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Name: Brian Bone

Age: 39

Occupation: senior site engineer, National Groundwater and Contaminated Land Centre, Environment Agency

Route to the job: After completing a degree in applied geology and a PhD in volcanology, I worked for the British Geological Survey for two years, examining submarine slope stability.I then worked for Warwickshire County Council where I was responsible for managing landfill gas at council-owned sites.After three years, I was transferred to the waste regulation section, supporting colleagues on landfill gas, CQA engineering and other technical issues.I moved to the Environment Agency in 1996 and became scientific support team leader in the Lower Severn area in 1997 before moving to the centre in February last year.

Typical day: On a typical day I will be on the phone and email providing advice on technical issues such as landfill gas protective measures, engineering-based remediation and site investigation techniques.Projects don't manage themselves and I will usually spend some of my time planning or reviewing progress.Topics include quality assurance in site investigation and developing standards for cement stabilisation/solidification techniques.I have contact with a range of clients, including agency staff, local authorities, consultants and contractors.I enjoy getting out of the office to negotiate solutions to site-specific problems.

Highs and lows: I like dealing with a diverse range of technical challenges and seeing progress on contaminated land clean-up projects.We are a well-motivated group at the centre and support a wide range of clients.There have been major changes in environmental legislation and the structure of the agency over the last few years.We need a period of stability to meet environmental challenges in partnership with others.

Ambitions: I enjoy the fact that my technical skills continue to improve and being able to take a sustainable approach to remediation and redevelopment of contaminated land.I have a particular interest in seeing quality and 'joined-up thinking'becoming key factors for remediation, as public perception and trust are key to a successful and sustainable outcome.

Advice: Ask questions to be sure that you know what people really want before supporting them, and be confident and enthusiastic in meeting your clients.Be flexible in your approach and adapt your methods to achieve satisfactory solutions.

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