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Saturday 27th November 2021


Jason Drake, Sirius

Jason is a Principal Engineer with Sirius, providing specialist contaminated land and ground gas support to engineers in the Leeds office, as well as designing, managing and reporting investigations for a wide range of clients.  Jason is a Chartered Scientist and Qualified Person.

Prior to joining Sirius in 2011, Jason had previously worked for NHBC, City of York Council, Atkins and AIG.  Jason has also been a member of the steering ground of the North West Brownfield Regeneration Forum, and is particularly interested in encouraging new entrants to the industry.

Jenny Lightfoot, Arup

Jenny is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC) with over 25 years’ experience in contaminated land and hydrogeology.  She is the leader of Arup North West and Yorkshire Geoenvironmental Team and is familiar with the challenges of complex brownfield sites and contaminated groundwater. 

Jenny has been based in Yorkshire for most of her career, however as well as in the UK, Jenny has worked in Nigeria, Cameroon, Kazakstan, Mauritius and across Europe. Prior to joining Arup Jenny led the Environment Agency team responsible for protecting groundwater quality from hazards such as coal mining legacy, landfill, contaminated land and pollution incidents.

Jenny is an SQP under the National Quality Mark Scheme and a Qualified Person under CL:AIRE Definition of Waste Code of Practice.  

Contact Jenny on jenny.lightfoot@arup.com   

Duncan Scott, Vertase FLI Ltd

Duncan is Technical Manager at Vertase FLI Ltd. He is a Chartered Geologist, Chartered Scientist and a UK Registered Ground Engineering Professional. Key areas of experience include risk assessment for soil and groundwater contamination, remediation options appraisal and remediation implementation. Since completing a PhD in groundwater remediation at the University of Nottingham in 2006, Duncan has worked on numerous site investigation and remediation projects across the UK in both technical and managerial roles. Most recently, Duncan has specialised in the remediation of landfill sites to enable redevelopment of the land for housing and other infrastructure.

Julia Reynolds, National Housing Building Council

Julia has over 18 years’ experience in the field of land contamination.  She currently works for NHBC in their Land Quality Endorsement team.  This team assesses Brownfield sites against NHBCs technical requirements for contamination and geotechnical aspects prior to the sale to a developer, thereby giving both the landowner and future developer comfort over NHBC's view of the site.

Prior to working for NHBC Julia was a local authority Contaminated Land Officer.  Her most recent LA role was with Leeds City Council where she worked in the Contaminated Land Team for 13 years. 

Julia has a BSc in Environmental Science and a MRes in Contaminated Land Management.  She is also a member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.


Liz Hart, Lithos Consulting - LEEDS

Liz is a chartered scientist with the Geological Society, a registered SiLC and SiLC assessor and is a Suitably Qualified Person under the National Quality Mark Scheme.  Liz has specialised in land contamination assessments for over 18yrs. 

During her career, Liz has worked in the public and private sectors including Local Government, the Environment Agency and geoenvironmental consultancy’s and has a detailed knowledge of regulatory regimes and legislation.  At Lithos, Liz specialises in site conceptualisation, human health and controlled waters risk assessment as well as supporting the continued development of Lithos engineers and promoting the implementation of the brownfield skills framework across the contaminated land sector.  

Nicola Power, Sheffield Hallam University

Nicki has over 20 years experience working in the contaminated land sector. She began as a civil and environmental engineering consultant and then retrained and worked for 15 years as an environmental lawyer, specialising in contaminated land, waste, mining and minerals and industrial permitting.

In September 2018, she joined Sheffield Hallam University as a senior lecturer, and now teaches law to undergraduate and postgraduate students on courses relating to the built and natural environment.

Nicki can be contacted on n.power@shu.ac.uk

Orna O'Toole, The Coal Authority

Ann Barker, City of Bradford MDC

Ann has 20 years experience in contaminated land investigation and management in both consultancy and local authority regulation. She also works with organisations such as YAHPAC (Yorkshire & Humberside Pollution Advisory Council) and Environmental Protection UK to: raise the profile of land quality work and local authority regulatory issues at local, regional and national level; facilitate support networks, training and skills development; and improve communications across the land quality sector. Ann can be contacted on ann.barker@bradford.gov.uk.

Zoe Cooper, Environmental Scientifics Group

Zoe has over 10 years experience in the environmental laboratory sector working as Business Development Manager.

Zoe's key focus is on the needs and expectations of clients from initial contact and project set up to the final report; and the development of long term business partnerships.

For more information contact Zoe on zoe.cooper@esg.co.uk

Peter Knight, Tata Steel

Peter is currently Stranded Asset Programme Manager at Tata Steel delivering sustainable and responsible management of its legacy sites throughout Europe. He has over 17 years technical and research experience in the contaminated land and brownfield sector. 

Prior to joining Tata Steel Peter worked as Senior Scientist at Jacobs for 5 years undertaking a wide variety of regeneration projects in the North of England.

Peter has 7 years regulator experience as contaminated Land Officer for Sheffield City Council where he was responsible for the development and implementation of Sheffield City Council's Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy. His role as Contaminated Land Officer involved managing the investigation design, determination and remediation of one of the first sites to be designated under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Peter is a Chartered Member of Institution of Water and Environmental Management,  a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Environmentalist



Eleanor Walker,

Eleanor is a Principal Consultant and Team Leader at Atkins with 13 years' consultancy experience in contaminated land assessment and remediation. She specialises in the field of human health risk assessment, and has undertaken and managed numerous human health and controlled waters risk assessments on a range of sites across the UK. Eleanor is also a member of the Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) and is actively involved in the Groundwater Vapour Modelling Sub Group, which is developing UK-specific generic assessment criteria to assess vapour inhalation risks from groundwater.