The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology is a partnership between the University Centre Shrewsbury and Reaseheath College. It was set up to develop and increase the productivity of environmental science and technology businesses in the area.
An investment of almost £1.2 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and almost £800,000 from the University of Chester led to the development of the centre. It focuses on innovation and R&D support for the Marches’ environmental science based SMEs, with the aim of addressing the Marches’ productivity challenges.
The centre works with SMEs in the county, including Telford & Wrekin. Support is provided through research and specialist advice, helping SMEs to develop innovative ideas and products before bringing them to market.
ERDF Funded Project: Environmental Science Business Research Centre 36R17P01462
Industry Advisory Panel
CREST is supported by an Industry Advisory Panel who provide recommendations, independent advice, information and direction to the project. The panel consists of experts from all areas of industry including environmental, manufacturing, consultancy, energy, and the council. More information about individual members of the panel is provided below.
Adrian, an industrial chemist, with an MSc in Management Studies, has worked within the manufacturing industry for almost thirty years.
Andy is Chair of the Marches Business Environment Networks and the Environment & Sustainability Specialist for Ricoh UK Products Ltd;
Andy’s objective is to encourage environmental best practice; demonstrating to businesses, academia and policy makers that environmental impact reduction and commercial benefits are synonymous with sustainability, being widely achievable through collaboration
Anne was the Defra appointed Chair of the English Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee from April 2012 to June 2018.
Mandy is the founding director of E4environment (est. 1999), an environmental consultancy specialising in waste management and renewable energy for both private and public sector clients.
She sits on the environmental technical panel for the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association and has spoken at a number of national events on planning and permitting for AD. She is a member of the Shropshire Council Business Board and is the task champion on the Low Carbon Economy, reporting to the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.
She is currently study for a PhD on “Adding evidence to decision making regarding cover and catch crops” sponsored by Waitrose. Her mission is to save the planet!
Matthew is an Executive Manager at Grainger and Worrall Ltd, a manufacturer of high integrity castings, supplying F1, the high performance automotive sector, aerospace and defence.
Matthew is a chartered engineer, holding the Halifax Prize for top MBA graduate from Manchester Business School, and is a member of the Regional Advisory Board for the EEF. He lives in Pontesbury, and has been Shropshire based for some 20 years.
Having trained in Town and Country Planning, Colin worked with various environmental organisations in the public and voluntary sector throughout the East Midlands in the early 1980’s. .
Over the past 25 years Colin has worked as CEO for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, an organisation with 11000 members, 100 supporting businesses and over 600 active volunteers. Responsible for managing a significant number of nature reserves and working with many private landowners and farmers; landscape scale programmes have included the establishment of the ‘Back to Purple’ scheme on the Stiperstones, attaining Nature Improvement Area status for the Meres and Mosses of North Shropshire and South Cheshire, and a wide array of River catchment initiatives within the Severn Basin related to natural flood management and water quality improvements.
Matthew is currently employed by Shropshire Council as Environmental Resilience Manager.
Guy Pluckwell received an MSc Honours degree in Environmental Science and Geology from Oxford Brookes University.
His current role a the EA involves providing support and training for Environment Officers, but his main objective is working to develop partnerships and project ideas within the Catchment Based Approach initiative in England, as well as managing environmental projects.
Through hard work and a creative and innovative approach, Guy has overseen the development of the successful award winning Love Your River Telford project model for addressing urban water quality issues; a model that is now gaining recognition for its achievements, and one that is starting to be implemented in other towns and cities in England.
Mark started a company called Powerpacks UK Ltd in early 1990 as a result of being made redundant.
He gained International contacts from across the globe and opened a 100% owned UK company in 2009 called AceOn Battery Technology Ltd (T/A AceOn Group). The company now specialises in Solar & Battery Technology. Mark’s goals are for it to be an International company with various sales offices around the world whilst creating jobs in the UK.
Simon is Head of Projects, Research and Innovation at Reaseheath College, one of our delivery partners.
After university, Simon moved to The Cranfield Institute as a Research Assistant investigating erosion and corrosion in fluidised beds. He then went on to be a Marketing Manager at ETSU, who oversaw the UK’s R,D and D programmes on energy efficiency and renewable energy. In 1992, Simon was seconded to work with the European Commission in Brussels, which led to him establishing a consultancy business in the city.
Since 1997, he has worked for the European Commission in the evaluation of R, D and D proposals submitted to Horizon 2020 and the earlier R&D programmes (FP5-7) in areas such as bio-based industries, renewables, CCS, smart grids, smart cities, and green transport.
Simon grew up just outside Oswestry, left for Birmingham when he was 18 and has since lived in Cardiff for 11 years before moving back to the beautiful borderland of Shropshire in 2007.
Matt is the Managing Director for Caterpillar Reman in Europe, responsible for the UK, France and Poland.
He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ironbridge, Shropshire, where he’s renovating an old farmhouse. Matt is a governor of the local primary school, leading on the sciences and finance committees.
Paul established Frith Resource Management as a waste, energy and resource management consultancy in 2008.
Paul has also developed an environmental reporting service called Credibly Green which allows the company to apply its skills into broader environmental fields and help businesses and other organisations (e.g. schools or events) measure and manage their impacts, improve their corporate social responsibility and develop their commercial opportunities
Matt is currently employed by Shropshire Council as Business Growth and Investment Manager. He is leading on the delivery of an effective account management process, growing the reputation of Shropshire for investment and business activity.
Hannah is an Environmental Consultant working from Shrewsbury, Shropshire and providing professional, independent advice in contaminated land and hydrogeology.
Hannah first began work as an environmental consultant after completing an MSc in 1996, and has worked across a broad range of projects both nationally and internationally. She has worked as a hydrogeologist for several companies, rising to Technical Director and then Director level before starting her own consultancy in 2011.
Her experience includes contaminated land assessment and remediation, human health and environmental risk assessment, mining and quarrying hydrogeology, and groundwater resource assessment and development
Professor Roy Alexander
Roy is Professor of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Chester.
He has supervised 10 PhD and MPhil students to successful completion and has run an MSc in Sustainability for Community and Business. His direct research grant income totals more than £250,000 and he has been involved in acquiring some £750,000 research and development money for Ashton Hayes.
Roy has been involved in long-term action research with the Cheshire village of Ashton Hayes where he co-chairs the award-winning Going Carbon Neutral project and chairs the Community Energy Company. He managed annual domestic carbon footprint surveys from 2006 to 2010 and in 2015, and he led a feasibility study of renewable energy-based microgrids.