Our Team

The CREST@UCS team of dedicated researchers and business-facing staff is headed up by Paul Kirkbright and Dr Julieanna Powell-Turner.

Paul Kirkbright

Paul Kirkbright

Deputy Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury, CREST@UCS Project Director

Paul has played a leading role in the development and implementation of University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS).  In particular he has lead the strategic and operational management aspects of UCS activities. Prior to this, he was Director of the Riverside Innovation Centre at the University of Chester and heavily involved in all things innovation, enterprise, and start-up. Since 2014, Paul has lived in Shrewsbury with his wife and young daughter, both of whom are becoming devoted Salopians.

Dr Julieanna Powell-Turner

Dr Julieanna Powell-Turner

CREST@UCS Research Director

Julieanna joined CREST@UCS from Cranfield (Defence and Security) University where she was Head of Research and a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Supply Chains. Prior to Cranfield, she worked for UKAEA at Harwell in the International policy team. Here she built on her background in environmental sciences and developed her expertise in environmental management and policy. She has worked on projects in Asia, Africa and Europe, for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Department for International Development (DFiD), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), European Commission, BEIS, DEFRA and many Small and Medium manufacturing Enterprises. She has extensive experience of working in China and Mongolia, where she contributed to the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable growth, and advised governments on appropriate natural resource management.

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She uses mixed research methods to categorise the interfaces between environmental sustainability and the circular economy where products and services are considered through life from design to final disposal in a supply network. The aim of this through life approach is to investigate and advance early stage innovative ideas. Therefore reducing the likelihood and/or the impact of supply disruptions to business through risk identification (disruptions), assessment (occurrence and impact), action (strategy and mitigation) and monitoring (reduce risk).

Julieanna is a visiting Professor at the Military Economics Academy in Wuhan, China in the Logistics and Procurement Department. She is also a visiting Lecturer and PhD supervisor at Cranfield University.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) – Lancaster University

MSc – Lancaster University

PhD – University of Sheffield/Ruhr Universität Bochum

FHEA – Cranfield University

Professional affiliations

  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (MCIWM)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (MCILT)
  • Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PGCTLHE)
  • Advisor SES/1/2 Environmental Management – Environmental performance evaluation, environmental auditing, reporting, environmental labelling and related environmental investigations – BSI 2013 – current
  • Invited Waste Prevention Group SIG member (CIWM) 2011 – current
  • Waste Regulatory Steering Group (UK Ministry of Defence) 2008 – current

PhD Supervision

Julieanna is happy to accept PhD students in topics that fall within her research remit

PhD topics supervised:

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting in the Aerospace, Defence, Space and Security Industry
  • Development of a disaster recovery tool to support community based recovery and remediation of the environment following natural or man-made disasters and crises.
  • Sustainability awareness in the Built Environment
  • An analysis of Defence Industry Networks and Relationships
  • A study of public funding to R&D&I, and its impact: implementation in defence

 

Publications:

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0320-3631

Dr Luke Robinson

Dr Luke Robinson

Leading Research Fellow

Luke helps build deep tech companies to address global challenges and big market opportunities. He enjoys finding ways to bring exceptional people together to solve problems others thought were impossible. His experience covers a range of fields that include; quantum computing, neuroscience, algorithm development, AI, robotics, optics, semiconductors, renewables, location technologies, quant finance and social sciences. Some companies he has helped build are; Hazy, a data anonymisation company; Earth Rover, an autonomous farming company; Sunfish, a renewable energy company; and Easy Legal, a legal software and accounting company. Luke’s academic background covers quantum computing, neuroscience, AI, mathematical ecology and evolution.

Dr Jane Yardley

Dr Jane Yardley

Leading Research Fellow, Environmental Science Technology and Management

Jane is passionate about the environment and how we impact it; what we can learn from natural systems, and how we can implement innovative ideas to make all businesses and “living” sustainable.

Her recent experience involves Project Managing Proof of Concept, a business programme working with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across Worcestershire, to facilitate innovation and bring new products to market. She also worked for E4environment as Principal Environmental Consultant where she project managed and worked with businesses across a wide range of sectors including renewable energy, flood alleviation, innovative R&D recycling technologies, and large scale foundry installations.

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Jane is passionate about innovation, and working with a team she set up and ran metnet; the business led Marches Environmental Technologies Network across Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire. Engaging with regional SMEs to encourage participation in new markets, information exchange, knowledge transfer, collaboration and innovation.

With a background in Applied Biology and Molecular Genetics, Jane has worked as a Research Fellow at Reading University and subsequently at Long Ashton Research Station, Rothamsted Research and was a Visiting Fellow at Bristol University. She left academia to work for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory DSTL (Ministry of Defence) where she carried out research across all sectors of defence. This fascinating work involved all areas of energy usage: monitoring, generation and storage, and the development of innovative materials. From this Jane started to work with and motivate businesses within the environmental sector, as well as businesses who could/should be made aware of the sector technologies, how to practically implement them and the potential benefits they could bring to the profitability and long term sustainability of their businesses.

Qualifications

PhD (Leeds University); BSc Hons (Plymouth)

Royal Society of Biology MSB, CBiol

Institute of Food Science & Technology MIFST

Vicki Ayton

Vicki Ayton

CREST@UCS Business Development Manager

Vicki comes from a Biology and Sport Science background, with expertise lying in stakeholder engagement and business development. She has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sector in the UK and worldwide and also been self-employed.

Before starting with CREST@UCS she worked in economic development at Telford & Wrekin Council; specifically leading on employment and skills strategy development, and providing SME business support as part of other ERDF programmes. This included a focus on skills gaps as a barrier to business productivity, and projects delivering corporate social responsibility. Before this, Vicki had a lecturing/ training background and taught within FE/HE for 5 years in Winchester.

Her expertise lie in project development, project management, business engagement, development of business networks, events and relationship management. She has a particular interest in applied technology.

Vicki volunteers for a number of local community groups and is a committee member of the Shropshire Constructing Excellence network and a big supporter of STEAM educational activities.

Qualifications

MBA (Keele University), PGCE, BSc Hons (University of Worcester)

Katharine Bevan

Katharine Bevan

CREST@UCS Project Coordinator

Katharine grew up on a dairy farm in North Shropshire before going to study Geography and Economics at the University of Exeter. She then completed a PGCE at Oxford and moved to Bath, where she taught geography in a secondary school. Following 7 years in Bath, Katharine decided she missed Shropshire so quit teaching and moved back to the Midlands. Before starting work with CREST@UCS she managed a reused furniture store, which helped to reduce landfill and support the local community. Katharine is a keen geographer and has an interest in new and innovative ways of how we can reduce environmental impact. 

Within the CREST@UCS team Katharine has a varied role which includes ensuring all ERDF processes are followed, producing reports, organising events and workshops, and maintaining the website.

Dr Philip Marren

Dr Philip Marren

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Philip is a physical geographer with a wide range of research interests and expertise but with a particular emphasis on fluvial geomorphology, sedimentology and hydrology. Since completing his PhD in 1999, he has undertaken Postdoctoral research at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of British Columbia, and worked as a Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Melbourne. Over this time he has investigated rivers in Australia, New Zealand, southern Africa, Canada, Iceland and the UK. His research includes work on the role of flooding in forming and modifying river channels and floodplains; the impacts of glacier retreat and catastrophic flooding on rivers in glaciated landscapes; and Quaternary environmental change.

Dr Fiona Williams

Dr Fiona Williams

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Fiona’s background is in the social sciences with a specialist interest in rural geography and corresponding research experience in the socio-economic dimensions of rural change – perspectives relating to the digital economy, health and well-being, farm household adjustment, and rural tourism. She has had Principal Investigator and Co-investigator involvement in EU projects and RCUK funded studies. She also has experience of initiating, designing and developing research commissions for Welsh and Scottish Governments, the private sector and the third sector.  Prior to joining the University of Chester, she worked at the University of Aberdeen.

Dr Andrew Miles

Dr Andrew Miles

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography & GIS

Andrew is a physical geographer with research interests in coastal processes and coastal management, as well as a broader research interest in the applications of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing and technology to geographical research. This skill set will allow him to support a wide range of projects within the scope of CREST, encompassing both the physical and human environment. This may include providing new insights through the spatial analysis and interpretation of existing data as well as supporting the use of technology to help produce new and innovative datasets. He is also a keen proponent of open source software and open data, and can help organisations to exploit the growing library of available tools and datasets in order to develop novel products and solutions.

Artur Buchalski

Artur Buchalski

CREST@UCS Laboratory Technician

Artur graduated in Chemistry from Nicolaus Copernicus University (Torun, Poland), where he later participated in research in the Nuclear Chemistry Department. A few years later he found himself lecturing at the University of Humanities and Economics (Wloclawek, Poland) in the Faculty of Environmental Protection. At the University of Warmia and Mazury (Olsztyn, Poland) Artur participated in the 6th European Research Program at the Faculty of Environmental Management and Agriculture.

In 2007 Artur moved to the UK, where he started working in a commercial laboratory, performing microbiological and chemical tests of food and water.

He has joined CREST@UCS to continue his career in research and for personal growth within academic environment.

Qualifications:

MSc in Chemistry (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

Pascale Bodevin

Pascale Bodevin

Administrative Assistant

Pascale has a background in Environmental Science and Earth Observation (EO) and has worked in a variety of projects using satellite and drone data for agriculture and the environment. Pascale is particularly interested in the use of geospatial technologies to create a positive economic, environmental and social impact. Additionally her experience in the UK and abroad includes project management of large projects, business development, coaching start-ups with business skills and market research.

Pascale joined CREST in September 2019 as an administrative assistant and is looking forward to working with the CREST team and partners to support the use of innovation and technology in the local area.

Zahida Siddiqui

Zahida Siddiqui

Visiting PhD Research Fellow

Zahida Siddiqui has recently joined the Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) at the University Centre Shrewsbury as a visiting PhD research fellow. Zahida is an Economist through and through having undertaken her first and second degrees in Economics.  Her MPhil was undertaken at the International Islamic University, Pakistan, and her MSc from the University of Kotli Azad Jammu, Kashmir. Whilst at UCS, Zahida is undertaking her PhD research under the supervision of  Prof Julieanna Powell-Turner (Director of CREST) around Environmental Economic Sustainability and Human Appropriation.