Chacefield Associates

Chacefield Associates is a business consultancy providing project management and high value expert input to projects for clients in the public and private sectors. Currently the company is focused on projects in the environmental and waste management sectors.

The consultancy is led by John Cowan. A Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Waste Manager, John has extensive experience at a senior level in policy development, project evaluation and project management. He has a proven track record of working with both public and private sectors on a variety of infrastructure projects (both with and without the use of private finance), with a focus on waste management.

Specifically in the waste sector, he has an extensive network of contacts across the public and private sectors, covering central government, local authorities, advisors, industry and other key stakeholders. He has achieved a high degree of credibility and trust through his knowledge of the sector and has a reputation as a pragmatic and influential project leader. His range of experience, having undertaken senior roles in the public and private sectors, gives him a unique insight into projects and the competing priorities and pressures that come to bear.

John's career to date has encompassed time in the Scottish Government, technical consultancy (with RPS Group), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and, most recently, international waste management company FCC Environment. In June 2013 he set up his own company, Chacefield Associates, providing advice to clients on waste management, renewable energy and sustainability projects.

Summary of Skills

Chacefield Associates offers professional advice in the development and delivery of projects through all phases of project development from inception through procurement to implementation.
We have developed expertise in all phases of project delivery, from a number of perspectives including:

  • public sector clients seeking to procure projects;
  • private sector bidders seeking to win projects;
  • public sector organisations bidding for grant funding; and
  • Scottish Government departments reviewing bids for grant funding.

Specific areas of expertise include (please note that this is illustrative and not exhaustive):

  • Strategy Development;
  • Options Appraisal;
  • Development of Feasibility Studies and Business Cases;
  • Procurement Support; and
  • Expert Insight/Input.


Key Clients currently include:

  • Gerson Lehrman Group; 
  • Dundee City Council; and 
  • Glasgow Caledonian University.

John's clients in the past have included:

The Scottish Government, SEPA, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, East Ayrshire Council, Glasgow City Council, Highland Council, Moray Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Cumbria County Council, Advantage West Midlands, The National Audit Office, Scottish Power, and Viridor Waste Management.

Contact Details

John Cowan
Chacefield Associates
Forsyth House
93 George Street

Tel: 0131 240 1243
Mob: 07983 631 732
E-mail: john.cowan@chacefield.com
Website: www.chacefield.com


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