A leading proponent of environmental risk management, Simon has directed institutes for government and the Research Councils; drafted government guidelines on environmental risk management; and championed centres for research training in environmental risk. He has worked widely across government and its agencies on issues as diverse as the assessment of hazardous wastes, the environmental implications of animal disease outbreaks and the comparison of national-level risks to and from the environment. Pollard’s expertise in risk-informed regulation saw him establish the Defra/Research Councils’ ‘Risk Centre’ at Cranfield University following a national competition.
Formerly the Environment Agency’s Head of Risk Analysis, Pollard has devised and appraised national level risk assessments for the first underground hazardous waste facility in the UK and for the UK’s low-level radioactive waste repository. While with the Environment Agency, he provided substantive risk analysis support to government during the Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis and Foot and Mouth disease events. Pollard’s contributions beyond academia have included appointments and professional contributions as a Member of Infrastructure UK’s Expert Panel on Engineering Interdependencies; as an Editor for ‘Science of the Total Environment’; and as the Series Editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ sustainable engineering monographs. He has made extensive career contributions through the professional and learned societies, including to the research and membership committees of the Royal Academy of Engineering.