Built environment consultant HDR makes five key Glasgow hires

Built environment consultant HDR makes five key Glasgow hires

International engineering consultancy for the built environment HDR has made five strategic new hires at its office in Glasgow.

Representing a significant 20% growth of the team, the appointments were made to accommodate new and recurring client work and support HDR’s two largest service lines in the region, sustainability and power.

John Paterson takes the role of associate on the power team while Alison Campbell, Ben Boucher-Myers and Kerry Cheek join as senior consultants on the sustainability team, which also welcomes Hannah Lawson as graduate consultant.

Neil Hadden, director & office principal at HDR Glasgow, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our five new team members, each of whom brings unique skills, passion and in-depth knowledge that complement our strong focus on sustainability and net zero.

“These key appointments bolster our biggest service offerings, sustainability and power, two teams that share a fantastic synergy, given the Scottish government’s net zero agenda and objectives, including moving to renewable heating sources. Our expertise lies in helping clients solve challenges to transition to a greener future, and we have an ambition to build upon this success and continue expanding the Glasgow office into next year and beyond.”

John has 35 years’ industry expertise and, as a Chartered Electrical Engineer and European Engineer, has held significant roles in large-scale investment and improvement projects throughout his impressive career, including for major UK infrastructure and renewable power clients. Previous tenures include SSEN Transmission, the network responsible for electricity transmission in the north of Scotland, and the Ministry of Defence as technical authority.

Alison brings eight years’ engineering and project management experience, with stints at leading Scottish distillery firm William Grant & Sons and most recently at Glasgow-based energy engineering company Synergie Environ as energy and projects engineer. Whilst at her former firm, she worked on many carbon management and reduction plans and ESOS assessments across multiple sectors.

Ben, with six years in environmental advisory and delivery, excels in policy development, stakeholder engagement, and regulatory compliance. His recent role at government regulator Ofgem involved managing policy development projects and, prior to that, he was environmental adviser at James Donaldson and Sons. Ben is also a trustee board member for South Seeds, an energy charity that focuses on climate change initiatives, energy efficiency, and community wellbeing.

Kerry has gained a unique combination of environmental, financial, and marketing experience over the past six years. Committed to sustainability in business, she joins from energy policy specialist Hutcheson Associates where, as policy and strategy manager, she analysed environmental policy in Scotland and UK-wide to identify risks and opportunities for clients.

Hannah recently embarked on her career in sustainable development, having completed an MSc in Sustainability Transitions at the University of Aberdeen. Her studies have provided a strong foundation and understanding of sustainability practices, covering everything from aquaculture, energy transition and contemporary environmental challenges, to rural and environmental policy and law, and the governance and political economy of sustainability.

HDR’s Glasgow team undertakes an array of services, from energy auditing, ESG and net zero strategies to power delivery. Notable projects include leading on an innovative energy strategy and hydrogen fuel cell installation to provide low-carbon energy for the landmark P&J Live Aberdeen Energy Centre and helping ensure a greener future for Scotland’s public transport with the delivery of a depot housing the world’s first hydrogen-powered, zero emission double decker buses.

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