Experienced Professionals

Jack Stevens
Jack Stevens Consultant, Due Dilligence and Expert Witness

My role at Ricardo Energy & Environment is as a Consultant in the Due Diligence and Expert Witness business area of the Infrastructure & Utilities – Waste practice. I first joined Ricardo in 2015 as part of a three-month placement for my master’s degree and shortly joined the team full time. It was a natural step to join the graduate/young professionals programme, and I was one of the first to trial the programme at the very first away day. It has been great to see the programme expand and more graduates/young professionals go through a similar experience, even if it does make me feel a little old!

I've been involved in quite a range of different projects since joining. These have been from market due diligence and feedstock assessments for investors looking to source waste for their treatment technology, to environmental permit applications and on site monitoring. The wide range of work has been the most interesting and enjoyable experience, as at an early stage of my career I like to try and explore different things. I work in a well-motivated team that has exciting future growth goals and colleagues who help to challenge me and support my development.

Jonathon Lang
Jonathon Lang Senior Emergency Responder, Chemical Risk

My current role is a Senior Emergency Responder at the National Chemical emergency Centre (NCEC), which is part of the Technology, Tools and Solutions Practice. The role is a senior support position to our core team of emergency responders, which until the beginning of 2018 I was one of, who deal with over 8000 client calls every year. These are related to chemical incidents which range from accidental chemical exposures through to large industrial fires. My role is to use my experience and knowledge from being an ER to provide dedicated leadership and support to our current team. Within my current and previous role, I supported organisations in response to significant incidents and advised emergency services on hazardous materials.

As an ER you are also able to pick up various tasks to use your extensive chemical knowledge and the 4-6 months of chemical emergency response training which each responder gets. For me this has included writing white papers on interesting topics; authoring response guides for our chemical response databases and growing new business areas, such as the work we do with clients around Poison Centres. Now as a senior emergency responder I am getting involved in managing projects and several business development opportunities. Recently a lot of my focus apart from the SER role has been the development of our yearly hazardous materials response conference for emergency services.

The most enjoyable thing about the role I have is the variety and interesting nature of the calls we get on a daily basis. As a responder I may need to be reassuring a dog owner that her beloved pet will be okay, even if they have just eaten an insecticide one minute and then the next I am explaining to a fire fighter how best to deal with a burning chemical tanker involved in a road traffic collision.

As a wider company one of the best things about working at Ricardo Energy and Environment is the available support in career growth, the interesting shared knowledge throughout the company and genuine concern for employee improvement. When I started at Ricardo in 2015 one of the first things I did was join what is now known as the young professionals group. I recognised this as an important group for knowledge sharing across the company of people at a similar stage to me and a great networking forum to learn more about these individuals and their activities in other practices. Cross practice work is encouraged at REE and it is interesting how many projects or clients in one practice can need the services of another. If you are interested in numerous areas of the work the company does there is plenty of chances to support in several areas. I recently ran a webinar on chemical resilience which included discussion around some of the great project work the Water practice are undertaking.

It is nice to be able to reflect on being at a company that offers real prospects of career growth, be that within one practice or moving between them. Personally, I am on a dedicated development plan that is fully supported by senior managers including the Practice Director, to move into a business development role, which is an exciting opportunity for me. I have been supported in this via dedicated coaching and specific training on personal development that has really helped me improve as an employee but also outside of work, which is down to the career support of the Young Professionals group, my team leader and the Practice Director.

Alice Smith
Alice Smith Customer Service Manager, NCEC

Working as a Customer Service Manager within the NCEC has given me the opportunity to work with a great team of people. Working with colleagues across multiple roles means that I can not only ensure that we're delivering great customer service but also understand how we can improve to exceed the expectations of our customers. No two days are the same giving me the chance to both develop and learn key skills encompassing (among others) communication, planning and problem solving.

Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor Customer Service Manager, NCEC

As a Customer Service Manager within the NCEC I am fortunate to be part of fantastic team, with a great support network integral to my development.
The opportunities and training available mean I am always expanding my capabilities and learning new skills, whilst my role allows for regular interactions with colleagues and customers in a professional environment.


Nick Rand
Nick Rand Senior Consultant

My role at Ricardo is Senior Air Quality Consultant, Team Leader and Field Operations Manager.
On a day to day basis I manage a schedule of quality assurance, quality control air quality performance audits and calibrations across England and Wales. 
I engage and lead a team of consultants, working with them to encourage their professional development whilst also ensuring we offer the best experience for our clients.
The most enjoyable part of my role is as Team Leader. Having seen members of my team progress their own careers in recent years has felt rewarding. 
One of the most interesting parts of my career has been travelling overseas for work to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Gibraltar and Italy. Seeing the different monitoring networks, equipment and air pollution levels has been great. 
Ricardo has been a great company to work for. Spanning my 17 years with the company, I have developed from a laboratory and field work Assistant to my current role. I have felt supported throughout my career and I feel lucky to have the colleagues that I do. 

Gena Gibson
Gena Gibson Business Area Manager

I joined as an analyst consultant and have been with Ricardo now for more than 7 years. From the day I joined, I've been given the opportunity to grow and develop through working with passionate colleagues and on impactful projects. It's been a fantastic journey.

Sam Turner
Sam Turner Consultant

Advising the UK’s emergency services can offer unique challenges and has allowed me to develop many highly transferrable skills. Also, the specialist training provided and supportive team environment in NCEC, give me the platform I need to succeed.