Anna Becvar
Managing Director

Anna Becvar (BSc (Hons), MI Soil Sci, C Sci, MBPR (FACTS)) is Managing Director of Earthcare Technical Ltd.  Anna coordinates the team’s energies in delivering a wide range o...

Anna Becvar (BSc (Hons), MI Soil Sci, C Sci, MBPR (FACTS)) is Managing Director of Earthcare Technical Ltd.  Anna coordinates the team’s energies in delivering a wide range of projects as well as working on her own projects. She began working life on the family farm in Hampshire,  has then been lucky to work within pioneering and innovative SMEs in the agricultural and waste sectors.

Anna’s work includes providing assistance to legal teams, planning, Environmental Permitting, developing soils and an extensive array of waste material recovery, recycling, and product development activities. She is a specialist in recovery of waste to land. Anna is a BASIS approved trainer for Advance Modules. She really enjoys troubleshooting and technical marketing.

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Audrey Litterick
Director and Scottish Team Lead

Audrey [BSc (Hons), PhD, MBPR (FACTS, Amenity)] has over 25 years’ experience as a crop and environmental scientist. She has held senior research posts at both Aberdeen Univer...

Audrey [BSc (Hons), PhD, MBPR (FACTS, Amenity)] has over 25 years’ experience as a crop and environmental scientist. She has held senior research posts at both Aberdeen University and SAC, where she worked in sustainable and organic crop production, crop nutrition and soil management. During the past 12 years she has specialised in composting and AD systems, fertilisers, and the use of composts digestates and other organic materials in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and land restoration. Her main objectives now are to assist compost/digestate producers to improve their products, to work with clients to develop robust and novel markets for organic wastes/organic products, to assist stakeholder organisations to understand the benefits and risks of using bulky organic fertilisers and to help land managers make the best of organic resources.

Audrey has authored numerous publications which have defined best practice in the use of fertilisers and organic materials on land. She is an experienced project manager with an excellent track record in completing consultancy and research contracts for a range of commercial clients, local authorities and government organisations.

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Martin Wood
Director

Martin Wood (BA Hons, PhD, F I Soil Sci.) was born and raised in rural Warwickshire. After studying Agricultural and Forest Sciences he trained as an environmental microbiologis...

Martin Wood (BA Hons, PhD, F I Soil Sci.) was born and raised in rural Warwickshire. After studying Agricultural and Forest Sciences he trained as an environmental microbiologist before specialising in soil science and spending 20 years in Soil Science at Reading University. He taught undergraduate and postgraduate students and carried out research all around the world on soil use and management. Martin’s passion is in transforming science into practice; since 2005 he has worked as a consultant with Earthcare Technical on soil management.

Clients have included Defra, AHDB, WRAP, local government and commercial organisations. Martin enjoys writing for technical and non-technical audiences and has published a pile of scientific papers and a student textbook (Environmental Soil Biology, 1995). He writes technical reports and delivers talks for Earthcare Technical Ltd. Martin is currently chair of the Luxembourg Government research-funding panel for Sustainable Resource Management

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Jackie Spurr
Consultant - Environmental Permitting specialist

Jackie Spurr [Bsc (Hons) PIEMA]  has 20 years’ experience working for the Environment Agency and as a principal consultant. Jackie has prepared and secured a wide range of...

Jackie Spurr [Bsc (Hons) PIEMA]  has 20 years’ experience working for the Environment Agency and as a principal consultant. Jackie has prepared and secured a wide range of environmental permits and exemptions and has vast experience in project management, preparation of planning applications, end of waste by-products justifications, compliance monitoring, auditing, site inspection and the enforcement of permits. Jackie’s career has included two years working within the water industry as a logistical co-ordinator on the sewerage network.

Jackie is responsible for standard and bespoke permit applications for waste management facilities including waste operations and installations, specialising in anaerobic digestion, in-vessel and open windrow composting sites, biomass energy from waste, household, commercial and industrial transfer and treatment including but not limited to: asbestos, soil remediation, metal recycling, end of life vehicle recycling facilities, waste to land recovery permits for both the reclamation of land and the use of waste in construction, mining waste facilities, liquid waste transfer and WEEE recycling facilities.

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Emily Pitts
Consultant - Environmental Permitting specialist

Emily Pitts (BSc Hons CEnv MIEMA) is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Full Member of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) with 12 years’ experience as...

Emily Pitts (BSc Hons CEnv MIEMA) is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Full Member of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) with 12 years’ experience as an environmental regulator for the Environment Agency and anaerobic digestion industry experience as an Environmental Compliance Manager. Emily has a holistic knowledge of the waste industry and regulatory standards in particular waste treatment, composting, anaerobic digestion and landfills.

The key areas Emily specialises in are permitting and advice on suitability of location, design, drainage and containment for proposed sites. Emily has experience in the development of Environmental and Quality Management Systems and provides clear guidance on the definition of waste and waste legislation. Emily has also provided support to several AD Plants through Certification to the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme to PAS110 and ADQP. Emily is a WAMITAB qualified Technically Competent Manager for  Anaerobic Digestion facilities.

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Maria Fuhrmann
Consultant - Air quality specialist

Maria Fuhrmann [BSc (Hons) PIEMA] has over thirteen years’ experience in environmental consultancy and is a Practitioner of the Institute of Environmental Management and Asses...

Maria Fuhrmann [BSc (Hons) PIEMA] has over thirteen years’ experience in environmental consultancy and is a Practitioner of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Maria specialises in air quality assessment including atmospheric dispersion modelling, impact assessment and emissions management in a range of sectors including waste, agriculture, energy generation and recovery and other industrial and commercial applications.

Maria has an extensive background in amenity monitoring and assessment encompassing dust, odour and bioaerosols in the context of environmental permitting, impact assessment and statutory nuisance proceedings. Maria’s environmental consultancy experience has a strong foundation in waste management including environmental auditing, detailed investigation programmes involving trace gas and stable isotope chemical fingerprinting and research and development in the industrial composting sector.

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Julia Bastone
Consultant - Agricultural and environmental

Julia [BSc (Hons) CEnv CIEEM MI Soil Sci] has been providing agricultural and environmental advice for fourteen years throughout the Midlands and South-West regions. Julia speci...

Julia [BSc (Hons) CEnv CIEEM MI Soil Sci] has been providing agricultural and environmental advice for fourteen years throughout the Midlands and South-West regions. Julia specialises in Countryside/Environmental Stewardship, habitat management, conservation and ecology; and has a Great Crested Newt License. Julia also has an extensive background in soil management, has her Soil & Water Certificate and has been actively involved with the Catchment Sensitive Farming initiative, the Farm Ammonia reduction Grant and the Soils4Profit project. Julia is FACTs qualified and carries out nutrient management and planning on behalf of landowners, including NVZ compliance, Cross-Compliance fertiliser plans and land spreading deployments. Julia worked for the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) for seven years before starting her own consultancy business 5 Farming in 2012. Julia is a Chartered Environmentalist with the Society for the Environment as well as a Full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the British Society of Soil Science. She also has a good working knowledge of agricultural and conservation legislation within Europe following trips to Slovenia and Bulgaria as part of the Leonardo di Vinci project, and a working conservation project for the Forestry Service in Iceland.

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Liz Reed
Accounts and Administration

Liz Reed (BSc (Hons)) is responsible for the accounts and administration functions within Earthcare Technical. Liz has a dairy farming and scientific research background and her...

Liz Reed (BSc (Hons)) is responsible for the accounts and administration functions within Earthcare Technical. Liz has a dairy farming and scientific research background and her unique range of experience benefits many work areas within the business. She assists with editing and review of scientific reports, assist on research projects and keenly monitors the delivery of a wide scope of projects Earthcare Technical undertakes. She is a good communicator with our wide-ranging clients, across the industry, farming and government organisations.

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Susie Holmes
Consultant - Growing media and soil mangement

Susie Holmes (BSc Hons, CSci) is a soil scientist specialising in horticultural growing media and soil management. Susie has worked for ADAS for 25 years as horticultural and so...

Susie Holmes (BSc Hons, CSci) is a soil scientist specialising in horticultural growing media and soil management. Susie has worked for ADAS for 25 years as horticultural and soils consultant, working across all crops in both consultancy and research projects. The specific areas of work Susie specialises in are the use of green compost for soil amelioration, soil erosion and the use of non-peat materials in growing media. She also has an interest in soil management of paddocks for horses, including soil and fertiliser advice for studs and horse owners. Susie is a BASIS approved trainer on the BASIS FACTS Horticulture and Nutrient Management Planning courses and is also a regular contractor for AHDB Horticulture, including presenting for their workshops on growing media and plant nutrition and co-authoring technical Factsheets.

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