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The Team

Chris Cooke

Chair of INCA Board

Chris joined the INCA Board as a director in 2015 and became Chair in 2017. He retired from employment in 2018 after a 39-year career in the chemical industry, primarily on Teesside but with a short spell in Texas, USA. A graduate chemical engineer and an MBA, Chris held various senior roles in production, general, project and technical management within ICI, Johnson Matthey and as a consultant.

He has a life-long interest in nature, wildlife and the environment generally and is a keen birdwatcher. He also enjoys genealogy, walking, reading and gardening.

With his industrial background and his love of nature, it is no surprise that Chris is strongly committed to the INCA ethos of aiming to achieve sustainable economic development in the Tees valley, in harmony with nature conservation, ecological development and enhanced biodiversity.

Phil Roxby


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Phil joined INCA in 2019 from a local planning authority where he worked as the council ecologist for 16 years and before that, various environmental charities.  As a Tees Valley based ecologist, he was responsible for ensuring biodiversity was incorporated successfully within both the planning process and project delivery teams, both at a strategic and practical level.  He enjoys finding innovative solutions for wildlife and people to co-exist successfully together using creative and efficient outcomes within interesting and well-designed environments.  As INCA Director, he has helped build on INCA’s long history of success in the area, bringing further focus for members to the opportunities of biodiversity net gain (BNG) and environmental social governance (ESG). Phil has been licensed to work with both great crested newts and bats for over 10 years, with a further specialism in ornithology, lepidoptera and odonata.

Ian Bond


Ian has worked in an ecological role in the Tees Valley for approaching 25 years, having worked as an ecologist for Hartlepool Council and in Stockton Council’s countryside team, prior to joining INCA in 2015.  Ian is a Chartered Environmentalist and was secretary of the North East section of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM) for several years.  In 2016 he was the recipient of CIEEM’s Members’ Award.

He has a wide range of interests in natural history but particularly in mammals. He was the editor of the book, “Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians of the North East” and has been a licensed bat worker for over 20 years.  When not thinking about wildlife he aspires to be an ageing, amateur athlete and occasional nature writer.

Dr Robert Woods


Robert began his role at INCA in August 2007, having pursued a career in the chemical industry, initially as a Research and Development Chemist, but then in manufacturing, change management and training, much of this on Teesside.

His wealth of knowledge about and experience of manufacturing is supplemented by his passion for wildlife. Keen to work in conservation, he sought a career change and for a number of years he studied Environmental Conservation part-time at Oxford University, which led to his qualification as an Ecologist in 2007. His knowledge, experience and skill-base all fit well with the niche that INCA fills.

He has a life long interest in Entomology, especially Lepidoptera.

Mark Morris


Mark is an experienced ecologist having worked in the water industry for 19 years on a range of sites throughout the North East, he joined INCA in 2022 bringing with him a wide range of ecological survey skills, knowledge of invasive species management and experience of habitat creation and management. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and member of CIEEM and is looking forward to working with the wide range of industry found on Teesside which INCA is involved with. He is also hoping to continue his journey as an Ecologist, further developing field skills and knowledge with the wider team. Outside of work, Mark enjoys time with family, walking and trying to better his parkrun time every Saturday morning!

Tracy Smith

Office Manager

Tracy joined the INCA team as an Administrator in 2009, looking after the Accounts, Payroll and Office Administration. Having previously worked in Engineering Sales for various Bearing & Roller Chain Companies whilst living in South Africa, and working in Administration since 1999, INCA was a new and exciting challenge.  Going forward, Tracy is looking forward to being involved in some of the fieldwork which INCA carries out and is interested in learning more about INCA’s role within its niche.

Tracy enjoys the outdoors, whether it is walking Roseberry Topping or a stroll on the beach. She is also a keen gardener, enjoys cooking, reading, crosswords and knitting.

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