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Dr Richard Allan

Job Title: Business sector lead: environment

Company: James Hutton Institute

Richard Allan is head of the Centre of Expertise for Waters Research in Scotland (CREW) and a senior research fellow in sustainable water systems at the James Hutton Institute. CREW leads on policy focused research in the area of water. The research agenda is focused on four main themes; drinking water quality; flood risk management; catchment management and sustainable rural communities. In the first 5-year programme, CREW has successfully delivered more than 90 high-impact projects that inform policy. CREW also delivers the Hydro Nation Scholars Programme which currently has a cohort of 17 PhD students embedded in Scottish universities and covers water law, infrastructure, asset management, catchment management and resource efficiency. Prior to this, Richard was previously the chief scientist at Scottish Water and then latterly managing director of Scottish Water Horizons and was responsible for delivering sustainable renewable energy for Scottish Water through wind, hydro, solar and waste recycling projects along with providing a range of other services.

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