Meet the Newest members of Neo

We had the opportunity to expand the core Neo team recently and have been delighted to welcome a host of new additions across the company. We have met them all via video and we thought we would take the chance today to introduce you to them all!

Paula Slaughter
Paula is one of Neo’s Senior Archaeologists. She has been an archaeologist for 20 years having graduated from University College London with a BSc in Archaeological Science and an MSc in Forensic Archaeology. She specialised in the prehistoric mortuary practices of Ireland and the UK as well as trauma patterns on skeletal remains.
She has undertaken work on many large-scale infrastructure projects across Ireland and the UK, as well as historically significant restoration projects of National Monuments in Ireland. Paula has extensive experience in renewable energy projects and has produced a range of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Desk Based Assessments (DBAs), conservation projects and forensic archaeological projects.
Before joining Neo Environmental, Paula worked as a licensed archaeologist overseeing large road schemes and social housing projects.
When not working Paula can be found restoring antique furniture, adding to her collection of Victorian artefacts, as well as photography. She plans to eventually finish writing a paper on ‘The Function of Prehistoric Burnt Mounds Associated with Stone Circles in the Sperrins’.

Tom Saddington
Tom graduated at the University Of Sheffield in 2020 after studying both a BEng in Bioengineering and an MSc in Environmental and Energy Engineering. Having done his MSc dissertation on Dimethyl-ether, a potential fuel for the future, he was made aware of the predicament that the world faces with our current energy habits. This made Tom want to help the drive towards renewable and sustainable energy. Since joining NEO as a Graduate Environmental Engineer, he has undertaken many different technical assessments for solar farms such as; Glint and Glare, Flood Risk and Construction and Transport Management Plans.

Alongside this he persists at playing cricket and golf to a sub standard level, with his photo being taken before an inevitable shank into the rough off the tee!

Ashleen Blom
Ashleen is an ecologist with over 4 years’ experience working in consultancy. Ashleen has experience in a range of ecological surveys including extended Phase 1 habitat surveys, priority habitat surveys, invasive species surveys and protected species surveys. Ashleen has worked for a wide range of sectors from energy, transport, residential and commercial for large and small scale development. Ashleen has joined as a Senior Ecologist having previously worked for SES, AECOM and WYG. Ashleens’ main areas of interest are bats and plants. In her spare time Ashleen enjoys embroidery and wildlife photography, particularly of bees and bluebells.

Eilisann McCann
Joining the team as a Planning Consultant, Eilisann completed an integrated master’s degree in Planning, Regeneration and Development at Ulster University (2019) and her dissertation focused on the critical need for quality green infrastructure in Belfast to deliver improvements in health & wellbeing. She also completed a years’ experience in Belfast City Council (2018) in the Development Planning and Policy Unit working on the production of the LDP and was a part of the Transport and Infrastructure team who wrote planning policies on encouraging development of renewable energy networks to build capacity and security in Belfast.
Eilisann is a Member of the RTPI, a teacher and dancer at Loughgiel School of Irish Dancing (competed at ulster & world championships and toured Germany last year) and also a piano player and teacher!