Paul Newell is the Manager of the Contaminated Sites Unit for the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation; he is a chartered
chemist and holds tertiary qualifications in chemistry and environmental science as well as qualifications in forensic investigation.
Paul has worked extensively in contaminated land management, both in private consulting and within State and Federal Government for more than 20 years, including managing the contaminated sites auditing scheme in Western Australia.
Paul is also a forensic chemist, having worked in law enforcement within the Commonwealths, ‘Amphetamine Type Stimulants and New Synthetic Drugs, Special Intelligence Operation’, and has worked specifically in the fields of illicit drug manufacture, illicit drug intelligence and precursor diversion as well as in the specific assessment of human health and environmental impacts from illicit drug manufacture.
Paul is the principal author of the Australian national guideline for the remediation of clandestine drug laboratory sites and a contributing author to the Western Australia guidelines for assessment and risk management of clandestine drug laboratories.
Paul is also a subject matter expert for the ‘United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’ (UNODC) and is an author and co-author of a number of UNODC guidelines, including guidelines for the ‘safe handling and disposal of chemicals from illicit drug manufacture’, and the UNODC ‘illustrated disposal guide’ for disposal of illicit chemicals in remote environments.