Expert Speakers


Technical Director, head of Environmental, Health and Safety Advisory, Arcadis

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Technical Director, Wood

Alistair is a Technical Director with 27 years of consultancy experience gained within the UK and EMEA, and provides expert advice on EIA and application strategy. During this time, he has led and managed teams of technical experts on complex, EIA projects across a variety of sectors utilising a variety of digital techniques. He contributes to the development of best practice and technical excellence in this discipline, including through the delivery of events on digital EIA for professional institutions. He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Assessment and Honours degree in Geographical Sciences.


Environmental Consultant, Atkins

Freya is one of Atkins’ Net Zero Subject Matter Experts. Freya’s work in Atkins’ Infrastructure business is focused on enabling cultural change to drive down carbon emissions. Freya leads sustainability management on major project delivery frameworks from both a client and consultant side, working across value chains to enhance collaboration, upskill and enthuse teams, and make carbon reductions real through practical actions. Freya is passionate about creating new low-carbon ways of working through behaviour change and effective processes. Freya is Atkins’ technical lead on carbon assessment for EIA, and a key lead in Atkins’ growing greenhouse gas removals work area, advising on technological and nature-based climate solutions.


Technical Director, Wood 

The presentation will be provided by Ian Evans (Wood Technical Director) who has over 30 years of experience in the geoenvironmental market, with a specific focus on support to land development and regeneration.  Ian is Chair of the Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC) Professional Technical Panel.


Technical Director and UK EIA Lead, Wood 

Nick is a Director at Wood and heads up the UK EIA team. He has over 20 years consulting experience and has worked extensively on UK infrastructure and development projects within the Transportation, Nuclear, Renewables and Land Development sectors. Nick’s involvement in digital EIA projects includes work in Europe, Asia and Southern Africa where he lived and worked for several years. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and holds Masters degrees in Law and Business as well as his first degree in Environmental Science.  


Director of the Environment Practice, Atkins

Dr Vicky Hutchinson is Director of the Environment Practice within Atkins. She was previously Head of Social Value at ISG.  She has developed and implemented social value strategies for contractors and consultants, working at a senior level to develop procedures, targets and measurement protocols across business units. She has worked closely with local authority clients to design and deliver Social Value programmes for both public sector frameworks and at a project level, and has worked in partnership with peers across the sector to maximise the socio-economic outcomes of infrastructure and construction activity. Her current role as Director of the Environment Practice within Atkins involves bringing together different parts of the Atkins business to respond to current challenges. These range from tackling the climate emergency and delivering a low carbon future, to looking beyond apprenticeships to understand how social value is created through buildings, infrastructure and the green spaces between them.


Director – Climate Risk, Water Management & Environmental Policy, Wood

Nick is an environmental consultant with over 20 years of experience in flood risk management and environmental policy. He leads the Advisory Services team in Wood’s UK Environment & Infrastructure business.


Development Services Lead, Arcadis

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Technical Director (Ecology), Wood

Alan has worked in ecological consultancy for the past 16 years, spending the last 10 years working on DCO projects including Hinkley Point C, North London (Electricity ) Reinforcement, Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Farm, Triton Knoll Electrical System and the Heathrow Expansion Project. He worked closely with Heathrow and Natural England to incorporate biodiversity net gain into the Heathrow Expansion Project in all phases.


MD, Critical Resource (an ERM Group company)

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Future Ready Leader, WSP

David Symons leads WSP’s global Future Ready innovation programme, helping to see the future more clearly and challenging all of WSP’s people to advise for this future as well as today.  He was’s 2018 leader of the year, Society for the Environment's 2020 environmental professional of the year; a director of Aldersgate Group and a Commissioner for IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission.  David and WSP are one of the founding organisations behind Pledge to Net Zero.


Client Director, Highways (Infrastructure Division), Atkins

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Technical Director - EHS Digital, Arcadis

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UK Director - Landscape, Masterplanning, Urbanism, Arcadis

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