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A new public private partnership will play a major part in driving forward the government's commitment to sustainab...
A new public private partnership will play a major part in driving forward the government's commitment to sustainable remediation of contaminated land, said environment minister Alan Meale.

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 main types of contaminated sites that occur across the UK.

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

technical papers.

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

Development Agency.

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 :


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.

Harry Shipley

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.

Jeremy Joseph

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.

Gordon Bulloch

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.

Chris Knowles

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.

John Walker

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.

Mark Kibblewhite

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.

Christine Hunter

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.

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