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(from left to right)Prith Rajendran, Ben Herbert, Steve Waller, Debnath Pal, Gavin Colls

Stopford has a very experienced Board of Directors, with experts from a number of sectors. The team expertise was established through working in various industries with a strong emphasis on process engineering.

Prith Rajendran

Prith joined Stopford in 1996 as Managing Director of its then fledgling process engineering division he is also a Chartered Chemical Engineer. Prith has been MD of the group since 2000. Prior to joining Stopford, he was a chemical engineer within the pharmaceutical and fine chemical manufacturing industries for multinational companies and also ran an environmental consultancy.

Prith has overall responsibility to ensure that the company achieves its strategic objectives and to provide leadership and direction to the board and staff.

Apart from his managerial roles, Prith continues to provide consultancy services to clients. In particular to the environmental sectors where he has provided support on a number of renewable energy projects both within the UK and abroad. He is also providing strategic support to the company’s environmental division, Stopford Energy and Environment.

Steve Waller

Steve is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Environmentalist and Fellow of the IChemE.  He has been associated with Stopford since the mid 1990’s as a consultant and joined permanently in 2000 following an early career in process and project engineering, loss prevention, quality and technical management in chemicals manufacturing, environmental consultancy and chemical make-up and dosing equipment for multi-national companies.

At Stopford he has taken responsibility for a range of key projects and clients and has had experience of projects in the pharmaceutical, chemical, environmental, water and waste, paper and fuels sectors, often in a hands-on front end engineering role.  He is responsible for Stopford’s outsourcing service on behalf of BASF (formerly Ciba Specialty Chemicals) for chemical make-up and dosing equipment.  Steve is Chairman of the Environment Group at the Society of Chemical Industry, SCI.

Deb Pal

Deb joined Stopford Projects as the Process Engineering Manager in 1999 and became its Process Director in 2003. He holds a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering and was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009. 

Deb’s responsibility is to develop the process engineering and consultancy capabilities of the business as well as carry out Process Safety consultancy, and taking the Responsible Director role for a number of key clients. He has lead over 30 HAZOP studies for a wide variety of clients and carried out training for clients in the areas of DSEAR/ATEX, Dust Explosions and Safety Instrumented Systems and assessment of safety integrity levels using techniques such as LOPA. Stopford is now seen as experts in these fields, providing process consultancy to clients on a world wide basis.

Gavin Colls

Gavin joined Stopford as a Process Engineer in 2003 and after executing a number of successful projects including 30% saving on heat requirements for a bulk chemicals facility and project management of large waste to energy projects Gavin was promoted to Associate Director for Nuclear and Renewables in 2009.

Gavin holds a BEng (Hons) in Chemical and Bio Process Engineering and gained Fellowship of the Institute of Chemical Engineers before turning 40 years old.

He has worked for over twenty years in operation and design on processes from bulk chemicals to nuclear decommissioning. His strengths are solid process engineering from heat and mass balances through to unit operations such as heat transfer.

Ben Herbert

Ben was awarded his undergraduate degree in Environmental Chemistry from Lancaster University in 2001. Following the award of his PhD in 2005 he undertook a number of business development and consultancy roles which focused on commercialising activity in the chemicals and environmental technologies sectors. During this period Ben also conducted a number of industrial research projects with clients ranging from regional SMEs to blue-chip multinationals.

Ben joined Stopford Projects Ltd in 2008 and successfully developed a new R&D and environmental consultancy arm of the business. Ben now leads Stopford Energy and Environment, delivering green technology, waste, energy generation and low carbon projects in the UK and overseas. Ben is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Lancaster University, an active member of regional and national environmental advisory groups and co-supervises a number of industry led postgraduate research projects.