Meet the Team

Our Team

  • Pete Kibel

    Pete Kibel

    BA (Hons), MSc

    Pete is Fishtek’s founder and joint Managing Director (with Toby Coe). 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 joint Managing Director of Fishtek (with Pete Kibel) and has over 15 years’ experience in the industry. He is responsible for the day to day running of the company, the management of the team and also provides high-level input into larger and more complex projects. He has significant experience in fish pass design, the interaction between fisheries and hydropower and assessments of fish migration.

  • Adam Fryer

    Adam Fryer

    BSc, MSc, MIFM

    Adam is Fishtek’s Associate Director of Fisheries 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.

  • Michael Lakin

    Michael Lakin

    BSc(Hons), CEng, MICE, MIStructE

    Mike is an experienced Chartered Engineer with full corporate membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He is our Associate Director of Engineering, 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.

  • Hannah Wilkes

    Hannah Wilkes

    CIMA, Dip, MA

    For over 10 years Hannah has worked in Accounting roles in Devon, including Accounts Supervising and Management Accounting. Hannah is the Finance Manager at Fishtek and oversees all aspects of the companies Finances

  • Sam Creed

    Sam Creed

    BSc (Hons), MCIWEM, CWEM, CEnv

    As a project and programme manager with over 20years’ of broad-ranging experience in the water, environment and infrastructure sectors, Sam is responsible for the resourcing and programming of Fishtek’s growing portfolio of work.

    He has worked in client and consultant roles in the public and private sector, leading, procuring and managing the delivery of high value, high complexity projects for regional and national organisations.

    He is a member of CIWEM, Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Water and Environment Manager. He is a champion of sustainability in infrastructure and project delivery.

  • Alan Goran

    Alan Goran

    BSc, MSc, SMSTS, Level 6 Diploma in Construction Project Management

    A member of Institute of civil engineers.

    Alan has 16 years’ of broad-ranging construction experience to include specialism in the nuclear, civil, environmental, and infrastructure sectors. Past employment has placed him at the Shard and Tate Modern in London, AWE, Devonport and the Environment Agency. Alan’s current role at Fishtek is to resource and programme a varied portfolio of work, focusing on niche projects.

    In his spare time, Alan also enjoys tutoring as an advanced motorcyclist rider for RoSPA on my BMW R1200GSA to support the wider community and save lives on Devon Roads.

  • 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.

  • Bethany Worley

    Bethany Worley

    BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

    Bethany is an Environmental Scientist at Fishtek and specializes in Habitat Restoration (including Natural Flood Management [NFM]) and Geomorphology, with five years of experience working on rivers and in the environmental sector. Since completing her PhD at Loughborough University, she has continued to develop her expertise, delivering catchment scale NFM and Ecological Assessments.

  • 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.

  • Derrick Grenardo

    Derrick Grenardo

    A Mechanical professional having spent 26 years with Schlumberger Oilfield Services working around the globe on a variety of different projects within the oil & gas land seismic exploration sector. Served with the British Forces (Army) Soldier/ REME B-Mechanic Tracked trained

  • Elena Brake

    Elena Brake

    Elena is a Mechanical Engineering student studying at the University of Plymouth. She is working with Fishtek alongside her studies as a Trainee Engineer. Elena holds a First-Class Fine Art Degree and has a background in education and the visual arts. She is now pursuing engineering as a career change and frequently finds her creative background to be an asset. In recognition of outstanding academic achievement in engineering, Elena was awarded a scholarship with the Tamar Engineering Project.

  • Fleur Elliott-Davies

    Fleur Elliott-Davies

    BEng (Hons), MICE
    Fleur graduated from Plymouth University in 2020, with a degree in civil engineering. Since then, she has gained experience working within the infrastructure sector for the last two years, primarily designing highway and drainage networks for large scale developments in the South West.

    Having previously gained experience working with Fishtek, Fleur has been involved in a variety of fish and eel pass schemes, including low-cost baffles, vertical slot passes and lariniers.

    Fleur will be working on a range of projects as an Engineer at Fishtek whilst working towards her chartership with the Institute of Civil Engineers.

  • 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.

  • Jack Ellis

    Jack Ellis

    Jack is a mechanical design engineer with over 10 years of experience. His background is in manufacturing, and he has used many different CAD software packages, both 2D and 3D. Jack has specialist experience in 3D printing, laser scanning and reverse engineering. When not at work, he enjoys spending much of his time in the hills and forests on his mountain bike. Jack is the Design 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.

  • Jay Rana

    Jay Rana

    BEng (Hons), MICE

    Jay has a degree in civil engineering with over 10 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.

  • Jemma Bircham

    Jemma Bircham

    For over 10 years Jemma has worked in office, bookkeeping and accounts roles, including Accounts Supervisor and as Client Bookkeeper in an Accountancy Practice. Jemma is the Bookkeeper at Fishtek.

  • Joanna Czyrw

    Joanna Czyrw

    HND, BSc, BEng

    Joanna is a conscientious and determined Engineer with degrees in Architecture, Structural Engineering and Civil Engineering.

    Joanna has 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.

  • Martin Giblin

    Martin Giblin

    MEng(Hons), CEng, MICE

    Martin is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Graduating from the University of Exeter in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, he has since worked in a variety of sectors, from highways and rail bridges to the environmental sector. As Senior Engineer, Martin is responsible for the design of fish passes at Fishtek, with extensive experience progressing challenging projects from concept through to construction. Martin was recently part of the project team that won the ‘Resilience Award’ at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards for the fish pass at Buckfast Abbey.

  • 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 has completed the CITB Site Safety Supervisor Training course.

    Matt completes workshop fabrications and supervises on-site installation of new fish and eel passes.

  • 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.

  • Michael MacDonnell

    Michael MacDonnell

    BEng, BA

    A mechanical engineer with extensive experience across the water, marine and railway industries. When not working with water, Michael can usually be found on it.

  • Nick Holder

    Nick Holder

    BEng MSC CEng MICE
    Nick is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers with over 11 years’ experience. He holds a BEng in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Hydro Environmental Engineering. Since graduating from Cardiff University in 2012, he has worked in consultancy primarily within Flood Risk Management, and has experience across hydraulic modelling and design, appraisal, detailed design, design management and site supervision.

  • 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.

  • Peter Brunner

    Peter Brunner

    AssocDeg (Eng), BSc, BSc (Hons), PhD
    Peter is Associate Director of Geomorphology and Habitat Restoration at Fishtek and specialises in Geomorphological and Ecological Assessments of rivers in order to provide appropriate habitat restoration solutions. Peter has successfully undertaken a wide range of fluvial catchment scale studies both within an academic and consulting work environment, with focus upon Strategic River Restoration Planning, the design and implementation of both river and lake restoration at the scheme level, the assessment of in-channel structures (barriers) on the hydromorphology of river systems; and the development of suitable options and detailed designs to improve river continuity and enhance fish passage. As such, Peter also has a proven track record in the successful delivery of a wide range of Fish Passage Projects from feasibility studies, concept designs to full technical designs for various instream barriers.

  • Sam Rebeiro

    Sam Rebeiro

    BSc (Hons), MSc
    Sam is an Environmental Scientist at Fishtek and specialises in Species and Habitat Restoration, Water Quality and GIS. Sam has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and an MSc in Environmental Consultancy from the University of Plymouth, his MSc dissertation concerned Modelling Water Quality in Urbanised Streams and the Associated Impact on Habitats and Species. At Fishtek, Sam works on a variety of projects performing tasks such as Habitat Assessments, Water Quality Monitoring and Fish Passage Options Assessments. Sam is currently pursuing Chartership with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and is looking forward to becoming a recognised professional within his field.

  • Stuart Pudwell

    Stuart Pudwell

    BSc (Hons)

    Stuart is a Senior Fisheries Scientist with considerable experience in freshwater fisheries science, with a focus on fish passage and monitoring migratory species. He holds a 1st Class degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology, which focused on Freshwater, Marine and Antarctic Science. He now has several years’ experience of fisheries consulting and is well placed to conduct technical fisheries monitoring, fish passage options appraisals, hydrological fish pass design, field surveys and data analysis.

  • 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.

  • Will Davison

    Will Davison

    PhD, BSc (Hons)

    Will is a Fisheries Specialist with Fishtek with a background in freshwater ecology and the aquaculture industry.

    Will undertook his PhD at the University of Exeter specialising on the impact of water quality on productivity within the aquaculture sector.

    He also has experience working across the freshwater and fisheries industry both within the UK and globally.