Richard Newell Associates

Richard Newell


Richard Newell

Dr Richard Newell has acted as Environmental Consultant for major industries worldwide for over 30-years, and has represented them from the site-selection phase, through construction and during the operation of plants in Europe, North America, Malaysia and Australia.

Dr Newell has advised Government and Industry on marine impact and resource management issues in relation to both Industrial and Leisure developments. He has specialist expertise in assessment of the impact of marine aggregate extraction and spoils disposal on marine resources.

Richard Newell has authored over 300 reports relating to major Industrial Developments and environmental management issues associated with Leisure and Tourism worldwide. He specialises in advice to Government and industry on Marine Resource Management, including conservation issues, marine parks, fisheries enhancement and Leisure and Tourism related development projects.

Recent work

Richard's recent work has centred on the impact of marine aggregate dredging on biological resources. Dr Richard Newell was Managing Director of Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd until 2007 and its chairman until 2009. Research carried out by Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd in 2002 was funded both through the US Government Minerals Management Service and by the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA).

In 2003 Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd were awarded a major research contract by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) to carry out research on the impact of marine aggregate dredging on the marine environment. This work has led to a number of research publications by Richard and colleagues in international literature and to contributions to international conferences during the past 5 years.

Consultant experience

Richard has long experience advising Government and Industry on issues related to the marine environment. He has given evidence at numerous Public Inquiries as well as to a House of Lords Select Committee on the Humber.

His recent appointments include chairman of an independent panel of experts advising the U.K Marine Management Organisation (MMO) on environmental issues related to Falmouth Port, and as Science Co-ordinator of a £35m UK Government Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund disbursed by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2002-2011.

Between 2012 and 2015 he has been the external evaluator for projects submitted to the Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange (MREKE) Programme funded by the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

He has been a member of the Ecological Advisory Group for the DP World London Gateway Port project in the lower Thames estuary since 2004, and has been Chief Scientist for the major ‘Don Diego’ mineral sands project off the Pacific coast of Mexico since 2013.


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Richard Newell - CV

Latest news

Falmouth Port Development

Richard is currently Chairman of an Independent Science Advisory Panel appointed by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to advise on issues related to experimental relocation of maerl habitat to offset the potential impacts of dredging of the approach channel to Falmouth Port.

Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme

Richard has recently completed an appointment as external reviewer of proposals submitted to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme.

Publication of Latest Book on Aggregate Dredging (See Publications page)

This book summarises current industry practice and the results of research commissioned through the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF) and other sources.

Newell,R.C. & Woodcock, T.A. (eds). 2013. Aggregate Dredging and the Marine Environment: An Overview of recent research and current industry practice. The Crown Estate, 165 pp. ISBN: 978-1-906410-41-4.

Major Marine Phosphate Dredging Project off the Pacific Coast of Mexico

Richard was appointed as Chief Scientist in 2013 by Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc and Exploraciones Oceanicas to advise on the environmental impact assessment of a major marine phosphate sands dredging project off the west coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico.