RSK appoints Associate Director for Ireland


RSK (Ireland) Ltd has appointed Malcolm Doak - a contaminated-land and waste law specialist and hydrogeologist - as Associate Director for Ireland.

"We are pleased Malcolm has taken on this role, because we think he will fit in very well into the RSK culture and consider he will be a major influence in making our business in Ireland a success" - said RSK Group deputy chairman Peter Witherington (SiLC).

A hydrogeologist by training, Malcolm is a recognised expert in contaminated land, waste and groundwater issues in Ireland and has published widely on the multifaceted subject. His other areas of expertise include environmental due diligence, environmental impact and liability assessments.

In addition to working as a technical director for RPS, Malcolm has had stints as a contaminated land and landfill inspector at the EPA, a project manager for Dames & Moore (now part of URS) and as an eco-hydrologist with Duchas.

He is currently sitting examinations to become Ireland's first accredited Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC).

"RSK has the culture to innovate" - said Malcolm. "From my point of view, it is a consultancy for professional scientists to provide a full and accurate service to the environmental sector in Ireland - which is what appeals to me.

"There is a distinct emphasis in RSK to continuously improve the competence of its specialist practitioners - whether that is in groundwater, ecology, EMS or EIA - which allows our staff to think and approach jobs in progressive ways in order to bring impartiality into their professional work. This objectivity is key to serving the client's needs at an oral hearing or across the desk from a regulator's case file - or day to day - by trying to do the best job for all" - he added.

"The more usual business model for the other larger PLC consultancies practicing in Ireland - that of profit and shareholder requirements - does not apply at RSK, since it is a private partnership managed by its Senior Management Team in Chester. What is key at RSK, is its obligation for proficiency, which is not affected by the business needs of its managers."

Malcolm considers there are lots of opportunities in Ireland for RSK to serve the environmental sector and its specialist niche areas of the de-classification of waste to aggregate, the groundwater aspects of the Water Framework Directive and the economics and law of the Environmental Liability Directive.

Malcolm intends to combine the 'can do' RSK approach with local independent specialist practitioners to meet the needs of those larger tenders, which are habitually poorly-serviced by the larger complex geo-engineering consultants - "so, I am very enthusiastic about my new role".

Malcolm's contact details are -

Malcolm Doak PGeo
Associate Director
RSK Ireland Ltd.
Suite 507
Regus Building
Harcourt Centre
Harcourt Road
Dublin 2

Tel (Direct Dial): +353 1 477 3031
Email: [email protected]

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