Meet the Team

Our team includes ecologists that are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and therefore abide by the Code of Conduct / Code of Practice for this organisation.  New employees are guided toward full membership as soon as possible with use of the CIEEM competency framework to guide their career development. Our team of approximately twenty ecologists are led by our senior leadership team listed below.

Aebhín Cawley CEnv MCIEEM - ​Chief Executive Officer 

Aebhín Cawley, is CEO and founder of Scott Cawley and is responsible for setting and driving the company’s vision, mission and goals, currently focusing on developing business in the “nature positive” area.  Coming from an ecological background, Aebhín is an experienced ecologist, practicing in Ireland since 2002 and building strong relationships with clients, national nature conservation agencies and specialist suppliers. She has been influential in the evolution of ecological impact assessment work in Ireland through capacity-building work, including training at a central and local government level, preparing guidelines, and speaking at conferences. Aebhín holds an honors degree in Zoology from Trinity College, Dublin, and a postgraduate diploma in Physical Planning at Trinity. She is a Chartered Environmentalist with the Society for the Environment and a Full Member of the CIEEM. She is a ministerial appointee on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Committee.

Andrew Speer, MCIEEM - Chief Technical Officer 

Andrew Speer is Chief Technical Officer with Scott Cawley and is responsible for setting the company's vision and goals for technical excellence. He oversees the maintenance and development of our ecology team's experience and high level of technical skills and expertise, from survey design and delivery through to data management and presentation, ensuring we service our client's needs to the highest standards.

Andrew has over 17 years of professional ecological consultancy experience, delivering and advising our clients on a diverse range and complexity of ecological services and projects. He has extensive experience in ecological survey design and implementation, Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA), and assisting clients in interpreting and implementing legal opinions on EcIA or AA issues. Andrew also provides AA training, guidance and technical review services to local authorities and acts as an expert witness presenting ecological evidence at oral hearing.

Andrew holds an honours degree in Zoology (NUI Galway), a Post Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (University of Ulster), Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law (Honourable Society of King’s Inns) and a Diploma in Leadership (Irish Management Institute). He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Ashling Cronin MSc, MIEnvSC, ACIEEM - Chief Operating Officer 

Ashling is responsible for implementing the company's vision and operating strategies. She is actively involved in overseeing the daily operational functions of the business including tendering, recruitment, human resources and project management. She is passionate about Scott Cawley’s people, developing and supporting the companies culture and vision. She provides leadership and vision to ensure that the business has effective people, operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures in place. 

Ashling brings with her over 14 years of experience in ecological/environmental assessment and environmental management across both the private and public sector, as well as more recent business management and business development experience. She has a thorough understanding of our clients needs and their legislative requirements, with the fusion of her skills make her a great fit for her operations role. Ashling still likes to keep up specialist ecological skills where possible and provides expert advice and technical/peer review in the area of Appropriate Assessment (AA), assisting clients in framing legal opinions on EIA and AA issues that projects are facing and assists clients in interpreting and implementing legal advice. She also provides AA training, and has developed AA guidance for public and local authorities.

Ashling holds a Masters of Science in Ecological Assessment (UCC),  Honours degree in Applied Ecology (UCC), Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law (Honourable Society of King’s Inns) and a Diploma in Management (Irish Management Institute). She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES), Council Member of the Irish Environmental Law Association (IELA) and a member of the Steering Committee for Natural Capital Ireland.