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CL:AIRE is delighted to announce that its Technology and Research Group (TRG) has three new members - Ruth Chippendale from Shell, Liz Gray from Atkins and Karen Young from Jacobs UK Ltd.  Short biographies are provided below.

The TRG is an advisory group made up of leading professionals who support CL:AIRE on technology development and research, provide guidance on issues relating to the sustainable reuse of land and review all its publications and training.

Mike Summersgill and Jonathan Smith have stepped down from the TRG this year and our thanks goes to them for their valued contributions over many years.  The current list of TRG members is provided here >>>.

Ruth Chippendale, Shell

Ruth is Principal Program Manager within the Shell Downstream soil and groundwater team. In this role she is accountable for managing soil and groundwater risks for Shell Downstream in the UK, primarily across a nationwide portfolio of retail petrol stations.

Ruth is a contaminated land professional with over 25 years experience. She has a geology and hydrogeology background and is a Chartered Geologist, Chartered Environmentalist and Full Member of IEMA. Before joining Shell, Ruth’s early career was spent within environmental consultancy where she participated in, and led, teams delivering site investigation, risk assessment and remediation services. The first phase of her Shell career was spent in Shell Global Solutions in the UK, undertaking technical assurance and regulatory advocacy work for sites across Europe and beyond, and later taking on a combined team leadership and technical role. More recently she broadened her experience to cover a wider environmental remit in upstream oil and gas outside the UK, working in operations in Gabon, Australia and Qatar, before returning to live and work in the UK in 2020.

Liz Gray, Atkins

Liz is an advocate for bringing excavated materials into the spotlight during the planning phase of a project to maximise reuse and sustainability benefits. She has worked with industry over the last 16 years to improve resource efficiency in construction including the application of the DoWCoP to large infrastructure and multi-phase projects. She co-authored the inaugural IEMA guidance on the assessment of materials and waste in Environmental Impact Assessment and is the lead on materials and waste assessments in EIA working on road, rail, housing and NSIP schemes, including those submitted for Development Consent Orders and Transport Works Act Orders. She is a Qualified Person under DoWCoP and delivers DoWCoP training courses as a trainer for CL:AIRE. With a background in land contamination, Liz’s experience encompasses waste and resource management, due diligence, environmental management and management systems, compliance/assurance auditing and reporting and training development and delivery.

Karen Young, Jacobs UK Ltd

Karen is a Senior Associate Director and Head of Discipline for the Jacobs UK and Europe land quality team.  She has over 20 years of experience in contaminated land assessment, firstly as a regulator with Salford City Council and then Warrington Borough Council before becoming an environmental consultant with Jacobs. She has experience in contaminated land assessment, environmental impact assessment and materials management plans and has worked on a wide range of projects including the Avenue Coking Works remediation, numerous Environment Agency flood defence schemes and major infrastructure schemes including Wylfa Newydd, Heathrow Expansion and HS2.

Karen has experience of applying the DoWCoP to major infrastructure schemes and has worked with CL:AIRE and the Environment Agency to develop a framework approach to applying materials management plans to large-scale, long-running projects.