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At the Newtwork's 2013 AGM, 14 brownfield practioners from various professions throughout Ireland were elected to stand as committee members. Their role is to develop the Network and organise the events and publications. The 2013 committee members are:

Owen Williams

 Ireland Brownfield Network

Organisation:Ashfield Solutions Ltd

Sector:Contaminated Land Advisory Service

Contact:Ashfield Solutions Ltd, 5 Cromac Avenue, The Gasworks, Belfast, BT7 2JA


Owen is the Regional Manager (Ireland) for Ashfield Solutions – a unique independent contaminated land advisory service operating throughout the UK and Ireland. Owen advises a wide range of public and private sector clients on the cost-effective management of their environmental liabilities associated with brownfield sites. Prior to joining Ashfield, Owen was the Contaminated Land Officer for Belfast City Council and prior to that, an environmental consultant. Owen is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management. HIs particular interests lie within human health risk assessments, ground gas assessments and sustainable remedial measures for the appropriate redevelopment of brownfield sites.

Dr Rory Doherty

Rory Doherty

Organisation:Queen's University Belfast

Sector:Academia

Contact:Environmental Engineering Research Centre School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, BT9 5AG


Rory Doherty is a lecturer specialising in land quality, actively researching the emerging discipline of biogeophysics that uses near-surface geophysical methods to measure contaminant plumes and microbial activity in real time. This low cost, low resource, non-intrusive approach makes them good candidates for sustainable remediation tools. He is also interested in other methods of site investigation, both intrusive and non-intrusive, the sampling of particulate matter, and the identification of geogenic and anthropogenic sources of contamination. Rory has been successful in obtaining research funding with industrial partners who have produced a novel remediation technology, a working prototype and a new company to manufacture the system. His teaching at MSc Environmental Engineering and undergraduate Civil Engineering level focusses on real world applications and the skills required as graduate scientists and engineers. In the past, Rory has worked as a technical manager and site manager for remediation contracting companies and was an Industrial Board Member of the Queen's University Environmental Science and Technology Research (QUESTOR) Centre.

Dr Siobhan Cox

Ireland Brownfield Network

Organisation:Queen’s University Belfast

Sector:Academia

Contact:Environmental Engineering Research Centre School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, BT9 5AG


Siobhan is a lecturer in the Environmental Engineering Research Cluster at Queen’s University Belfast. She joined the University in 2002 to research the natural attenuation of carbon disulphide, an extremely volatile contaminant found on a number of brownfield sites across Ireland. Her research interests include bio-accessibility assessments, sustainable remediation techniques and the use of stable isotope techniques to determine biodegradation rates. Prior to joining the University, Siobhan was a chartered environmental engineer working for a Belfast-based environmental consultancy on contaminated land site investigations, risk assessments and remediation strategies.

Dr Aoife Shields

 Ireland Brownfield Network

Organisation:Ronan Daly Jermyn

Sector:Environmental Law (ROI)

Contact:Ronan Daly Jermyn, 12 South Mall, Cork, Ireland


Dr Aoife Shields is a practising solicitor for Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors, Cork. She advises businesses across a range of industry sectors; statutory bodies and private clients on all aspects of environmental, planning, construction and procurement law. Her Ph.D. titled “The Need for a dedicated regulatory Regime for the Management of Contaminated Land in Ireland” makes her one of Ireland’s leading authorities on the legal aspects of land contamination within Ireland. She has authored a number of Environmental Law articles (including co-author of the NICOLE Report on Transfer of Environmental Liability in Europe, 2011), presents papers at various conferences in Ireland and abroad on environmental liability issues and lectures at the Faculty of Engineering, University College Cork.

Dr Chaosheng Zhang

Ireland Brownfield Network

Organisation:National University of Ireland, Galway

Sector:Academia

Contact:Dr. Chaosheng Zhang Head, GIS Centre, Ryan Institute and School of Geography and Archaeology National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland


Dr. Chaosheng Zhang is head of GIS Centre, Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway. His academic background covers both GIS and environmental geochemistry, with his research focusing on spatial analyses of environmental variables and geo-statistical techniques. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and has strong international research experience in China, Sweden, USA, Australia, Jamaica and Ireland. He is Chair and organizer of two internationally-leading conferences on environment and health.

Mairead Glennon

 Ireland Brownfield Network

Organisation:Independent Consultant

Sector:Private Sector

Contact:c/o Geological Survey of Ireland,Beggar's Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland


Mairéad Glennon is a geosciences professional with degrees in Geography and Applied Hydrogeology. Mairéad has worked as a hydrogeologist on contaminated land and groundwater projects for clients in the petroleum, pharmaceutical, construction and manufacturing industries. Now as an independent consultant, Mairéad works for the Geological Survey of Ireland on the Tellus Border and Dublin Soil Urban Geochemistry (SURGE) projects. Mairéad is secretary of Earth Science Ireland, a cross-border organisation which promotes earth science awareness and education in Ireland.

Alan Dew

Alan Dew

Organisation:Jacobs UK Ltd

Sector:Environmental Consultancy

Contact:Rochester Building, Second Floor, 28 Adelaide Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 8GD


Alan is a Senior Environmental Scientist who has been with the Sustainable Solutions team at Jacobs in Belfast since 2009, having previously worked for environmental and multi-disciplinary consultancies in Auckland, New Zealand and Manchester since 2002. As a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and Chartered Environmentalist, Alan provides environmental support to a wide range of Jacobs’ projects across Ireland and the UK including land contamination assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments for road and rail schemes and materials / waste management applications.

Brian Rouse

Brian Rouse

Organisation:ERM

Sector:Environmental Consultancy

Contact:ERM, Suite 508, The Capel Building, Mary's Abbey, Dublin 7.


Brian is an environmental consultant with ERM, a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services. He currently co-ordinates the Contaminated Site Management group for ERM in Ireland and is the ERM Ireland office manager. Brian is a proficient manager with extensive experience in the assessment of contaminated sites and brownfield regeneration work including initial legal due diligence Phase I assessment and conceptual site model generation, Phase II site investigation design and implementation, remediation options appraisal, stakeholder engagement and remediation implementation. Recent experience has focussed on providing services for the power, mining, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Olivia Holmes

Olivia Holmes

Organisation:Arup

Sector:Environmental Consultancy

Contact:Liam Luddy, 15 Oliver Plunkett St, Cork


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Anne-Marie Casey

Anne-Marie Casey

Organisation:URS

Sector:Environmental Consultancy

Contact:410/411 Q House, 76 Furze Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18


Anne Marie Casey is a Senior Environmental Geologist with URS. Anne Marie has over ten years' experience having worked as an environmental consultant in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and America. Anne Marie has a degree in Geology from the University of Cork, Masters in Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, and is a member of the International Association of Hydrogeology and Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management. Her areas of expertise include contaminated land assessment and brownfield redevelopment specifically in relation to soil, ground-gas and groundwater risk assessment and remediation. Her experience also includes geotechnical investigation and soil waste management, including classification of hazardous waste. Anne Marie has worked on a wide variety of brownfield site redevelopment projects including Pharma-chemical, Industrial, Military of Defence, Rail and Gas Works sites.

Maryann Harris

Maryann Harris

Organisation:Dublin City Council

Sector:Local Government

Contact:....


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David O'Hagan

David O'Hagan

Organisation:RSK Ireland Ltd

Sector:Environmental Consultancy

Contact:10 Bridgewood House, 48 Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5NW


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Cait Coyle

Cait Coyle

Organisation:Institute of Technology

Sector:....

Contact:Ash Lane, Sligo


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2012 Inaugural Committee Members were:

  • Owen Williams
  • Dr Rory Doherty
  • Dr Siobhan Cox
  • Andrew Ryan
  • Dr Aoife Shields
  • Dr Chaosheng Zhang
  • Mairead Glennon
  • Aidan Tierney