An Introduction to the Geotechnical Team

31 August 2023

When the #GEAwards judges named us Consulting Firm of the Year last month, something they particularly noted was our respect for each other. So what better for our second post for #23forGE2023 than to introduce you to our star team!

Some of the headline stats:

  • We are a team of 11 with experience ranging from 2 to more than 30 years.
  • Five of our team are women, including three in the four senior roles.
  • We have a diverse range of backgrounds and skills with a mix of geologists and engineers.
  • Nearly half of us are chartered with the Geological Society or the Institution of Civil Engineers and three of us are RoGEP.

Leading the team is our Partner Liz Brown, who has almost 35 years’ experience in the industry and is the founder of the geotechnical team at CampbellReith. Liz has been instrumental in growing the team over the past two decades since joining the company in 2000.

Our three Associates Kat Barker, Tom Samson and Emma Pike have combined experience of over three decades and bring complimentary technical skills as well as leadership and managerial qualities to the team.

We have four senior engineers Jaime Brown, Nico Simonini, Rose Ashmore and Phil Wright and two project engineers Maritta Elias and Sam Savery who are based across three of our UK offices. Collectively, they help to deliver complex sustainable geotechnical solutions to our range of clients.

Finally, our engineers representative Soe Moe is currently based on site in Kilnwood Vale but we shortly look forward to welcoming him into the office to become a full time member of our design team!

We embrace the diversity of our team, creating an inclusive and respectful environment where each team member’s unique perspectives, experiences and skills are acknowledged and valued. We have representatives on various committees across the company including sustainability, business development, human resources and quality management to ensure we remain at the forefront of change within the company, whilst also representing the teams’ views. We host weekly short presentations to share knowledge from projects, seminars or private research. We also host an annual team day, the last of which we held roundtable discussions on efficiency, quality and potential business opportunities for 2023.

Our team are also actively involved with the AGS, namely the geotechnical and instrumentation and monitoring work group (for which Kat won the AGS Instrumentation and Monitoring Working Group Award 2022 and a commendation for the Geotechnical Working Group Award 2023) as well as co-founding the underpinning focus group. Our team is also leading the newly created AGS/IStructE working group aimed at working collaboratively with the IStructE to improve their members understanding of geotechnics.

Outside of work the team enjoys a range of sports including dodgeball, football, netball, calisthenics, bike riding, hiking, wild swimming, karate and kayaking to name a few as well as playing music, chess, reading, photography and travelling.