Meet the Speakers
Project Manager, Innovation
The Coal Authority
Jon is part of the Innovation team at the Coal Authority, focusing on sustainability improvements with our operations and uses for materials generated in our water treatment sites. He has been working on a several product opportunities for Hydrous Ferric Oxide (HFO/ochre) in addition to utilisation of harvested reed biomass.
He has a background in process engineering development for minerals and metal production and in the steel industry. Following a short stint and Newcastle University focusing on geochemistry research, he has subsequently been involved in a varied range of collaborative research projects for the minerals and mining sector before joining the Coal Authority in 2016.
Senior Investigations Officer
Environmental Standards Scotland
Matthew is a Chartered Environmentalist with over 20 years experience in the environmental field, with a strong background in contaminated land risk assessment and brownfield redevelopment.
Matthew now serves as a Senior Investigations Officer with Environmental Standards Scotland, an independent body established to monitor and investigate compliance with environmental law in Scotland.
Partner, Leapmoor & presenting on behalf of the Scottish Contaminated Land Forum (SCLF)
Alison is Partner at Leapmoor LLP, a land and marine, development and management consultancy offering services in project and contract management, ground risk and environment as well as civil engineering coordination. A chartered chemist and chartered scientist with over 25 years’ experience gained through working as a regulator, consultant, laboratory chemist and landowners’ representative, Alison specialises in the assessment and management of land affected by contamination, providing expert advice and support to clients to ensure they get the best from their projects. Prior to co-founding the Leapmoor practice in 2017, she worked as an independent consultant for 10 years and previously successfully established and grew a Site Assessment Team in Scotland for BAE Systems Properties Ltd. Notably, she was responsible for the delivery of site assessments to support outline planning application for the 1000 hectare former munitions factory, working as a key part of the large, interdisciplinary development delivery team.
Throughout her career she has worked to promote and improve good practice in the land contamination sector, particularly as a member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Contaminated Land Forum as well as through speaking at events, provision of training courses and contributions to industry and government groups. Alison has represented the consulting sector as a member of the Scottish Government’s Contaminated Land Advisory Group and the Vacant and Derelict Land taskforce, influencing policy and regulatory change to bring Scotland’s unused land back into beneficial use.
Fiona Simpson, Scottish Government Chief Planner has worked for the Scottish Government for 15 years. She has overall responsibility for the work of Planning and Architecture Division, including national planning policy, casework and the digital transformation of the planning system. Fiona provided secretariat support to the independent review of the planning system in 2016, played a key role in planning reform including the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, and is currently leading the preparation of National Planning Framework 4. Fiona led the preparation of National Planning Framework 3, and prior to that was Head of Environmental Assessment and worked across Government to provide technical advice on a wide range of energy, marine and environmental policies and programmes.
Dr Claire Stone
Group Quality Director
i2 Analytical UK
Dr Claire Stone has been working within the environmental testing sector for over 20 years, with more than 10 of these in a Quality Role, she is our Group Quality Director overseeing our Environmental, Geotechnical and Food laboratories.
Claire has vast experience in laboratory testing and environmental regulation, she plays a key role in the business ensuring the laboratory is at the forefront of developing markets, keeping up with industry best practice and looking at what areas of development the laboratories should focus on, to assist with that she sits on several groups and committees such as EIC, SoBRA, SCA and Regional Contaminated Land Forums. Claire has BSc and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and has been instrumental in setting up the Asbestos Dustiness Method.
Dr Ashley Stewart
Senior Consultant, Optimat & Lead, Geospatial Network Integrator - Location Data Scotland
Optimat and Geospatial Network Integrator - Location Data Scotland
Ashley is managing the Geospatial Network Integrator – Location Data Scotland on behalf of Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government and the Geospatial Commission.
She specialises in data, digital and emerging technologies. She is experienced in techno-market/demand analysis, technology roadmap development, strategy and commercialisation support to private and public sector organisations.
She has a BA (hons) Marketing, an MSc IT with Web Development and a PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning and Communities of Practice.
Dr Jagadeesh Yeluripati
Senior Scientist (Ecosystem Modelling)
The James Hutton Institute
Jagadeesh has a background in environmental science and engineering. Over the past 10 years he has been conducting interdisciplinary research on impact of climate change on different production systems especially agriculture systems in several countries. After obtaining a PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Complex System Research Centre at University of New Hampshire, USA and McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. In 2007, Jagadeesh joined Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In October 2013 he joined as Scientist in Information and computational science group at the James Hutton Institute.