The 2016/2017 Committee

The current panel consist of experts in various fields of bat work. Because the group consists of academics, conservationists, and specialist consultants, it is practical, representative, balanced, and self-regulatory. The panel members are as follows:

Kate MacEwan (BSc (Hons)) (the chairperson) is a SACNASP registered Zoologist and bat specialist with Inkululeko Wildlife Services based in Hillcrest, KZN. She has 15 years zoological science experience and over 13 years' experience working with bats and is currently completing an MSc in bat conservation.

Jonathan Aronson (MSc) is a SACNASP registered Ecologist and an ecology specialist at Arcus consulting. He has studied bats for a number of academic and consultancy projects, particularly the impact of wind energy on bats in South Africa, gaining over 8 years of experience in bat conservation and ecology.

Lourens Leeuwner is the Wildlife and Energy Programme Manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Before taking up this position in 2013, he was involved in game ranch management, environmental auditing and environmental management in the construction sector. He is currently overseeing operational monitoring at Eskom Sere Windfarm and pre-construction monitoring at the Eskom Upington CSP. Powerline incident investigation and mitigation takes up the remainder of his time.

Prof David Jacobs (PhD) at the University of Cape Town is an evolutionary biologist with focus on bats and has more than 20 years of experience researching the evolution, ecology, behaviour, physiology, genetics and echolocation of bats across the globe. He also has experience in conducting environmental impact assessments of wind turbines on bats.

Werner Marais (MSc) is a SACNASP registered Zoologist and is practising full time as a bat specialist consultant with Animalia Zoological & Ecological Consultation CC. He has over 7 years experience working intensively with bats and is currently pursuing a PhD in cave bat ecology.

E.J. (Kate) Richardson (MSc, BCom) is a SACNASP registered Zoologist and owns and runs Richardson & Peplow Environmental based in KwaZulu-Natal. She has been involved in bat conservation, training, research, and rehabilitation for 25 years.

Leigh Richards (PhD) is a SACNASP registered Zoologist and is Curator of Mammals at the Durban Natural Science Museum. Leigh’s department is responsible for collecting, receiving, identifying, and curating small mammals from across Africa and so also receives and curates the bodies of bats killed by wind turbines. She has a PhD in bat taxonomy and is currently involved in biodiversity surveys of the eThekwini region and the Eastern Cape. As a member of Bats KZN Leigh also trains bat enthusiasts and professionals in field techniques.


Brent Coverdale is the Bird and Mammals Scientist with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, based at the organisation's head office in Pietermaritzburg. His primary function is providing support to management around bird and mammal issues (permits, development applications, and extension). He is also responsible for the compilation of certain state of biodiversity species reports for the province.


SAWEA The South African Wind Energy Association has a seat on the SABAA committee to allow better communication between the two organisations. SAWEA has a mission to remove obstacles to the implementation of sustainable wind energy activities in Southern Africa. The current SABAA-SAWEA representative is Ben Brimble.


Our international advisors are:

Dr Sandie Sowler MCIEEM is an international advisor on the panel of SABAAP. She is the co-author of the 1st and 2nd edition of the SA Bat Monitoring Guidelines. and the primary author of the 3rd edition of the Guidelines. Sandie is a SA bat researcher and UK ecological trainer. She will review documents produced by SABAAP and assist in the production of new documents drawing on her South African and UK experience.

Dr Cris Hein is the Coordinator for Bat Conservation International’s Bats and Wind Energy Program and for the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative. Cris is working with the SABAAP as a technical advisor on developing scientifically robust monitoring protocols for pre- and post-construction impact studies at wind energy facilities.