CLAIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments), will
work closely with site owners, technology vendors and researchers to
establish a network of test sites. The sites will broadly represent
The new company will co-ordinate demonstrations of new remedial and
innovative technologies on these sites, which may be full-scale
technology demonstrations or small-scale field trials to allow
researchers to develop their new technologies. CLAIRE will collate
and disseminate the project outcomes.
Mr Meale said:
'I am delighted that CLAIRE is now up and running. I am confident
that its role as a major facilitator of remedial technology
demonstrations will make a significant contribution to the
regeneration of brownfield lands'.
Mr Meale also welcomed the appointment of Paul Beck as the
chief executive of CLAIRE. The minister said:
'I am delighted that Paul Beck has joined CLAIRE to take forward this
important project. Paul brings a combination of business expertise
and technical skills in remediation technologies. He will provide a
driving force to encourage the development of a wide range of
sustainable land remediation techniques.'
CLAIRE chairman Phil Kirby added:
'I am delighted to be part of this very important initiative, and
that Paul Beck has joined us. He is a dynamic, enthusiastic
individual who will bring valuable experience to CLAIRE. His wide
expertise working in contaminated land and remediation in North
America will help to broaden our understanding of applications of new
technologies, and will assist CLAIRE in promoting and co-ordinating
these activities in the UK.'
Paul Beck has 24 years experience in the fields of geology and
hydrogeology, and has been involved in the characterisation of
subsurface materials and the assessment of environmental conditions,
particularly as they relate to contaminated land. He previously held
the position of co-ordinator of Groundwater Quality for the Ontario
Ministry of the Environment (MOE), and was responsible for research
and technical liaison for MOE sponsored research projects. He has
developed remedial plans for contaminated sites, advanced proposals
for assessing remedial technologies for demonstration and has
conducted risk assessment analysis on contaminated sites. He has
provided opinions to prospective purchasers as to the impact of soil
and groundwater contamination on the market value of properties and
has provided litigation support and expert witness testimony on
issues relating to contaminated land. He has also written a number of
Biographies of CLAIRE's board of directors are attached.
CLAIRE's members comprise the Soil and Ground Water Technology
Association (SAGTA); The Environment Agency; Department of
Environment Northern Ireland; Scottish Environment Protection Agency;
Urban Regeneration Agency (English Partnerships) and the Welsh
CLAIRE is also supported by DETR; Local Government National Land Reclamation Panel; Pennon Group; RJB Mining plc; Scottish Enterprise; Scottish Power; UK Research Councils and Unilever.
CLAIRE can be contacted at:
29 Bressenden Place
Tel : 0171 316 6269
Fax : 0171 316 6141
Internet at : www.claire.co.uk
Phil Kirby - Chairman
Currently Director and General Manager of BG plc Property Division,
responsible for a large portfolio of contaminated sites and is
actively involved in many aspects of the construction industry. He
is a full member of the Urban Task Force and has considerable
experience in putting together design teams, including the master
planning team responsible for the Greenwich Peninsula site.
Stephen Aston - Deputy Chairman
Currently Head of Waste Management and Contaminated Land for the DoE
NI, where he is involved with development and appraisal of national
policy and strategy, design and implementation of legislative
controls. He is actively building partnerships between public sector
industry and commerce.
Currently chairman of the Local Government National Land Reclamation
Panel. He is principal planning officer for Gateshead MBC, where he leads a team of 16 professional staff with responsibilities for a variety of planning matters in Gateshead both as a client and technical officer. Currently, he manages a team responsible for the co-ordination of the physical works at Gateshead Quays, which at an estimated cost of£300m is one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the country.
Currently Chairman of SAGTA. He was formerly Chief Hydrogeologist at
Shanks and McEwan and now works as an independent consultant in
hydrogeology and waste management, including aspects of contaminated
land. He also advises and works on the development of research
programmes and the development of industrial - academic links.
Currently Deputy Chairman of SAGTA. He is the General Manager of
British Aerospace Environmental Services, which is a contaminated
land environmental consultancy and remediation contracting group
which carries out work within and outside British Aerospace.
Currently Director of the Oxford Centre for Environmental
Biotechnology and Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford
University. Senior Research Fellow at Linacre College. His main
interests are bioremediation of contaminated land and water, end of
pipe effluent treatment and biocatalysis. He is a committee member of
the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
Currently Finance and Administration Director for Urban Regeneration
Agency. Mr Walker heads up the Central Finance, IT and Personnel
function including budget preparation to final accounts. He is a
member of the Executive Management Board of the merged organisation
(Urban Regeneration Agency and Commission for New Towns), which is
now known as English Partnerships.
Currently Head of Land Quality within the Environmental Protection
Directorate at the Environment Agency. He is responsible for the
appraisal and overall implementation of regulatory policy relating to
contaminated land in England and Wales.
Currently Managing Director of Cardinal Environment which is a
specialist strategic consultancy practice working for public and
private sector clients across Europe needing to succeed at handling
difficult environmental matters. She is a specialist in environmental
legislation, strategy and management.