Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Water, Energy and Environment and member of the Senior Management team

A member of the University Executive, Simon leads the School of Water, Energy and Environment, is the Executive’s lead on International Partnerships and Student Recruitment and a Director of Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Ltd.  He has been the Executive sponsor for the University’s Athena SWAN initiative and previously chaired Cranfield’s Board for Energy and Environment.  Simon is currently leading a major transnational education initiative in conjunction with Aston University and the new Muscat University, delivering six MSc programmes from across Cranfield with colleagues in Oman.

Simon’s career includes senior appointments in academia, consulting and government.  An environmental engineer and Fellow of the professional institutions including the Royal Academy of Engineering, Simon edits the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ series on sustainable engineering, the policy pages of Science of the Total Environment and he advises the RSC series Issues in Environmental Science and Technology.  

His scholarship has sought to reconcile societal unease about pollution with organisational responsibilities for its reduction and safe management in the long-term.  His research has been funded by the US Water Research Foundation, EPSRC, NERC, BBSRC and Defra.

Simon Pollard
Professor Simon Pollard

At Cranfield since 2002,  Professor Pollard has been instrumental in growing Cranfield’s environmental capability into a prestigious force, consolidating activities at the Cranfield Campus and funding new research centres in integrated waste management, risk management (with EPSRC, ESRC and NERC and Defra) and environmental futures (with Defra). The School represents an assembly of institutional capability to progress the resource security and low carbon agendas.

Originally trained at Imperial College (Chemistry, 1987; Environmental Engineering, 1990), Professor Pollard has held appointments in academe (Alberta, Edinburgh and Cranfield Universities), consultancy (Aspinwall & Company) and in government agencies (Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Environment Agency), progressing the themes of pollution control, resource management and risk governance. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chemist and Environmentalist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. He has been funded by EPSRC, NERC, ESRC, BBSRC and by the US Water Research Foundation and is the Editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ series on sustainable engineering.

Professor Pollard’s scholarship is in risk science and practice, with significant contributions to the professional and learned societies including to the HMT Infrastructure Engineering and Interdependency Expert Group, the Beringer Review of the Institute for Animal Health and the former UK Interdepartmental Liaison Group on Risk Assessment. His work has influenced the practice of risk management and policy within Government, among its regulatory agencies and within the international water utility sector. He has twice been an author of Government guidelines in environmental risk management and has produced best practice guidance for the water sector on good risk governance.

For more information about Professor Pollard including his recent publications view his academic profile.