New green chief for Cranfield

Cranfield University has appointed Dr Paul Leinster CBE as Professor of Environmental Assessment.

Dr Leinster will be joining Cranfield in October from the Environment Agency where he has been Chief Executive since 2008.  

Dr Leinster will support Cranfield’s established offer in the green economy in the energy, environmental technology and agrifood sectors and will bring a wealth of experience in better regulation and strategic environmental monitoring and assessment.

He will play a lead role in the development of a strategic new area at Cranfield, the Centre for Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions Technology, and increase Cranfield’s research expertise and impact in environmental technology.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Cranfield’s Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Paul to Cranfield.  He is respected around the world for the thought leadership he brings to environmental regulation.  It is a great pleasure to have Paul’s expertise accessible to our partners and learners as we advance our thinking on the green economy.”

Paul Leinster commented: “I am delighted to be joining Cranfield this autumn at what is an exciting time in its development.  I have been a long-term admirer of Cranfield’s research and its real world focus.  I look forward to working with colleagues across the University to further strengthen its reputation in environmental research.”

The University’s environment activities include centres of excellence in environmental risk and futures, and in water science. 

The new Centre for Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions Technology is a collaboration between Cranfield and the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded facility. 


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