STEERING GROUP

JAMIE EDMONDS
Senior Environmental Manager – Kier Utilities & Rail

After graduating from Bath Spa university in 2004 I embarked on my environmental career. I had a brief spell working for a local water company as a sampler before swiftly moving into the civil engineering.

I spent my first year in construction as an Environmental Advisor at Land & Marine,
working on high profile and high value projects all over the UK. I left that role looking for bigger challenges and found them at May Gurney where I continued working as an Environmental Advisor until I took on the Group Environmental Manager position which I maintained until the company was taken over by Kier in 2013.

I am still with Kier, now focused on Utilities & Rail but I have built up a wealth of knowledge within Highways, Environmental Services, Fleet & Passenger Services, Housing Maintenance and Facilities Management. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved a very diverse range of contracts and schemes ranging from gritting highways to delivery of 30km cross country pipelines.

On my journey I have also completed an MSc in Ecological Impact Assessment, hold Natural England class licences for dormice, great crested newts and barn owls and won multiple awards for environmental aspects on projects, ecological enhancements, charity projects and corporate responsibility.

Senior Environmental Manager – Kier Utilities & Rail

After graduating from Bath Spa university in 2004 I embarked on my environmental career. I had a brief spell working for a local water company as a sampler before swiftly moving into the civil engineering.

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I spent my first year in construction as an Environmental Advisor at Land & Marine,
working on high profile and high value projects all over the UK. I left that role looking for bigger challenges and found them at May Gurney where I continued working as an Environmental Advisor until I took on the Group Environmental Manager position which I maintained until the company was taken over by Kier in 2013.

I am still with Kier, now focused on Utilities & Rail but I have built up a wealth of knowledge within Highways, Environmental Services, Fleet & Passenger Services, Housing Maintenance and Facilities Management. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved a very diverse range of contracts and schemes ranging from gritting highways to delivery of 30km cross country pipelines.

On my journey I have also completed an MSc in Ecological Impact Assessment, hold Natural England class licences for dormice, great crested newts and barn owls and won multiple awards for environmental aspects on projects, ecological enhancements, charity projects and corporate responsibility.

HELEN BERTHONNEAU
Environment Manager (PIEMA) – Construction, Climate Adaptation, Flood management, SKANSKA

I am a senior adviser, leading a team in charge of shaping the implementation of the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan, the Government’s plan for managing the impact of climate change and sea level rise in the Thames Estuary for the next 100 years.

I have worked as an environmental professional in the UK for over 6 years, both in construction in the private sector and in flood risk management (tidal and surface water) in the public sector. I have also worked in online marketing and customer services. I am a worldwide traveller, having lived and studied in Gabon (Central Africa), France and New Zealand.

As an Environmental Practitioner, I believe that managing our impact on the environment positively is not only achievable, but also the only way to build better and smarter for future generations.

I think knowledge sharing is key to making businesses change their standards when it comes to embedding their business decisions with good environmental practice. This is why I decided to support the creation of the EBN.

M. A. Geography, La Sorbonne; PgDip Environmental Science, University of Auckland; PIEMA.

Environment Manager (PIEMA) – Construction, Climate Adaptation, Flood management, SKANSKA

I am a senior adviser, leading a team in charge of shaping the implementation of the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan, the Government’s plan for managing the impact of climate change and sea level rise in the Thames Estuary for the next 100 years.

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I have worked as an environmental professional in the UK for over 6 years, both in construction in the private sector and in flood risk management (tidal and surface water) in the public sector. I have also worked in online marketing and customer services. I am a worldwide traveller, having lived and studied in Gabon (Central Africa), France and New Zealand.

As an Environmental Practitioner, I believe that managing our impact on the environment positively is not only achievable, but also the only way to build better and smarter for future generations.

I think knowledge sharing is key to making businesses change their standards when it comes to embedding their business decisions with good environmental practice. This is why I decided to support the creation of the EBN.

M. A. Geography, La Sorbonne; PgDip Environmental Science, University of Auckland; PIEMA.

ELEANOR REEVES
Partner, Ashurst

I lead the London Environment and Safety practice at international law firm, Ashurst, and am a member of Ashurst’s Business Conduct and Risk Group. I specialise in environmental and health & safety law, with a particular focus on environmental and safety liability management, including:

  • Incident response and crisis management
  • Responding to and advising on regulatory investigations and enforcement action
  • Private law claims and contractual disputes
  • Interpreting regulatory obligations
  • Permits, consents and regulatory authorisations

I advise clients in the built environment, resources, waste, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious environmental and safety matters.

I am also a member of the UK Environmental Law Association and the UK Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association and are ranked in legal directories as a leading environmental lawyer.

Parter, Ashurst

I lead the London Environment and Safety practice at international law firm, Ashurst, and am a member of Ashurst’s Business Conduct and Risk Group.

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I have worked as an environmental professional in the UK for over 6 years, both in construction in the private sector and in flood risk management (tidal and surface water) in the public sector. I have also worked in online marketing and customer services. I am a worldwide traveller, having lived and studied in Gabon (Central Africa), France and New Zealand.

As an Environmental Practitioner, I believe that managing our impact on the environment positively is not only achievable, but also the only way to build better and smarter for future generations.

I think knowledge sharing is key to making businesses change their standards when it comes to embedding their business decisions with good environmental practice. This is why I decided to support the creation of the EBN.

M. A. Geography, La Sorbonne; PgDip Environmental Science, University of Auckland; PIEMA.

DAVID NORCOTT
Geoarchaeology and Environmental – Wessex Archaeology

I head up the Geoarchaeology and Environmental departments, as part of the wider Geoservices team at Wessex Archaeology. Geoservices brings together these disciplines, along with geomatics and terrestrial and marine geophysics, in order to provide a suite of integrated innovative solutions to archaeological problems.

I am very active in business development for the company as a whole, and am passionate about using archaeology and heritage to enable sustainable development. Currently I'm focussing on the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) market in the UK, and on providing services to the US Offshore Wind sector via CEWA, our joint venture with US partners Coastal Environments Inc. based in Louisiana.

BA MSc MCIfA

Geoarchaeology and Environmental – Wessex Archaeology

I head up the Geoarchaeology and Environmental departments, as part of the wider Geoservices team at Wessex Archaeology. Geoservices brings together these disciplines, along with geomatics and terrestrial and marine geophysics, in order to provide a suite of integrated innovative solutions to archaeological problems.

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I am very active in business development for the company as a whole, and am passionate about using archaeology and heritage to enable sustainable development. Currently I’m focussing on the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) market in the UK, and on providing services to the US Offshore Wind sector via CEWA, our joint venture with US partners Coastal Environments Inc. based in Louisiana.

BA MSc MCIfA

CHRIS GRIMES
Environmental Manager – Kier

I have a varied environmental background which covers the fields of analytical science, measurement and monitoring, quality assurance, waste water treatment, waste management construction projects within the oil and gas industry and environmental impact assessment.

I began my career in a chemistry laboratory as an analytical scientist for a local water company. The position gave me a good insight into the analysis of different sample types from potable and waste water samples to those from trade effluent sources. To expand my knowledge further, I transferred
internally to the Environmental Monitoring team which involved performance monitoring of waste water treatment works, flow measurement and sampling commercial and industrial sources affecting those works. The proportion of this work was driven by legal requirement so regular interaction and auditing by the regulator was common place.

Through progression within this team, I became Environmental Monitoring Manager with responsibility for designing monitoring plans and managing a team of nine individuals.

After nearly 10 years in the water industry, I decided it was time for a change and consequently was successful in gaining a position as Environmental Manager for an engineering company which undertook work on land and marine environments for the oil and gas industry. The types of work involved a diversity of construction projects all over the UK from terrestrial and marine gas pipelines, pressure reduction stations, Horizontal Direct Drilling and installation of fuel mains on MoD sites.

I was responsible for four Environmental Advisors, two of which were project based and two were centrally based at the company’s HQ. My main responsibilities included managing the environmental team and overseeing the Environmental Management System which included document control and audit programmes, compiling tender responses, chairing environmental forums (which inc. client reps), lead auditing projects and ensuring there was good continuity and transition from the initial environmental Impact assessment phase into the pre-construction phase. After three years in this role I became Group Environmental Manger and after a further two years I decided to change direction and apply for the role of Environmental Manager at May Gurney (now Kier).

At Kier, over a six year period, I have undertaken duties as an Environmental Manger in the Highways, Environmental Services and currently (three years) in the construction side of the business.

MSc, BSc (Hons) PIEMA

Environmental Manager – Kier

I have a varied environmental background which covers the fields of analytical science, measurement and monitoring, quality assurance, waste water treatment, waste management construction projects within the oil and gas industry and environmental impact assessment.

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I began my career in a chemistry laboratory as an analytical scientist for a local water company. The position gave me a good insight into the analysis of different sample types from potable and waste water samples to those from trade effluent sources. To expand my knowledge further, I transferred
internally to the Environmental Monitoring team which involved performance monitoring of waste water treatment works, flow measurement and sampling commercial and industrial sources affecting those works. The proportion of this work was driven by legal requirement so regular interaction and auditing by the regulator was common place.

Through progression within this team, I became Environmental Monitoring Manager with responsibility for designing monitoring plans and managing a team of nine individuals.

After nearly 10 years in the water industry, I decided it was time for a change and consequently was successful in gaining a position as Environmental Manager for an engineering company which undertook work on land and marine environments for the oil and gas industry. The types of work involved a diversity of construction projects all over the UK from terrestrial and marine gas pipelines, pressure reduction stations, Horizontal Direct Drilling and installation of fuel mains on MoD sites.

I was responsible for four Environmental Advisors, two of which were project based and two were centrally based at the company’s HQ. My main responsibilities included managing the environmental team and overseeing the Environmental Management System which included document control and audit programmes, compiling tender responses, chairing environmental forums (which inc. client reps), lead auditing projects and ensuring there was good continuity and transition from the initial environmental Impact assessment phase into the pre-construction phase. After three years in this role I became Group Environmental Manger and after a further two years I decided to change direction and apply for the role of Environmental Manager at May Gurney (now Kier).

At Kier, over a six year period, I have undertaken duties as an Environmental Manger in the Highways, Environmental Services and currently (three years) in the construction side of the business.

MSc, BSc (Hons) PIEMA

RALPH TRIBE
Co-founder – B-People

Ralph is Co-founder of B-People a consultancy specialising in Inclusive Search and People, Leadership & ESG Strategy. Prior to B-People Ralph was Chief People Officer and Executive ESG Lead for Ascential plc a FTSE 200 Data & Information Services company.

He joined Ascential from Sky plc, Europe’s largest entertainment company, where he was Director for People for the UK and Ireland. Prior to Sky, Ralph was part of the team that created Getty Images, where he was Vice President of Human Resources.

Well known for his insights on technological disruption and HR transformation, Ralph is a regular speaker at conferences & events and a contributor to the CIPD’s “Future Of…” scenario planning series. At Sky, Ralph’s team won various industry Awards, including awards for Diversity/Women in Leadership and the BitC Award for Best UK Employer of Young People.

Co-founder – B-People

Ralph is Co-founder of B-People a consultancy specialising in Inclusive Search and People, Leadership & ESG Strategy. Prior to B-People Ralph was Chief People Officer and Executive ESG Lead for Ascential plc a FTSE 200 Data & Information Services company.

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He joined Ascential from Sky plc, Europe’s largest entertainment company, where he was Director for People for the UK and Ireland. Prior to Sky, Ralph was part of the team that created Getty Images, where he was Vice President of Human Resources.

Well known for his insights on technological disruption and HR transformation, Ralph is a regular speaker at conferences & events and a contributor to the CIPD’s “Future Of…” scenario planning series. At Sky, Ralph’s team won various industry Awards, including awards for Diversity/Women in Leadership and the BitC Award for Best UK Employer of Young People.

SUPPLY CHAIN BOARD – THE EBN WANTS YOU!

Purpose

The environmental supply chain is huge and encompasses hundreds, if not thousands, of organisations – but despite its size it is fragmented and lacks a voice to represent it. We want the EBN Supply Chain Board to become that voice and a platform to promote (and demand) the best products and services be accompanied by the highest standards in environmental management from the supply chain itself. Ultimately, being a member of the EBN supply chain will be an unofficial kitemark for good practice.

Objectives

  • Share best business practice on business development
  • Collaborate on projects where possible and share contacts with each other
  • Develop a consistent set of business demands/guidance from the EA and other regulators, so that the EBN can lobby them and inform what the supply chain needs to ensure a level playing field
  • Attend a series of insight seminars/workshops from clients in industry on what they need and want from the supply chain
  • Take and share a collective view on which industry events, exhibitions and media are the best to be involved in to save members time and money
  • Discover and share intelligence on innovations in the environmental industry to make life easier for clients and to create collaboration, or even acquisition, opportunities
  • Develop a promotional directory and web platform for products and services the EBN can share with clients

If you’re a supply chain and like to help shape the future of industry, please email roger@theebn.co.uk or fill out the form below to join the Supply Chain Board.