Friday, 14th July 2017

Change at Temple

Press release – 14th July 2017

After a period of six years of helping to significantly grow and strengthen the business, Chris Fry has decided to leave Temple in September. Chris is planning to take up a new role in the UK’s fast-growing infrastructure and cities sector later in the year.

Chris spearheaded Temple’s Operations & People and then its Marketing & Business Development activities. He became Managing Director in 2015 and led the Board in establishing Temple’s 2020 strategy, the implementation of this strategy has seen successful diversification into the property sector, the opening of an office in Manchester and the securing of new major infrastructure advisory and delivery contracts.

Chris commented that “It has been a great privilege to work with and play a part in developing such a talented, innovative and resourceful team at Temple. And also really rewarding to have collaborated closely with clients and other professionals to help to shape a number of new major infrastructure and regeneration investment projects.”

Commenting on Chris’s departure, Group CEO and Chair Mark Southwood said “Chris has made some significant contributions to the growth of Temple over the years and has been central to much of our thought leadership in recent years. He will, I am sure, remain a prominent player in our industry, be a great ambassador for Temple and we wish him every success with this next stage of his career.”

Existing Temple Board Members Mark Skelton and Andrew Bryant will take on the joint leadership of the business. Mark Southwood (Temple’s founder) will remain the Chairman of the Temple Board. Paul Greenwood, our Commercial Finance Director, will also remain on the Temple Board, although in a non-executive role as a result of his recent move to join Temple’s holding company.  A new, management structure is being introduced to streamline the decision-making processes of the business and facilitate greater contribution from Temple employees.

Commenting on these changes, the Temple Board said “We are operating in a highly competitive and dynamic business environment and we are confident that these changes will enable the closer alignment of the innovative and enterprising thinking of our talented team with that of our clients and enable us to realise the goals of our 2020 Strategy.”

“In keeping with our Strategy, we will continue to invest in development of our services to the infrastructure and property/regeneration sectors as well as growing our operation in the north of England. We are also exploring further acquisitions as part of this growth agenda. We are progressing a number of key propositions, including the applications of digital technology in the context of existing services and are considering a number of emerging sectors.”

Notes to editors – 

Temple is one of the UK’s leading independent infrastructure and property consultancies, specialising in environment, planning and sustainability. We have a proven track record in both undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and reviewing Environmental Statements (ES). We provide a range of specialist acoustics and air quality services; these cover all stages of the project life cycle, from initial desktop studies to expert witness support at a public inquiry. Our services are being deployed on high profile schemes such as Crossrail, HS2, Barking Riverside regeneration and on numerous smaller projects. To find out more about Temple, see

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