Meet the Team

Pete Satchell

Managing Director

Pete is enims’ Managing Director having started the business back in 2006. Pete’s day to day role in the company focuses on business development and client liaison. Pete’s personal aims are to always deliver the best service to our clients, and he believes this attitude is key in terms of continual growth and client satisfaction. As the managing director of enims, Pete is responsible for the business strategy which has developed from inception in 2006 to the award winning environmental company of choice today. Pete’s extensive experience of the construction industry, coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the environmental sector, continually supports enims' highways, housing, construction and planning clients achieve their business goals, which is something that Pete thoroughly enjoys. In his spare time Pete has started to learn how to clay pigeon shoot and enjoys a bit of cycling to try and keep fit.

Lisa Higgs

Business Manager

Lisa has been with enims for over 8 years, during this time she has been involved in all areas of enims and has gained a wealth of experience in ensuring projects are delivered efficiently. Lisa has an excellent rapport with all our clients, and is very capable at ensuring that enims fully understands the client/project needs. Outside of work, Lisa is busy with family life, having two sons and two labradoodles, any spare time Lisa spends taking part in exercise classes.

Helen Satchell

 HR Manager


Helen is Pete’s youngest daughter and has been involved in all areas of enims since 2013, Helen’s role as Senior and HR Manager is key to ensuring the efficient and effective day-to-today delivery of all enims’ projects. Helen holds Associate Membership with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development ( CIPD) and her strong background in health and welfare helps ensure the safety of all enims’ personnel.  Her enthusiasm to assist the team with development and training fits in well within her HR role, as well as ensuring the team have the required skills and expertise. With a keen eye for detail Helen also ensures the high quality of enims deliverables. When not at work, Helen enjoys taking part in dog sports activities with her three Labradors.

Paula Richings

Senior Ecological Consultant

Paula has worked in the ecological consultancy profession for nine years and is a Full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Paula is proficient in undertaking surveys for great crested newts, reptiles, bats and habitat assessments. She has experience in writing Habitat Regulation Assessments and Ecological Impact Assessments. Paula holds a level 2 class licence for great crested newts and a level 1 class licence for bats. Paula is particularly adept at helping clients prepare for planning applications, by providing advice on necessary survey and mitigation work to ensure the development keeps within the law. Paula is a keen botanist and enjoys developing her skills in this area through self-study and attending workshops run by local flora groups. In her spare time, Paula enjoys walks in the countryside and is a volunteer for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Vicky Rusby

Ecological Consultant 

Vicky is a CIEEM Associate member and holds Natural England Licenses for bats (Level 2) and great crested newts (Level 1) and is experienced in translocation projects for this species. She is also a qualified First Aider at Work.

Vicky has excellent report writing and GIS mapping skills and is very keen on achieving pragmatic solutions for projects and helping with ensuring that client deliverables are of a high quality. She has been involved in many Highways and large residential development schemes and enjoys collaborating to attain project goals.

Vicky continuously updates her knowledge and experience in the field of botany with workshops, course attendance and volunteer recording field surveys in Suffolk and Norfolk. She has excellent botanical identification skills and holds a FISC Level 3 Certificate which she uses to support others within the team.

When not in work, Vicky continues to be involved in all things nature and is a beekeeper, volunteer with the Norwich Bat Group National Nathusius and Barbastelle projects and keen fungi surveyor with her local recording group.

Natalie Boote 

Ecological Consultant 

Natalie has worked in the ecology sector for the last six years and is a keen volunteer for all things wildlife! Natalie has a Level 2 Bat Licence and has recently gained her Level 1 Great Crested Newt Licence, she is currently working towards her rare reptile and dormouse licence. Natalie has a very keen interest in bats and conducts Preliminary Roost Assessments and bat activity surveys using her experience and knowledge to provide clients with excellent ecological support and guidance for their projects.  

When not in work Natalie is treasurer for her local wildlife group organising wildlife walks and talks for local residents. A keen bat conservationist Natalie volunteers with her local bat group and rehabilitates injured bats. She has cared for over 100 bats including the rare Alcathoe!

Natalie is also the co-ordinator for her local Toad Patrol helping over 2500 toads and 100s of newts cross the road to reach their breeding ponds each year. She also enjoys going out on picnics with her family for long walks and bike rides in the local countryside.

Ben Willers 
Emily Vella 
Peter Hayward

ECoW Ecologist 

Ben joined the enims team in February 2020. He holds a BSc (hons) in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and has previous experience working as an ecologist on projects ranging from domestic works to large scale residential development sites. Ben is experienced in carrying out surveys for protected species including bats, dormice, great crested newts, and reptiles, as well as ECoW. Ben is working towards his Level 2 bat survey licence, as well as his Level 1 dormouse and great crested newt survey licences. Having a particular interest in bats has led to Ben running his own project to investigate the effects of particulate and light pollution on bat abundance. In his spare time Ben enjoys playing the saxophone, drums and guitar; takes part in voluntary surveys and habitat management for local wildlife groups; and cares for injured bats.

Junior Ecological Intern


Emily joined the team in January 2020 after having completed her MSc by Research in August at Royal Holloway University of London, and Emily is hoping to publish her work in 2020. Throughout Emily’s time at university, she gained many transferable skills, and has volunteered as a research assistant, helping conduct terrestrial and aquatic ecological surveys in Madagascar and in Trinidad.  During her masters, Emily specialised in aquatic ecology. Despite having spent the past year studying guppies from Trinidad, Emily is very keen to learn more about terrestrial ecology here in the UK. Emily is enthusiastic and excited to broaden her ecological skills and knowledge, and she would like to learn more about species legislation and environmental policies. In her spare time, Emily enjoys walks, bike rides, travelling, and diving.  

ECoW Ecologist 

Peter holds a first class degree in Wildlife Conservation and has three years experience carrying out survey work including reptile, GCN and bats and ECoW. Peter has also worked on a large scale projects performing oak processionary moth surveys throughout Surrey and the Greater London area. Peter has a keen interest in both reptile and butterfly ecology, having volunteered and worked within the wildlife sector from a young age. He was part of a local wildlife group mainly surveying for adders and performing butterfly transects, and has more recently been involved with practical volunteering, managing public sites for biodiversity and creating maps. In his spare time, Peter enjoys walking holidays all across the UK and can often be found playing a variety of board games.