Meet the Team

Our Team

  • Pete Kibel

    Pete Kibel

    BA (Hons), MSc

    Pete is Fishtek’s Managing Director and founder. With a background in fisheries science and business (and over 20 years’ experience in the former), Pete is now responsible for the high-level management of Fishtek (and its sister company Fishtek Marine), as well as the strategic direction of both companies.

  • Toby Coe

    Toby Coe

    PhD, MSc, BA (Hons), MIFM

    A fisheries biologist by training, Toby is Fishtek’s Technical Director and has over 12 years’ experience in the industry. He is responsible for the delivery of our larger projects as well as over-seeing many of the smaller projects that Fishtek is involved in. He has significant experience in fish pass design, the interaction between fisheries and hydropower and assessments of fish migration.

  • Michael Lakin

    Michael Lakin

    BSc(Hons), CEng, MICE, MIStructE

    Mike is an experienced Chartered Engineer with full corporate membership of the Institution ofCivil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He is our Principal Engineer, with over 30 years’ experience in design & project management of civil & structural engineering works. These include dams, weirs, fish passes, culverts and various forms of building structures.

  • Adam Fryer

    Adam Fryer

    BSc, MSc, MIFM

    Adam is Fishtek’s Principal Fisheries Consultant and is responsible for project management, business development and the delivery of technical fisheries projects. He has a master’s with distinction in Fisheries Science and over 10 years consultancy experience. He is experienced in fisheries impact assessments of hydropower schemes, stakeholder management, approvals and consenting, fish passage feasibility studies, fish pass design and fisheries monitoring for national and international clients

  • Hannah Rogers

    Hannah Rogers

    CIMA, Dip, MA

    Hannah completed the AAT qualification in accountancy back in 2013, and continued with studies to become part CIMA qualified. For the last 10 years she has worked predominantly in office, accounts and bookkeeping roles, including Accounts Supervising and Management Accounting. Hannah is the Bookkeeper & Office Manager at Fishtek

  • Iain Stewart-Russon

    Iain Stewart-Russon

    BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MIFM, CEnv

    Iain has a PhD from Southampton University concerning the response of fish to barriers to migration and screens. Since completing his PhD in 2011 Iain has been working at specialist fisheries engineering and aquatic science consultancies. In addition to fish and eel passage assessments and design, he undertakes screening assessments to protect fish and eels at water offtakes.

  • Gary Bilotta

    Gary Bilotta

    Ph.D,  C.Env, MIFM

    Gary is a Chartered Environmentalist with more than 10 years of experience in the sector, gained through his roles at the Environment Agency, Defra, the University of Brighton, and Fishtek Consulting. Gary has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and his highly-cited work has influenced industry best-practice for fish migration monitoring, impact assessments and biomonitoring.

  • Paul Gratton

    Paul Gratton

    Paul is an experienced fisheries scientist and has a wealth of experience in fish pass design, fisheries impact assessments and the interaction between fish and hydropower.

  • Matt Turley

    Matt Turley

    BSc (Hons), PhD

    Matt has over 8 years of experience working in freshwater environments, including applied research focussing on biological monitoring, water quality,
    sediment pollution/transport, and habitat assessment techniques. His research has been published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals
    and led to a biomonitoring tool which was adopted by regulatory agencies. Since completing his PhD at the University of Brighton, he has further developed
    his expertise in fluvial processes and land use, delivering and managing large-scale river restoration and Natural Flood Management (NFM) projects for
    non-governmental organisations, working closely with regulators and other stakeholders. At Fishtek, Matt leads on NFM and river restoration projects, as well
    as working on fish passage assessments, options appraisals, fish pass design and habitat assessments.

  • Stuart Pudwell

    Stuart Pudwell

    BSc (Hons)

    Having recently graduated with a 1st Class degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology from the University of Exeter, Stuart is a new addition to the fisheries science team at Fishtek. In addition to his Exeter degree, Stuart spent a year at the University of Tasmania, studying Marine and Antarctic Science to further his knowledge and fieldwork experience in fisheries science.

  • Jay Rana

    Jay Rana

    BEng (Hons), MICE

    Jay has a degree in civil engineering with over 7 years’ experience covering a wide range of projects both nationally and internationally. His expertise in environmental engineering include the appraisal, detailed design and construction of fish and eel pass solutions for a wide variety of barriers. He also has extensive experience in the design and build of fisheries monitoring facilities and the design and development of the Tidal Gate Damper.

  • Martin Giblin

    Martin Giblin

    MEng (Hons) GMICE

    Martin has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Exeter, and currently pursuing chartership with the Institute of Civil Engineers. After graduation, Martin worked predominantly in the rail sector for the consultancy Tony Gee and Partners, and went on to gain experience in highways and bridge structures. Martin is now responsible for the design of fish passes within Fishtek, from conception through to construction.

  • Joanna Czyrw

    Joanna Czyrw

    HND, BSc, BEng

    Joanna is a conscientious and determined Engineer with degrees in Architecture, Structural Engineering and Civil Engineering. Joanna as over 10 years’ experience in the engineering
    design industry, and has worked in nearly every department, starting as a CAD technician, through Civil Engineering roles, to the current Structural Engineer role. She is experienced in
    structural design of retaining structures, water-retaining structures, pumping stations and various forms of building structures.

  • Tristan King

    Tristan King

    Tristan is responsible for managing and delivering Fishtek’s fabricated installations. Having completed his ‘Mechanical Maintenance and Diagnostics’ apprenticeship
    with accolades in 2005 within the heavy engineering industry at a steel mill in New Zealand, he gained extensive experience as a Fitter/Welder/Machinist. A tradesman
    on-site and on the tools. He then moved into the Engineering office environment becoming a mechanical design draftsman, utilizing a range of 3D CAD software, namely
    Solid Edge and has enjoyed delivering many fantastic projects over the years. He has a strong aptitude towards engineering, design, and safety. In the workshop, on site
    or behind the desk on a computer.

  • Alex Partridge

    Alex Partridge

    Alex has an HNC in Civil Engineering from Exeter College and studied Conservation at Bicton College. He has a wealth of experience in the engineering sector having worked as a Land Surveyor and Civils Consultant over the past decade and a half. During this time Alex has specialised in the visualisation of concepts and their detailed technical design over a broad spectrum of software including PDS, WinDES and AutoCAD. He is responsible for the overseeing of CAD standards at Fishtek. Alex is passionate about combining his interest in engineering with his love for the natural world.

  • Eduardo Vianna Dias

    Eduardo Vianna Dias

    Eduardo joined the Fishtek technical team following three years of design experience with a structural engineering consultancy. He is an experienced engineer in structural and civil developments, having worked in various projects ranging from large-scale industrial buildings to temporary structures, across both new and refurbishment projects. Eduardo graduated from University of Salford with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and he is working towards his chartership through the IStructE.

  • George Mustoe

    George Mustoe

    George achieved a first-class honours degree in Civil and Coastal Engineering with a year in industry. He is currently working towards an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering with Exeter University whilst working as a Graduate Engineer at Fishtek.

  • James Smith

    James Smith


    James recently joined the team as a graduate engineer after completing his master’s degree in Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Plymouth.
    He is currently enjoying putting engineering theory into practice designing fish and eel passes as part of the Fishtek engineering team and is currently pursuing
    chartership with the Institute of Civil Engineers.

  • Chris Elliott

    Chris Elliott

    Chris is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 15 years experience in water related engineering – hydroelectric development, water screening, fish passes and similar structures.  Chris’ work with Fishtek is alongside operating a handful of hydro-electric systems in South-West England which he has developed over the last decade.  He has authored a technical manual on hydro-electric development and he has managed a number of award-winning engineering projects including 3 which have won regional Institute of Civil Engineers awards for outstanding examples of a civil engineering project.

  • Dean Rackham

    Dean Rackham


    Responsible for managing all of our site installations, Dean has formal training in engineering and steel fabrication. With a background in fabrication and welding, he is responsible for all of the site work that Fishtek carries out, including eel and fish pass installations, the fabrication and installation of monitoring systems and the day to day organisation of the workshop.

  • Matthew Penny

    Matthew Penny

    Matt has a background in practical fisheries science and has a BSc in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management (first class honours). At Fishtek Matt assists with the workshop fabrication and on-site installation of new fish and eel passes.