Beverley Parrish
Beverley Parrish
Managing Scientist
Environmental & Earth Sciences
  • Harrogate (UK)

Ms. Parrish is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Chartered Geologist with more than 25 years of experience in industry and environmental consultancy. With expertise in environmental regulation, contaminated land and water, waste management, and environmental due diligence, she has undertaken an extensive range of projects for industrial and corporate clients, together with advising investors, developers, local authorities, and the Ministry of Defence.

Ms. Parrish has undertaken the investigation and assessment of potentially contaminated land, including the assessment of potential pollutant linkages, the production of conceptual site models, and the assessment of risk to human health and the environment. Her experience includes the preparation of detailed contract specifications, interpretive report writing, and recommendations to mitigate unacceptable risk, including the design of remediation schemes. She has conducted assessments of groundwater impacts from contaminated land and landfill leachate, together with the assessment of risks associated with ground gas, particularly methane, and design of mitigation measures. 

Ms. Parrish has expert witness and dispute resolution experience,. Recent projects include ground and water affected by a Persistent Organic Pollutant and asbestos in soils. She has also undertaken cases in relation to ground and water affected by hydrocarbons, together with risks posed by current and historical landfilling to adjacent developments, and assessment of potential exposure pathways. These projects have included the preparation of expert evidence and appearance in Planning Inquiry and Civil Court. 

Ms. Parrish has provided environmental due diligence services for multi-national, multi-site mergers and acquisitions for major corporations and investors, including assessments of contingent and operational liabilities associated with transactions, such as contaminated land liabilities both on site and from/to adjacent properties, flood risk, and utility issues. These services also include an assessment of the impacts of existing and future legislation in relation to the environmental performance of the site. Health and safety and social impacts have also been assessed, in line with Equator Principles. Ms. Parrish has evaluated potential risks and liabilities posed by landfill portfolios for local authorities and during transactions. She has also directed technical due diligence in energy from waste, biomass, recycling, and anaerobic digestion projects, which activities have included providing direction and input on numerous transactions involving investment in waste-related schemes, for investors, developers, and banking consortia. The scope of a typical project includes a review of the suitability of the technology and feedstock, site constraints, access, planning, permitting, and consents, and commercial aspects such as access to feedstock, bankability, revenues, market assessment, and competitor analysis. 


  • M.Sc., Mining Geology, Camborne School of Mines, 1989
  • B.Sc., Geology, University of London, 1986
  • Fellow of the Energy Managers Association, 2012

    Fellow of the Geological Society and ChGeol, 1999


2015 — Speaker: “Environmental Liabilities in the Power Sector”; Willis Group Breakfast Seminar for the Power Sector.

2015 — Speaker: “Hydraulic Fracturing — Lessons to be Learnt from the US”; British Water Conference.

2015 — Speaker: “Hydraulic Fracturing in the UK”; UK Energy Law Conference.

2015 — Chair, -”Hydraulic Fracturing and Integrated Water Management”; Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.

2015 Speaker – “Hydraulic Fracturing – Lessons to be learnt from the US” – Landmark Chambers.

2014 — Speaker: “Hydraulic Fracturing — Lessons to be Learnt from the US”; British Water Technical Forum.

2014 — Speaker: “Hydraulic fracturing — Lessons to be learnt from the US”; Rushlight Events.

2014 – Joint presentation “What should I remediate — Linking environmental forensics with risk assessment,” Steve Mudge, Beverley Parrish; Remediation Conference—Brownfield Briefing 

2013 — Chairperson: European Quality Association for Recycling, bi-annual conference of EQAR Brussels.

2013 — Keynote Speaker: “The low carbon sector, what does it mean and the opportunities for growth”; launch of Leeds City Jobs intelligence services, Leeds. 

2013 — Keynote Speaker: “Skills development in sustainability”; Business Council for Sustainable Development, London. 

2012 — Chair, Water Session: BASE Leeds, “How can we make water management sustainable?”

2012 — Chair: EU Biogas Event, EU LIFE funded event to explore opportunities and share best practice in anaerobic digestion.

2011 — Speaker: “Construction waste and recycling in the UK” , European Quality Association for Recycling — Brussels.

2010 — Speaker: “Minimising waste and saving costs”; Envirowise, in association with the Food and Drink Federation conference.

2010 — Speaker: “Waste, resource efficiency and carbon savings”; Food Processing Knowledge Transfer Network and the Northern Way initiative conference.

2009 — Speaker: “Carbon footprinting in the food and drink sector”; National Industry Symbiosis Programme in association with Taste of the West and the SW Regional Food Group. 

2008 — Speaker: “Sustainable building design portal”; Building Council for Sustainable Development, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

2007 — Chair: Food for thought — Chartered Institute of Water &Environmental Management; Conference on waste and packaging issues.

2006 — Speaker: “Contaminated land and the planning regime”; Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Continual Professional Development annual lecture series. 

2005 — Speaker: “Contaminated land exposure assessment — A briefing and case study on the new assessment methodology”; UK Annual Brownfield Briefing Conference.

Prior Experience

Technical Director, WSP Global, 2006–2014

Senior Consultant rising to Director, Enviros Consulting Ltd, 1998–2006

Senior Engineering Geologist, Soil Mechanics Ltd, 1994–1998

Earth Science Advisor to the British Council, The British Council, 1993–1994

Mining Geologist, Goldfields, 1990–1992

Contract Engineering Geologist, Nuclear project, Barrie Fielder Engineering Ltd, 1992–1993

Goldfields of South Africa, Mining and Exploration Geologist, Johannesburg, 1990–1992

Mott MacDonald, Engineering Geologist, Manchester, 1989–1990

Reading for MSc in Mining Geology, 1988–1989

Goldfields Namibia, Mining and Exploration Geologist, Namibia, 1989–1989

Logging Geologist, Exlog, North Sea offshore exploration rigs, mainly Norway, 1987–1988

Research Assistant, Conference Organiser, University College London, Norway and Taiwan, 1986–1987

Project Experience

Expert Witness and Dispute Resolution: Experience in the provision of expert reports in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 35.

Expert Witness — 3M vs Guernsey: Appointed as an Expert in relation to the contamination of ground, surface waters and a drinking water supply reservoir from materials containing a persistent organic pollutant.

Expert Witness — Confidential Client: Present. Appointed as an Expert in relation to a case involving land determined to be contaminated land under Part IIA of the EPA, as a result of asbestos contamination in soils.

Dispute Resolution — Confidential Client: Project Manager and Technical Reviewer in relation to a construction dispute arising out of contamination of a water body.

Expert Witness on behalf of Harrogate Borough Council: Provided expertise regarding the risks posed by landfill gas and leachate migration from an old landfill to a proposed new development, together with an assessment of the sustainability, or otherwise, of removing the waste to another landfill site, as proposed by the appellant. Presented evidence in court under cross examination at the Planning Inquiry. That evidence resulted in a successful outcome for the client.

Expert Witness, Fuel Distribution company v. adjacent property owner. Provided environmental advice to a fuel distribution company, involving all aspects of their environmental management. The site was owned previously by a drum-washing company, and the ground was known to be affected by hydrocarbons and solvents. Cross-boundary migration was also known to have occurred. The adjacent property owner maintained that this was a result of current operations. Provided expert witness advice in the Civil Court. Resulted in considerable reduction in required remediation expenditure. 

Dispute Resolution—Belfast Harbour Commissioners v. Oil Company. Project Director. Provided high-level strategic and technical advice on the lease surrender of a plot of land owned by the client, which had been leased to the Oil Company for nearly 100 years. Additional site investigation and assessment indicated that impacts of hydrocarbons still affected the site, including free product on groundwater, and visible impacts to adjacent water courses, despite the lessee claiming that remediation work had been successful. Provided technical direction and review, together with negotiation support to the negotiating team, which included the client, their lawyers, and other professional advisors. Resulted in a significant beneficial settlement.

Dispute Resolution—Premier Foods v. property developer. The developer had acquired former Premier Foods assets and disputed the due diligence provided, in particular in relation to the anticipated levels of asbestos and hydrocarbons in soils. Reviewed the documentation and supported Premier in negotiations and meetings. The developer withdrew. 

Dispute Resolution. Provided advice on behalf of a developer who had suffered losses as a result of an adjacent closed landfill and the non-disclosure of this by the Local Authority. Settled out of court. 

Dispute Resolution. Provided advice in relation to a matter between an aggregates company and a major water utility related to the level of ground and water contamination, primarily with heavy metals, of the aggregate resource lying beneath land that had been subject to landspreading. Settled out of court.

Dispute Resolution. Dispute between major utility and landfill owner regarding loss of income following a compulsory purchase order. Conducted a review of the potential landfill revenue that could have been obtained during the period the CPO was in place. Settled out of court. 


Hazardous Waste Assessment
Major Retailer: Provided waste management advice in relation to a number of potential product recall incidents, where consumer goods were found to contain elevated levels of potentially harmful substances. 

Chemical Manufacturer: Assessed pesticide residues under the Hazardous Waste Regulations. 

Print Equipment Manufacturer: Assessed waste inks under the Hazardous Waste Regulations. 

London Borough of Newham
Project Director: Royal Docks Infrastructure project. As part of a wider infrastructure scheme, investigated the potential for Energy from Waste provision in the Borough. The project identified potential waste streams and technology options, and appraised site constraints, in the context of local and national policy and in the light of current Municipal Solid Waste disposal contractual arrangements. Development of scope, technical review and presentation of findings. 

Major Utility Provider
Project Director: Developed a sludge waste and energy strategy, scope, technical review, and direction and presentation of findings to Board. 

North Yorkshire County Council
Project Director: As part of a Council-wide assessment of key risks, the portfolio of around 60 existing and former landfills was subject to a risk assessment process to understand the level of risk posed to human health and the environment from land contamination, leachate, and ground gas. Sites were prioritised for more detailed investigation, and remedial measures were implemented as necessary. 

Leeds City Council
Project Director: Feasibility study of the collection of food waste and the development of an Anaerobic Digestion project. Developed technical review and direction, and presented findings to Council officers. 

Bradford City Council 
Project Director: Feasibility study into the collection of food waste and the development of an anaerobic digestion project. Provided technical review and direction.

Project direction of the assessment of contaminated land, other potential abnormal costs, and risks, together with planning risk, related to the development of a potential waste recovery facility and associated infrastructure on behalf of a consortium bidding a major current Private Finance Initiative project. 

Environmental and Technical Due Diligence

Confidential Italy-Based Renewables Company
Project Director: Responsible for providing technical and environmental due diligence on a gasification project in the UK, which included review of contaminated-land issues, permits and planning, site constraints, technology, and EPC contract arrangements. Provision of technical advice, review, and negotiation support. 

Global Finance, Romania
Project Director: Appointed to advise on an equity investment in one of Eastern Europe’s leading plastic and electrical waste recycling facilities. This required a review of the commercial market for recyclates, material availability, and likely future trends driven by EU legislation and a developing waste sector. Work included a critical review of the technical capability and performance of the plant and equipment to corroborate investment projections, together with an assessment of the Environmental, Health, Safety and Social aspects of the project, to satisfy the requirements of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development investment. These technically focused services were required alongside traditional environmental, and health and safety due diligence audits. Also directed the Phase II site investigation to assess potential liabilities at one of the sites in the portfolio. 

Confidential Major Utility Client
Project Director: Provided technical due diligence support to determine the feasibility and viability of an Advanced Thermal Treatment process to replace existing sludge incineration capacity reaching end of life.

John Laing Investments/Shanks Waste Management/Costain
Client Director: Supported the lender’s technical due diligence on behalf of this consortium bidding the Essex Residual Waste PFI contract. 

Premier Foods
Projects Director, Premier Foods: turnover +£1bn — Provided extensive, high-level environmental due diligence advice during fast-moving transactions. Assessment of both contingent and operational environmental liabilities, including evaluation of environmental practices. The Typical contentious issues related to the presence of asbestos in soils from former demolition works. Other services included IPPC support, energy audits and energy strategy, provision of high-level risk and liability advice for the Mergers & Aquisition and Asset teams, and board-level sustainability workshop. 

Property and Development 

Projects Director, Ibstock Brick: The initial project involved the investigation and risk assessment of a major hazardous waste landfill site owned by the company, including assessing impacts to sensitive receptors and ongoing operational activities. Developed mitigation and remediation strategy. Provided further extensive risk and liability management around a number of land holdings, divestiture support and advice, operational business project support, including Pollution Prevention Control, Environmental Management Systems, wastewater, and drainage, together with projects for their planning department on Environmental Impact Assessment for new developments. Directed more than 35 projects for this client. 

Project Director, Property Developer, Chemical Drum Washing Facility: Project included assisting the client in the purchase, assessment, and remediation of a former abandoned chemical drum-washing plant, discharge planning conditions associated with the redevelopment of the adjacent Mill site, flood risk assessment, modelling, and flood relief solutions. Contaminants included solvents and asbestos. Role of Project Director involved serving as liaison with the regulators, funders, vendors, and purchasers; provided technical review and direction; and advised on terms, agreements, and other negotiations. 

Client/Project Director, Major Hospital Redevelopment, NHS Trust: The scheme involved a number of separate, large-scale redevelopment projects financed through a Private Finance Initiative, Procure 21, and standard procurement methods on a Groundwater Protection Zone 1. Provided high-level environmental advice on the protection of groundwater and environmental regulations to the NHS development team and coordinated the environmental management process during the work. 

Ministry of Defence, Defence Estates: Project manager for numerous land quality assessments. Provided desk-based studies and site investigations, including sites affected by low-level radioactive waste, hydrocarbons, and asbestos. The work was required primarily for redevelopment purposes. Identified various potential environmental liabilities associated with current and historical activities at the sites and included detailed, costed proposals to allow the MOD to manage and potentially mitigate unacceptable risk to human health and the surrounding environment. Sites included a hydrocarbon spill at the Tankadrome, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, and the redevelopment of the Army Foundation College, Harrogate. Contract manager for the North of the UK. 

Project Director, Sheffield and Doncaster Robin Hood Airport. Following on from a successful contaminated-land investigation and risk assessment, commissioned to support the discharge of planning conditions related to groundwater protection during the redevelopment of this former MOD site. The role involved close liaison with the developer and other stakeholders to ensure the project met programme and budget.

Sustainable Development 

Projects Director, Major Infrastructure Investor, £0.5bn turnover: Projects included delivery of a sustainability workshop, sustainability benchmarking exercise, provision of sustainability case studies, and client bid winning template, supported specific education Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) bids and provided a bespoke renewable energy model and delivered energy-related projects. Combined Heat and Power feasibility study also undertaken and Technical Due Diligence on a Waste PFI. 

Kelda / Yorkshire Water: Key Account Manager and Project Director — Sustainability strategy development, Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) support, carbon management strategy, energy skills training strategy, due diligence on thermal waste treatment project, developing action plan for Strategic Business Objectives and H1 assessments under the Environmental Permitting regulations for SWTWs. Technical support for Kelda’s contract with Ministry of Defence. 

Laing O’Rourke (LOR)
Developed and delivered a sustainability workshop for the LOR Education Building Schools for the Future team, to highlight the multi-disciplinary skills needed to ensure that sustainability was a key element in the design process. Key documents were a Sustainability Design Framework and a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology Design Guide specifically for the LOR prefabrication process for the Education sector. 

Premier Foods
Led and delivered a sustainability workshop to the main Board of this £1bn turnover company. Engaged directly by the CEO, focussing on energy, water, and waste management, including benchmarking of competitors and impact on investor relations.

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  • M.Sc., Mining Geology, Camborne School of Mines, 1989
  • B.Sc., Geology, University of London, 1986
  • Fellow of the Energy Managers Association, 2012

    Fellow of the Geological Society and ChGeol, 1999