Chief Scientist at Scottish Water responsible for their Scientific and Business Excellence Services. Elise joined Scottish Water in April 2016 following a career in academia at Cranfield University where she was Professor of Water Technology and Director of Environmental Technology. Here she specialised in wastewater treatment with particular reference to trace contaminants, anaerobic processes and community sanitation. Prior to joining Cranfield in 2000 she was a research scientist at WRc plc. Elise is a chemist with a BSc (Hons) from The University of Edinburgh and a PhD from Imperial College, London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Professor of Environmental Engineering at Newcastle University, Tom loves to use microbial ecology to understand and predict the performance of waste treatment systems. His abiding philosophy is that the same rules apply in all such systems from a pit latrine to an activated sludge plant, but waste stabilisation ponds are his first love.
Currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic in Blantyre, Malawi, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the SARCHI Chair in Waste and Climate Change at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
As an engineer and an economist, Elizabeth is interested in the technological, social financial drivers for sustainable urban services in low-income settings. Her current work is focused on the impacts of solid waste management on sanitation systems, air quality, and wellbeing in the growing city of Blantyre.