The Executive Committee currently comprises:
Hannah White – Chair
Hannah is a Land Regeneration Manager at National Grid and is responsible for bringing land back into beneficial use across over 100 former gasworks sites in the West Midlands, North England and Scotland. Hannah has been working in the sector for over 16 years, previously working at both Atkins and URS (now Aecom). Hannah been a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) since 2012. During this time she has held roles of Treasurer and Vice Chair and took on the role of Chair in 2019. Hannah has a key interest in promoting technical excellence, innovation, sharing good practice, publishing guidance and developing others. She is also a scrutineer for the SoBRA accreditation scheme. Hannah is a Chartered Scientist with the Geological Society. She has been involved in hundreds of inter-disciplinary land investigation, risk assessment and remediation projects. She has written and contributed to a numerous technical guidance documents in relation to quantitative human health risk assessment of contaminated land and is an author of published technical papers. She is currently Chairperson of the C4SL Phase 2 Project Steering Group (on behalf of the Soil and Groundwater Technical Association (SAGTA)), delivering new assessment criteria for industry to use when assessing potential risk to humans from soil.
Simon Cole – Vice Chair
Simon has worked in environmental consultancy as a risk assessor for over 20 years. He’s been a member of SoBRA for over a decade, has chaired the society’s sub-group on asbestos for 7 years and is currently the society’s vice chair. Simon is the Technical Practice Lead for AECOM’s UK&I Environmental Liability Solutions team and has primary responsibility for the technical delivery of and capability development in remediation services associated with land contamination, and Simon’s career has been dominated by the technical development, practice and advocacy of risk assessment methodologies and risk-based management of land contamination, advising governments and commercial clients, and supporting industry initiatives.
Jo Wilding – Secretary
Joanna (Jo) is an Associate Technical Director at RSK. Jo has an academic background, with a Masters in Pollution and Environmental Control and a PhD in ecotoxicology. Following this she worked in the private sector, as a regulator in local government for six years and at Public Health England prior to moving to RSK in 2014. Jo is a Chartered Environmentalist, became a SiLC and SQP in 2017 and holds ASoBRA for human health. Currently she acts as a SoBRA scrutineer and is involved in the C4SL Phase 2 project as a Tier 2 toxicologist. Jo works with a range of clients and on a wide variety of projects, including local authorities and developers in relation to the investigation and assessment of brownfield land, and industrial clients in relation to due diligence and environmental permitting.
Rachel Dewhurst – Treasurer
Rachel has 20 years of experience working on water resources projects in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean. She is an expert in groundwater, groundwater geochemistry and contaminated land, and has worked a wide range of projects that lie on the intersection between geography, geology, chemistry and biology. Rachel strongly believes that by working effectively together across disciplines we can develop the best solutions for all stakeholders. Key technical projects include new production boreholes in the Sherwood Sandstone, 20 years of working on an airforce site in the UK, numerous groundwater and human health risk assessments for sites in the UK and abroad and quantifying the feasibility of artificial recharge in terms of geochemistry and natural reactions during injection. She manages the Stantec UK Water – Water Resources Team which challenges her to look at problems with WQ in receiving waters, abstraction impacts on wetlands, river restoration and fish passage projects, as well as her bread and butter catchment, contaminated land and borehole projects. Never one to refuse a challenge, she also works part-time, has three daughters who all do sport, sits on the committee of the UK Society for Brownfield Risk assessment, examines for Chartered Geologist and runs a brownie pack.
Christopher Taylor – Accreditation Lead
Chris is a Land Regeneration Manager for the National Grid, responsible for the remediation of historic gasworks sites. Prior to this Chris spent over a decade working in environmental regulation both at Local Authority and the Environment Agency. Chris is a member of the Institution of Environmental Science and is a Chartered Scientist with an academic background in Environmental Science, Chemistry and Ecotoxicology. He is a returning committee member, having previously chaired SoBRA. Chris is an advocate of improving standards and disseminating knowledge in brownfield risk assessment in the sector, and currently leads the SoBRA Accreditation Scheme.
Geraint Williams – Events Lead
Geraint Williams is a Senior Environmental Scientist with 16 years’ experience in the investigation and assessment of contaminated land. He has been involved in the assessment of a broad range of former industrial sites in the UK and is familiar with international approaches to risk assessment from work in the Middle East, Central Asia, Nigeria and South Africa. Geraint also serves on the AGS Executive Committee and Contaminated Land Working Group.
Eleanor Walker – GDPR Lead
Eleanor is a Chartered Scientist, Specialist in Land Condition and Suitably Qualified Person with over 14 years’ experience in the assessment and remediation of contaminated land. Eleanor has predominantly worked in environmental consultancy with experience encompassing project management, team management and key client framework management. She recently moved into a regulatory role as Team Leader of the Leeds City Council Contaminated Land team. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the provision of advice on dealing with land contamination through the planning process and is also responsible for fulfilling the council’s statutory responsibilities to prioritise, inspect and remediate land across the district under Part 2A of the EPA. Eleanor has a particular interest in human health risk assessment and is accredited as ASoBRA for human health and vapours and a scrutineer for the accreditation scheme. She was actively involved in the development and publication of the SoBRA groundwater vapour GAC guidance and have recently joined the SoBRA asbestos sub-group. She is also actively involved in various industry bodies including the Yorkshire Contaminated Land Forum (YCLF) and the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Pollution Advisory Group (YALPAG).
Olayinka Ekundayo is an experienced Land Contamination professional with experience gained in the private and public sectors. Currently working for the London Borough of Brent based in Wembley as Contaminated Land specialist, she has previously worked for councils in Hertfordshire. Prior to working in local government Olayinka worked as a contaminated land consultant based in Scotland for 5 years working on a range of contaminated land site investigations and remediation projects. As a local government contaminated land specialist. She has been involved in both the ‘Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire ‘and ‘East and West London’ Contaminated Land Officer’s groups sharing best practice and expertise.
Jenny Mullen – Membership Lead
Jenny is an Associate Geo-environmental Engineer at PJA. She has 12 years’ experience in the investigation and assessment of contaminated land and has worked on a variety of projects under both planning and Part 2A regimes, including several large-scale Brownfield redevelopment sites. Jenny’s role involves taking sites from due diligence review to ground investigation, remediation and earthworks and subsequent validation. She specialises in human health risk assessment having undertaken a part time Masters in Contaminated Land Management at the University of Nottingham, with a research thesis on the oral bioaccessibility of contaminants. She is currently involved in a standards committee and the SoBRA vapour intrusion group. Jenny has an academic background with a PhD in Earth Sciences. Prior to working as a geoenvironmental engineer, she was a post-doctoral researcher focusing on biomineralisation. She has published her research in peer reviewed journals and has presented at national and international conferences.
Melinda Evans – Website Co-Ordinator
Melinda has worked across the contaminated land sector with roles within Shell Australia, the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority, consultancy (URS, Komex and Firth Consultants) and most recently in remediation contracting at Soilfix Ltd. Originally training as an environmental engineer, early experiences in contaminated land site practice led Melinda towards risk assessment work and this is where she has chosen to focus. Although her specialisation is human health risk assessment, controlled waters risk assessments have been integral to many of the projects she has been involved. Melinda has been involved in sites ranging from former industrial facilities, gasworks, operational petroleum storage facilities, residential properties, project management of divestment portfolios and Part 2A sites including detailed quantitative risk assessment. During her time at Komex and Firth Consultants she was involved in derivation of both in house and consortium generic screening criteria, notably the Environmental Industries Commission GAC project. To complement her experience in exposure modelling, Melinda has recently completed an MSc in Toxicology and Risk Assessment with a focus on mixtures risk assessment. She is a Tier 2 toxicologist for the C4SL Phase 2 project and has recently completed a contract toxicologist position with WRc in their National Centre for Environmental Toxicology (NCET).