Meet The Team

Oliver Smith BA(Hons), MSc, AIEMA

Operations Director

Oliver is a founding director of EcoVigour, establishing the company in 2005 and managing its growth to the present day.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Management Oliver spent several years as an environmental assistant at the Welsh Development Agency and Welsh Assembly Government,whilst simultaneously studying part time for an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy.

Following this Oliver worked as a sub consultant in the private sector, working on several large international infrastructure projects before establishing EcoVigour. During his term of employment Oliver gained valuable experience in areas as diverse as environmental impact assessment, land reclamation, ecological survey and landscape delivery.

Across all these areas Oliver witnessed the difficulties in the relationship between commissioning consultants and contractors delivering works, and began to consider better ways of working. From this seed EcoVigour developed, with Oliver deciding to combine his consultancy experience with his childhood skill set that he developed whilst growing up on the family farm and working in family businesses that are grounded in the construction sector.

In his current role Oliver is active throughout the company and can be seen anywhere from undertaking survey works, driving a digger, interfacing with clients or providing the strategic management of the business. Typically you will find Oliver in the office coordinating teams of consultants and contractors to ensure clients get the joined up service promised by EcoVigour.

Julian Gregory BEng, AIEMA

Technical Director

Julian’s working background is firmly rooted in engineering. On leaving school Julian undertook a four year apprenticeship as a Fitter Turner with ICI Fibres, which included gaining technical qualifications.

Julian studied for a B Eng in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cardiff University and then joined Capita Symonds as a Junior Engineer. Throughout his employment with Capita Symonds Julian was drawn more and more into the environmental aspects of large construction schemes where he gained extensive experience (with a sometimes steep learning curve) in ecology, pollution control, waste minimisation / management, sustainable construction and environmental audit.

Julian left Capita Symonds in 2005 and set up Gregory Environmental a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy. In 2007 Gregory Environmental and EcoVigour partnered on a project for the first time and realised that due to the nature of the works the two companies undertook, there was a high value in forming a permanent partnership arrangement. To this end, Julian took on the role of Technical Director for EcoVigour. Julian currently splits his time between the two companies solving technical issues and overseeing EcoVigour projects.

Emma Smith BA(Hons), MRICS

Office Manager

Emma’s background is in Chartered Surveying, spending several years as a qualified agent working in commercial property. She joined EcoVigour to peruse her interest in field works and currently splits her time between managing the EcoVigour office, coordinating site teams and supporting our field surveyors. You are most likely to come across Emma as first point of contact when contacting EcoVigour and last point of contact upon project completion as she conducts our post works satisfaction audits.

Simon Stone

Works Manager – Environmental Engineering

Simon is responsible for the delivery of EcoVigour site works, managing site teams and ensuring the transposition of detailed mitigation plans into reality. Simon has a history of construction and groundwork operations and through a wealth of experience is able to give practical grounding and insights to the EcoVigour consulting and design teams. Simon has been key in the delivery of EcoVigour projects such as the bat house construction for Cardiff Council and the formation of a Tern nesting island at gravel pit quarries near London.

Jon Gedman

Project Manager – Landscape

Jon oversees delivery of EcoVigour landscape projects, providing an important link between the client, our design team and site crews delivering works on the ground.

Jon is experienced in delivery of landscape works from small domestic gardens through to very large scale commercial developments. Jon was recruited to Ecovigour from Jersey where he spent a few years working for a large landscape company delivering schemes such as the prestigious Jersey waterfront.

Richard Cornock

Works Manager – Arboricultural Specialist

Rich is responsible for EcoVigour arboricultural works, undertaking technical assessments and ensuring delivery of site based projects . Rich trained at Walford College and has 20 years’ experience in all tree related works including tress assessments, woodland management and tree surgery.

For EcoVigour Richards main works involve coordinating teams undertaking delivery of site based works whilst also providing technical reports and arboricultural input in to larger multidisciplinary schemes managed by EcoVigour.

Albert Jones

Plant Manager

Albert joined EcoVigour several years ago, bringing a careers worth of plant operating and management experience to the EcoVigour team. Albert is qualified in driving most items of plant including 360 and 180 tracked and wheeled machines, forward and rear tipping dump trucks above and below 25 tonnes, and tracked bulldozers.

Albert has worked all over the world, operating equipment up to 75 tonnes on works as diverse as quarrying, wetland/barrage construction, landfill restoration and pipeline installations.

For Ecovigour Albert’s involved in planning plant operations and coordinating our team of plant operatives. His main project works have been on tricky pond/lake works and site restoration projects where complete understanding of machinery capabilities has been essential to avoid bogging in or damaging the soil structures of restored surfaces.

Colin Dalton

Works Operative

Colin is responsible for leading an EcoVigour works gang undertaking various ecological and environmental engineering projects. Colin spent some time travelling after school visiting several countries before working his way around Australia.

During his time away he worked in various industries, including agriculture and construction. Colin’s principle works activities involved operating agricultural equipment during harvest periods and construction related timber framing works.

Colin returned to the UK and joined EcoVigour in 2007 where he has been kept busy working undertaking site clearance projects, habitat manipulation and creation, installing wildlife and stock fencing, treating Japanese Knotweed and constructing several hard landscaping features.

He is NPTC qualified chainsaw and herbicide operative. Colin is also a competent and experienced plant operative driving excavators, dumpers, skid steers and tractors in the EcoVigour fleet.