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Citizens' assembly advisory group

Kingston Council’s citizens’ assembly will be overlooked by an advisory group. The independent advisory group’s role is to oversee the evidence and recommendations before the assembly. The members will provide advice and oversee that the assembly process, plans and evidence is accurate balanced and unbiased. 

To further ensure that the group is fully independent, politicians and members of existing recognised local stakeholder groups across Kingston are not eligible for membership of the advisory group. Those groups may be called upon to give evidence to the assembly. Advisory group meetings will be run by Involve.

The advisory group will: 

  • Assess the evidence submitted for the citizens’ assembly to check for accuracy, balance and bias.

  • Advise on the criteria for selecting and recommending specialists/experts to appear before the assembly. 

  • Overlook the scope and process design and make decisions about the content of the assembly. 

Members of the advisory group

  • Stephen Moorcroft, Director of Air Quality Consultants Ltd. 

  • William Hicks, PhD research student at King’s College London.

  • Professor Prashant Kumar, Chair in Air Quality and Health, and the Founder Director of Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), at the University of Surrey (UK).

  • Professor Marta Blangiardo, Professor in Biostatistics at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Imperial College London (UK).

Biographies of advisory group members

Stephen Moorcroft 

  • BSc, MSc, MIES, MIAQM, CEnv
  • Stephen is a Director of Air Quality Consultants Ltd. He has over 40 years postgraduate experience in environmental sciences, principally focused within the field of air quality management.
  • He has previously served on several Government expert advisory panels, including the Quality of Urban Air Review Group (QUARG), the Air Quality Expert Group AQEG, and the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow (PSDH). He has also provided policy and technical guidance to regional and national government departments in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Australia.
  • Stephen has been appointed as an Expert Adviser to the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Centre for Guidelines (2017-2020) and acted as a Topic Expert Member to the NICE Guideline Air Pollution: outdoor air quality and health.
  • He has contributed to the development of air quality management in the UK, and has been closely involved with the Local Air Quality Management process since its inception.
  • He has completed numerous air quality assessments for a wide range of developments, including mixed-residential schemes, roads, ports, airports, industrial installations, waste management and mineral extraction processes.

William Hicks 

  • William Hicks is a PhD research student at King’s College London where he is part of the aerosol science and air quality modelling teams. His research focuses on quantifying non-exhaust emissions (brake wear, tyre wear, resuspension) from road transport using combined measurement and modelling approaches. 
  • William uses highly time-resolved PM chemical composition equipment and source apportionment techniques to determine the contribution of the different non-exhaust emission sources in urban environments. He also assists with the routine maintenance, calibration and operation of the two London air quality ‘supersites’ (Marylebone Road and Honor Oak Park). 
  • Prior to commencing his PhD, William was employed as an environmental consultant at Stuart Michael Associates where he supported clients with air quality and noise assessments for planning applications for residential, commercial and mixed-used proposals. 
  • William holds a first degree in Environment and Transport Planning at the University of Leeds, an LL.M with Distinction in Environmental Law at the University of Nottingham, a PG Dip. in Acoustics and Noise Control from London South Bank University and an MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control from the University of Birmingham.

Professor Prashant Kumar 

  • Professor Prashant Kumar is a Chair in Air Quality and Health, and the Founder Director of Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), at the University of Surrey (UK). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. He obtained his PhD (Engineering) from the University of Cambridge (UK) after winning a Cambridge-Nehru Scholarship and Overseas Research Scholarship award, and earned his master’s degree in environmental engineering and management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
  • His ground-breaking research, both fundamental and application-oriented, works to build an understanding of the formation and emission of particles, both from vehicle exhausts and also from construction and demolition. He investigates their contribution to pollution, especially in megacity contexts, and is developing approaches to low-cost sensing as well as contributing to guidelines for policymakers to curtail pollution exposure at hotspots, with associated health benefits.  
  • A prolific author with over 175 articles in top-ranked journals, his research has secured over £6.5 million of individual research funding from numerous RCUK and international funding bodies. He is actively working with local public and councils, engaged in citizen science, leading #GuildfordLivingLab, developing best practice guidance and open-access public resources for the passive abatement of air pollution exposure. He is collaborating with industry to translate the impact of his scientific research into practical innovative solutions to inform policies and support the general public. He has developed a network of collaborators across four continents, serving on editorial boards of international journals, and his research has featured in well-read media outlets such as the BBC and The Times. Further information about his research activities can be found at: www.surrey.ac.uk/gcare.

Professor Marta Blangiardo

  • Marta Blangiardo is a professor in Biostatistics at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Imperial College London (UK); she has a degree in statistics, demography and social sciences from the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy) and a PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Florence (Italy). She is a co-investigator of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health (www.environment-health.ac.uk), in which she leads the Biostatistics and Data Science cross-cutting theme. She has worked extensively on data integration, with applications in a wide range of areas, including environmental science and environmental epidemiology, particularly focusing on modelling air pollution and evaluating its health effects. She has an honorary academic contract with Public Health England where she collaborates on the development of statistical models for epidemiological surveillance.