CREST University Centre Shrewsbury Team

Professor Julieanna Powell-Turner

Professor Julieanna Powell-Turner

CREST@UCS Research Director

Julieanna joined CREST@UCS from Cranfield (Defence and Security) University where she was Professor, Head of Research, Head of Environmental Science, Deputy Dean, and a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Supply Chains. Prior to Cranfield, she worked for UKAEA in Culham and Beijing in the International strategy and policy team. Here she built on her background in environmental sciences and developed her expertise in environmental sustainability. She has worked on projects in Asia, Africa and Europe, for the ADB, UNEP, DFiD, GIZ, EC, BEIS, DEFRA and many Small and Medium manufacturing Enterprises. She has extensive experience of working and living in China and Mongolia in the environmental services sector, where she contributed to the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable growth, advising governments on appropriate natural resource management.

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Julieanna 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 impact of supply disruptions to business through risk identification (disruptions), assessment (occurrence and impact), action (strategy and mitigation) and monitoring (reduce risk).

Julieanna is Academic Research Director at the University of Chester, a Visiting Professor at the Military Economics Academy, Wuhan, China in the Logistics and Procurement Department, a Visiting Professor at Hindustan University, Chennai in the Centre for Defence Technology, and, a Visiting Lecturer and PhD supervisor at Cranfield University (Defence and Security).


  • PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Sheffield and Ruhr Universität, sponsored by UKAEA
  • MSc in Environmental and Ecological Science, Lancaster University
  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, Lancaster University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional affiliations

Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Wastes Manager (CRWM), Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (FCILT), Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA), UK Advisor SES/1/2 Environmental Management – Environmental performance evaluation, environmental auditing, reporting, environmental labelling and related environmental investigations (BSI), Invited Waste Prevention Group SIG member (CIWM) 2011–, Waste Regulatory Steering Group (UK Ministry of Defence) 2008–

PhD Supervision

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

PhD topics supervised:

  • A disruptive Technology to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Maritime Sector
  • Environmental Economic Sustainability and Social Appropriation
  • 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



Katharine Bevan

Katharine Bevan

CREST@UCS Project Manager

Katharine has a background in geography and an interest in new and innovative ways of how we can reduce environmental impact.

Within the CREST@UCS team Kat is responsible for the compliance of the project and achieving the outputs set by ERDF. Her role includes producing reports, budget control and forecasting, procurement, organising events and workshops, and maintaining the website. 


  • PGCE Secondary Education and Teaching, University of Oxford
  • BA Hons Geography and Economics, University of Exeter
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner in Project Management
Dr Jane Yardley

Dr Jane Yardley

CREST@UCS Leading Research Fellow

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.


  • PhD, Leeds University
  • BSc Hons, University of Plymouth
  • Royal Society of Biology MSB, CBiol
  • Institute of Food Science & Technology MIFST
Pascale Bodevin

Pascale Bodevin

CREST@UCS Business Development Officer

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 works with SMEs to support the use of innovation and technology in the local area.


  • MSc Remote Sensing, UCL
  • BSc Environmental Science, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Diploma in Economics and Management, Université Lumière (Lyon II), France
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner in Project Management


Melissa Spiers

Melissa Spiers

CREST@UCS Business Engagement Manager

Melissa has worked in the third sector for ten years covering a range of engagement, management, and development roles. She is keen to work with people to find innovative and sustainable solutions, believing that people are key to environmental protection.

Melissa has joined CREST from Severn Wye Energy Agency where she filled Project Management and Senior Project Management roles, working on partnership projects to deliver positive social and environmental outcomes for clients. She has also worked on environmental conservation projects and habitat restoration from an engagement perspective with the Wildlife Trusts and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

She has experience with government funded schemes, project development and bid writing, energy efficiency and retrofit projects, habitat surveying, engaging volunteers and the public, and building partnerships. Melissa is currently a PhD candidate with The University of Chester investigating the pre-requisites for climate action at both the community and individual level, with a focus on social cohesion.


  • BSc Hons Zoology
Tara Severs

Tara Severs

CREST@UCS Laboratory Technician

A recent graduate, Tara’s interests lie in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Bioinformatics.

She has joined CREST@UCS to start her career in research and for personal growth within academic environment. She hopes to go on to do a PhD.


  • MSc Biotechnology, University of Chester
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University of Liverpool