Ed is the Managing Director at CSA, having worked in acoustic consultancy and engineering noise control since 1989. His experience covers the main consultancy fields of architectural, planning, building, transportation and environmental acoustics and vibration. Expert witness representation has featured strongly in recent years, as has the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments.
Ed was chairman of the ANC from 2006 to 2008 and helped to set up its registration committee for accrediting sound insulation testers. He currently chairs the Robust Details Inspectorate. Recent technical work includes the extension of CSA's work in 'extreme acoustics' involving very high-power noise sources (e.g. F1 racing cars, jet engines) and ultra-precise design goals.
Ed has experience with appearances at Court hearings and planning forums, including noise nuisance actions, licensing hearings and criminal proceedings. These have included High Court and high-profile Public Inquiries in England, such as shale gas ‘fracking’ and ‘An Bord Pleanala’ (Public Inquiry in the Irish Republic) hearings along with Integrated Pollution, Prevent and Control Licensing Hearings for the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. Various planning appeals and inquiries for domestic infrastructure projects, housing developments and other schemes involving new and existing noise sources, including the controversial deep hydraulic fracturing (fracking) inquiries in Lancashire. Ed also appeared for the successful claimant in the recent landmark case of Fouladi v Darout & others (2019).
Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA); Past Chairman of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC); Robust Details Senior Inspector and Inspectorate Chair; EU COST ActionTU901 Sound Insulation Harmonization; Global Noise Policy Forum; ANC Registration Scheme Committee; IOA / ANC Motorsport Noise Working Group; CIEH / IOA southern branch partnership