Land Condition Symposium 2019

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - 9:30am to 5:30pm
Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manc, M1 3BB

This one-day technical symposium focuses on knowledge exchange, debate and discussion addressing topical issues at the centre of land condition.

Hear from experts at the cutting edge of research, policy and practice in the assessment and remediation of land whilst finding ample opportunity to network with sectoral peers and gain valuable CPD.

The draft programme is now available to download. 




Our Speakers

Who’s responsible for onsite waste?

Angus Evers, Partner at SHOOSMITHS LLP
Angus is the head of environmental law at national law firm Shoosmiths. He is an experienced environmental lawyer whose practice covers all aspects of environmental law from contaminated land to waste, climate change, renewables, nuisance, water pollution and asbestos. He also has expertise in related areas such as energy, health & safety and planning. He advises developers and operators of, and investors in, real estate, infrastructure, and other businesses on transactional, regulatory and contentious issues, regularly working alongside real estate, commercial, regulatory, corporate, projects and EU/competition teams. He has led Shoosmiths’ environmental law practice since 2016, having joined the firm from King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin). He is also one of the Convenors of the UK Environmental Law Association’s Waste Working Party and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Historical VOC Contamination - Testing & Remediation Options on 'Built Sites'

Sarah Mortimer, Associate at The Environmental Protection Group Ltd (EPG)
Sarah is an Associate at the Environmental Protection Group Limited (EPG). She has over 19 years’ experience in the investigation and assessment of contaminated sites, specialising in permanent gas and vapour intrusion risk assessment. Sarah has a degree in Engineering Geology & Geotechnics and is a Chartered Geologist. She is an Accredited Risk Assessor with SoBRA for the assessment of permanent gas and vapour intrusion risks. Sarah has been responsible for investigating and assessing some of the most challenging gassing sites in the UK and is one of the authors of CLAIRE Research Bulletin 17, which underpins the assessment of gassing sites using TOC data.  

PFASs: The Emerging Global Issue

Ian Ross, Senior Technical Director at Arcadis
Ian Ross, Ph.D., is a Senior Technical Director and Global, In Situ Remediation Technical Lead / Global PFAS Lead at Arcadis. At Arcadis, he has worked designing and implementing innovative chemical, physical and biological remediation technologies. He is currently focused on risk management and remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), with 14 years of experience working on PFASs projects 

He has experience with multiple physical, chemical and biological treatment technologies and has won several national and international remediation awards for designing their application. His focus for the last 4 years has been on solely on PFASs and he has was part of the team authoring and reviewing the CONCAWE PFAS guidance document and has published several articles on PFAS analysis, site investigation and remediation, including a recent book entitled “Emerging Contaminants Handbook”.


Remediation options for sites with restricted access/sensitive receptors and the use of injectable substrates

Jack Shore, District Manager, UK and Scandinavia at Regenesis
Jack is the District Manager for REGENESIS in the UK, Ireland and Nordic Countries. In this role, he provides clients with remedial solutions to groundwater impacted with a range of contaminants in a variety of geological settings. Jack has twelve years of experience in the remediation industry, initially joining REGENESIS as a Remediation Engineer responsible for site management and injection work within Northern Europe. Prior to this, he gained experience as both a remediation contractor and environmental consultant, giving him a broad perspective of the contaminated land industry and the remediation requirements of his clients.

Geotechnical issues on brownfield sites: A Case Study

Katie Foster, Principal Geo-environmental Consultant at RSK Environment Limited
Katie is a Chartered Environmentalist and Specialist in Land Condition with almost 14 years’ experience as an environmental consultant at RSK Environment Ltd, with particular experience in contaminated land assessment, risk assessment, and the design and management of intrusive site investigations. Katie has gained her experience in geo-environmental engineering both in the UK and abroad, including UAE, Iraq and Kazakhstan. Through her dedication to promote quality and competence in the industry, Katie has taken on the role of technical lead for site work fundamentals for RSK geosciences business. 

Katie, alongside her colleague Mark Hinsley, will present a case study of the development of a remediation strategy looking particularly at the geotechnical issues associated with the redevelopment of a former landfill site. In considering the potential remediation of this complex site, located in south Manchester region, issues associated with ground gas, soil and groundwater contamination, and physical site constraints all needed to be addressed


Geotechnical issues on brownfield sites: A Case Study

Mark Hinsley, Associate Director at RSK Environment Limited
Mark joined RSK Environment Ltd in 2014, initially in Iraq, but subsequently in the UK, in a troubleshooting role assisting RSK northern teams with challenging infrastructure and remediation projects.

He has 28 years of experience in the contaminated land sector, within the UK, Eire and Iraq, working for a variety of environmental consultancies, including the remediation of several landfills. He is RSK Geoscience Technical Lead for Earthworks. 

Mark will be co-presenting with his colleague Katie Foster, looking at the geotechnical issues associated with the redevelopment of a former landfill site in the Manchester region, and how these relate to the other risks posed by such sites (ground gas, soil and groundwater contamination, other constraints) and influence their mitigation, as part of an holistic solution.

Brownfield Ground Risk Calculator - a new land redevelopment feasibility planning tool for evaluating sub-surface abnormals

Dr Darren Beriro, Senior Geoscientist at British Geological Survey
Darren is a Senior Geoscientist at British Geological Survey. For the last five years his work has focused on improving the utility of geoscience in brownfield redevelopment projects. Darren's research interests are multi-criteria decision analysis using spatial data for landuse decision making, human exposure to soil contaminants and predictive modelling of geochemical data. For 10 years prior, Darren worked for regional consulting firms providing advice on risk-based land management and environmental assessments for construction projects. Roles he held include Director and Principal Environmental Consultant.


More efficient methods of processing, visualising and assessing data 

Nik Dixon, Technical Director at Sweco
Nik is a Technical Director with 25 years of practical experience in the contaminated land industry. His current role as Technical Expert for Sweco UKs Contaminated Land business focuses on the selection and application of innovative and traditional remediation technologies as well as the integration of risk assessment techniques in this process. His role is to promote innovative, modern, approaches incorporating the application of sustainability principles within the commercial environment of brownfield development. A recent project has focused on developing accessible data collection and processing methods to enable engineers and scientists to work with data with a minimum of effort, whilst increasing the options for cross-referencing and presentation from diffuse sources.

In-Situ Thermal Remediation in the UK and Mainland Europe: State of practice and technology innovations 

Quentin Hulm, Managing Director at Cornelsen Ltd
Quentin is a founder and Managing Director of Cornelsen Ltd. With over 30 years’ experience, his early career included the US EPA Emergency Response Team and Handex of New Jersey. During this time, he began to specialise at an early stage in conceptual remediation system design and implementation/project management of process-based remediation systems/ sites. Having returned to the UK to join Dames and Moore in 1991 he left after 5 years to join Ground Remediation Systems Ltd as their first employee. Quentin developed the business over a period of 8 years as General Manager before establishing Cornelsen Ltd in 2004. Aside from the administration of the business, Quentin’s primary role is to foster a platform for growth. This has included diversification into waste water/industrial water treatment and developing Cornelsen into the foremost provider of thermal remediation solutions in the UK. Quentin remains firmly involved in the technical direction of the business, it’s technologies and processes.

Who should attend?

Environmental Consultants | Contaminated Land Equipment Manufacturers | Expert Practitioners | Remediators | Local Authority Officers | Academics & Researchers | Environmental Science Graduates & PhD Students | Government Officers | NGO & Professional Body Staff 

Ticket prices

IES member standard £140
Standard £180
Local Authority £100
Student or Graduate* £100

*Eligible to those who graduated after January 2018 and currently seeking employment. Evidence of graduation will be requested upon booking. 




Meet our sponsor


Our events reach many key audience segments and provide an engaging platform for you to reach clients and potential employees.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Symposium, download the Sponsorship Pack or contact Rhianna for more details or call on +44 (0)20 7601 1920.

Exhibiting opportunity 

The Land Condition Symposium will attract consultants, remediators, local authorities and regulators, providing an excellent opportunity for organisations to interact with their target audience of experts and buyers during this technical one-day event. Exhibitors are invited to join the conference as part of your exhibiting space. Utilise this opportunity to hear emerging challenges and sectoral developments first hand from leading sector professionals. 

This conference is a platform for expert practitioners to share knowledge, therefore we limit the number of spaces dedicated to exhibitors to ensure you can interact with delegates in a non-competitive environment. 

Benefits of exhibiting:

  • Listing on the event page on the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) website
  • Promotion on the IES Website, Twitter and LinkedIn account
  • Inclusion in both digital and printed versions of the delegate pack
  • Free attendance for the full conference

Download our Exhibitor Pack or contact Rhianna for more information.

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We aim to provide events, conferences and workshops which are accessible to all. If you anticipate needing any type of assistance to fully participate in this event, please email Rhianna Jarvis at or call +44 (0)20 7601 1920 to discuss this further.


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