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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ashley Frampton

    Ashley Frampton

    MEng (Hons), CEng MICE

    A Chartered Engineer with full membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Ash graduated the University of Exeter with a first class honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2012. His portfolio of projects notably include project management/design of flood risk management and highways projects, as well as managing/supervising construction activities. Ash has previously worked for the Environment Agency, Mott MacDonald and as part of an engineering contractors team.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Lucinda Yates

    Lucinda Yates

    BSc, AATQB

    Lucinda has a BSc in Sport and Exercise from Plymouth and AAT qualifications in accountancy. She has worked previously in a diverse range of roles in office management, project management and book-keeping predominantly for the not-for-profit and charity sectors. Lucinda provides office and book-keeping support for Fishtek.

  • Fred Pedersen

    Fred Pedersen

    With several years’ experience of CAD work, Fred is our in-house CAD technician and also provides technical assistance relating to our website and IT function. He has worked on the drawings for over 100 fish passes, has produced a large number of visualisations in the past and is well-versed in multiple CAD packages

  • 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.

  • James Blyth

    James Blyth

    BSc(Hons), BEng(Hons), PhD, DIC, GMICE

    James is a civil/structural engineer and engineering scientist and holds separate first degrees in Biochemistry and Civil Engineering, and a PhD in water treatment from Imperial College London were he investigated biological methods for the online estimation of ultraviolet disinfection dose delivery in drinking water treatment systems.   His wide experience has included structural and civil engineering design from concept to construction, including roles as Lead Designer for new-build and refurbishment projects in hygienic food productions environments, transport and flood risk assessment, project and engineering-lead asset management.