About Us

The Consultancy

MAS Environmental is an expert consultancy in Environmental Health based in Cambridge. Combining a range of experience has led to wide expertise and knowledge of the subjects and judicial processes.

We are a rapidly expanding consultancy which strives to maintain small company values, and although a small consultancy, we have access to a wide range of experts and specialists. In this way we provide a comprehensive service at extremely competitive rates.

We deal with the whole range of Environmental Health functions and through the use of respected specialists, we have been able to expand our services and include a number of areas including Town and Country Planning and Licensing issues. We are also a registered training centre with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Royal Society for Public Health

We have consultants based in Cambridge, Nottingham and Northampton and can provide our consultancy services remotely or on site throughout the UK.

We recognise that all local authorities have had their budgets cut and that many have lost experienced staff and so are under increased pressure. It makes sense to buy in the expertise when the need is infrequent such as complex planning or nuisance cases and so we offer reduced rates to local authorities.  We have assisted councils with cases including the assessment of planning applications, nuisance and acting as expert witnesses in addition to working for private individuals and businesses.

Our website is a useful resource to EHPs with web browser based sound level and barrier calculation tools. We have released a web-based acoustic modelling program that is free to use also so you can check the findings of consultants' reports by creating your own noise model.

MAS Environmental is a registered training centre with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Royal Society for Public Health and Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance.  We have been providing training and consultancy services to a variety of sectors for over 20 years including local authorities, food & catering businesses, schools and colleges, including the University of Cambridge.

We are well known for providing quality training and up to date advice. We are committed to providing lively and interactive courses encouraging discussion and debate and are great believers in the benefits of classroom based training. We strive to ensure all of our delegates get the most out out of their learning experience and continue to provide support and advice to anyone who has attended our training courses even after the course has ended.

Our aim is to provide informative and affordable training for councils as we recognise that all local authorities have had their budgets cut and that many have lost experienced staff and so are under increased pressure. We have provided training for local authorities around the country on topics including Wind Farm Noise, Basic Statutory Nuisance, Drainage Investigation & Law and Assessing Noise Principles.

Areas of expertise

  • Local Government Issues
    Our consultants have many years experience working in local government. We help local council Environmental Health Officers tackle a range of issues.
  • Noise and Acoustics
    From the technical aspects of acoustics to the application of guidance and legislation in predicting or determining noise through modelling.
  • Food Safety
    Auditing food premises, providing guidance and solutions to handling food, training staff, reducing the risks of food poisoning and dealing with outbreaks.
  • Planning
    Either for the applicant or others affected, we provide expert advice and solutions on the planning process including providing or responding to impact assessments and giving evidence in planning hearings.
  • Pollution
    Odour, air pollution and other aspects of environmental pollution.
  • Licensing
  • Nuisances
  • Health and Safety
  • Catering Design
    For efficient and food safe kitchens.
  • Training in food, noise, environmental health and for other trainers
    Covering a wide range of environmental health and food safety issues.

Directors

Mike Stigwood - MIOA, FRSPH, MCIEH.

Director - mike(at)masenv.co.uk

Mike Stigwood our director, lead consultant and workshop trainer is an ex Local Authority Environmental Health Officer with 40 years experience. After 19 years in Local Government working for a range of Authorities from Cambridge City to Hackney BC, Huntingdonshire DC, Stevenage and lastly Mid Bedfordshire DC, Mike left to set up his own Environmental Health consultancy, MAS Environmental, in 1994.

As a private consultant Mike has provided advice and training for a wide range of industries and businesses including local authorities and the University of Cambridge. He has acted as expert witness in a number of high profile nuisance cases including in the High Court and Crown Courts Courts on cases such as motor sport noise, military jets and adventure parks.

Mike has created a range of courses taught regularly to Environmental Health Officers, Planning Officers and other technicians in the environmental health field. He has many years of experience providing high quality training and is well known for his expertise and his honest and passionate approach to Environmental Health issues in general.

His enthusiasm and desire to share knowledge is second to none, something which is reflected in his detailed delegate course packs. These up to day notes are a trademark of Mike’s courses and are often used by many in the field as a reference long after the course.

Along with the MAS team Mike has undertaken extensive research resulting in the preparation of a number of international papers.  He also has expertise in commercial kitchen design, specialising in minimising food safety risks through their layout and design features. 

Mike has recently provided evidence at the Fracking Public Inquiry held in Blackpool.

Mike has presented a paper titled 'Diminishing reliability of Standards on Environmental Noise' at the Inter-Noise conference in Hamburg in August 2016 and a paper titled ‘Diminishing reliability of the application of Standards on Environmental Noise in the UK’ in Hong Kong 2017.

Terri Stigwood - FRSPH.

Director - tes(at)masenv.co.uk

Terri Stigwood our lead food safety trainer is a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and she is registered with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance and is a member of the Society for Education and Learning.  She has been delivering food safety training at all levels including HACCP courses for over 12 years and more recently Allergen Awareness training; building up a vast working knowledge of all types of food businesses.

Her qualifications include Advanced Food Hygiene with credit and a Certificate in Education. Terri has researched the various methods and processes through which adults learn and developing unique tasks and games to assist with comprehension, many of these were produced as a result of being approached by companies with specific learning needs. Because of her passion for people to enjoy training Terri has written and developed her own presentation packs; designing group tasks using real-life props where possible making the training interactive and not the clichéd boredom and ‘death by powerpoint’  but motivated; enthused and fun.  Terri is very proud that many attendees of her courses have gone on to be trained by her on ‘train the trainer’ and PTLLS courses and subsequently become trainers themselves.

Terri also specialises in training food handlers for childcare providers as she has been delivering training to nursery staff and child minders for approximately 12 years on behalf of a London Borough along with subsequent in house courses.

After any training course attendees are invited to contact Terri for confirmation on anything discussed during the course or if they have any queries that have arisen or are looking for resources.  “This service is important to me because often following a training course clarification may be needed on what has been discussed to ensure controls are implemented correctly.  I believe that the training provided must be relevant to the setting because whilst a food handler may hold a food safety certificate which can demonstrate they received the training and successfully passed the exam, if they do not understand the principles and how to put these into practice in the workplace then the certificate is worthless and some would say dangerous due to misguided complacency. “  

Consultants

Sarah Large - MA (Cantab), MSc, Dip (IoA), MIOA

Senior Acoustic Consultant - sarah(at)masenv.co.uk

Sarah originally studied music at Cambridge University where her interest in sound and its effect on people and the environment began.

Sarah first joined MAS in 2007 and following a brief period working in London rejoined the company to train as an acoustic consultant in 2009. After completing the Institute of Acoustics’ Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control Sarah gained an MSc in Environmental and Architectural Acoustics at London South Bank University. Sarah won the 2010 IoA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control prize for achieving the highest average mark of all students. 

Sarah enjoys working on a range of cases including planning applications for skate parks, housing developments and industry, investigating noise complaints and assessing proposed and operational wind energy developments. Sarah has co-authored several papers discussing wind farm noise character and presented at the IoA Wind Turbine Noise Conference in Cardiff 2014. Sarah also presented a paper at the International Wind Turbine Noise conference in April 2015 and presented a paper titled 'A quantitative and qualitative review of amplitude modulation noise from wind energy development.' at the Inter-Noise conference in Hamburg in August 2016. She has also presented at Inter-Noise in Hong Kong in 2017 a paper titled ‘Cotton Farm Wind Farm long term community noise monitoring 4 years on: testing compliance and AM control methods’.

Daniel Baker - BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEH MIOA CEnvH

Senior Environmental Health Practitioner - dbaker(at)masenv.co.uk

After completing a degree in Environmental Health, Daniel gained experience working at two local government authorities investigating a range of issues including nuisance, pollution, enviro related crime, the use of environmental and public health statutory provisions and assessing planning applications and associated impacts.  His studies continued with the Institute of Acoustics’ Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and more recently he obtained a Merit for his MSc in Applied Acoustics.

Daniel joined the team at MAS Environmental in 2010.  Since then he has been advising local authorities, private individuals and industry on a range of noise related issues, as well as presenting expert evidence in a number of cases and making appearances as an expert witness on noise nuisance in the Magistrates and High Court as well as planning hearings.

In February 2015 Daniel had a technical note/paper published in the Journal of Applied Acoustics titled "Application of noise guidance to the assessment of industrial noise with character on residential dwellings in the UK" and in September 2015 was awarded the CIEH President’s ‘Junior Researcher of the Year Award 2015’ for this paper. Daniel is particularly interested in psycho-acoustics and nuisance issues and the annoyance effects of industrial and other site specific noise affecting dwellings.

Daniel presented a paper titled "Relevance of the equal energy principle to sources of neighbourhood noise" at the Inter-Noise conference in Hamburg in August 2016 amd wrote a paper for Inter-Noise 2017 in Hong Kong titled 'Preliminary evaluation of the relative importance of acoustic, non acoustic and context related factors in reactions to noise at the individual level’.

Neil Polden - BSc (Hons), Dip (IoA)

Senior Environmental Health Practitioner - neil(at)masenv.co.uk

Neil is a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner with 12 ½ years experience working in local government. He holds the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health Degree and became fully qualified as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in 2005. He registered with the Environmental Health Registration Board in 2005.

In addition to his EHO qualifications, he holds the Institute of Acoustics’ Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control including specific modules in environmental noise and noise control engineering in 2009.

He has assessed a significant number of planning applications for local authorities relating to residential development, commercial / industrial development as well as entertainment sources. He has also conducted a considerable number of noise impact assessments for new developments (industrial / commercial, entertainment, residential etc).

During his local government career he worked for two different local authorities between 2004 and 2017. Beginning his career as a district EHO, he covered all aspects of routine EH work of inspection and investigation before specialising from 2006 in environmental protection covering air quality (local air quality management), nuisance, planning and licensing (under the licensing act 2003). 

He regularly investigated complaints that involved the measurement and assessment of noise from domestic, commercial and industrial sources and the application of this through the relevant statutory provision.

He has previously given evidence at court in support of prosecution, appeal against notice and application for warrant. He has also presented evidence at licensing hearings.

The rest of the team

Kirsten Moore
Office Manager 
        admin(at)masenv.co.uk

Contact details

Telephone
        +44 (0)1223 441671
        +44 (0)1223 510430
Mobile
        +44 (0)7867 977222 - Mike
Address
        MAS Environmental,
        14 South Road,
        Impington,
        Cambridge,
        CB24 9PB

DIRECTORS
Mike Stigwood
& Terri Stigwood

TELEPHONE
01223 441671
or 01223 510430

BUSINESS ADDRESS
14 South Road,
Impington,
Cambs, CB24 9PB

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