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Our Team

Wiser Environment is known for expert knowledge, sound advice and strong relationships that help our clients grow and prosper with compliant and responsible operations. We employ a team of highly skilled, knowledgeable and capable environmental consultants with broad expertise across a wide range of disciplines.

We support and mentor our team, and build our combined knowledge, so that each of us can enhance Wiser Environment’s excellent reputation and the exceptional standards of work we provide our clients.

Our environmental consultants are registered with the Institute of Environmental Management Assessment (IEMA) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).


Russel Hirst

Russell Hirst

Managing Director
Russell established Wiser Environment in 1999 to use his extensive experience in environmental regulation, waste and recycling to provide knowledgeable and good value advice to small and medium sized companies. Leading from the front, with over 20 years’ experience, Russell uses his technical knowledge and commercial acumen to help clients find the most cost effective and practical solutions.

Specialisms
Strategic advice | Environmental permitting | Waste & resource management | Waste planning | Management systems | WAMITAB Training | Land quality


Charles ThomasCharles Thomas

Consultancy Director
With 25 years’ experience in waste and environmental management and an ability to offer swift and clear interpretation of new and forthcoming legislation, Charles helps keep Wiser Environment’s clients informed and at the forefront of industry developments. With in-depth knowledge of both legal obligations and the business opportunities in waste and the environment, Charles successfully leads project teams across all areas of our business to the maximum benefit of our clients.

Specialisms
Strategic advice | Environmental permitting | Waste & resource management | Management systems | Environmental training | Land quality


Andrew Lake, Senior Consultant, Wiser Environment

Andrew Lake

Senior Consultant
Andrew has over ten years’ experience in waste regulation which have included regulatory and enforcement roles for the Environment Agency. Having worked on the EA’s fire prevention plan assessment team, Andrew has an in-depth understanding and unique insight into this requirement which is currently challenging so many waste management companies.

Specialisms
Environmental permitting | Management systems | Fire prevention plans | Compliance | Auditing | Waste & resource management


Joana Santos

Joana Santos

Senior Consultant
One of the longest standing members of our team, Joana has extensive international experience across a broad range of industries. Her exhaustive knowledge of international standards has benefited many of our clients, a particular achievement being the successful development of one of the first integrated management system awarded to a waste management company.

Specialisms
Environmental management | Management systems | Auditing | Carbon & energy management | Health & safety | Land quality


Lindsey Stewart-Miller

Senior Consultant
With an MSc in soil and water engineering and ten years at Natural England, our newest member of the team, Lindsey greatly enhances our skills in agriculture, countryside stewardship and water pollution and management. Lindsey combines technical advice and practical application across all her projects.


Specialisms

Health & safety | Land quality | Agriculture | Water management | Management systems


Georgina Leach, Senior Consutlant, Wiser EnvironmentGeorgina Leach

Senior Consultant
With over five years’ in environmental compliance, Georgina has broad experience across the wide range of Wiser Environment’s services. Georgina has also played a key role in developing and growing Wiser Environment’s WAMITAB Assessment Centre and environmental training services.


Specialisms

Environmental training | WAMITAB | Management systems | Environmental permitting | Monitoring and sampling | Health & safety | Land quality | Auditing | EIA


Wiser Environment Consultant Graeme Outridge

Graeme Outridge

Consultant
Graeme has over 15 years’ experience in waste and environmental management, and a particularly strong technical knowledge of quantitative air dispersion and odour modelling. Graeme is also a fully trained CEEQUAL Assessor – the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.

Specialisms
Air dispersion modelling | environmental permitting |Management systems | Land quality | Waste & resource management


Wiser Environment Consultant Andrea Petrolati

Andrea Petrolati

Consultant
With an MSc in industrial chemistry and a PhD in chemical engineering, Andrea’s technical knowledge is highly valued by our clients challenged by waste classification and assessment of recovery and disposal options. Andrea’s background in both research and practical application enables him to find novel solutions and explain technical information in plain English.

Specialisms
Waste classification | Monitoring & sampling | Waste & resource management | Management systems | Land quality


Wes Carrington, Consultant, Wiser Environment

Wes Carrington

Consultant
With strong organisational and business skills, Wes manages our environmental training services, in particular our WAMITAB assessment centre, as well as our workplace exposure monitoring services. He also supports the growth of Wiser Enviornment with business development.


Specialisms

Environmental training | WAMITAB assessment | Workplace exposure monitoring