Rowan Freeman


Service Leader - Contaminated Land

Rowan is a senior contaminated land specialist with over 16 years’ experience across the public and private sectors. In his early career, Rowan worked in the northeast United States as a project geologist undertaking environmental site assessments (soil, groundwater, and air monitoring), and remedial works and oversight on brownfield, superfund, municipal and industrial sites, and an oil refinery.

After arriving in New Zealand in 2009, he worked for ten years as a contaminated sites specialist and technical advisor for the Canterbury Regional Council.  During that time, Rowan broadened and applied his working knowledge of New Zealand’s regulatory planning framework for contaminated land and provided technical advice to resource consent planners, territorial local authorities, land developers, and environmental professionals (and their clients) for projects of varying complexity.

In 2019, Rowan returned to environmental consulting and is focused on growing and maintaining successful client relationships, project management and delivery, and building staff capability at PDP. Rowan is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (Site Contamination) and is an expert witness for contaminated land matters in New Zealand.