Lydia coordinates activities for the OHBP, in particular supporting delivery of the Scottish Government funded project in collaboration with stakeholders across the healthcare, environment, and water sectors in Scotland and the UK. This position is based at the Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands (Thurso, Scotland). She holds a PhD in environmental science, an MSc (with distinction) in environmental analytical chemistry, and a BA (Hons).
Lydia’s PhD (2016 – 2020) was carried out with the Environmental Research Institute (UHI) and the James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen), with funding from the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation Scholars Programme and in association with the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW). This work investigated the occurrence, distribution, and degradation of pharmaceuticals in rural wastewaters and surface waters in Scotland. Through her PhD, she specialised in analytical chemistry and laboratory techniques for water quality assessment and emerging contaminant analysis in complex environmental media. Also, she gained project leadership and team management experience through the OHBP’s Caithness General Hospital project, results of which were published and used in application for the hospital’s Alliance for Water Stewardship award.