The Executive Committee currently comprises:

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Alex Lee – Chair

Alex Lee - SoBRAAlex is a Technical Director at WSP with circa 18 years’ experience. He has a regional accountability for Scotland and technical responsibility for all WSP UK offices. Alexander has previously been employed by WSP Remediation Ltd, ERM, Geodelft and British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL). He has a focus upon environmental modelling and hydrogeological investigation together with risk assessment (chemical and radiological). He has a masters in Environmental Monitoring and PhD in Geology. He is a STEM Ambassador to schools and sits upon several university advisory groups. He is also a regular author and presenter at both domestic and international conference. Project works have included commissions within the UK, Europe, Switzerland and the US amongst others. Project delivery has included both public and private sector clients for the purpose of fulfilling problem holder legislative responsibilities, divestiture and audit together with strategy development and resource assessment. He acts regularly as an expert witness.

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Hannah White – Vice Chair & Treasurer

Hannah White - SoBRAHannah is a Principal Environmental Geoscientist at Atkins Ltd. and works in the field of contaminated land assessment, progressing sites from desk study, to site investigation, through risk assessment, to remediation. She specialises in human health risk assessment and has worked on a number of challenging and complex sites from the very small to very large, covering a variety of contaminants and land uses under both the planning and Part 2A regime. Hannah was involved in the development of the 2008/2009 Environment Agency CLEA software and was a contributing author to a number of the SGV reports and supplementary SGV reports. She is involved in the development of the Atkins ATRISK Soil Screening Values and leads on human health training courses. Hannah has a key interest in promoting technical excellence and good practice and is a member of the better regulation sub-group.

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Rachel Dewhurst

Rachel Dewhurst - SoBRAI have been working as a human health and controlled waters risk assessor at MWH in High Wycombe for the past twelve years. As part of a small team of hydrogeologists and contaminated land experts I have been able to contribute to a wide range of projects for an even wider range of clients. My key experiences include assessing risks to water quality from artificial recharge, assessing the impact of sugar cane waste on aquifer quality, Part 2A assessments for local authorities, remedial design inputs to gas works sites, determining human health risks from proposed re-use of sludge residuals (CIRIA), gas risk assessments, pipeline and pipe failure risk assessments and land redevelopment projects. Prior to joining MWH I undertook a post-doctoral research project at Royal Holloway, University of London, on direct toxicity assessment of groundwater; worked for a housing association as a development assistant; did a PhD on authigenic pyritization of organic matter at Bristol University; and completed a degree in Geology at Royal Holloway.

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David Schofield – Secretary

David Schofield - SoBRADavid is a Chartered Environmentalist with over 15 years experience within the contaminated land sector, providing client support across land portfolio due diligence, property transaction and brownfield regeneration. David is a Manager at Ramboll Environ’s Birmingham Office and currently chairs the company’s UK quantitative risk assessment group coordinating the undertaking and review of detailed quantitative risk assessments. As part of his role David works closely with senior specialists in human and ecological toxicology to support assessment of potential risks within a diverse range of environmental settings. David is a keen member of a number of industry focused groups and regularly attends and participates in a diverse range of industry seminars and webinars provided by various organisations, covering varied topics relevant to the current issues influencing contaminated land assessment.

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David Jackson – Website Co-ordinator

David Jackson - SoBRAIs currently a Principal Consultant at Delta Simons Environmental Consultants and has 15 years experience in the Contaminated Land Sector including 14 years as a Land Quality Officer at Wakefield Council . He has identified and prioritised potentially contaminated sites at two local authorities and has undertaken numerous Part 2a detailed inspections of sites. David has determined two residential sites as ‘Contaminated Land’. The first site was in 2010 due to its former use as a chemical works and with the assistance of consultants and the local authority’s groundwork’s team completed remediation works at the properties in April 2011. David was the project manager for the remediation of another high risk residential site that was determined as Contaminated Land under the new statutory guidance in 2013. He graduated from Leeds University in 1999 with a degree in Mineral Industry and Environmental Engineering.

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Geraint Williams – Events Coordinator

Geraint Williams - SoBRAGeraint 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.

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Simon Cole

Simon is a Technical Director at AECOM with 19 years of commercial experience in environmental risk assessment. In fact he’s done little else in his career but provide consultancy advice on the risk (particularly human health risk) from chemical releases to land, air or water. Simon is a Chartered Environmentalist and has an academic background in Environmental Engineering with a degree and PhD from Cardiff University. Simon is currently AECOM’s Practice Leader for QRA in the UK & Ireland, responsible for technical delivery and capability development, and is part of AECOM’s Technical Practice Network both across Europe and globally. Simon currently chair’s SoBRA’s sub-group on asbestos in soil, and has been a member of SoBRA since it started in 2009. Simon is an advocate of early career professional development, and industry collaboration, and contributes to a number of industry initiatives and organisations in addition to SoBRA, including NICOLE and JIWG.

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Chris Taylor – Accreditation Lead

Christopher Taylor - SoBRAChris is a Land Regeneration Manager at National Grid where he manages a nationwide portfolio of historic gasworks sites and is responsible for investigation, assessment, remediation and gasholder demolition at these sites. Prior to this Chris worked as a regulator dealing with contaminated land and environmental pollution at both Brent Council and the Environment Agency. Chris returns to the committee after a short break, having previously been the SoBRA chair in 2015. Chris is a Chartered Scientist and is committed to promoting best practice and knowledge sharing within the Brownfield sector.

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Sarah Mortimer

Sarah Mortimer -SoBRA

Sarah is a Principle Engineer at the Environmental Protection Group Limited (EPG). She has over 16 years’ experience in the investigation and assessment of contaminated sites. Sarah has a degree in Engineering Geology & Geotechnics and is a Fellow of the Geological Society. Sarah has been responsible for investigating and assessing some of the most challenging gassing sites in the UK. Sarah is one of the authors of CLAIRE Research Bulletin 17, which underpins the assessment of gassing sites using organic carbon data and outlines an approach to understanding gas generation in fill materials. She has been at the forefront in applying this approach to manage earthworks operations for development sites. She is currently working on several sites where she has developed the approach to include verification of earthworks using surface emissions data.

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Theresa Cory

Theresa Cory - SoBRATheresa Cory is an Environment Agency Groundwater and Contaminated Land Technical Specialist in Herts and North London Area. Her role includes advising sites undergoing site investigation and remediation by Part 2A, planning, voluntary consultations and sites regulated under COMAH and Environmental Permitting Regulations (landfills, process industries and waste management). Prior to joining the EA in 1999, Theresa worked on a hazardous waste landfill as site chemist and assistant manager for 4 years. She is Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist with an academic background in chemistry, environmental science and contaminant hydrogeology. She works with the local authorities in London, Bucks, Herts and Beds Contaminated Land Officers and also with other land quality professionals in the Contaminated Land Forum: North East Thames (CLF:NET).

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