How do our scientists keep objectivity?
A respected academic asked us on LinkedIn recently, "What processes do you have to ensure our scientists remain independent and not subject to influence?"
Dr Brett Ogilvie (Executive Leader – Environmental Science) has answered this very important question:
“It’s a very good question! We have numerous processes to ensure objectivity and avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest. They start with recruiting critical thinkers and go on to include appropriate technical review including by a T+T Technical/Project Director or external peer reviewer, third-party risk review, and ongoing staff development including expert witness training, MfE Commissioner training, technical coaching and mentoring. Our scientists learn about the Environment Court’s Practice Note very early in their careers! We encourage staff to publish and present at conferences where they will be subject to peer scrutiny, and incentivise them to join professional bodies that have codes of practice requiring continuous professional development, technical excellence, objectivity and accountability. We also have Continuous Improvement processes as part of our ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System. But there is always room to do better so if you have any helpful suggestions, please get in touch!"