Planning & Regeneration Speakers


Geoenvironmental Scientist, British Geological Survey

Darren is a geoscientist and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the British Geological Survey. His work focuses on improving the utility of geoscience in brownfield redevelopment projects and his research interests are human exposure to soil contaminants, predictive modelling of geochemical data and multicriteria analysis of spatial data for decision making.

Prior to BGS, Darren worked for 10 years in environmental consultancy focusing on risk-based land management and environmental assessments for land-use planning. Positions held include Director and Principal Consultant for regional firms in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.



Lead Officer Contaminated Land, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Ann Barker has over 25 years of experience in contaminated land investigation and management in both consultancy and local authority regulation. As a geologist, she worked briefly for the British Geological Survey before moving into research and then into practical investigation of environmental pollution issues in consultancy, leading to a focus on land contamination. Ann was awarded Master of Science for Contaminated Land Management with Distinction at Nottingham University. Having spent most of her time implementing Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for several years, planning consultations, redevelopment of brownfield sites and strategic regeneration now dominate Ann’s workload.

Whilst working as a Local Authority regulator Ann has taken a lead role with YALPAG and previously Environmental Protection UK. In 2007 Ann was one of the founders of the YCLF and currently chairs the steering group; she was also a member of the DEFRA Part 2a Expert Panel.



Environmental Director, Construction, Gallagher

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Managing Director, EDAROTH

Mark is an Architect and a successful Property Development Director with over 25 years of experience. He is now Managing Director of EDAROTH, a subsidiary of Atkins. EDAROTH is a new business which Mark has been instrumental in setting up as a development arm to tackle the social and affordable housing crisis.

Previously, Mark was Atkins’ Development Director in the Cities and Development market team responsible for engaging with Atkins public and private sector clients; advising on their development strategies and delivery plans. Mark advised on development opportunities and priorities, exploring options through viability assessment and development appraisal to maximise value and drive revenue and capital receipt. 


Mark joined Atkins from Dunnhumby (a Tesco subsidiary), where for six years he was Global Property Director managing the company’s portfolio of commercial properties across the globe.


Originally from an Architectural background, he has extensive experience in the developer world, including eight years as Harrods Group’s Development Director, three and a half years as Selfrides Property Director and five years managing the London Stock Exchange’s property portfolio.  



Executive Advisor, Infrastructure Investment & Economics, UK, Europe & Middle East, GHD Advisory

Steve is an economist/strategist with over twenty-nine years’ experience specialising in urban / infrastructure economics, project development & appraisal, urban planning and regeneration. Working in the interface between strategy, economics, project development and planning, he regularly leads multi-disciplinary teams to deliver urban solutions in cities and places worldwide. Known for his thought leadership and strategic perspective, Steve brings international development and regeneration experience spanning the UK, Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. Major regeneration and growth projects he has worked on include Northampton Joint Brownfield Initiative; Harlow Regeneration Strategy; Longbridge Regeneration; Scunthorpe Urban Extension; Ashford’s Future Urban Extension and Lowestoft/Great Yarmouth Regeneration Master Plan. Steve currently leads the UK Advisory team with a focus on urban development and economics.



Managing Director, RSK Biocensus

Steph has been a Director of Biocensus since 2011 and Managing Director since their acquisition by RSK in 2019.  She is an Ecologist and biodiversity expert with over 25 years’ experience in the assessment of impacts on biodiversity, but unusually among ecologists has an MBA and a strong interest in business.

Prior to joining Biocensus, Steph was Global Environment Director for Hyder Consulting, now Arcadis. She has also held a number of executive, non-executive, and consulting roles at organisations including Peter Brett (now Stantec), Atkins (now part of SNC Lavalin), National Grid, and ERM.

Steph now specialises in business impacts on biodiversity, natural capital and ecosystem services

A past President of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Steph is chair of CIEEM’s Strategic Policy Panel which co-ordinates the Institute’s policy activities throughout the UK and Ireland. She is regularly called on to provide advice to Ministers, select committees and government departments.

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