Dr Rachel Hacking
BSc, PhD
Owner and Principal Ecologist

Rachel has been a practising ecological consultant for over eighteen years, having worked on a variety of projects from small-large housing developments, to large government-led infrastructure across the United Kingdom. She is a classically-trained botanist and holds a PhD in National Vegetation Classification, with specialist knowledge of botanical communities of brownfield sites. Rachel also specialises in invertebrate surveys and assessments. Rachel launched Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2004 and the business has grown considerably since then, attracting seven members of staff to the business. Rachel has designed successful and pragmatic mitigation measures for many protected species and taxon groups, such as bats, Great Crested Newts and Badgers, and goes to great lengths to deliver projects to the satisfaction of all our clients.

Joel Hacking
BSc (Hons.), MSc, AIEMA
Senior Ecologist

Joel joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2015, having worked as a freelance ecologist since 2008. Joel holds bat licenses for England, Scotland and Wales. Joel’s interests lie Bats, Birds and survey methodologies. Joel has successfully designed mitigation measures for bats and birds and strives to deliver effective and pragmatic survey results and recommendations for our clients. Joel is passionate about sustainability and currently holds Associate membership of IEMA.

Kate Reed
BSc (Hons.)
Senior Ecologist

Kate joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2016 and is expertly trained in GIS and MapInfo. Kate holds a Great Crested Newt Survey licence, and is knowledgeable about GCN, Badger and Water Vole mitigation. Kate graduated with a degree in Marine Biology with Zoology from Bangor University, and has a keen interest and passion for the marine environment. Kate excels at bat surveys and is working towards her Level 2 Natural England licence.

Ben Crossthwaite

Ben joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2017 having graduated with a degree from Myerscough College in Ecology and Conservation Management. Ben holds a Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue qualification and forms part of our team practising aerial tree assessments for bats.

Joe Cooper

Joe joined the team in March 2021 after completing his master’s in research at the University of Chester where he studies Houbara on the island of Lanzarote. He has a passion for all birds and an extensive knowledge of their ecology and behaviour. Joe is working towards his protected species licenses and looking forward to developing his skills in the field of ecology.

Helen Branthwaite
Project Manager

Helen joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2019, following completion of her degree in Wildlife Conservation & Ecology. Helen manages our job portfolio and weekly schedules.

Claire Taylor
Office Manager

Claire joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2015 to manage the office and administrate the business, after several years of experience of administration management, within the construction industry.

Ann Medina
Office Administrator

Ann joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2018 and assists Claire in the day-to-day management of the company finance and administration.