Working Party for Air Monitoring

Meet the Chair for Air Monitoring – Professor Roland Leigh

Roland is a technologist specialising in the development and application of new technologies in the field of air quality.

He spent 15 years at the University of Leicester in roles including Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Director of Enterprise for the Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation, and Chief Executive of the East Midlands Centre of Excellence for the Satellite Applications catapult.

Most recently, Roland is working with ClientEarth as Technical Director. Click here to read about his interview with Channel 4.


“It’s a great pleasure to serve on the Westminster Commission and help to structure the solutions of the future for air quality. Our new digitally-connected age offers a wide range of opportunities to better understand and manage the exposure of the vulnerable in our society to harmful pollutants in both indoor and outdoor environments. It is critical to address this key societal challenge, embracing perspectives from the commercial, academic and policy communities ensuring that new technologies are developed and adopted at the appropriate time and place.”

Prof. Roland Leigh, Chair of Air Monitoring

3 Points on Expertise: 

  • Focused on the development of new technologies for air quality monitoring and translation of measurements into actionable insight. 
  • Former academic with previous experience of supporting community-wide programmes in the development and application of new technologies. 
  • Passionate about the adoption of cutting edge technologies into air quality management, while maintaining robust records compatible with previous key datasets. 

Air Monitoring Objectives

  • To advise on monitoring requirements across associated sectors, including manufacturer testing, including Euro VI engines; in-service testing such as MOTs; ambient emission monitoring, starting with roadside levels; and receptor monitoring, taken in-vehicle and in-school.
  • To advise on requirements for Particulate Monitoring, including the provisions of smaller size fractions (PM1 and ultra-fines), and the potential for composition monitoring.
  • To advise on monitoring options against a range of categories including regulatory compliance, quality, long term monitoring value, cost, usability, and value of measurements to various sectors, including healthcare, planning and regulatory compliance.

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