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.



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.


Alastair Rutter Chief Information Officer

Connecting teams around the world, Alastair drives the development and alignment of technology, data and digital solutions across RPS for our people and our clients. Alastair joined the team in October 2020, and brings 20 years’ technology, digital and business focus experience. He has a strong track record of creating transformational solutions that add value and enhance competitive advantage.

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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.


John Chubb CEO - Consulting UK & Ireland

John has over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of engineering management roles, and for the past 10 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 Finance Director

Judith joined the Board as Group Finance Director on 30 April 2020, previously having held the position of Group Strategy Director. Judith has over 20 years' experience in senior finance and operational roles, including 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.


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.

Ross Thompson, Chief Executive Officer - Australia Asia Pacific

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.


Doug Matthys President and CEO, North America

Educated as an Environmental Scientist, Doug has spent the past two decades in various consulting, management and executive leadership roles with professional service firms. He has been with RPS since 2007 and has held a range of positions, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for North America.