Paul Sheehan

BSc (Hons) MSc MIEnvSc CSci

Paul is a Chartered Scientist and qualified person under the CL:AIRE code of practice for the definition of waste and has more than 15 years experience in co-ordinating contaminated land assessments, as both a regulator and consultant.  He has specialist knowledge of the Contaminated Land Regulations (application and regulations), nuisance and the planning regime and has recently been providing help and advice in relation to these issues to many local authorities and large industrial clients.

As part of these roles Paul has taken part in risk communication and perception exercises involving a variety of stakeholders including the general public, regulators and Members of Parliament.

Following graduation from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (University of London) with an MSc in Environmental Analysis and Assessment Paul worked for a large multinational environmental consultant prior to moving to Waverley Borough Council where he spent three years as the Contaminated Land Officer before taking up the position of Team Leader (Pollution).  During his time at Waverley Paul was involved in the determination and remediation options appraisal of Cranleigh Brick and Tile, one of the first sites determined as Contaminated Land and a Special Site Under Part 2A of the EPA 1990.

Prior to joining Ecologia Paul led WSPs 100 strong Contaminated Land and Remediation Service and oversaw the integration of the consulting and contracting business’s act as one team.  This discipline operated in all sectors and geographies and had a range of specific skills required to identify, investigate and remediate land affected by contamination. Before this Paul worked for several years at Parsons Brinckerhoff and became Service Director for Environmental Engineering.

Paul has previously sat on the Project Steering Group for the original CIRIA developed contaminated land on line course in 2007. Paul was asked to critique the CLAIRE / CIEH Statistical Guidance on comparing Soil Contamination Data with a Critical Concentration on behalf of the Environment Industries Commission (EIC).  Additionally Paul is the current Vice-Chairman (and incoming Chairman) of the Land Forum (formerly the English Partnerships’ Brownfield Forum, Defra’s Contaminated Land Forum and the National Brownfield Forum).  The Land Forum brings together Westminster, Northern Ireland and Welsh governments and their expert agencies along with regulators and industry organisations to progress issues affecting brownfield development and sustainability.

Paul’s role as Director is to oversee the company’s commercial projects and work alongside the other existing directors to open and manage new business opportunities for Ecologia.