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International Team

Stephen Baker
Associate
Stephen has worked as an associate for Integrated Skills since 1997. Integral to the team, Stephen is responsible for the provision of the company’s expertise in the fields of public awareness, communications and stakeholder engagement. Stephen’s experience in the communications field is wide ranging. In addition to 25 years working in international advertising, marketing and public relations for commercial organisations, he used his skills in the field of International Development for over 15 years. For International Development projects, Stephen has successfully produced a range of project-specific Communication Strategies in covering areas such environmental issues, economics, infrastructure developments and education. He has particular knowledge and unrivalled experience in waste, including municipal solid waste, landfill, hazardous waste and pollution issues. In addition to developing strategies Stephen is able to both manage and implement the full program of communications, public awareness and stakeholder engagement, including media selection and budgetary aspects. He has created and also participated in training and knowledge transfer to strengthen the capabilities of client organisations.
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Shantanu Banerjee
Associate
Shantanu is an Associate for Integrated Skills and has dual qualifications in applied chemistry and business administration. He has a strong background in environmental management and international project management, with 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of business sectors. Shantanu has made significant contributions to projects in many countries where it is essential that solutions are appropriate to the culture and budget of the client nation. His key skills include: development of waste management strategies, application of advanced thermal systems in energy recovery from waste, evaluations of waste management and energy from waste project viability, sustainability in waste management, technology transfers from developed to developing industries, development of business and market entry strategies for environmental services in new markets and bioremediation of wastewater generated from industrial and waste management processes. Working collaboratively with partners, Shantanu has experience of technical and strategic inputs into environmental projects at all stages of a project life cycle. This has required inputs into the planning and design stages, strategy development, project risk management, environmental assessment and compliance, project viability analysis, climate change impact assessment, and project management.
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Michael Betts
Director International
Recognising a need for expert environmental, waste and management advisory services to government and industry, Michael was one of the two founders of Integrated Skills Ltd. in 1993. Michael continues to be responsible for leading the development of the international work in the company. Michael’s expertise also means his responsibilities include leading, managing and implementing international consultancy projects. The technical background Michael draws on in his work includes training as an industrial economist, leaving him well placed to manage and deliver projects in the fields of environmental fund management, financial economic appraisals and organising, waste water and solid waste management. Michael has worked internationally for over 35 years, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle and Far East, for both public and private sector clients. He is fluent in German and has considerable French language skills. The key skills of financial understanding and technical abilities means that Michael is ably positioned to deliver solutions which require sound economics as well as excellent service delivery. Examples of this can be seen in his collaboration with government and private sector partners in establishing feasible waste management companies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Michael continues to seek interesting and challenging opportunities, which are able to use the company’s talented staff and skills. This includes contribution towards development assistance projects as well as government or private sector funded developments.
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Graham Cooper
Associate
Graham has worked as an Associate for Integrated Skills since 1988 and has brought a wealth of expertise and experience in waste management from his career working for a major waste contractor and then as a consultant. He provides waste management consultancy input of a strategic, engineering and operational nature, project development and conceptual design services. In particular he manages the company’s work in relation to the development and operation of waste transfer stations, treatment and recycling facilities, household waste recycling centres and landfill sites. Graham has nearly 40 years' experience in solid wastes management and engineering, including 15 years gained with one of the larger UK waste management contractors. His experience encompasses the full spectrum of waste management, including planning, waste management systems, their operations, associated infrastructure and institutional development in the UK and internationally. He has worked with all waste types from municipal solid wastes to industrial, commercial, and hazardous wastes. Working internationally in over 30 countries, including a period with UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Graham has made significant contributions to waste management with solutions appropriate to the culture and budget of the client. Graham has worked on the design of over 200 waste transfer stations, materials recovery facilities and integrated waste management facilities up to 4,500 tonnes/day, and reception and landfill facilities up to 7,000 tonnes/day. He has also overseen the upgrade, construction and operation of several major waste transfer schemes. Graham’s experience means he is able to resolve waste management issues with simple, practical and workable solutions. In some cases these have given rise to patents, which help to address practical waste management issues.
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Nick Crick
Chairman
In 1993 Nick jointly established Integrated Skills Ltd. with a view to providing expert environmental, waste and management advisory services. Since then, Nick and the company have undertaken projects in more than 50 countries worldwide. Nick is Integrated Skills’ Chairman. This role gives him responsibility for providing oversight on a range of company matters and business development, as well as giving him the opportunity to continue with direct input into project work. He is also involved in promoting the company's RouteSmartTM software. Nick has worked in the field of wastes management for over 30 years. He has a wide experience in waste management and related environmental industries, including technical, operational, financial, commercial and political aspects. This experience is supported by his dual qualifications as a chemist and economist. His particular expertise lies in planning, organising, financing and managing waste collection and disposal services for municipal and industrial wastes. He is also experienced in providing institutional strengthening in all aspects of waste management. He has wide international experience in financial analysis of waste management projects and the interpretation and practical application of waste management legislation. Nick’s dual skills in wastes management and finance means he is well equipped to combine these fields in order to provide comprehensive advice to clients on the technical feasibility and economic viability of projects. Examples of this can be seen in his long track record of fulfilling technical and financial roles on major waste infrastructure development projects.
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Juraj Farkaš
Manager for Central & Eastern Europe (CEE)
Juraj initially worked for Integrated Skills as an associate from 1999. After three successful years, he joined ISL as the Manager for Central and Eastern Europe. Juraj is responsible for developing and managing waste management and other environmental consulting business in CEE as well as working on projects outside the region as required. By training, Juraj is a chemical engineer, qualified in wastewater treatment and environmental science. Throughout his career he has developed extensive expertise in solid waste management, working primarily in the Slovak Republic, CEE and Central Asia. Juraj’s mother tongue is Slovak, and he also speaks fluent Russian, German and English. Juraj has a holistic understanding of the waste management sector, including economic and environmental aspects. This is demonstrated in his varied Team Leader roles, from a project establishing a new solid waste management company for the Azerbaijan government, to an EU project to evaluate environmental projects under TACIS. Based in Slovakia but working extensively in the region, Juraj continues to win, deliver and manage waste, wastewater and environmental projects
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Andrzej Gula
Associate
Andrzej Guła is an environmental economist and financial analyst with a Master's Degree from the University of Krakow. He has worked as a valuable Associate with Integrated Skills since 2008. Andrzej’s primary experience is in the preparation of feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses for public infrastructure projects. He also specialises in investment planning and financing of municipal infrastructure investments, which includes wastewater treatment, water supply, waste management and energy generation projects. As a Polish national also fluent in Russian and English, Andrzej’s work focuses in the geographic areas of central and eastern Europe. He has practical knowledge in conducting financial and economic assessments of environmental infrastructure projects financed from EU Structural Funds. Andrzej is also an accomplished trainer for public and private sector organisations. He has extensive experience of developing and delivering training programmes on investment project cycle management, environmental economics and financing.
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Patrick Johnston
Associate
Patrick is a waste engineering specialist with over 30 years' experience. Patrick joined Integrated Skills as an associate in 2010, providing landfill construction, management and remediation expertise on projects, as well as advice on economic planning to maximise return on capital investments for landfill. Patrick specialises in consultancy related to landfills and solid waste management. He is able to provide a wide range of experience in this field, from hydrogeological and environmental assessments at the start of a project, to the development of overall landfill design concepts and operational plans for site preparation, progressive tipping and restoration, and aftercare. Patrick’s excellent track record in providing waste engineering consultancy also includes feasibility and design studies for waste transfer stations and recycling centres. As a chartered engineer, Patrick has worked internationally as a solid waste management engineering expert. He has extensive project experience throughout Europe, with projects including technical advice on waste treatment, landfill and recycling and composting plants in Ireland, Greece and Cyprus, and the provision of technical support on upgrading and operating landfill sites and other waste management infrastructure in Kosovo.
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Matthew Polson
Director
Matthew began working for Integrated Skills as a consultant in 1998. In 1999 he established ISL’s own Guernsey based subsidiary company, as well as undertaking consultancy projects. Matthew is responsible for managing and developing Integrated Skills (Guernsey) Limited, which included acquiring Campbell & Bloese Ltd, a team of civil and structural engineers. His responsibilities also include project management of information technology solutions. As a qualified civil and environmental engineer, Matthew combines these disciplines with business and project management skills, and is a registered PRINCE2 Practioner. Matthew has worked internationally, applying his environmental and waste management expertise. He is also experienced in developing services in engineering as well as developing and implementing IT software for environmental, traffic, contract and financial management related applications. He is fluent in French. A multi-disciplinary career has led Matthew to work using his range of skills, looking holistically at complex projects, using appropriate technological solutions. Examples of this can be seen in his unique experience in finding solutions to technical challenges in small island states. Matthew is currently working to explore further business opportunities for Integrated Skills and continue to develop the company’s enviable track record in management information solutions.
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Maurice Sheridan
Associate
Maurice is an international environmental lawyer with over 20 years' experience. Since 2005 Maurice has been an Associate of Integrated Skills, providing legal expertise on international development projects. Maurice works on projects in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, concerned with preparing their legislation and legal system for the requirements of European Community law. Maurice’s main areas of practice are in air, water and solid and liquid waste sectors, working for private sector clients, donor banks and for EU funded projects. Maurice provides skills in assessment of national legal system and provisions affecting proposals for PPP arrangements for waste management services. He has proposed and drafted legislative, administrative and regulatory provisions to assist the successful completion of tender objectives, and assisting in drafting PPP tender documents and specifications. Maurice is an experienced lawyer in the EU, with considerable capabilities in litigation on environmental liability issues, considering international environmental conventions, and applying EU and domestic environmental law and policy. He has also lead projects for the European Commission on environmental legislation implementation and the compatibility of Hungarian solid and liquid waste management law with EU law on public procurement. Maurice has been and continues to be involved in various Environmental Accession projects for the approximation of EU environmental legislation and policy in Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. Maurice is fluent and able to work in English, French and Italian.
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Jeff Smele
Associate Director International
Jeff has worked for Integrated Skills since 2011 as Associate Director International, coming from his previous role also as Associate Director with a major UK based international consultancy firm. Dual qualified as a Barrister & Chartered Engineer, he has lived and worked in Moscow, Tashkent and Ashgabat as project leader and senior consultant principally for international industry & consulting organisations. His responsibilities include the direction of and expert input to projects throughout the CIS, where he has worked for 20 years, managing and directing international teams in a variety of sectors. Jeff has managed major privately financed and Donor funded projects and has substantial experience of backstopping projects, ensuring their total and timely completion. With over 25 years’ experience as a corporate advisor, Jeff is familiar with the legislative and regulatory issues that affect organisations operating in countries with economies in transition. He uses his multi-disciplinary skills and experience to great effect with Integrated Skills. This is exemplified by his backstopping role for projects, in which he ensures a project’s total and punctual completion, using his business, negotiating and technical expertise. He continues to support the development of effective partnerships for Integrated Skills, with donor agencies, public sector bodies and organisations with complementary technical skills. Currently Jeff is Team Leader for an EBRD funded project based in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan advising the State Agency for Geology and Mineral Resources on the implementation of mining legislation and regulation. In addition to the capacity building workshops the project will provide advice on a range of specific mining sector topics. The project runs until Spring 2015.
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Rachel Wildblood
Associate
Rachel joined Integrated Skill’s International team after several years in Asia and Africa, working for clients as varied as development banks, an oil company and UN organisations. She is responsible developing international business as well as being a team member for projects, working in country to ensure projects are implemented and delivered. Rachel’s experience lies in both environmental management and solid waste management. Her track record also includes projects focusing on community engagement and stakeholder consultations. She often combines these related subjects in her international project work, which includes urban and rural projects in the development assistance sector, as well as private sector client projects. Rachel speaks reasonable Khmer. The skills Rachel offers are able to be applied to projects needing a technical solution as well as those dealing with strategic or policy concerns and projects requiring people focused outcomes. Examples of this can be seen in Rachel’s training delivery track record which ranges from Environmental Assessment techniques to community engagement in the public sector and mentoring junior waste specialists in Haiti. Rachel is currently working to explore further opportunities for Integrated Skills in both the private and development assistance sectors for donors such as the Asian Development Bank.
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Margaret Casey
Associate
Margaret is an environmental scientist with over 20 years’ experience of waste management, brownfield site assessment, environmental auditing and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) gained with three large consultancy practices. She joined Integrated Skills as an associate in 2003. Margaret has substantial experience in the investigation, risk assessment and remediation design of contaminated land sites and has a wide knowledge of waste management licensing issues. She also has extensive experience in environmental due diligence in the public utilities, transport and power industry sectors and has worked on a number of EIAs, predominantly in the natural resources sector. Margaret’s international experience has included an environmental due diligence in South America in the public utilities sector and assessing waste management issues as part of an EIA in Qatar.
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Keiron Finney
Associate
Keiron Finney is an environmental chemist with twenty seven years experience of environmental analysis, contaminated land investigation, evaluation and remediation. His skills and experiences include Asbestos related projects, Waste Regulation, Air Pollution Control, Contaminated Land, Health and Safety practice, contract management/compliance supervision and reuse of waste soils. Keiron is a specialist in Landfill gas, reducing carbon emissions from operational, closed and historical landfill sites. He is also a Qualified Person (QP) in accordance with the CLaire Re-use of soils protocol.
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Timothy Kingham
Associate
Tim Kingham has forty years' international professional experience principally in the water and environmental sectors, successfully advising on institutional development and leading major infrastructure investment projects through all stages of the project cycle. He has provided strategic advisory studies of options for institutional change and restructuring of water services and public utilities, reporting to the highest level of government. Advice on appropriate institutional structures including the introduction of public private partnerships (PPP) in the management and funding of utility services, or the re-engineering of existing established public entities towards focussed and efficient businesses; setting of performance indicators and outputs, institutional capacity building and training. Independent technical due diligence, audit, benchmarking and certification of water and wastewater companies’ assets and investment plans both in the UK, pre and post privatisation, and in several overseas countries. Management of major IFI funded investment programmes focussed on policy definition, institutional development and compliance with quality standards in the water and environmental sectors. Many years’ experience working in developing countries, including preparing and implementing appropriate schemes for sustainable water and irrigation services. Preparation and oversight of numerous water and environmental projects in the countries of central and eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Tim has been an expert witness on a number of litigation cases concerning water projects. Author of several technical papers and presenter at international conferences with a water industry focus.
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