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Sarah Evans, Wood


Shortlisted for Category 14 - Best Young Brownfield Professional

Nominee: Sarah Evans


Sarah is a Consultant with the Wood Remediation & Ground Engineering team. Sarah joined Wood in 2015 and quickly developed her skills with Phase 1 desk studies, supervising Phase 2 ground investigation and remediation projects, and production of interpretative reports.


Sarah is currently an active member of GeolSoc attending and contributing to the society’s events in line with her ambitions for chartered status. Her diligence and ability to deliver at pace in site roles for complex and critical projects is instrumental in her development as a young professional, evidenced by the following:

2015-2017: Battersea Gasworks Remediation

Sarah was part of the Wood remediation consultant site team for BAM Nuttall during remediation of the former gasworks site. Sarah was responsible for daily sampling and verification and communication of the project progress with the client and project team. She completed production of the verification report for the first phase of works.


2015-2019: Willoughby Lane, Enfield

Sarah worked with new in-situ groundwater testing techniques, including multiple shallow and deep aquifer groundwater monitoring as part of the site wide NAPL characterisation for this key urban regeneration site for Enfield Council.

2015-2019: Various MoD Sites, UK

Sarah has undertaken over 20 land quality assessments (LQAs) for MoD sites across the UK, providing the initial desk study and site investigation designs followed by site supervision of contractors using a range of techniques. Sarah worked with technical specialists to implement shallow soil asbestos sampling to support the LQAs, a methodology that has subsequently been used across a broad range of Wood projects. Sarah has undertaken site data reviews and prepared interpretative reports including human health and controlled waters quantitative risk assessments.


2019-Present: Bow Common Remediation Project, London

Sarah has spent the last 13 months working as NEC Site Supervisor leading National Grid’s largest current remediation project on site, of a large former gasworks site in the heart of London. Sarah has embraced the challenges of a full-time site supervisor working with an experienced Contractor on a complex and challenging site which is constantly changing.

Sarah is responsible for supervising the Contractor’s implementation of Wood’s remediation design and acting as the project teams’ eyes and ears onsite to manage the contract and identify where efficiencies can be made in the project delivery programme. Her diligent supervision has been vital to ensuring the Cost Consultant and Project Manager are effective in their administration of the project, particularly during the recent COVID-19 pandemic when site visits by the wider team have been limited.

Sarah is fully committed to HSE onsite and regularly disseminates good learning from the site to the wider Wood team. She has coached new apprentices on the dangers of construction sites and developed bespoke toolbox talks on clear hand signals for approaching large operating plant. Sarah has also been using her experiences onsite to help design and spearhead a Wood HSE campaign on the importance of PPE.


Her significant contributions to this project are evidenced by the testimonies of the Client’s project team: