Dr David Tompkins is an Environmental Scientist with a multi-disciplinary background encompassing horticulture, soil science, composting, anaerobic digestion, wastewater treatment, biowaste valorisation, sustainability, and the Circular Economy. His first degree is in Horticulture (awarded by Wye College, University of London) and his PhD is in Soil Science (jointly awarded by the University of Plymouth and Universiti Malaya).
David is currently an Associate Director in WSP’s Water Strategic Advisory team, where he focusses on bringing the Circular Economy to life within the UK’s regulated water sector. This draws on previous experience as a technical consultant working on ‘end of pipe’ treatment options for commercial digestates and sewage sludges, wrestling with challenging regulatory frameworks and engaging with a broad range of stakeholders to deliver positive, evidence-based and consensus-driven commercial outcomes. David has previously led and managed technical teams, and has been the General Manager for a UK-based environmental consultancy.
David has a particular professional interest in waste and ‘End of Waste’ legislation as an enabler/blocker for the Circular Economy – and in particular how these impact on soil quality following land application of biowaste and bioresource-derived materials. Interactions between soils and water quality/quantity are also now coming into professional focus.
In addition to his role as a Board member, David is incoming Chair of the BSSS Professional Practice and Development Committee.