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Markus Ackermann

Environmental & Remediation Programme Manager, EMEA, DuPont

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Martin Ballard

Group Head of Environment (Risk & Compliance), Willmott Dixon Holdings

Martin’s role is to ensure the sustainable practices and targets we set for site performance are being consistently embedded and delivered. He leads our environment team on legal assurance, environmental protection and promotion of environmental improvements.

Before he joined us, Martin was Anglian Water’s performance manager in construction and supply chain, where he developed and embedded new approaches to carbon reduction, plus water, waste and environmental management across several frameworks with suppliers.

Martin has a valuable role to ensure our sustainable initiatives are being embedded and delivered at project level. He is the glue that ensures we deliver our targets for sustainable performance.

Other areas covered by Martin include biodiversity, energy and water efficiency, as well as managing sustainable materials. He has experience of delivering on waste, water, and carbon reduction, as well as strategic stakeholder and supply chain engagement, for example on biodiversity, surface water and sustainable urban drainage controls.

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Ann Barker

Lead Officer Contaminated Land, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Ann Barker has over 25 years of experience in contaminated land investigation and management in both consultancy and local authority regulation. As a geologist, she worked briefly for the British Geological Survey before moving into research and then into practical investigation of environmental pollution issues in consultancy, leading to a focus on land contamination. Ann was awarded Master of Science for Contaminated Land Management with Distinction at Nottingham University. Having spent most of her time implementing Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for several years, planning consultations, redevelopment of brownfield sites and strategic regeneration now dominate Ann’s workload.

Whilst working as a Local Authority regulator Ann has taken a lead role with YALPAG and previously Environmental Protection UK. In 2007 Ann was one of the founders of the YCLF and currently chairs the steering group; she was also a member of the DEFRA Part 2a Expert Panel.

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Dr Richard Bewley

Senior Managing Consultant, Ramboll

Richard is a Senior Managing Consultant within Ramboll’s Site Solutions Team with over 40 years’ experience in contaminated land and a specialist in bioremediation and chemical treatment. He has been responsible for the technical implementation of a multitude of ex situ and in situ remediation projects for a range of industrial sectors, particularly property, manufacturing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas. His collaborative research on chromite ore processing residue remediation earned him an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh.  He has contributed to several publications on sustainable remediation, delivered technical presentations through CL:AIRE and SuRF-UK, and in collaboration with colleagues within Ramboll, has developed tools for assessing the sustainability of remedial options. A Chartered Biologist by background, he has authored over 50 publications, served on the Soil Science Advisory Committee and has been a regular guest lecturer on remediation at Lancaster University.

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Graeme Duggan, Soil Health Advisor, DEFRA

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Ian Evans

Technical Director, Wood & Chair of the SiLC Professional & Technical Panel

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Dr Richard Gill

Soil & Groundwater Scientist, Shell Global Solutions

Dr Richard Gill is a Soil and Groundwater Scientist at Shell Global Solutions International B.V. based in the Netherlands, where he provides soil and groundwater technical support to Shell businesses in Europe and Africa, and represents Shell on a number of collaborative industry organizations [Concawe at EU-level, and SAGTA in the UK] to develop sustainable and risk-based solutions to soil and groundwater challenges.


He is also a contributor on Shell’s global soil and groundwater R&D program; his current research interests are sustainable remediation and innovative technologies applied to remediation and site investigation. Richard graduated with a PhD from Sheffield University, UK on the topic of electrokinetic-enhanced bioremediation in heterogeneous settings.

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David Granger

Technical Director, AECOM

Within AECOM, David provides technical direction and advocacy for site investigation, conceptualisation, risk assessment and remediation projects across the UK and internationally.  He has written and delivered contaminant hydrogeology training for both regulator and client.  He has worked closely with the Environment Agency on a number of projects, delivering joint conference presentations and has also undertaken Expert Witness support.

David has developed and utilised three-dimensional visualisation models of contaminant distribution and subsurface geology to help conceptualise sites and to present information to clients and regulators.  Recent projects have won awards for project preparatory work; scoping or operation of a site investigation; and project closure/verification.

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Peter Henry

Regional Director, Harworth Group

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Alice Kilner

Consultant, Ramboll

Alice is an Environmental Consultant with Ramboll in London, specialising in contaminated land projects, having joined as a graduate consultant in 2017. She’s regularly involved in the management and delivery of, multi-disciplinary projects, providing sustainable solutions on a wide variety of sites, from commercial property developments to residential high rise, inclusive of private and social housing. Alice has worked on a number of gasworks redevelopment projects in London, which include risk assessments, ground investigations and development of sustainable remediation strategies. 


Alice is also a member of the Environment Analysts Early Careers Advisory Board, a shadow board for the Sustainability Delivery Group. The group has an initial focus on improving outreach activities within the industry and understanding which factors are most important with regard to retaining early career professionals within the industry.

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Michael Longman

Director, VertaseFLI

Michael is a member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Member of the Institute of Quarrying, Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, and a Qualified Person. He has occupied senior positions in quarrying, waste management and contaminated land businesses for nearly 30 years.

Michael has an excellent understanding of environmental legislation and remediation technologies. More recently he has been instrumental in establishing VertaseFLI as one of the UK’s leading landfill reclamation contractors.

Michael is co-author with Dr. Duncan Scott and Steve Wilson of the ICE Journal Award Winning Paper: Reclaiming historic landfill sites for residential development: a UK case study.

He considers the raising of industry standards and subsequent perception of the remediation contracting industry as crucial for the continued development of the sector. This includes supporting industry trade bodies and regulators on ways to improve the regulatory framework.

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Rob Noden

Sector Leader, Environment - EMEA, GHD

Rob leads GHD’s Environment business into new markets across the region, assisting clients with their green investment decisions and ESG and decarbonisation ambitions, as well as supporting them throughout the full lifecycle of their assets. 


Rob was previously the UK Environment Client Pillar Lead and Global Client Taskforce Leader for Environment at WSP, and prior to this he was at Golder Associates for several years, latterly as a Business Unit Leader. He has also held roles at Jacobs and URS Corporation (now part of AECOM).

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Claire Petricca-Riding

Partner and National Head of Planning and Environmental Law, Irwin Mitchell LLP

Claire advises on all aspects of planning and environmental law.  Working with a wide range of clients from across the real estate, manufacturing, energy, maritime and waste management sectors, Claire’s practical approach and guidance enables them to successfully navigate their individual planning and environmental challenges and ambitions within the evolving regulatory framework. 


"Claire is enormously dedicated to her work and her clients.  She is well respected, very straight-talking, easy to get on with and forward-thinking in her approach." 

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Paul Sheehan

Technical Director, CGL

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Anna-Maria Sexton

Liability Manager, Remediation Management, BP

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Dr Stuart Wagland

Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Chemistry and Deputy Director of Research, Centre for Climate and Environmental Protection, Cranfield University

Dr Wagland has expertise in the properties of solid waste materials, the recovery of resources, the energy potential of UK waste streams and enhanced landfill mining. His expertise spans waste and fuel characterisation techniques, waste treatment technologies and energy recovery processes (including anaerobic digestion, incineration, gasification and pyrolysis).


Dr Wagland’s work on UK-wide assessment of waste contributed to substantial government investment in a demonstrator advanced thermal treatment facility aimed at accelerating the development of the UK capability in advanced thermal conversion.

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Patricia Willoughby

Head of Policy - Housing and Regeneration,
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Pat Willoughby has extensive experience working in strategic planning, housing and regeneration for a variety of public and private sector organisations.  She was a planning director of David Lock Associates leading multi-disciplinary teams in the preparation of master plans, development frameworks and strategic planning strategies.  As planning partner at Wei Yang & Partners, she was the principal author on their shortlisted submission for the Wolfson Prize on garden cities.  Most recently, she led the local authority and LEP partnership preparing the strategic growth plan for Leicester & Leicestershire.  At the West Midlands Combined authority, she works with local authorities and LEPS to support the delivery of new homes and jobs.  Place-making and inclusive growth lie at the heart of this work and remediating and re-using brownfield land is critical to its success.

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Marcus Adams

 Managing Partner, JTP LLP

Marcus is Managing Partner of JTP with responsibility for the strategic planning and management of the practice. He is an architect and urban designer with substantial experience, working with private and public sectors to lead the design and delivery of major new mixed-use neighbourhoods, large-scale regeneration, and strategic placemaking projects in the UK and internationally.


Marcus' recent projects include The Green Quarter, one of London’s largest regeneration projects delivering a dynamic new village for West London; Alconbury Weald, the regeneration of a 580-hectare airfield in Cambridgeshire; and Central Winchester Regeneration, where he led the design team in working closely with the community and local businesses, to develop a shared vision for a new uniquely Winchester pedestrian-friendly quarter in the heart of the city.


A passionate believer in environmental and social sustainability, Marcus brings this passion and experience to all his projects. He is a committed placemaker and drives design excellence and innovation throughout the practice through community planning, charrette methodology and internal design reviews.

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Prof Paul Bardos

Managing Director, r3 Environmental Technology Ltd & Joint Chair, SuRF-UK Steering Group

Paul Bardos is the managing director of r3 Environmental Technology Ltd with interests in contaminated land and waste management, renewable energy, brownfields and sustainability assessment. 


He is the chair of SuRF-UK. He is also a Visiting Professor at Reading University, and international “GSR” expert for the Ministry of Environmental and Ecology, China, a short term consultant for the World Bank and a Chartered Environmentalist.

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Chris Berryman

Principal Consultant, Waste & Resources Management, Stantec

As a Chartered Resource and Waste Manager, Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying, Chris supports clients in development, infrastructure, minerals, and waste. He leads projects which include the designing out of waste for significant infrastructure, regulatory consenting, due diligence, and the management of the complex interface between planning, EIA and waste regimes. Ultimately, he aims to encourage clients to consider waste early in a project lifecycle to achieve long term compliance and sustainability benefits.


Chris is currently overseeing Stantec’s role as the Research Contractor on a CIRIA project to produce good practice guidance on the management of surplus soil and aggregate from construction. He’s also an active participant in industry forums and is an advocate for information sharing across industry to ensure we move to a future where certain ‘wastes’ can be reused legally and safely as a valuable resource as part of the wider Circular Economy and sustainability drivers.

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Bradley Carter

Director, LSL Partners

Bradley has 14 years of experience within the real estate sector and is Director at LSL Partners, principally responsible for development and construction associated with new and existing projects.

He previously worked at London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) as a Head of Development, where he was  responsible for Stratford Waterfront, a £700m GDV scheme part of the East Bank Cultural quarter on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Prior to joining LLDC, Bradley spent 3 years at Vastint, the Real Estate arm of IKEA. He was responsible for the residential element of Sugar House Island, a 1,200 home scheme in East London. He was previously Project Manager at Capco focusing on the Earl’s Court Regeneration, and Project Director at Argent LLP responsible for the delivery of the first residential–led mixed use schemes on the King’s Cross Central masterplan, Arthouse and T1.

Bradley originally trained as a civil engineer, receiving a BEng with Honours in Civil Engineering at Bath University, and received an MSc in Real Estate Development from the University of Reading during his time at Argent.

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Susan Emmett

Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Market Insight, Stantec

As Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Market Insight at Stantec, Susan Emmett is responsible for promoting a client-centric culture and ensuring the company puts the needs of its clients and the communities they serve at the centre of our work.


With a particular focus on the infrastructure and buildings part of Stantec UK, Susan works with clients across both the public and private sectors, including local authorities and developers.


A strategy, engagement and research professional who has spent 20 years working with the property industry and government, Susan joined Stantec earlier this year from Homes England where she was Head of Market Engagement.


Before this, Susan was Head of Housing and Regeneration for the think tank Policy Exchange, and Director of Residential Research for Savills. She began her career as a Business and Financial Reporter at The Times before assuming the role of Deputy Property Editor.

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Prof Mark Fitzsimons

Professor of Environmental Chemistry, University of Plymouth and Principal Investigator, ReCon Soil Inter-Reg Project

Mark is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Plymouth, where he has worked since 2001. Understanding the reactivity and characterisation of aquatic organic nitrogen (ON; both natural and xenobiotic) have been his research priorities and he has developed methods measure very low concentrations of these molecules in both water and sediments. Mark leads the Biogeochemistry Research Centre and his interest in nitrogen has spanned the measurement of trace gases in the Southern Ocean, the environmental fate of pharmaceuticals in water and sediments and investigating the chemistry of artificial soils made from inert waste materials.

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Ross Griffiths

Content Director, Environment Analyst

Ross joined Environment Analyst as an intern following the global financial crisis in 2011. During his decade at the company he has held a number of operational and management positions supporting the newsroom, events programme and market intelligence service. He has been the author of the UK Market Assessment Report for the last six years. 


In his current role as Content Director, Ross is responsible for the ongoing management and curation of industry-leading content to serve our ever-expanding membership community within the environmental professional services sector across the globe. He leads a team of writers and analysts and inputs regularly into our virtual events programme.


Prior to joining Environment Analyst Ross graduated from Swansea University, UK with a BSc in geography and a MSc in environmental dynamics and climate change. 

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Pat Hayes

Managing Director, Be First

Pat Hayes was appointed Managing Director of Be First, a pioneering new urban regeneration company, in August 2017. Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm, has a mission to accelerate growth in the borough delivering 50,000 new homes and 20,000 jobs in the next 20 years.


 Previously, Pat was Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing with Ealing Council during which time the borough became one of the most successful in London at attracting in new developments and transforming its public housing stock. Pat was responsible for bringing forward the Southall Waterside development, South Acton Estate and the delivery of Ealing Film Works.


 Before joining Ealing, Pat worked for Transport for London as Director of Borough Partnerships and prior to that, spent four years at Lewisham Council as Executive Director for Regeneration and Environment. Pat has also worked for five other boroughs during a 25-year career in local government.

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Paul Hesketh

Technical Director: Closure Planning & Regeneration, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) 

Paul is a Technical Director, and Specialist in Land Condition, at Environmental Resources Management (ERM) who for over thirty years Paul has engaged with corporate clients to support them through closure and transfer of their assets to a third party, helping them resolve liability issues and optimise value through this process.  He has been a critical friend through numerous closure / regeneration projects and engaged in some of the most complex large scale schemes in the UK.


Considers that pragmatic thinking aligned with sound knowledge of the site (its risks) and working with regulators can unlock value and allow the landowner to exit without undue exposure.  On both sides of the table liability considerations can often be compounded with other elements of a deal, and clearly defined technical strategies can be developed to unravel responsibilities and progress regeneration.

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Dr Petra Lincoln

Hydrogeologist & Digital Lead, Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology, Atkins

Petra is a Hydrogeologist within the Contaminated Land and Hydrogeology (CLAH) practice in Atkins with over eight years of experience in academia and consultancy. During her Marie Curie Research Fellowship within the ADVOCATE Project (http://advocate-eu.group.shef.ac.uk/), she gained significant experience in bioremediation of groundwater. Petra works on land contamination risk assessments and hydrogeological assessments for infrastructure projects, developing conceptual site models. She is acting as a Digital Lead for the CLAH practice, delivering Digital Transformation. She is passionate about good data management and automation of data processing. She has introduced CLAH to the use of GIS data on a large scale.


She is also actively working on improving the use of AGS data (ground investigation and monitoring data) within the geo-environmental business. Petra has recently worked on a research project on “Unlocking contaminated land data for new housing” (https://theodi.org/article/case-study-unlocking-data-on-brownfield-sites/) and is the lead author for the shortlisted Brownfield Awards submission (https://www.brownfield-awards.environment-analyst.com/atkins2).

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Dr Paul Nathanail

Technical Director Contamination Assessment and Remediation, GHD

Dr Paul Nathanail took up his role as Technical Director of Contamination Assessment and Remediation with GHD in July 2020. Paul has already worked on projects in Australia, Middle East, Ireland and the West Indies – as well as the Lake District, Northumberland and Fulham. He has also been working to help organisations understand and better manage their liabilities from PFAS – the forever chemicals.

He has recently been working on how to ensure innovative remediation integrates with sustainable remediation and maintains a social licence to operate.  He chaired the ISO working group that wrote BS ISO 18504:2017 and has published on operating windows and regularly teaches on remediation in British universities and audiences around the world – though not in person for the past few months.

Paul currently chairs the National Brownfield Forum and is deputy chair of the board of directors of SILC Register.  He is a director of CABERNET and chairs his local neighbourhood forum. 

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Michael O'Doherty

Project Director, Local Partnerships

Michael joined Local Partnerships as Project Director for Housing in January 2020 following four years driving public sector collaboration projects as Regional Programme Manager for the Government’s One Public Estate Programme.

Michael has held a number of senior roles in housing and local government over the last 25 years and has also provided private sector consultancy services. He has extensive project and programme management experience and is a Prince 2 qualified practitioner. He has managed several major change and service re-design initiatives and is a qualified business analyst.

Michael’s career has included: Head of Service roles within two North West Metropolitan Councils, Assistant Director within a large North West City Council, Assistant Director role within a Combined Authority, a Housing Development Manager role within a South West rural District Council, and risk, governance and Board level experience, currently as a non-executive Director for a North West Registered Social Landlord sitting on the Risk and Audit Committee.

Michael has a first class honours degree in Social Policy, a Masters degree in Quantity Surveying and postgraduate diplomas in Housing and Management studies. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing for over 20 years.

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Samantha Riggs

Barrister, 25 Bedford Row

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Paul Shelley

Divisional Director, Hydrock

Paul leads Hydrock's national Geo-environmental and Geo-technical business discipline. With nearly 20 years’ experience he has advised on the feasibility and viability of a wide range of developments.


With Hydrock, Paul’s track record includes the delivery of geo-environmental and geotechnical assessments for notable projects such as, Prince Philip Park, a former military camp in Hampshire, The Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey, 65-70 White Lion Street, Islington, a former Kodak factory at Harrow and the proposed mixed-use development at Fort Halstead in Kent. Paul has also supported a number of London boroughs to help them de-risk sites identified for future residential, commercial and retail developments.


His career track record also includes the prestigious Campden Hill redevelopment in London and the mixed-use development Bankside in London.


Paul has been a member of Hydrock’s team at MIPIM in 2018 and 2019 and is a registered Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC).

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Claire Stone

Group Quality Director, I2 Analytical

Dr Claire Stone has been working within the environmental testing sector for over 20 years, with more than 10 of these in a Quality Role, she is our Group Quality Director overseeing our Environmental, Geotechnical and Food laboratories.  Claire has vast experience in laboratory testing and environmental regulation, she plays a key role in the business ensuring the laboratory is at the forefront of developing markets, keeping up with industry best practice and looking at what areas of development the laboratories should focus on, to assist with that she sits on several groups and committees such as EIC, SoBRA, SCA and Regional Contaminated Land Forums. Claire has BSc and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and has been instrumental in setting up the Asbestos Dustiness Method.

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Nick Willenbrock

Manager, CL:AIRE

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