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Environmental Advisory Group

Our environmental advisory group provides valuable guidance on national issues.

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Find out more about who's in our group.

Ed Mitchell, Chair
Ed is a non-executive Director of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, a not-for-profit company he helped set up which provides water, sanitation and hygiene services to people living in slums in the developing world.  He is also an independent member of the audit and risk committee of the Vale Academy Trust, a group of primary and secondary schools in Oxfordshire. 

Ed was previously Executive Director at the Environment Agency, responsible for their approach to waste quality, water resources, industry regulation, land management, climate change adaptation and sustainable development.

Prior to that, the majority of Ed's career has been in the private sector.  He was Director of Environment and Corporate Responsibility at RWE Thames Water, worked in environmental management for GlaxoSmithKline and spent time in consultancy.  He has also worked in Defra and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Dr Bruce Lascelles BSc (Hons), PhD - vice chair
Bruce is business director – Ecology, Cultural Heritage, Carbon and Resource Efficiency, Hyder Cresswell. He is also chairman of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists; trustee of the British Society of Soil Science; and member of the CIWEM Natural Capital Network Steering Group. Bruce's background is in soil and hydrological assessments, and the development of strategies for the creation, restoration and translocation of valuable habitats. He also has expertise in river restoration and the interactions between river geomorphology and biodiversity.

Professor Rafid Al Khaddar
Representing the society for the environment on the Trust’s national council, Rafid is professor of water and environmental engineering at Liverpool John Moores’ University. His special expertise is in wastewater treatment methods. Rafid has published over 100 publications in refereed journals and international conferences and he is the chair of the Faculty Research Committee which overseas the management of all the research students within the Faculty of Technology and Environment within LJMU.

Dr Michael Dobson
Michael is managing director of the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA), a small multi-disciplinary organisation with two estates (Windermere and Dorset) and approximately 25 staff. A charity dedicated to furthering the understanding of fresh waters and facilitating their effective management, it provides services (publications, training courses, meetings, etc) for professional and amateur biologists worldwide.

Dr Colin Fenn BA, PhD, C Sci, C.WEM, FCIWEM
Colin is a specialist in water resources and flood management, with a long career in the water industry, including writing, editing, reviewing, supporting and challenging water resources management plans and development of abstraction management strategies for WWF-UK (Itchen Initiative). He is currently managing director, Hydrologic Services Ltd and owner director of his own consultancy, CFonstream (2005~). Colin is also chair, CIWEM Water Resources Panel.

Lindsay Frost
Lindsay is a chartered town planner with many years’ senior local government experience in Kent, Yorkshire and Sussex. Since 2014, he has been an independent planning consultant serving clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

His particular expertise is in development and flood risk, and in protection and enhancement of the built and natural environment through the planning system.

Rob Jarman BA, MSc, MIEEM, AIEMA
Rob is sustainability director for National Trust in England, Wales & N Ireland, having worked for the National Trust since 1986. He is a geographer and natural scientist. Rob is currently responsible for developing the National Trust’s policies and practices for sustainability, properly representing the Trust’s purposes for society’s welfare, cultural heritage and natural environment.

Allison Jean
Allison is the principal biodiversity officer for the Midlands Region of the Environment Agency. Educated in geography and rural resource management, Allison has worked for over 20 years as an ecologist with the Wildlife Trusts, local authorities, Natural England and the Environment Agency with particular emphasis on biodiversity issues in land use planning/large infrastructure projects and wider stakeholder engagement.

Jim Lamb
Jim is a trustee of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management and chairs their Nominations and Ethics Committees. He has worked as a chartered civil engineer in the water industry all of his career, initially constructing flood defences and river improvement schemes but as industry reorganisation and privatisation took place he worked at a senior level on business planning and performance and management practices. 

Following privatisation Jim was appointed head of environment for the Severn Trent Group with responsibility for environmental policy and reporting for all of the companies in the Group. More recently, Jim has been an independent, international water and environmental consultant.

Jim is a nominated member of the Trust's Council representing CIWEM.

Pete Lambert
Pete is a senior manager with Shropshire Wildlife Trust co-ordinating river and catchment projects across Shropshire County. His team are involved in several natural flood management projects and they have recently returned from leading an 11-day river trip to raise awareness of river conservation along the whole length of the River Severn from source to sea.

His early working life was spent at Outdoor pursuit centres before moving into residential childcare. A decade later Pete moved into supporting adults with special needs and in 1993 established Poulton Woods Woodcraft centre. The centre delivered training in traditional woodland crafts to adults with a wide range of needs and remains a unique therapeutic setting to this day.

Pete and family live in rural Shropshire. Pete enjoys time spent walking the hills, Scouting, cycling, canoeing, reading, watching films, pottering in the workshop and cooking out. 

Duncan Mackay
Duncan Mackay is Natural England’s Principal Advisor for green space. He was formerly SE Director of the Countryside Agency; Environmental Technical Director in the Babtie Group; Environmental Manager for Berkshire County Council; and, Deputy Secretary of the Commons, Open Spaces and Footpaths Preservation Society. Duncan was responsible for the designation of the Thames Path and writing Natural England’s Access Policy

Duncan was: Commodore of Henley Sailing Club; winner of the Henry Ford European Conservation Award;  author of The Secret Thames  (1992), Apples, Berkshire, Cider (1996) Eat Wild (2010) and Bizarre Berkshire (2011). He is currently writing ’Red One’ the story of the landscape evolution of Reading. He has also cycled his folding bicycle following the longest straight line in Britain from the Isle of Wight to Cape Wrath and has just built a coracle. 

Arlin Rickard
Arlin is chief executive officer of ‘The Rivers Trust’, the umbrella body of the Rivers Trust Movement covering England, Wales and Ireland. Arlin began his career in agriculture and has wide-ranging experience of land use, ecology, fisheries and wildlife, the charitable sector and community relations. In recent years, Arlin has developed and worked on a number of European partnership projects and policy development programmes.

Peter Birch - Canal & River Trust, Environment Manager.

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Last date edited: 22 June 2016