With the exception of joint work as a Co-Director of DTA Publications Ltd in respect of the publication and maintenance of The Habitats Regulations Assessment Handbook, the company remains entirely independent of all other planning and environmental consultancies, commercial businesses and sectoral interests.
David Tyldesley & Associates (DTA) had been a leading consultancy since 1983 but, following 31 years of professional practice, and after having firmly established the DTA brand, David Tyldesley FRTPI, FCIEEM, FRSA took the decision to step back from leading on consultancy and training work. Having worked with David at DTA for many years, and latterly being an Associate of DTA, Caroline Chapman PhD FCIEEM set up ‘DTA Ecology Ltd’ to continue the work of DTA, with David Tyldesley maintaining an interest and taking on a more strategic role as an Adviser to DTA Ecology Ltd.
Dr Caroline Chapman
is the Director of DTA Ecology Ltd, working primarily on the interpretation and application of the Habitats Directive and, in particular, Habitats Regulations Assessment of plans and projects. Caroline previously worked in these fields as an Associate at David Tyldesley & Associates and, prior to this, at a senior level for Natural England (and its predecessor body English Nature). Alongside her work with the Habitats Regulations, Caroline was also the national specialist for air pollution during her time at Natural England, with associated expertise in air pollution effects on ecosystems. Caroline began her working career as an Area Habitats Directive Co-ordinator for the Environment Agency.
In 2020 Caroline was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management for her significant contribution to the profession. Nominated by her peers, the Institute specifically recognised her expertise in Habitats Regulations Assessment and the science of pollution effects on habitats.
David Tyldesley although not involved in the day-to-day consultancy work continues to be available to advise DTA Ecology Ltd if necessary. Formerly he was the Principal of David Tyldesley & Associates since its establishment in 1983. He is a Chartered Town Planner, a qualified Landscape Architect and the only person to have been admitted to the fellowship of both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management ( CIEEM) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to both fields.
Christina Cork joined DTA in 2020 with a long and established track record working for Natural England’s Protected Area teams. At Natural England she was responsible for the provision of advice on high risk complex casework in addition to the development of strategic improvements to protected areas regulation. Most recently she provided clear, timely and accurate regulatory advice to Government, on the amendments to the Habitats Regulations, to ensure domestic legislation remained operable after the UK exited the European Union. Christina has a proven track record in building effective relationships with diverse stakeholders and was responsible for national stakeholder management for protected sites and species regulation across multiple sectors. Operating at EU level, Christina was the invited UK representative to the European Commission’s expert group on the management of Natura 2000.
Sharon Branch is our Office Manager and provides multi-skilled support across the Company including IT, quality management, financial and administrative duties.
DTA Ecology is a small consultancy and our size is our strength. Your work will never be delegated to junior staff and you will always have a single point of contact. In prioritising the quality of work over quantity the company's ethos is to turn down work where necessary to ensure that we can give each individual job the attention and time which it deserves. Where a job might require additional resource, DTA Ecology often works in association with a wide variety of other consultancies to provide the most effective team to meet client requirements for each job.
We regard our size as our strength; your work will never be delegated to junior staff and you will always have a single point of contact.
Dr Caroline Chapman is delighted to have been elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. She was nominated by her peers and the Institute noted her expertise in Habitats Regulations Assessment and the science of pollution effects on habitats. The extent to which Caroline has shared her knowledge more widely within the profession was also recognised.