At Lustre Consulting we have been serving clients in Kent, greater London, the Southeast of England and throughout the UK since 2009. Working from our office base in the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, our team has an established reputation for excellence with our clients and local authorities.
We believe Our Mission will not only save Clients from incurring needless time, cost and stress, but will also ensure that their sites get approved and built.
Matt Dean is the CEO at Lustre Consulting, which he co-founded in 2009.
As CEO, Matt leads the strategic vision of the company and oversees the directional growth of a team who are critical to the smooth running of the company and its success.
Professionally, Matt is a Chartered Engineer and Environmental Consultant with 25 years’ experience in contaminated land, environmental consultancy and civil engineering. Throughout his career, Matt has supported many clients in property and construction, the public sector and heavy industry.
Matt’s greatest achievement has most certainly been the challenge of co-founding a fledgling start-up and seeing it grow into a thriving consultancy business.
Matt is driven by the growth and development of the people at Lustre Consulting, and to pass on his knowledge and experience, so clients can get the best possible service. It is seeing this continuous improvement first hand that gets him out of bed each morning.
Matt loves the movies and remembers seeing the original Star Wars movie when it was first released… The ‘maverick’ movie directors like Lucas and Spielberg have inspired him in life and business ever since.
Matthew Larkin is an Associate Director at Lustre Consulting and has fulfilled various roles since joining the team in 2013.
With both a strong technical and operational focus, Matthew heads up the Land Team – a dynamic and committed team of consultants, providing our clients with land quality and geotechnical solutions to get their sites approved and built. Matthew is also a key part of the Leadership Team.
Taking an interest in our client’s wider goals and frustrations enables Matthew to continually deliver on our vision. This is supported by Matthew’s professional status as a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and being a registered Risk Assessor with SoBRA (Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment).
Finding technical solutions to overcome problems in a way that unlocks the value of our client’s sites is a key driver for Matthew. His operational knowledge and understanding of value engineering enables him to offer solutions to problems in the ground in a way that often saves time, money and lessens environmental impacts for our clients.
Outside of work Matthew is kept busy with family life and fills what spare time he has with gaming or overly ambitious house projects.
Ariel Rapson is the Office Manager and a member of the Leadership Team at Lustre Consulting, having developed her role since joining in 2014 as an administrator. As the company has grown, Ariel has developed procedures and policies to ensure our clients and team are supported. Providing organisational support to the team for all types of projects, Ariel is involved from project set up, to preparation of site work, through to issuing reports – all this means that Ariel is often well-informed for any project queries.
Ariel enjoys learning new things and has gained considerable experience of environmental consultancy and the planning process during her time with Lustre. As a non-technical team member Ariel enjoys helping explain what we do and how we can support our clients.
Ariel helped Lustre to gain a Platinum Award through the Medway Healthy Workplace program for our commitments to employee wellbeing.
Outside of work Ariel is very involved with volunteering with experiences ranging from food banks, kids’ clubs, teaching, and projects abroad.
The thing that brings her the most joy is enabling people to thrive in their own unique skills.
Gemma Heyworth is a Senior Consultant in the Land Team and is responsible for the project management and delivery of Phase 1 and Phase 2 Contaminated Land Assessments, as well as overseeing and supporting clients with the delivery of Remediation and Verification Works. Gemma also specialises in Environmental Due Diligence Assessments and Groundwater Risk Assessment.
Gemma considers her key strength to be her experience of working in both public and private sectors, which allows her to provide a holistic approach to project management, considering both client’s commercial interests and the necessary regulatory requirements.
Passionate about helping clients achieve their desired outcomes, Gemma is focused on obtaining regulatory approval for the discharge of planning conditions or providing detailed assessments to help support site acquisitions. The desire for a successful outcome and a high level of client satisfaction motivates Gemma on each project that she works on. This is supported by Gemma’s professional status as a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager.
Gemma loves being active and enjoys kayaking and paddling boarding, as well as playing sport with her two boys. She is also a massive Disney fan and loves to live by the Walt Disney Quote “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again”.
Stephan Booi is a Principal Consultant who is responsible for the Acoustic Team at Lustre. He has versatile skillset in architectural, industrial, and environmental acoustics.
Stephan has experience in undertaking complex and high-profile projects for clients throughout the UK and abroad. This includes infrastructure projects for highways, airports and waste schemes; small and major residential development; and several industrial developments for blue chip companies.
Stephan enjoys a challenge and coming up with solutions. Under Stephan’s leadership, the Acoustics Team undertakes a wide variety work, ranging from noise assessments for planning and EIAs, architectural design reviews for compliance with Part E, BREEAM, BS 8233, HTM08, etc, industrial acoustics, construction noise and vibration assessments, and much more.
Outside of work Stephan spends most of his time with his family and enjoys riding his bike through the countryside.
Morwenna Corry is a Principal Consultant in the Land team at Lustre Consulting, who is responsible for the delivery of our geotechnical services. This includes soil logging training with the team, designing geotechnical investigations and writing geotechnical reports. The geotechnical reports include foundation design appraisals with recommendations for shallow and/or deep foundation types. She also oversees specialist geotechnical reporting like Basement Impact Assessments, as required by London boroughs.
Morwenna has spoken on behalf of clients at London borough council planning meetings when a Basement Impact Assessment has been included in the planning process, assisting in their award of planning permission.
Morwenna has always enjoyed being outside and facing new challenges – she enjoys meeting new clients and working with existing clients alike, to solve the unique challenges on their projects.
In the evenings and weekends Morwenna enjoys spending time at her local climbing gym with her husband or local crags. She also watches open wheel motor racing series from around the globe and at Brands Hatch when time and the weather allows. She relaxes by creating cross-stitch pieces and other small pieces of artwork.
On her spare weekends she can be found rebuilding a 1924 vintage Talbot car with her dad in Devon.
Simon Stoate is a Principal Consultant who is responsible for the Water Team at Lustre. Simon’s role is to identify, manage and undertake work related to the Water team. This primarily involves undertaking flood risk assessments, drainage strategies and advising clients on development proposals in relation to flood risk and drainage.
The most satisfying projects for Simon are when he overcomes challenges to demonstrate the suitability of a development through thorough detailed investigation of the flood risk along with suitable design. Better still is when he has demonstrated the design will improve flood risk to the surrounding community, will reduce the flood risk to people, increase biodiversity, provide amenity benefits and improve water quality.
Simon likes making a difference and making things happen. The problem-solving challenges that come with flood risk and drainage are rewarding for him to solve. In his role he enjoys working with and analysing current data and applying the latest techniques.
Passionate about biodiversity and sustainability, Simon’s role allows him to put forward schemes which will benefit communities for years to come through a sustainable and resilient design approach.
Outside work, Simon can usually be found on the allotment or roaming a trail. He very much enjoys exploring outdoors and which reinforces the sustainability led approach within his designs.
Claire Munns is a Senior Consultant within the Land team at Lustre with experience working on contaminated land and environmental due diligence projects.
As a Senior Consultant, Claire is experienced at project managing technically challenging and complex sites and is proud to have a strong track record of both client and regulator satisfaction. She also provides training, mentoring and guidance to junior members of the team.
Recent work has seen Claire gain regulatory approval on a complex and long-term groundwater remediation project, unlocking the site for future re-development.
Claire particularly enjoys finding solutions to environmental challenges that best suit the wider needs and goals of the client’s project and program.
Outside of work, Claire loves playing tennis for which she has been honing her skills since she was 4 years old. She currently competes as a representative of Maidstone LTC in various doubles leagues across Kent.
Amii Palmer is Lustre Consulting’s Administrator and Credit Controller and responsible for handling the accounts of the business. Her main responsibilities include managing cashflow and maintaining effective working relationships with all external and internal stakeholders. This ensures timely payment of invoices and resolution of customer queries, as well as supporting our suppliers and contractors in our wider supply chain to better support our clients.
Amii is a lifelong learner and is currently studying for AAT qualifications. She has successfully completed Level 2 and is now working towards Level 3.
A keen photographer, Amii won a cover image competition for an Icelandair magazine. Amii’s photography skills are also put to work as our Lustre photographer.
Outside of work Amii enjoys photography fashion, football, days out with her family and visiting her favourite country, Iceland.
Jake Wade is a Consultant in the Land Team whose role focuses on addressing land contamination and geotechnical challenges. As a result, his day-to-day responsibilities consist of undertaking site investigations, environmental monitoring, writing reports and project management.
As part of his role, Jake has managed numerous site investigations on operational industrial sites that presented challenges when targeting specific areas due to the busy nature of these sites. Despite these challenges, the necessary information required to inform reporting was obtained. Consequently, these sites gained approval for development or satisfied LPA conditions for development.
Jake enjoys the combination of spending time on site carrying out intrusive investigations and time in the office assessing the data collected and applying first-hand experience of site conditions to solve technical obstacles.
Jake spends his free time either coaching, playing or watching football, with a season ticket to Charlton and running a local youth football team. When he isn’t doing something football-related, he can usually be found on the PlayStation gaming. When asked his favourite holiday destination, the response will always be Florida going around the theme parks getting on the rides as much as possible.
Ross Higson is a Graduate Consultant and joined the Land team in 2021. As a graduate, Ross shares his time between fieldwork and the office. Fieldwork keeps Ross busy conducting site walkovers, supervising Phase 2 Site Investigations and routine monitoring for ground gas and groundwater sampling. During his time in the office Ross can be found writing Phase 1 Desk Studies, assisting in Phase 2 reporting, and managing project field data. Ross uses his organisational skills to arrange laboratory sample logistics, manage equipment and prepare for site investigations.
During his first year in the industry Ross has developed a strong ability to overcome unique and often complicated issues on site to ensure all the required data has been obtained for our clients.
Ross feels that it is important for society to responsibly manage residential, commercial and industrial growth through appropriate utilisation of Brownfield sites. He believes that utilising sustainable urban regeneration, we can improve environmental health within urban areas.
Outside of work Ross considers himself a top chef with a mediocre ability to climb rocks, ski mountains and tackle people carrying rugby balls. Ross is incredibly biased for all things Dorset and often enjoys the company of dogs over people.
Emily Spendlove is a Graduate Consultant and joined the land team in 2021. Emily has experience assisting with the delivery of environmental assessments, ensuring team collaboration, technical delivery and quality assurance on our client’s projects.
In 2022 Emily moved to the water team, utilising her project management experience and environmental degree in the preparation of Flood Risk Assessments and Drainage Strategies.
Having a meticulous and conscientious mindset, Emily is dedicated to completing projects to the highest quality. She is devoted to spending time broadening her knowledge of the industry to progress forward in the early stages of her career.
Emily has been a member of Girl Guiding and Scouting from a young age, loving the unique, adventurous and challenging experiences involved. She currently enjoys volunteering as a leader to help provide opportunities for the next generation of Scouting.