Who We Are

Imperial College London Consultants
  • Project Director: Professor Stephen R Smith BSc PhD C.WEM CIWEM CIWM CEnv

    A Professor of Bioresource Systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, Professor Smith has 30 years experience of leading and completing high quality, applied research on the treatment and agronomic properties of sludges and organic wastes recycled to land and their environmental impact, including nutrients, potentially toxic elements, organic contaminants and pathogens. Recent research includes investigations on biosolids nutrients and pathogens (EPSRC GR/N00012, with Environment Agency and Water Industry partners), environmental pathogen survival (EPSRC Case Award, with the Water Industry and Defra), environmental impact of nonylphenol in sludge-treated soil (FSA Grant C01029), agronomic benefit of industrial biowastes (WR0214, Defra and Summerleaze), small-scale composting (Norlands Foundation), the Urban Water Research Group EPSRC Platform Grant (GR/S86846/1), and pathogen risk and nutrient value of biosolids (Smart Water Fund, with RMIT, Melbourne).

  • Technical Manager: Dr Hannah Rigby Bsc Msc PhD

    A Research Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, Dr Rigby’s role is Technical Manager and is responsible for the practical delivery of the plant transfer investigations amongst other aspects of the programme. Dr Rigby has expertise in environmental and agronomic aspects of land application of biowastes gained at ICL and Curtin University, Western Australia. Work for Defra and Summerleaze (WR0214) quantified the interactions between environmental factors, and soil and biowaste properties and the impacts on nutrient release. Dr Rigby has also completed research on the land application of alum sludge, and stabilisation of sludge from regional wastewater treatment plants for the Water Corporation of Western Australia, and a detailed review of markets for anaeorobic digestate for WRAP in the UK.

  • Dr Radu Rautiu PhD MSc DIC CMgr FCMI
    As Head of Project Management, Dr Rautiu’s role is as a member of the Project Steering Group, engaged in management issues of the project. Dr Rautiu’s has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental pollution assessment and control, and more than 14 years’ experience in managing large collaborative projects across areas such as environmental risk assessment, diffuse pollution assessment and control, water quality, best industrial practice, advanced materials. Dr Rautiu managed the largest EU FP6 flagship project on integrated environmental risk assessment with a consortium of 34 partners across the EU. He has professional expertise in environmental integrated assessment, water quality, diffuse pollution, environmental policy and pollution control, best industrial practice, advanced materials, electronic databases and information management, mentoring MSc students (engineering, environment & health) for their practical projects.

  • Project Manager: Sophia Acker BA (Hons)

    As Project Manager for this programme, Ms Acker is responsible for all management issues, with a decade of experience in project management for large collaborative projects, in areas including environmental risk assessment projects such as European funded FP6 Large Integrated project INTARESE and project managed projects and programmes including EU funded FP6 HiWATE project that researched in investigating potential transfers of disinfection by products into drinking water. Ms Acker currently project manages commercially tendered projects and projects funded under EU Horizon 2020 Programme

University of Reading
  • Professor Christopher K. Reynolds PhD

    A Professor of Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Reading. Professor Reynolds role within the project will be management of the animal trials at Reading University. He has 35 years’ experience in ruminant nutrition research, focusing primarily on nutritional physiology and metabolism in cattle. In recent years these skills have been directed to reducing losses of methane and nitrogen from dairy cows and improving the composition of milk. Currently Deputy Director of the Animal Science Research Group and the Centre for Dairy Research, he has published more than 121 peer reviewed scientific papers and reviews.

  • David J Humphries MSc

    Mr Humphries is the Manager and Research Coordinator of the Metabolism and Meat and Growth Research Units at the Centre for Dairy Research, University of Reading. His role within the project will be to plan and coordinate animal experimentation, data acquisition, and reporting results. He has over 25 years’ experience in managing applied and strategic farm animal research. His research focus is on improving milk composition, nutrition, reproduction, and health of dairy cows and reducing the environmental impact of dairy production, including studies of rumen health and nutrition, optimisation of diet composition and presentation to promote enhanced rumen health and efficiency, and reducing the environmental impact of animal production.

The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
  • Dr Martin Rose BSc, MSc, PhD, CChem, FRSC, EurChem, CSci, MBTS

    Dr Rose is the Head of UK National Reference Laboratory for dioxins, PCBs, PAHs and trace elements, and has expertise in trace and ultra-trace residue analysis. FERA’s role within the project is conducting sample analysis for organic contaminants and advising on sample collection, sample storage and analytical quality aspects.

  • Dr Alwyn Fernandes BSc, MSc, PhD, CChem, CSci

    Dr Fernandes responsibility within the project will be sample analysis. His specialism is studies on emerging and existing Environmental Organic Micropollutants (Halogenated dioxins, PCBs, brominated compounds, BFRs, PCNs, PAHs, alkylphenols, other POPs) in food and the environment