Roger Barrowcliffe, Institute of Air Quality Management

Company | Institute of Air Quality Management
Job Position | Vice Chair


Roger Barrowcliffe is an independent air quality consultant, operating as Clear Air Thinking. He has been working for a wide range of clients for more than 25 years and is accredited as both a Chartered Meteorologist and a Chartered Scientist.

After graduating in Physics and Meteorology from the University of Reading in 1979, Roger spent 9 years at the UK Meteorological Office as a research scientist, before joining the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1988. Following privatisation of the CEGB, Roger then joined Environmental Resources Management Ltd, where he worked as the company’s lead air quality consultant for 21 years, many of which were as Technical Director and then Partner. In his time at ERM, Roger contributed to a wide range of projects, including environmental impact assessments in the UK and overseas, together with policy studies for the UK government and the European Commission.

Roger’s impact assessment work encompasses many high profile projects, including major transport infrastructure, such as airport expansion (Stansted and Gatwick), new railways (Chiltern Line, HS2) and major road schemes (Highways England), as well as industrial development, such as waste management (EfW facilities), power generation and manufacturing. In the last four years, Roger has served as the Chair of the Institute of Air Quality Management and was a lead author of the Institute’s guidance on assessing air quality in planning, produced jointly with Environmental Protection UK.

When he is not working for clients, Roger enjoys being in the outdoors, walking in the countryside and trying to improve his tennis abilities. He has reluctantly given up playing football recently, with a grudging acknowledgement of the passage of time, but follows the game keenly and is a co-owner and founder member of FC United of Manchester.

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