Areas of expertise


A member of the University’s Executive, Simon leads the School of Water, Energy and Environment.  He is also a Director of Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Ltd, executive lead for Cranfield’s international academic partnerships and for our Athena SWAN initiative, and he chairs the Board for Energy and the Environment, working towards a sustainable university estate.


An authority on risk governance, Simon’s career includes senior appointments in academia, consulting and government.  Trained at Imperial with a PhD in environmental engineering, Simon is a Fellow of the professional institutions and edits the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ series on sustainable engineering and the international journal Science of the Total Environment.  His research has been funded by the US Water Research Foundation, EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC and Defra and he is a regular consultant for the international water sector on risk management. 

Current activities

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Simon holds executive responsibility for hosting pan-University expertise in water, energy, design, environmental technology and agrifood.  Responsibilities include strategic planning, oversight of postgraduate teaching and research and the development of thought leadership across the themes.  As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, he coordinates Cranfield’s international academic partnerships for the University Executive; chairs the Board for Energy and the Environment, working towards a sustainable university estate; and manages Cranfield’s key accounts with Unilever plc and Defra.

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).

At Cranfield since 2002, Simon has been instrumental in growing Cranfield's sustainability capability into a prestigious force, consolidating activities at the Cranfield campus and funding new research centres in resource management, risk (with EPSRC, ESRC and NERC and Defra) and environmental futures (with Defra).  Cranfield’s take on the low carbon, resource efficiency agenda, “Science for the Green Economy”, brings together our technology and management expertise into a single authoritative narrative, supported by a seminar series in the City.

Simon'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.  He is a chartered engineer, chemist and environmentalist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, International Water Association and Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.  He has been funded by EPSRC, NERC, ESRC, BBSRC and the US Water Research Foundation and he is the Editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' monograph series on sustainable engineering.



US Water Research Foundation

Calgary Water

Philadelphia Water

Yorkshire Water

EPAL (Lisbon)


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Gormley AM, Rocks SA, Pollard SJT & Black E (2011) Guidelines for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management: Green Leaves III. London: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, ed. 3.
  • Rocks SA, Pollard SJ, Dorey RA, Harrison PTC, Levy LS, Handy RD, Garrod JF & Owen R (2009) Risk assessment of manufactured nanomaterials. In: Environmental and Human Health Effects of Nanoparticles. J Lead and E Smith (ed.), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, p. 389-421.
  • Pankhurst LJ, Deacon LJ, Liu J, Drew GH, Hayes ET, Jackson S, Longhurst PJ, Longhurst JWS, Pollard SJT & Tyrrel SF (2009) Microbial and endotoxin emission from composting facilities: characterisation of release and dispersal patterns. In: Air pollution XVII. Brebbia CA, Popov V (ed.), Southampton: Wessex Institute of Technology, p. 163-172.
  • Williams A, Temple T, Pollard SJT, Jones RM & Ritz K (2009) Environmental considerations for common burial site selection after pandemic events. In: Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics. Ritz K, Dawson L, Miller D (ed.), Dordrecht: Springer, p. 87-101.
  • Pollard S (2006) Risk management for the environmental practitioner. Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment.
  • Pollard S, Strutt JES, Macgillivray BM, Sharp JV, Hrudey SE & Hamilton PD (2006) Risk management capabilities - towards mindfulness for the international water utility sector. In: Water Contamination Emergencies: Enhancing our Response, Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 70-80.
  • Kibblewhite MG & Pollard S (2006) Soils and Land Contamination. In: An Introduction to Pollution Science, Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Pollard S & Young PJ (2006) Environmental risk management. In: The risk management universe - a guided tour, British Standards Institution, p. 239-263.
  • Pollard S (2005) Environmental risk management. In: Environmental management in organisations. The IEMA handbook, Earthscan, p. 212-226.
  • Pollard S (2005) Environmental Risk Assessment. In: Pollution Handbook 2005, National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection, p. 11-15.
  • Pollard S (2003) Environmental Risk Assessment. In: Pollution Handbook 2003, National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection, p. 10-14.
  • Pollard S (2002) Chapter 21. Environmental risk assessment & modelling. In: Environmental Careers - The Inside Guide, Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, p. 150-158.
  • Pollard S, Lythgo M & Duarte-Davidson R (2001) The extent of contaminated land problems and the scientific response. In: Assessment and Reclamation of Contaminated Land, Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 1-19.
  • Pollard S & Carroll A (2001) Chapter 3: Recent Developments and New Directions. In: Risk Assessment for Environmental Professionals, Lavenham Press, p. 21-30.
  • Pollard S & Duarte-Davidson R (2001) Chapter 5: Linking Pollutant Transport, Environmental Forecasting and Risk Assessment: Case Studies from the Geosphere. In: Forecasting the Environmental Fate and Effects of Chemicals, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, p. 55-70.
  • Pollard S (2001) Risk Assessment for Environmental Professionals. Lavenham Press.
  • Pollard S (2001) Chapter 2. Principles, tools and techniques. In: Risk Assessment for Environmental Professionals, Lavenham Press, p. 9-20.
  • Guy J & Pollard S (2001) Summary. In: Risk Assessment for Environmental Professionals, Lavenham Press, p. 91-92.
  • Risk management for the water and wastewater utility sector.
  • Brassington K, Pollard SJT & Coulon F Weathered hydrocarbon biotransformation: implications for bioremediation, analysis and risk assessment. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.