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 Katharine has a varied role, filling both the Project Manager and part time Project Coordinator roles. She is responsible for the compliance of the project, as well as reporting back to MHCLG, producing reports, organising events and workshops, and maintaining the website. Along with Vicki Ayton, Kat takes a role in developing the Shrewsbury Water Forum.


  • PGCE Secondary Education and Teaching, University of Oxford
  • BA Hons Geography and Economics, University of Exeter
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
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
Prof Joseph Howe

Prof Joseph Howe

Executive Director Of Energy Research Institute, CREST@UCS Academic Expert

Joe has extensive experience in working interchangeably with industry on major environmental projects and initiatives across the UK. Currently he is driven by the opportunities afforded to UK industry in delivering the £600bn of infrastructure projects by 2030.

Joe is pro-actively engaged with the UK’s emerging clean growth agenda including his roles on the UK Decarbonised of Gas Alliance, chairing of the NW Hydrogen Alliance and being the North West academic lead for the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre.

He is particularly passionate about the STEM skills and sits on the Board of the Department of Education: Engineering Construction Industries Training Board.

Vicki Ayton

Vicki Ayton

CREST@UCS Business Development Manager

Vicki joined CREST from the economic development team at Telford & Wrekin Local Authority, with expertise lying in business development, stakeholder engagement and events.

Interests include: Smart Rural, environment and outdoor spaces/health, digital technology applications, business sustainability.

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.


  • MBA, Keele University
  • PGCE, University of Greenwich
  • BSc Hons, University of Worcester
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


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.


  • MSc in Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University