Our Vision

EP Risk provides the energy, experience and expertise to unlock the value in contaminated land through pragmatic advice and services that focus on addressing the risks posed to current and future site users and environmental receptors.

Our Values

EP Risk brings a select group of experienced professionals together to guide clients through the process of dealing with contaminated land management.

We require our clients and our staff to embrace our core values as listed below:

  1. Work and Live Safely - Safety is a shared responsibility at work and in the community, respect your own safety and that of others.
  2. Care for the Environment - Enjoy our resources but use them efficiently and leave some for our kids.
  3. Leadership - Make the right decisions, not the easiest or most popular.
  4. Energy - Focus and apply all of your energy into the task at hand.
  5. Experience - Accept the accumulated wisdom from all the problems you’ve faced and use it as a benefit.
  6. Accountability - Take responsibility for the required outcome. Don’t wait for someone else to act.
  7. People -Surround yourself with good people and be generous in your dealings with them. Trust people and their abilities. Encourage a sense of adventure, humour and fun in all the people you touch in your life.
  8. Respect - Respect yourself and act with integrity.
  9. Risk - Embrace risk that you understand.
  10. Clients - Always deliver what you promised and keep people informed of progress status.

Executive Team


Kris Thomas

General Manager / Nationwide

Bachelor of Science (Hons)
(Environmental Risk Management)
University of Wales.

Kris Thomas is the General Manager of EP Risk. Kris is a Principal Environmental Scientist with over fifteen years of consulting experience in the areas of contaminated land management (CLM), site remediation and asbestos. Kris has a proven track record of successful team leadership, business development, effective client relationship management and winning major tenders with large contract values. He has extensive project management skills with a solid reputation of successful project delivery with large scale budgets and multi-disciplinary teams.

Kris specialises in the following disciplines:

  • Contaminated land investigation and remediation
  • Asbestos in soil assessments
  • Hazardous materials surveys.


Paul Simpson

Principal Environmental Engineer / Area Manager (Northern NSW / QLD / NT)

Contaminated Land Assessment and Remediation
Hazardous Materials assessment

B.E. (Env), M. App Sc (Hydrogeology)

Paul Simpson is General Manager of EP Risk Management and is based in the Hunter Office. He is an Environmental Engineer with a Masters in Hydrogeology, with over 15 years experience in contaminated land assessment and remediation, hydrogeology and hazardous materials assessment. He has managed remediation works on portfolios of sites with yearly budgets of $30M working for both industrial and consulting companies. Paul has extensive experience in the assessment and remediation of industrial facilities, stakeholder and community consultation and hazardous materials assessment. His key strengths lie in his understanding of the needs of industrial clients and property owners and track record of negotiations with regulators and other stakeholders. Paul has worked with private developers, utility service providers, industrial companies, quarry operators, Local and State Government.


Dr Ismail Gulec

Principal Toxicologist and Risk Assessor

PhD, ME, BE.

Dr Ismail Gulec is Principal Toxicologist and Risk Assessor in EP Risk Management conducting human health and environmental risk assessments, environmental site assessment and remediation works for developers, environmental auditors and consulting companies. Prior to this, he had worked with environmental consulting firms ERA (Aust) Pty Ltd, Tonkin and Taylor, Noel Arnold Associates, Douglas Partners and OTEK Australia as a Senior Associate and Environmental Scientist specialising in the area of Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA).

He has completed numerous HHRAs on sites contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons, metals, PAHs, pesticides and dioxins presenting risks through vapour exposure, groundwater migration and soil exposure. He also conducted HHRAs for remediation activities such as direct thermal desorption plant activity, land and bay excavations, contaminated stockpiles at the site and undisturbed contaminated fill. He also has made contributions pertaining to risk assessment to sites subject to audit in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and WA under their respective accredited auditor schemes.

Ismail has expertise in environmental toxicology. In this area, he has a number of publications and experience. Ismail has worked 6 years as a scientist for Chemwatch International Pty Ltd. He collected and updated toxicological, hygienic and legislative information on chemicals for the company’s data bases.


Richard H Evans

Principal Geologist / Area Manager Vic, SA, Tas

BSc Geology, University of New Hampshire, USA.

Richard has been working in the contaminated land industry for 18 years, including 8 years in the United States, primarily in Massachusetts and California, and the past 10 years in Australia. Richard’s expertise is in providing timely and practical advice to ensure clients are able to avoid costly delays as a result of their environmental requirements.

Richard has worked for an array of clients including oil & gas, mining, transport, telecommunication, developers, local and federal government, landfills and private residences. Richard’s technical background includes experience in the design and implementation of a range of remediation technologies including chemical injection, MPE, SVE, pump and treat, air sparging, ozone systems and skimmers.

His experience also includes authoring a range of reports including PSIs, DSIs, HHRAs, RAPs and management plans. Richard has been involved in hundreds of projects with contamination ranging from light to heavy hydrocarbons, MTBE, pesticides, chlorinated solvents, asbestos, metals and PCB.


EP Risk calls upon the expertise of a wide range of subcontractors who provide the equipment, drilling services, cable location, laboratory testing, civil plant and remediation systems that allow us to deliver your project on time and on budget. We manage all our subcontractors to ensure that they have the correct insurances, tickets and skills to ensure that the work can be done in a safe and professional manner.