Environmental Protection Scotland is delighted to announce that Dr Iain McLellan and Jennifer Simpson have taken over as co-chairs of the expert advisory group on air quality.
Iain and Jennifer succeeded Dr Stuart Sneddon, who had built the expertise, knowledge, and profile of the group for 10 years.
Iain is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland who teaches on various environmental modules and leads on the MSc Waste and Resource Management course.
He is a PhD supervisor on the 7 million euro BREATHE project at the university, and his role is to look at links between poor air quality and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the south-west of Scotland.
As a current trustee and former policy officer at EPUK and EPS, he brings an in-depth knowledge of the charity’s work.
Jennifer is Technical Director for air quality at Sweco where she leads the company’s team of air quality experts across the UK.
Jennifer has gained almost 30 years’ experience in the environmental sector since graduating from university with a degree in industrial chemistry in 1990.
In 1993, Jennifer joined Falkirk Council where she managed the air quality function. It declared the first AQMA in Scotland for SO2 in 2005. Jennifer worked to bring SO2 exceedences to just above the objective before leaving in 2008 to work in consultancy.
Iain and Jennifer chaired their first meeting on Wednesday July 22nd with members gathered via video-conferencing facility.
The new co-chairs have taken over at a time when the UK is witnessing major improvements in air quality as a result of the recent lockdown.
There was a lively discussion about what effect the restrictions will have on modelling and the long-term effects of the pandemic and behaviour change on air quality, private vehicle and public transport use.