and galleries through change and resilience programmes, where her expertise in stakeholder engagement has been particularly valuable.