Ian began his career in oil exploration, working in Europe and the Middle East, before turning to the water industry. He has more than 30 years’ experience in managing water resources and quality, much of this in dealing with groundwater and land contamination. He has provided support to prospective EU member states in implementing water directives, including a number of years working with government departments in Poland and Bulgaria. In the last few years Ian has spent much time working on integrated river basin management in the UK and other parts of Europe. More recently he has taken a leading role for the Environment Agency in England on unconventional gas exploration and groundwater protection. Ian is currently Chair of JAGDAG (Joint Agencies Groundwater Directive Advisory Group), which considers whether substances are hazardous under the Groundwater Daughter Directive.