Dr Simon Johnson will lead group advising on sustainability issues

Aon has recruited leading environmental insurance specialist Simon Johnson PhD as director in the Aon Environmental Services Group.

Dr Johnson will coordinate the delivery of the unit's environmental services to clients in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from his office in London.

Aon Environmental Services Group is a unit of Aon Risk Services, the world's largest insurance broker and risk management consultant based on annual revenues.

Dr Johnson has more than 29 years of experience, the last 20 in the assessment, management, financial valuation and transfer of environmental risks. He has specialised in land, property and business transactions.

Formerly the technical and underwriting director of Certa (UK) Ltd, Dr

Johnson was responsible for designing and underwriting a range of environmental insurance and risk transfer products and solutions written by Allianz. In this capacity, he wrote some 300 separate policies covering more than 1,000 different sites and thousands of properties in the United Kingdom and Europe.

"Companies, governments and investors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are becoming increasingly aware of the risks and opportunities associated with environmental and sustainability issues," said Peter Breitstone, chief executive officer of Aon Environmental Services Group. "We continue to expand our global capabilities to provide clients with a competitive advantage in these areas. I'm delighted Simon has joined us to work in concert with Aon colleagues and local environmental resources to ensure the local delivery of our best-in-class global resources and solutions."

Dr Johnson has also worked for, advised and represented public and private companies, institutions and governmental bodies. He initiated and was responsible for a collaborative industry-government program providing comprehensive guidance on contaminated and brownfield land for practitioners in the United Kingdom. He has also worked in the oil and gas and mining industries.

Dr Johnson has an honours degree in civil engineering, a master's degree in rock mechanics and a doctorate in mining engineering. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.