Technical Specialist Groundwater & Contaminated Land, Environment Agency

Having spent most of his youth in places like Africa, Chile and Fiji, after his degree in Environmental Sciences at Plymouth and postgrad Diploma in Soil and Water Engineering at Silsoe, Jonathan continued his travels by doing Voluntary Service Overseas in the Philippines and two short stints on soil projects in Papua New Guinea and Burkina Faso. He finally got his first permanent job at 30 with the KCC geotechnical group in the UK.

After two years he moved to the Pollution Control section in the KCC Waste Disposal Dept, which evolved into the Waste Regulation Authority. He joined the Environment Agency when it was formed in 1996. He has worked on risk assessment of developed closed landfill sites, landfill engineering and environmental control enforcement on permitted sites, and a variety of contaminated land projects. He has managed a team of specialists and been a national technical specialist advisor on a number of projects related to soil remediation and waste management as a regulator.



Environmental Engineer, VertaseFLI

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Technical Director – Geotechnics and Earthworks, Hydrock

Ian is an acknowledged industry-leading expert in designing ground improvement schemes that re-engineer highly variable ground associated with brownfield developments to commercially unlock schemes previously regarded as unviable.


His recent experience includes SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, the geotechnical design of the 450-acre site for Gateway South Coventry, Thames Enterprise Park and G-Park Docklands, and he has previously advised on DP World, London Gateway.


His specialist experience in the testing of construction materials, including soils, rocks, primary and secondary aggregates, concrete, tar and bituminous-bound materials has given him substantial expertise in geotechnical engineering design. Ian has 30 years’ experience in the design and management of projects relating to geotechnics, geotechnical design, ground improvement, earthworks, geotechnical remediation of soils and reuse of secondary materials, and extensive experience in the specification, testing and verification of civil engineering projects.



Principal Environmental Consultant, Atkins

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Technical Director, VertaseFLI

Dr Duncan Scott is a Technical Director at Vertase FLI Ltd. He has a PhD in remediation from the University of Nottingham and is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Geologist and Specialist in Land Condition. Duncan has worked in land contamination assessment and remediation since the early 2000’s and in recent years he has worked almost exclusively on landfill investigation and remediation projects throughout the UK to enable redevelopment of the land for new and beneficial end uses. As with most sustainable land remediation projects, maximising material re-use plays a key part in landfill remediation and Duncan has enjoyed navigating the Regulatory, technical and practical constraints to landfill remediation as this area of the industry has gained pace.  



Partner, Gunnercooke LLP

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