Meet the Team
The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network's delivery team is here to help you drive innovation in Environmental Sustainability.
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Jonathan's expertise encompasses many aspects of the natural environment, with a focus on water and wastewater management, and contaminated soil remediation. He maintains an interest in the marketing of environmental goods and services, and supports the ESKTN in developing company-based Knowledge Transfer Partnerships too. Twenty years of experience in industry and consultancy have included highly successful work at national level with the Welsh Development Agency, and EU-funded initiatives backed by the European Regional Development Fund. Jonathan is based in the ESKTN's Chester Office, and also provides one of our links to the Lancaster Environment Centre.
Lis is ESKTN's specialist in Resource Efficiency and Waste Management. A background in biological and agricultural science was followed by four years in Australia developing cost effective feeding regimes for the sheep industry. Back in the UK she has worked extensively with government support programmes in the waste and energy recovery sectors. She has more than twenty years' experience of working with organisations in the industrial/commercial sector as well as with the academic and public sector. Her work promotes opportunities that offer innovative approaches for developing cost-effective energy efficient and low carbon solutions for businesses. Recently she worked with the regional development agency in the West Midlands to advise and support development of regional businesses in areas as diverse as resource efficiency and low carbon, particularly with biomass and wind developments.
Dr David Gardner is the Deputy Director of the ESKTN, and senior technical specialist for the ESKTN priority areas of green refineries. David is a chartered chemical engineer who has been involved with industrial collaborative R&D throughout his career. He has developed new processes and technologies in a wide range of fields including microwave chemistry, plasma gasification, industrial biotechnology; and environmental technologies (for example destruction of CFCs, electrochemical treatment of waste streams, anaerobic digestion, novel production and drying of packaging material manufactured from waste material). He is currently a non-executive director of EKB Technology, and sits on the CBI's Inter Company Academic Relations Group (ICARG). David was previously the Director of Innovation for the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme and was Director of the Pro-Bio Faraday Partnership. David works out of the Chester Office.
Tony Hartwell describes himself as a 'Jack of all trades and master of some', but with thirty years' practical experience in minerals and metals industries, he is undoubtedly well placed to advise the ESKTN's Members on resource efficiency, and end of life materials management. Tony's innovative talents have produced ferro-alloys from scrap in the UK, designed a solar evaporation system in the Middle East, recovered molten magnesium metal in Norway and produced road construction aggregate from slag in South Africa. Now based at Birmingham University, he works to promote collaborative research and development projects, drawing on a huge range of partner organisations including the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the CBI, MIRO and the Brussels-based Resource Efficiency Alliance.
Based at our Chester office, John Henderson started his professional career as a polymer scientist, working in the chemical industry on production and business process improvements, process control, statistical data analysis and experimental design. Within the ESKTN, John specialises in the delivery of the web and on-line communications services to the ESKTN comunities, and on training, facilitating and otherwise leading developmental workshops. Alongside areas where systems and modelling skills are required - especially resource constraints and the business imperatives that underlie those- he specialises in integrated product policy, and market sector supply chain integration. Curiously, John's professional passion for excellence has never extended to the football field, where his heart is given to Partick Thistle and Tranmere Rovers.
Jenni is a technology professional with extensive energy sector experience, combining strong interpersonal and influencing skills with an excellent record of achievement in a UK and International context. With her background in geology Jenni is passionate about reducing the impact of climate change in particular through the use of carbon capture and storage, carbon sequestration and renewable energy. Having recently joined the Environmental Sustainability KTN at Oxford University her wealth of experience with project and process management will be put to good use.
Anne is ESKTN's Associate Director (Research and KE) and specialist in Sustainable Land Management and Soil Health. An environmental scientist and ecologist, her career has spanned more than 30 years as a university academic and a consultant. Her early career focussed on field and laboratory studies of the impacts of pollutants on different types of ecosystems, from soils to aquatic environments. As a consultant she has been responsible for designing, managing and delivering a multitude of different survey programmes assessing air, water and soil quality, then advising clients on appropriate mitigation and remediation measures. As an academic much of her research has also centred around the management of environmental risks and the application of risk assessment to environmental protection and sustainable development, working on this in partnership with the Environment Agency and Defence Estates. Anne's consultancy and training portfolio has ranged from applying Life Cyle Assessment to waste management and minimisation in the NHS, the design and use of reed-beds as sustainable water treatment systems for removing metals from contaminated effluents, to developing Biodiversity Action Plans for businesses. She has worked extensively in Canada, Romania, France and Taiwan, helping business to develop their environmental measurement and reporting systems, with recent Canadian Masters students working on the application of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines to environmental consultancy and on implementing environmental management to achieve zero waste at Whistler for the 2010 Olympics.
Ben Peace has dedicated his career to the creation of more sustainable products and fostering knowledge transfer in this domain. He builds on over ten years' industrial experience as a Product Designer and Project Manager, developing and commercialising exciting new products including zero emission vehicles and solar panels, and identifying and quantifying improvements to existing products. Products Ben has worked on have won accolades such as Time Magazine's "Inventions of the Year" and the "Good Design" award. He has worked as a consultant to numerous small companies across a range of sectors, as well as within larger manufacturers including LG Electronics & Baxi Heating. A graduate of the joint Royal College of Art/Imperial College "Industrial Design Engineering" course, Ben is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and holds a Masters degree in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University along with a certificate in Sustainable Design. Ben is currently informing and supporting initiatives such as the Technology Strategy Board's competition "New Designs for a Circular Economy" and the RSA's "Great Recovery" programme.
Dr. Derek Pedley is Associate Director for Business Development within ESKTN, brokering relationships between the investment community (including grant support) and environmental technology businesses. His background in academic and commercial research for products as diverse as contact lenses, reverse osmosis membranes and oral insulin, lead to a series of technical positions in major corporations in the UK and overseas and finally to the establishment of a highly successful sensor development company in the USA. Returning to the UK, he specialised in advice to SMEs, and initiated the development of resource efficiency clubs. Derek runs the ESKTN's Investment Readiness Forum and offers specialist advice in our priority areas of environmental measurement, recovery of energy from waste, soil health, in situ land remediation, and carbon capture and storage. He also chairs the UK Charity 'Talking with Hands', who organise signing for deaf cinema goers. He can be found through the Oxford Office.
Carolyn Roberts, is Director of the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network and a chartered water scientist with twenty years experience of research and consultancy on the hydrological impacts of human development such as mining and waste disposal, flood and drought management, water pollution and river erosion. She was Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire before moving to Oxford University to become Director of the ESKTN in 2009. She also advises local authorities on flood management issues (including Gloucestershire in 2007), and the police on the movement of human bodies in rivers; projects have taken her all over the world. She has published books and papers on institutional innovation and practical sustainability issues, lead several major innovation projects for universities, and is a Director of Society for the Environment, and past Chair of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. During her time as a champion of innovation in universities she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and a Chair at a university in Bangladesh.
Terry is a chartered civil and water engineer and has significant experience at senior management levels in a number of roles in the water industry in consultancies, government agencies and private water companies both in the UK and overseas. He has a track record of managing teams of engineers and scientists, planning and delivery of projects, strategy development, knowledge brokering and management of R&D programmes. He has recently returned from Australia after 14 years with United Water and Sydney Water establishing R&D groups, managing environmental consultancies and delivering recycled water and desalination projects. Presently Terry is also managing the European Union Commission WaterDiss initiative, which has been established to disseminate the results/outcomes of R&D from some 80 multi-million euro water related projects.