Adrian Williams joined APEM in 2002 and is now a director with overall responsibility for our aquatic science consultancy, laboratories and field surveys.

Dr Adrian Williams has been with APEM for 15 years.

Keith Hendry said: “Adrian’s contributions to the development of the company have been immense. From devising new and novel monitoring strategies for conservation species like spined loach in the East Anglia fenlands, to leading APEM’s fisheries team in assessing the potential impacts of the Severn and Mersey Barrages.”

Adrian Williams commented: “I’m privileged to have worked on such a wide variety of great projects and with some exceptional clients, and of course alongside the dedicated and talented people at APEM who I work with on a daily basis. These are the things that make the job so rewarding and no two days are the same, so perhaps it’s not such a surprise that the last 15 years have flown by.”

Peter Dennis also joined APEM 15 years ago, arriving from Thames Water as a field scientist. Today he is the head of the largest and best equipped team of specialist aquatic field scientists in the UK.

Peter Dennis, head of APEM's field scientists

Peter Dennis, head of APEM’s field scientists

Peter said: “It’s been amazing to see how APEM has developed and diversified over the years.

“I have been lucky enough to work on some fantastic projects with some great people in the last 15 years and with all the travelling I’ve done I reckon I could compile a pretty handy accommodation guide to the UK countryside as well.

“Here’s to the next challenge, which I’m sure will be just around the corner.”

Adrian Williams said of Peter: “Pete is completely passionate about protecting aquatic environments and biodiversity and is a cornerstone of the APEM team, someone on whose expertise, drive and experience we’ve come to rely.

“The field team simply wouldn’t be the same without his leadership and innovation.”

Our head of finance, Rob Fairbanks, also marks 15 years with the company this year, after joining straight from his business degree at Salford University.

Rob Fairbanks (left) and Peter Dennis (right) receive their cards and gifts.

Managing director, Dr Keith Hendry, said: “Rob has been crucial to the success of the firm. No company can function without an efficient and effective finance department and Rob does a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes, ensuring that invoices are raised, bills get paid and cash flows smoothly.”

Rob said: “Fifteen years have completely flown by and I’m proud to be able to say that I’ve seen the company grow from nine staff when I first started to over 130 today.”

While fifteen years in the job is quite a milestone, our longest serving member of staff has been with the company for double that. Indeed, it was our founder and managing director, Dr Keith Hendry, who first began the APEM name from the University of Manchester in 1987.

MD Dr Keith Hendry marks 30 years since he founded APEM

Managing director, Dr Keith Hendry (centre) with directors Dr Stuart Clough (left) and Dr Adrian Williams (right).

Since our early, innovative work on the Manchester Ship Canal and the regeneration of Salford Quays, Keith has been at the helm as the company has grown to include three aircraft, nine boats and over 130 staff including an employee in Germany and an office in Florida, with turnover of almost £9 million in 2016.

Keith Hendry said: “I’d like to congratulate my longstanding colleagues for their considerable contribution to the success of our firm over the years.

“From a personal point of view, in my 30 years at the helm I’ve seen some incredible changes at the firm and have some amazing memories from our achievements.

“But perhaps the most satisfying aspect of it all has been our involvement in the development of so many careers, both within APEM and for those who have moved for pastures new, further afield.

“To all our APEM staff and alumni – thank you for your enthusiasm, dedication and professional commitment – and long may it continue!”

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