Environmental Protection UK is a national charity that provides expert policy analysis and information on air quality, land quality and noise and their effects on people and communities in terms of a wide range of issues including public health, planning, transport, energy and climate.
We offer clear and critical analysis of UK government and European Union policy proposals through a range of high-quality publications and expert-led events, as well as up-to-date regulatory information through a comprehensive guide to UK and EU environment legislation.
We bring together policy-makers, business, local authorities and academics to enable and foster successful partnerships for environmental action and provide networking opportunities to support the careers of environmental professionals and allow them to share best practice.
Our structure enables us to take a progressive and pragmatic approach to the issues which concern us and, on behalf of our wide and extensive cross-sector membership, to promote integrated and effective policy-making which supports sensible and workable solutions to pressing environmental challenges.
Environmental Protection UK works with UK national and devolved governments, local authorities, business, academics and the general public, and with relevant EU institutions and NGOs. We have close working relationships with DEFRA and DCLG staff and are highly regarded as representatives on both the European Federation of Clean Air & Environmental Protection Associations (EFCA) and the International Union of Air Pollution and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA).
However, we are not a regulatory authority and regret we are unable to intervene on behalf of any individual or group to deal with any complaints concerning air pollution, noise, contaminated land or any other environmental issue. Any complaints should be directed to your local authority or the Environment Agency.
Meet The Board of Trustees and Key People
EPUK Trustees and key people are volunteers and/or part time. They give their time and energy because they want to improve the quality of our environment through education and campaigning.
Christopher Fry – Chair of Trustees
Christopher Fry was elected Chair of Trustees 2016 and has represented the EPUK West Midlands Division since 2011. He is a member of the Air & Land Quality Committees.
After 12 years as a local authority Chief Environmental Health Officer he worked as a self-employed contaminated land consultant assisting local authorities and was contracted via the CIEH to undertake a public health review of the Bahrain Petroleum Company refinery.
He is a graduate chemist (MRSC) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health appointed him a Fellow for his research comparing UK air quality measurement and control methods with France, the Netherlands and Hungary for which De Montfort University awarded an MPhil degree. He is a Member of the CIEH Environmental Protection Advisory Group.
David Muir – Chair of Air Quality Committee
David worked for Bristol City Council on air quality matters from May 1976 until May 2009. He has also been involved with Environmental Protection UK (originally when it was NSCA) for many years at both national and local levels. In this he has served on the Air Quality Committee since its formation and is currently the Chair of committee having served as Vice Chair to Sarah Legge.
David’s specialist work area is atmospheric particles. He completed a part time PhD at the University of the West of England on this subject in 2003 and has subsequently given papers at international conferences and has also published a number of papers.
Away from air quality he is a keen bowler (Crown Green) and plays regularly in addition to helping organise touraments.
Robin Lancefield – Chair of Land Quality Committee
Robin Lancefield has over 25 years of experience in providing advice and technical guidance on assessment and remediation of contaminated land. This includes expertise in site investigation, risk assessment, remediation, waste management, and due diligence. He has delivered and project managed many contaminated land risk assessment and remediation projects for a variety of public and private sector clients, and he has also co-authored key industry guidance (CIRIA) and co-presented numerous training seminars.
Robin has worked in many sectors including road, rail, flood defences, military, nuclear and manufacturing and of late has mostly been involved with larger infrastructure schemes.
Our Land Quality Committee coordinates our land quality work and brings together local authorities, consultants, academics, industry, regulators and government officials. Members are volunteers and either represent one of our regions or are co-opted based on their experience and expertise. The Committee, which meets at least twice per year, acts as a forum for members to exchange information, debate issues and steer Environmental Protection UK’s policy. Our aim to promote integrated policies and practices that encourage the use and reuse of land in a way that protects human health and the environment, is delivered through our Land Quality Committee.
Robin Whitehouse – Chair of Noise Committee
Robin Whitehouse is the Pollution Team Manager for the City of London. He is responsible for noise, other nuisances, contaminated land and private sector housing. The main function is noise, with a daytime population of around 500,000 people squeezed into just over 1 square mile it is not surprising.
In addition to the reactive role Robin and his team are also tasked with the development and implementation of the City’s Noise Policy which seeks to reduce noise levels across the city. The City still has active Crossrail sites as well as Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Bank Capacity Upgrade Project and they continue to work with London Underground/TfL on train noise impacting the Barbican.
He has been long associated with major infrastructure projects in east London including Canary Wharf, Victoria Line extension, HS1, London City Airport and Silvertown Crossing.
Sarah Legge – Trustee and Temporary Chair of the Air Quality Committee
Sarah Legge was the Chair of the EPUK Air Quality Committee from 2015-2020, and continues to serve as a Trustee. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience working on air pollution, in both consultancy and the public sector. She founded SLH Environmental Ltd in 2010, to provide an independent consultancy service specialising in air quality issues and sustainable transport solutions (related to both air pollution and climate change). Her current work ranges from policy development, analysis and implementation to technical air quality work. Clients have included organisations from the public sector, private sector, charities and philanthropic organisations, and academia.
Ruth Calderwood – Trustee and Chair of the Membership and Communications Committee
Ruth Calderwood is the Air Quality Manager at the City of London Corporation. She has worked in local authority air quality management for over 20 years and prior to that in ecology, nature conservation and arboriculture. Ruth is a member of the EPUK Air Quality Committee and oversees the charity’s communications.
Ulya Vasan – Trustee and Chair of the Financial Monitoring Group
Ulya is an ACA qualified Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience working in finance, mainly in the public and not-for-profit sectors, including at Save the Children and Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET). She is currently working for the Cabinet Office as a Financial Strategist where she has helped to produce its multi-year Spending Review.
Having recently moved, she is keen to get involved with the community and join a local choir. Her responsibilities within EPUK include the sustainability plan and increasing our membership base.
Catherine Fildes – Trustee with responsibility for Membership and Communications Committee
Catherine has worked in the financial services sector for several years and recently moved to an organisation which focuses on innovation for climate action. At this organisation, she transitioned from acting as Company Secretary and Chief of Staff to overseeing the organisation’s deals and bids as Deal Lead, as well as helping to build the burgeoning early-stage investment programme.
Her experience is characterised by a mix of strategy, distribution (including communications), and business management (including operations). As a trustee of EPUK, she combines her commercial experience with her interest in the built and natural environment. Her input into developing and promoting EPUK is invaluable.
Neil Macdonald – Trustee with responsibility for Marketing and Membership
Neil brings over 30 years of marketing experience as a new Trustee with Environmental Protection UK. He has worked predominantly in the Brewing, Wine & Spirits sector in roles covering UK and global remits. During this time he has covered Commercial and Brand Director responsibilities and more recently was in charge of a number of Whisky and Gin Visitor Centres.
Neil is both a Keeper and Master of the Quaich and a Rectifier in the Gin Guild. He is also a regular First Aid volunteer with St John Ambulance.
Stephen Moorcroft – Trustee
Stephen is a Director at Air Quality Consultants Ltd. He has over 40 years’ experience in the field of air quality monitoring, modelling and assessment. He is a member of the EPUK Air Quality Committee, which he previously chaired for over a decade. He has previously been a member of various UK Government expert panels including the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) and the Quality of Urban Air Review Group (QUARG).
John Merefield – Newsletter Editor
John Merefield is the honorary editor of our EPUK monthly Newsletter. He is a Member of the South West Division and our Air Quality Policy Committee. His research interests began at the University of Southampton developing techniques for environmental monitoring of soils, river and estuarine sediments.
After moving to the University of Exeter, as a chartered geologist he developed studies and consultancy in air quality. His research, training and consultancy assignments have led to work in 20 countries and some 75 publications.
Now retired from the University of Exeter, he teaches environmental studies on the internet adult education programme; Learn for Pleasure.
Vanessa Tanner – Secretariat and member of the Membership and Communications Committee
Vanessa took over the role of EPUK Secretariat 2 years ago. Her role includes the coordination of the Annual Conference, communicating with our members and friends, updating the website, and aiming to increase our membership.
Vanessa has a keen interest in the protection of our environment and creating a cleaner and quieter world with a more sustainable future. She has been an English teacher for many years working in the UK and overseas although recently she had a career change and is now a support worker.