Dr. Stuart Stearn is a Senior Assoc. Course Contributor of the College of Sustainability and Environmental Management. He is retired and has a PhD in Noise and Vibration. He worked in the nuclear industry before joining the Civil Service in 1974, moving to the Radiochemical Inspectorate in 1980, after working on a variety of policy issues. He stayed on as the Inspectorate become HMIP, taking charge of the NW Regional Office in Lancaster in 1989. When the Inspectorate became part of the Environment Agency he spent some time on the problems caused by BSE before focusing on the issues raised by implementing IPPC in the UK.