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Members of the committee

Current Members of the Committee

Chairman – GEOFF SWEANEY 
Geoff is a self-employed wetland design engineer, having worked for a number of different environmental engineering consultancies over the past 2 decades, most recently as natural treatment specialist for ch2m.  His first job was management of a 7 hectare treatment wetland at ICI Billingham.  He has worked on a wide variety of constructed wetland projects, including flow attenuation wetlands and treatment of industrial effluents, mine water and contaminated groundwater.  Geoff joined the CWA in 2008 and was elected to the committee in 2014 as Chairman.
 

Secretary – HELEN NICHOLLS

Helen has a background in aquaculture and is currently working as Administrator for Global Wetland Technology. She recently completed an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales, performing a thesis on the carbon footprinting of wastewater treatment systems. She joined the CWA as Administrator in 2014 and was elected Secretary in 2017.

Treasurer – GEOFF DURNO
Geoff is the owner of Reeds from Seeds, a UK company specialising in growing reed bed plants such as Phragmites australis  and other wetland marginal plants for constructed wetlands, bio filters, biodiversity and habitat creation. Geoff Durno’s involvement in horticulture goes back three family generations. Attending Celyn Horticultural College in North Wales, the years after have seen Geoff spending his whole working life in Horticulture. Geoff has been a member of the CWA since 2001, joined the Committee in 2006 and was the treasurer from 2008 – 2012. He was re-elected treasurer in 2015.

Member – CLODAGH MURPHY
Clodagh Murphy is a researcher for ARM Ltd, and comes from a background of Geology, Water and Environmental Management. Her interests in Constructed Wetlands began whist writing her MSc dissertation on agricultural wastewater treatment in order to protect the natural salt marshes in N.E.Essex. She has written, presented and published several papers at international wetland conferences. ARM Ltd was a founder member of the CWA and Clodagh joined the CWA as administrator in 2006 and has organised several of the CWA conferences. She was elected to join the committee in 2010 and served as secretary from 2014-2016.


Member – MATTHEW SIMPSON
Matthew is an Associate Director of WWT Consulting, (the consultancy of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) and has extensive experience in water, wetland and biodiversity assessment and management. Matthew is responsible for developing, managing and reporting on a range of projects and providing specialist eco-hydrological, wetland restoration, creation and wetland management advice. His PhD focused on developing a practical classification and functional evaluation tool for European wetland ecosystems. Matthew took over from Sally Mackenzie as the CWA Secretary in 2011.

Member – GABRIELA DOTRO
Gabriela Dotro is a Senior Research Fellow with Cranfield University, based full-time within Severn Trent Water’s Wastewater R&D team. Gaby is a passionate wetland advocate, having worked on constructed wetlands for the past ten years in various applications, ranging from nutrient removal from domestic wastewater treatment to the chromium fate within industrial wetlands to the more practical research on wetland clogging. She holds a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Memphis (USA), and a Masters of Design from the University of Calgary (Canada). Gaby was elected as a member of the CWA Committee in 2012.

Member – STEWART MOIR
Stewart has 20 years commercial field experience and a proven track record within the environmental sector and in particular sewage treatment, with an interest in reedbeds and SUDS. He is the Managing Director for Moir Environmental, and attended the inaugural meeting of the CWA in 1999 going on to be a member in 2000. Stewart joined the committee in 2013.

Member – TRISTAN JOSH

Tristan is a senior partner at Eco-Tech Systems. He has a wide and varied range of experience and expertise in the Building & Civil Engineering Industries as well as in the Renewable Energy, Wastewater and Environmental sectors. Past employers include Castellum Ltd (Founder and Joint Managing Director), Edmond Castle Estates (Construction Manager) and KME Associates Ltd (Associate Director of Development).

Tristan joined the CWA committee in 2016. He happily finds new challenges enjoyable and has an unquestionable ability to create performance based teams who consistently deliver the undeliverable

 

 

 

 

Previous members of the Committee

2014 – 2016

Chairman GEOFF SWEANEY (CH2M)
Treasurer JOHN ROBINTHWAITE (JPR Environmental), GEOFF DURNO (Reeds from Seeds)
Secretary CLODAGH MURPHY (ARM Ltd)
Member MATTHEW SIMPSON (WWT Consulting)
Member GABY DOTRO (Severn Trent Water, Cranfield University)
Member

CATHERINE McILWRAITH (WWT)

Member

STEWART MOIR (Moir Environmental)

Administrator HELEN NICHOLLS (Centre for Alternative Technology)

2012 – 2014

Chairman RICK HUDSON (Cresswater Solutions)
Treasurer JOHN ROBINTHWAITE (JPR Environmental)
Secretary MATTHEW SIMPSON (WWT Consulting)
Member CLODAGH MURPHY (ARM Ltd)
Member GABY DOTRO (Severn Trent Water)
Member NIKKI POPPLESTONE (Land and Water) [2012-2013]
Member STEWART MOIR (Moir Environmental) [2013-2014]
Administrator CATHERINE McILWRAITH (WWT)

2010 – 2012

Chairman RICK HUDSON (Cresswater Solutions)
Treasurer GEOFF DURNO (Reeds From Seeds)
Secretary SALLY MACKENZIE/MATTHEW SIMPSON (WWT)
Member COLIN GITTINGS (Halcrow)
Member STUART WIDDOWSON (The Coal Authority)
Member WILLIAM McBARNET (NIRBC)
Member CLODAGH MURPHY (ARM Ltd)
Administrator CAROLINE GRANT (WWT)

2008 – 2010

Chairman (2008/9) PAUL COOPER (PFC Consulting)
(2009/10) RICK HUDSON (Cresswater Solutions)
Treasurer GEOFF DURNO (Reeds From Seeds)
Secretary DAVID COOPER (ARM Ltd)
Member SALLY MACKENZIE (WWT)
Member RICK HUDSON (Cresswater Solutions)
Member WILLIAM McBARNET (NIRBC)
Administrator CLODAGH MURPHY (ARM Ltd)

2006 – 2008

Chairman JOE BIDDLESTONE (Birmingham University)
Treasurer DAVID COOPER (ARM Ltd)
Secretary PAUL COOPER (PFC Consulting)
Member PAUL GRIFFIN (Severn Trent)
Member GEOFF DURNO (Reeds From Seeds)
Administrator CLODAGH MURPHY (ARM Ltd)

2004 – 2006

Chairman JOE BIDDLESTONE (Birmingham University)
Treasurer DAVID COOPER (ARM Ltd)
Secretary PAUL COOPER (PFC Consulting)
Member PAUL GRIFFIN (Severn Trent)
Administrator GILL ALEXANDER (ARM Ltd)

2002 – 2004

Chairman JOE BIDDLESTONE (Birmingham University)
Treasurer DAVID COOPER (ARM Ltd)
Secretary PAUL COOPER (PFC Consulting)
Member PAUL GRIFFIN (Severn Trent)
Administrator GILL ALEXANDER (ARM Ltd)

2000 – 2002

Chairman JOE BIDDLESTONE (Birmingham University)
Treasurer DAVID COOPER (ARM Ltd)
Secretary PAUL COOPER (PFC Consulting)
Member PAUL GRIFFIN (Severn Trent)
Administrator GILL ALEXANDER (ARM Ltd)