Our leaders

Making complex easy for our clients and our people is what we do. Solving problems that matter confidently and pragmatically and using our deep expertise and global perspective to connect our people and clients. We are united in the belief that we are stronger together. Underlying everything we do is a winning mindset focused on absolute delivery for our people, clients and communities.

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John Douglas Chief Executive

John is UK based and was appointed RPS Chief Executive in 2017. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Coffey International Limited, a global consultancy listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, for five years. John spent 15 years with a large Australian industrial, Boral Ltd where he was Managing Director of the largest Division. He has held consulting roles with Boston Consulting Group and with other engineering companies. John has a Civil Engineering degree from Adelaide University, an MBA from London Business School and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. John’s vision and drive is instrumental in taking RPS from being a conglomerate of small consulting and service businesses, to a truly global firm that delivers professional services around the world.

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Gary Young Group Finance Director

Gary Young is a long-standing Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ professional experience and is a former Finance Director with several major firms including Rutland Trust plc and AT&T Capital. He has delivered a consistent dedicated commitment to the successful running of RPS’ higher-level finances since 2000.

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Chantalle Meijer Group Marketing Director

Chantalle brings over 17 years’ industry specific experience in developing and commercialising strategic marketing initiatives for global, listed firms to RPS. She is currently leading several innovative market positioning strategies and digital transformation projects for the Group.

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Halvard Kilde CEO - Norway

Halvard leads RPS’ business in Norway bringing 20 years’ senior leadership experience. He led on the strategic integration of our business in the region to being the only full service and solution provider with project management in Norway. An efficient and proactive leader, Halvard’s focus is on underpinning RPS’ unrivalled reputation for exemplary complementary project management in Norway and overseas.

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John Chubb CEO - Consulting UK & Ireland

John has over 25 years’ experience in a broad range of engineering management roles, and for the past eight years has held leadership positions, including with Grontmij UK and Sweco Denmark also serving on their Executive Committees, whilst concurrently holding roles of Executive Chairman for Grontmij Sweden, and Grontmij UK. Chartered Engineer John is a former Royal Naval Commander and has further senior leadership experience in the nuclear, ICT, waste and energy sectors.

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John Tompson Chief Executive Officer - Energy

Leading a diverse team of energy professionals working around the globe, John is a passionate and pragmatic business leader. At the forefront of our efforts to drive smart, safe and sustainable energy development, John works with his team to craft future-proof solutions for our energy clients – both onshore and offshore.

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Judith Cottrell Group Strategy Director

Judith has over 20 years' experience in senior finance and operational roles, latterly as acting CEO for RPS' Consulting UK & Ireland segment. Judith started her career qualifying as an accountant with KPMG before joining AEA, who were focused on Government work and providing environmental consultancy services. She then went on to hold senior finance and operational roles in Ricardo, a global strategic engineering and environmental consultancy that specialises in the transport, energy and scarce resources sectors, before joining RPS as CFO for Europe.

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Kelly Olsen Chief Information Officer

Kelly has over 30 years’ experience in business operations and technology most recently serving as a Non-Executive Director at SMS plc where she chaired a newly created Information Technology Committee of the Board, with a remit to review and provide strategic guidance on the development of the Company's technology programmes. Before this, she was Chief Information Officer, Head of Corporate Programmes and Director at NHS Property Services Ltd. Kelly brings extensive expertise in delivering business transformation and operational excellence.

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Liza Kane Group People Director

Liza is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources management with a proven track record operating across complex global businesses. She has multi sector experience having worked in biotechnology, healthcare, professional services and retail. She is an internationally experienced HR Director with specific expertise in leadership development, organisational change and reward management. Liza is an NLP and PPA practitioner and has operated as a business coach to a number of senior leaders over the years.

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Paul Aitken CEO - Services UK & Netherlands

Paul is a chartered engineer with 30 years’ experience in the utilities and environment sector in the UK and overseas. He is CEO of our Services UK and NL segment which consists of approximately 1,800 staff across our Water, Laboratories, Health and Hygiene businesses in the UK and our Property, Planning, Infrastructure and Laboratories businesses in the Netherlands. He is based in Edinburgh.

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Peter Fearn President and CEO - North America

Peter joined RPS in 2004 when his company was acquired by RPS. A geologist by profession, Peter spent 20 years working on a diverse range of technical projects in upstream oil and gas before moving into executive management. He has led the accelerated growth of the North America business since its establishment in 2004 and is now progressing the strategy for further expansion of our sectors and services in the region.

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Ross Thompson CEO - Australia Asia Pacific

Ross works with the leaders of our operational teams to drive business efficiency, growth and success. After a career in the British military, Ross joined the corporate world in 2005 driving the development of leading professional services brands in Australia, the UK, Middle East and Asia Pacific. A proven expert in high growth business-to-business consultancy development, Ross joined RPS in 2017 following long-term appointments at ASX 200-listed engineering and environmental services firm, Cardno.