Thursday, 25th June 2015

Temple Group – structuring for growth

Press release 25th June 2015

Leading independent environment, planning and sustainability consultancy Temple Group makes changes to achieve its 2020 vision

  • CEO position established for Temple Group and new MD and BD & Marketing Director appointments made for Temple, with The Ecology Consultancy (TEC) to recruit a new MD later this year
  • Consultancy to remain independent while continuing to grow
  • Infrastructure remains a core sector of expertise while plans in place for growth in related areas of property and energy sectors

Temple Group, a leading consultancy in the fields of environment, planning and sustainability, has announced that it is evolving its management structure to enhance its continued growth and development. Founder, Mark Southwood, moves to a newly created role of CEO at Group level, while Director Chris Fry takes on the role of Managing Director at Temple. In addition, a new Business Development and Marketing Director (Rob Whittle) was appointed to Temple in April this year and a new Managing Director will be appointed to Temple’s sister company, The Ecology Consultancy (TEC), later this year.

As well as meeting continued demand for its services in the field of infrastructure, Temple is also looking to grow its presence in the development sector, and over time significantly increase its energy sector and high end strategic advisory work. With infrastructure and urban regeneration providing a critical role in shaping the UK’s further growth and in meeting future population demands, given its expertise and specialist knowledge, the business is ideally placed  to continue to make an important and significant contribution in this area whilst bringing a fresh, holistic and integrated perspective.

Mark Southwood will continue his executive role on a number of high profile infrastructure projects, whilst helping build important strategic alliances and partnerships. He will also develop Temple’s Academy to ensure a continued focus on research and development, and knowledge sharing. In addition, Mark will drive industry-wide initiatives through his role as a director of CEEQUAL, the international evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping works as well as SECBE, the South East Centre for the Built Environment.

“This is an important time for Temple,” says Mark. “We’ve reached a further milestone in our history, now close to 20 years, and to meet our ambitious 2020 vision we need to continue to evolve. These changes are essential in order for us to meet  our goals and to help industry and clients  meet their future challenges, of which there are many. We will remain an independent and UK headquartered business and this is important as the country gears up for a raft of new public and private projects coming on stream. We will, however, also seek opportunities internationally in the medium to long term.”

Chris Fry adds: “My primary role as the new Managing Director is to drive the company’s 2020 Strategy and Plan. I want to ensure that the business remains both agile and responsive to the needs of our customers while broadening our offering to areas linked to our sector expertise.

“With infrastructure comes transformation through the opportunity for socio-economic regeneration and therefore a reason to apply our experience and skills in a wider but complementary base of new projects. It’s a really exciting time for both the management team and for Temple to be the best in class.”

As well as providing significant environment and planning support on High Speed Two (phases 1 and 2) for HS2L and earlier work on behalf of the DfT, Temple is also working on Crossrail 2 as part of MTEW and the award-winning London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP) and other TFL projects. Temple is also leading an EIA for Barking Riverside, a brand new neighbourhood being created alongside 2km of Thames river frontage. TEC are currently engaged in over 600 live projects, outside HS2 particularly noteworthy are DP World Thames Gateway, Bovis Homes, M25 junction improvements, Costain Kent MFF and Wey & Arun Canal (a joint assignment with Temple).

The Group (Temple and TEC) currently has 135 employees and has access to over 100 senior associates across the UK through its Associate Network established in 1997. This unusual business model means that Temple can ensure that every project benefits from a highly experienced, bespoke team tailored to the needs of the job. It operates from six offices throughout the UK, and is headquartered in London.


Notes to editors:

Temple Group Limited (Temple) is a leading environment, planning and sustainability consultancy in the UK.  Temple’s experienced professionals  deliver specialist advice to infrastructure and development clients on the most challenging and complex projects to the very niche. Established in 1997, Temple has grown rapidly in recent years and now has over 65 staff and access to over 100 senior Associates. The Group (Temple and The Ecology Consultancy) is now one of the UK’s 25 largest environmental consultancies.

The Ecology Consultancy, Temple’s sister company, is a specialist consultancy, established in 1999, offering client focussed services built on decades of experience coupled with solid expertise offered by a team of 70+ ecologists from offices in London, Norfolk, Sussex and Scotland. The Ecology Consultancy provides expert survey, assessment, habitat creation  and advisory services on ecology together with  green infrastructure.