Career History

Sanitation Innovation Manager Bear Valley Ventures: 9/2013 – To date

  • Managing international trials of the Tiger toilet in India, Uganda and Myanmar
  • Further developing the Tiger toilet technology

Independent Consultant : 10/2012 – To date

  • Implementation of “Tiger Toilets” in Ethiopia and Liberia with Oxfam
  • Writing of NERC and USAID funding applications
  • Designing and constructing a vermicomposting system for digestate from a biogas system for Loowatt Ltd, in a peri-urban community in Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Commissioning a biogas system for Loowatt Ltd, in a peri-urban community in Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Guest member of staff at Newcastle University

Researcher: Sanitation Ventures/Imperial College London: 2/2011 – 10/2012

  • Working as a part of an large interdisciplinary multinational team
  • Managing a piloting laboratory and a team of three
  • Designing, building, maintaining and monitoring ten pilot scale and one full scale reactor
  • Establishing field site criteria, assessing field sites in-situ and writing field prototyping protocol

Researcher Environmental Engineering in Developing Countries: Newcastle University: 10/2010 – 2/2011

  • Principal Investigator for “ Knowledge Flows in the Amazon” ESRC funded project
  • Principal Investigator for “CLTS and Sanitation Behaviour Change among Ethnic Minorities in Northern Vietnam” funded by Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)

Lecturer in Environmental Engineering: Newcastle University: 12/2009 – 10/2010

  • Degree Programme Director (MSc Environmental Engineering)
  • Deputy Degree Programme Director (Civil Engineering undergraduates)
  • Taught across five modules on the Environmental and Civil Engineering Programmes
  • Module leader (multiple modules including MSc Project and Dissertation)
  • Supervised and co-supervised numerous masters level dissertations
  • Personal tutor to four undergraduate and 30 postgraduate students

ISO14001 Coordinator: Premier Waste Ltd, Durham: 1/2005 – 9/2005

  • Implementing ISO 14001 across 24 solid waste management sites
  • Preparing procedures, work instructions, manuals and registers
  • Collecting and collating data
  • Conducting audits
  • Producing training material and training staff
  • Supervising a M.Sc project student from the University of Durham

Consultant: Newcastle University: 10/2004 – 1/2005

  • Conducting a feasibility study of the use of a novel technology in England
  • Writing a comprehensive report for our EU partners

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Research Associate:Newcastle University: 10/2002 – 10/2004

  • Investigating treatment methods for strong and hazardous waste
  • Performing commercial treatability trials
  • Developing and managing an in-house analytical and treatability laboratory
  • Writing and updating standard operating procedures and manuals
  • Training of staff and managing three budgets

Research Associate: QUESTOR Centre Queen’s University Belfast: 8/1999 – 10/2002

  • Assessing a portable electronic nose for the identification of fugitive odours
  • Working with industrial partners from wastewater treatment, chemical and petrochemical industries
  • Preparing oral and poster presentations and written reports for project stakeholders
  • Supervising a visiting academic and an international student

Research Assistant: Wastewater Research Centre University of Glamorgan: 11/1997 – 8/1999

  • Developing of a novel instrument to monitor anaerobic wastewater treatment
  • Designing, constructing and testing of prototype instrumentation
  • Running a practical class for 30 biotechnology students on “biological denitrification”

Analytical Chemist: Zenica Agro chemicals: 6/1997 – 11/1997

  • Analysing of pesticides, herbicides and rodenticides
  • Working to GLP and ISO standards

Hazardous Waste Chemist: ITESM, Monterrey Mexico: 6/1996 – 1/1997

  • Assessing of environmental samples for compliance with EPA standards
  • Working in Spanish