Message from the Managing Director
LQM marked its 21st birthday in December 2018.
Many things have changed in that time - but key aspects are constant.
LQM is known for our ability to take on and tackle the hardest problems in risk based contaminated land management. This stems from our ability to use the latest scientific findings coupled with our rare understanding of the various legal regimes to inform our risk assessments and then communicate them to non specialist practitioners and the public at large.
LQM was founded by the late Colin Ferguson and Paul Nathanail in 1997 to provide a vehicle for employing a highly skilled, highly motivated team to deliver cutting edge solutions to unique, difficult and first-time problems principally relating to the investigation, characterisation, assessment and remediation of contaminated land. That remains as true today as it did then.
We have added data analytics, renewable energy and technical publishing of books and software tools to the portfolio.
We have made sharing our knowledge and expertise a high priority. Our courses range from the introductory to the advanced master class and even extend to unscripted small group in house clinics with one of our highly skilled team.
As well as speaking at seminars, conferences and symposia across the UK, rest of Europe and beyond, we deliver one of Europe’s most comprehensive short course programmes on all aspects of contaminated land and are currently helping set up Australia's equivalent.
Our 2 hour Professional Practice and 30 minute Technical Awareness series of webinars are proving popular and effective. We have even run day long workshops - e.g. to develop the LQM/CIEH S4UL generic assessment criteria - and CPD course, such as the July 2018 Bioavailability course.
Our micro-enterprise status allows us to work with others as and when the need arises. Long term partnerships include delivery of training and developing de facto industry standard Generic Assessment Criteria with the CIEH.
Our increasingly frequent forays into expert witness and more regular peer review work keeps us sharp and up to date on both current practice and regulatory drivers across all the devolved administrations in the UK, including England, and elsewhere; notably Ireland, Jersey, South Africa, Hong Kong and China. We have enjoyed working on European projects such as EUGRIS, EuroDemo, NanoRem and, despite 'brexit' are currently partners on new proposals to Horizon 2020.
Many have worked for LQM over its 21 years and some have been with us for a long time. We have lost Colin and more recently, Paul Hooker. But all LQM alumni have left behind good memories and hopefully taken away useful experience.
The present team is one of the strongest in both depth and breadth and one of my greatest pleasures is being in the office with them taking part in the general banter – be it about the latest development, current challenging project or what’s on the BBC website.
Sir Colin Campbell Building, December 2018