An Introduction to the Land Quality Team

9 May 2024

We are proud to introduce you to our esteemed Land Quality Team! Operating seamlessly across our offices in London, Bristol, and Manchester, we function as a cohesive unit, specialising in contamination assessment throughout all phases of development, from site acquisition to project completion. Our comprehensive service portfolio includes technical due diligence, desk studies, site investigations, detailed risk assessments, remediation design/supervision, and management of soil re-use.

Leading the team are our Partners James Clay, Simon Burr, and Tristan Tucker, each boasting between 20 and 30 years of industry experience. All are accredited as Chartered Environmentalists, and James and Simon hold registrations as Specialists in Land Condition (SiLC) and are Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs), registered under the Government’s National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) which promotes quality in contaminated land reporting.

Our two Associates Samantha Broughton and Peter Kenny, who bring nearly two decades of experience each, provide key technical support to the team. Samantha oversees resource management for the team, while both hold titles as Chartered Scientists and Qualified Persons (under industry’s Definition of Waste: Code of Practice).

Helping to deliver the technical aspects of our services are our three Senior Scientists Antony Phin, Charlotte Stephenson and Shauna McLoughlin, along with Project Scientist Brandon Reilly. Together, they ensure the delivery of our services across a wide range of land uses. Antony is our specialist in Human Health Risk Assessment and is a Chartered Environmentalist and Registered Risk Assessor (RSoBRA). Charlotte, Shauna and Brandon are working towards chartered and RSoBRA qualifications.

Integral to the team is our Senior GIS Analyst, Rhys Francis, who provides invaluable spatial and visual data analyses for our projects. As well as providing essential input for all our projects, Rhys also assisted in the development of a GIS model for one of our larger projects – Kilnwood Vale, an online database housing spatial data and reports making gigabytes of data instantly accessible to both the client and project team.

Additionally, our team fosters collaborative learning and innovation through our annual ‘Land Quality Meet Up’. This event serves as a platform for sharing project experiences, updates on guidance, and brainstorming new ideas to further enhance our services.

The team was recently honoured with the ‘Best Preparatory Work’ award for their outstanding project, Tanyard Lane, at the Brownfield Briefing Awards 2023.

This project stands out as one of our most technically intricate endeavours in recent years, dealing with a chlorinated solvent plume that had extended beyond the project site beneath existing housing and requiring in-house and sub floor monitoring and a very detailed communication strategy.

We will be submitting again at this year’s awards, so, fingers crossed!

Our team are actively involved in industry committees. Simon is a member of CL:AIRE’s Technical Research Group, which provides scientific reviews of industry guidance relating to contaminated land and re-use of soils, and he is a member of the SoBRA sub-groups which cover ground gas and radon Jim is a member of the SiLC assessor panel, and Antony has recently become a member of the AGS Contaminated Land Working Group and Land Condition Community at the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

Outside of work, the team maintains an active lifestyle, engaging in various activities such as running, swimming, cycling, pilates, recreational sports leagues, and dancing. They also enjoy exploring new landscapes through travel and fishing, as well as spending time with family and friends and attending live music events.