Jonathan Atkinson

After a degree in Environmental Sciences and postgraduate diploma in Soil and Water Engineering, Jonathan undertook Voluntary Service Overseas in the Philippines and soil research projects in Papau New Guinea and Burkina Faso. His first full time permanent job was with the Kent CC geotechnical group in 1987, moving to the Pollution Control section in the KCC Waste Disposal Department after two years. He joined the Environment Agency when it was formed in 1996. Jonathan has worked on risk assessment of developed closed landfill sites, landfill engineering and environmental enforcement on permitted sites, and a variety of contaminated land projects.

Jonathan has been involved with various key organisations like the Land Forum, CIRIA and CL:AIRE and assisted with delivering training and developments. He currently sits on the project board for a Defra contaminated sediments project.

Jonathan was elected to the IES Council in 2016 and re-elected for a second term in 2019.

Joining the IES helps your personal and professional development. Whatever stage you are at in your career, the IES has membership services that will help you gain recognition and progress to the next level. Members come from all areas of the environment sector, wherever jobs are underpinned by sound science. Your membership grade within the IES depends on what stage you are at in your career.

Membership provides an extensive package of benefits including:

  • 4 journals, the environmental SCIENTIST, per annum
  • Regional and national events
  • Contribute to our policy and guidance work
  • Chance to apply for Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist and Registered Environmental Technician
  • Recognition of professional status
  • CPD recording tools
  • Use of post-nominal letters
  • Access to our exclusive monthly webinars
  • Regular reports on the environmental science sector
  • Discount on meeting room rates at our central London office