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Jonathan Atkinson

Jonathan Atkinson

Technical Director, CL:AIRE

Having spent most of his youth in places like Africa, Chile and Fiji, after his degree in Environmental Sciences at Plymouth and postgrad Diploma in Soil and Water Engineering at Silsoe, Jonathan continued his travels by doing Voluntary Service Overseas in the Philippines and two short stints on soil projects in Papua New Guinea and Burkina Faso. On return to the UK he started work with the Kent County Council geotechnical group and then the Waste regulation group. He then was relocated into the Environment Agency after it was formed in 1996. He has attended and presented at several international conferences in the UK, France and Taiwan.

After 34 years in the Environment Agency Jonathan has recently moved to work with CLAIRE, an industry leading organisation dealing with best practice guidance and frameworks for positive materials management on sustainable development sites, enabling land contamination issues to be dealt with comprehensively.

He has worked on risk assessment of developed closed landfill sites, landfill engineering and environmental controls enforcement on permitted sites, and a variety of land contamination projects. He was part of a team of Groundwater&Contaminated Land specialists and a national advisor on a number of specific projects related to soil remediation and waste management, including DoWCoP and emerging substances like PFAS. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Member of the Institution of Environmental Science