New MKO Team Members

MKO has continued to add highly qualified and experienced professionals to its teams to meet the ongoing and growing demand for its services.

Colm Ryan has just recently joined MKO’s Planning team as a Senior Planner. Colm holds an honours degree in Geography from University College Dublin and obtained his Masters qualification in Civic Design, Town & Regional Planning from the University of Liverpool. Colm has been a qualified planner for over 10 years and has a wide range of experience.  More recently, Colm has been working for renewable energy developers with a focus on ground mounted solar. At the start of Colm’s career, he worked in Local Authorities and the Private Sector in Ireland, then moving to the UK to further his public and private developer experience. Colm returned to Ireland from London in August of last year and is a chartered member of the Irish Planning Institute. 

David McNicholas has recently joined MKO’s Ecology team as a Senior Ecologist and has over six years’ environmental consultancy experience. David holds a BSc (First Class Hons) Environmental Science and an MSc (Hons) Environmental, Health and Safety Management. David specialises in the preparation and coordination of EIAs, EcIAs and NISs including ecological surveys and monitoring. David has worked on all phases of wind farm development from feasibility/scoping, ecological surveys, preparation of full EIS chapters, construction phase environmental monitoring and post-construction ecological monitoring. David has worked as an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) during the construction phase of ten large scale wind farms in Ireland and Northern Ireland, gaining significant experience on the implementation of the environmental and ecological measures.

Sean Ronayne has recently joined the MKO Ornithology team. Sean holds an honours degree (BSc.) in Zoology from UCC, an MSc in Marine Biology (UCC) and an MSc in Ecological Assessment (UCC), for which he received an overall 1st class honours. Sean moved to England in 2012 to work on the Farne Islands Nature Reserve while also working with an Ecological Consultant on various bird and bat surveys in the country. Sean specialises in ornithology, and has been interested in birds since he was a child. Sean received a 1st class honours for the Bird Survey Methods and Interpretation module in his recent masters and has completed two ornithological dissertations, for which he received 1st class hons, and has five publications in the journal, Irish Birds. Sean has been involved voluntarily in national and international bird surveys for ten years. Surveys of note include I-Webs, the Bird Atlas, and both Hen Harrier Roost & Breeding Surveys.


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