Kathryn Warren: Principal Consultant

Kathryn Warren: Principal Consultant

Read about Kathryn's experience as a Principal Consultant at Ricardo. 


What do you look forward to at work?

Getting the best from myself and my team.  Helping to play people to their strengths. Learning something new every day, and working with my colleagues to deliver real solutions for our clients. 

What makes you want to stay at Ricardo?

I feel the company is invested in me.  It’s a great place to work in lots of ways.  There is a genuine concern for employees, we have strong flexible working policies and wellbeing is high on the agenda. 

What does your average day here look like?

Before the pandemic, there was no such thing as an average day really.  I might be travelling to HQ for meetings with my team, or on the train to London for a client meeting, or perhaps out on site at a renewable heat installation.  The variety is what has made the last 10 years so enjoyable.

Is there a single feature of working here that has exceeded your expectations?

The company’s investment in myself and my development. I’ve had lots of training and mentoring opportunities over the years, and I’ve also recently participated in a yearlong leadership development programme and continue to be given opportunities to develop and progress. We have a high performance culture. We try to play people to their strengths, so people have a passion for the work they do.

What was your department’s latest achievement and how was it celebrated?

Winning a rebid of some of our large programmes is always a major achievement – as it reflects the efforts of the entire team. Our team is spread out across the UK, but when we can, we get together for a meal or a night out. 

What’s your most recent accomplishment at work?

Getting a large programme of site audits up and running in times of Covid!  We worked closely with the client and our team to develop new and safe ways of working. The client has been impressed at how we’ve managed to maintain momentum, despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

What motivates you to go above and beyond at Ricardo?

I think it’s the genuine passion I have for our work and for our clients.  I focus on renewable heat projects and I really feel our work is making a difference. It’s such an exciting sector to be in as we work to support organisations transition to net zero, and the decarbonising of heat.  I also feel valued and rewarded by the company, and my motivation to keep learning and progressing is strong.

If you had to describe Ricardo as an animal, what would it be and why?

This is a really difficult question!!  I would say a chimpanzee – they are known for being one of the most innovative of species, using tools, building shelters and even instruments to communicate.  Innovation is one of our core values at Ricardo, and  we invest in our people and projects to be creative across all our work.

Are you proud to work for Ricardo? Why?

Absolutely!  I have been here almost 11 years now but it’s still a buzz to say I work at Ricardo.  We are recognised as experts on a global basis and recruit the very best staff, and so who wouldn’t be proud to be part of that? I’m also proud to belong to an organisation that is making genuine progress on issues such as the Gender Pay Gap, Diversity, and wellbeing. 

If Ricardo were to have a theme song, what would it be and why?

Revolution – The Beatles.  “You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world’ Whilst at the time the song had a political slant, the lyrics seem particularly relevant to the climate change challenges we face today, and the next revolution to net zero which we are at the forefront of. 

If you were to describe our culture with one word, what would it be and why?

Passion.  It’s a word I use a lot but it really does reflect who we are.  We are passionate about getting the best out of our people, and delivering the best for our clients. 

How have you been able to develop your career since joining Ricardo?

Definitely.  We have a clear career progression plan, and a mentoring system.  Plus the internal and external training opportunities and high performance resources are accessible to all.

Describe a memorable moment from working at Ricardo.

I’ve been lucky to do quite a lot of travelling during my time at Ricardo, but one of my highlights has to be presenting on NDCs on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at a major environmental conference in Singapore, and as a result being invited to a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence. 

What do you find most rewarding about working at Ricardo?

For me it’s the opportunity to lead teams and projects, working with people to help them progress and realise and play to their strengths.  It’s also rewarding to get involved in such a variety of projects.  Plus it’s always rewarding when we get great feedback from clients.

How would you describe working at Ricardo?

It’s exciting and rewarding.  There are lots of opportunities to work across different areas, and every day it’s a pleasure to work with such a talented and diverse group of people. Results are rewarded and valued, and there is genuine support to progress. 

Ricardo’s mission statement is to Create A World Fit For The Future – what does that world look like to you?

A world where there is a sustainable use of resources, our oceans and rivers are clean and free of pollution, and we have decarbonised our energy and transport systems to reach net zero. A world that is fairer to all in terms of access to quality of life and opportunities.