Thomson Environmental Consultants plans to increase its headcount by more than a quarter over the coming months, kicking off its latest recruitment drive with the appointment of former AECOM associate director Tessa Harding as its director of water. The announcement follows a notable contract win for the firm, which will see it undertake ecological monitoring surveys at the DP World London Gateway.
According to Thomson, its recruitment plans will see around 40 new staff join the currently 150-strong business, with roles spread across the firm. Harding’s appointment will see her lead a team which delivers a variety of projects ranging from freshwater marine to estuarine ecology. She will also help Thomson develop new clients in the freshwater and marine environments sectors.
Harding said: "My priorities will be to strengthen our existing relationships with water companies and their delivery partners as we approach AMP7 and to build business with clients in other industry sectors. I have a great team of aquatic ecologists here already and we’ll be looking to build on that in order to expand our services."
At the end of February, Thomson was appointed by London Gateway Logistics Park Development to conduct ecological monitoring adjacent to the deep-sea port on the north banks of the Thames Estuary in Essex, c30 miles east of central London. Thomson will monitor a long running mitigation scheme at ecological receptor sites, created as part of the development.
The firm will undertake surveys for reptiles and great crested newts, as well as aquatic habitat monitoring and removal of predatory fish. The results of the monitoring will be used to inform future habitat management and will be reported to Natural England as part of the protect species mitigation license requirements.
Thomson’s work on for London Gateway dates back to 2008, when it carried out many of the initial ecological surveys, created 50 ponds and 70ha of terrestrial habitat, and translocated several thousand animals. At the time, the scheme was the largest ecological mitigation project in Europe.