There has been lots of activity happening in APEM’s Field team as we transition out of lockdown. Not only is our exciting Cash for Trash project back but our team is growing and increasing capacity across the UK and Ireland.

Southern hub

Amidst the beginning of lockdown last year, we opened a new office in Southampton. It was, perhaps, not the best timing, but as lockdown restrictions were made and cleaning and working practices developed and eased, the team have been able to support clients based across the entire south coast.

This office joins APEM’s seven UK offices in Manchester, Oxford, Edinburgh, Chester, Bridgend, Cambridge, and Letchworth. A team in Ireland has also joined the ranks, with an office opening in Cork last September. Expanding to both Southampton and Ireland was an important step for APEM in our mission to expand and diversify our environmental services across the UK and beyond.

Southampton provides many benefits. For example, APEM works closely with Southern Water on a range of services. Opening an office in Southampton gave APEM a base within their operational area. This meant recruiting a new Field team to cover the south of England from a wider pool of candidates from the area.

Since opening the team have conducted numerous projects in the south region such as fish rescues and relocations, water quality monitoring, flow monitoring, silt curtain installations, pollution walkovers and invasive species monitoring.

Stuart Clough, Director at APEM Ltd, says,

Acquiring a new office in Southampton to cover the south of England was a key step towards achieving our goal to expand our capacity and services. It enables us to better work with Southern Water, one of our key clients whom we have a close working relationship.”

Promoting our established talent

Katrina Gillett, who joined us in 2020, is a key member of our Field team and is based out of the Southampton hub. About her role Katrina says,

I have a love for the environment, being outdoors and getting my hands dirty. That and having a background in marine and freshwater environments is why I looked at environmental consultancy companies as a great place to find work. You learn and utilise a lot of skills and put them to use in such a variety of environments. It’s a very hands-on job, so great for getting stuck in! No day, week or job is ever the same!

Recently Katrina was promoted to Senior Field Scientist in recognition of her contribution to APEM’s offering along the south coast.

Meet the newest member of the Field team

We have also welcomed Nick Sloan to the team. Nick’s role with APEM is Field Scientist, and he will also be working out of the Southampton office. Nick’s role will involve undertaking fieldwork for a variety of projects spanning fish rescues to pollution walkovers and invertebrate sampling.

Nick first got into aquatic science through a fishing club where he was a member for many years. This inspired him to follow this path into university, obtaining his master’s degree in 2018 from Queen Mary, University of London in Freshwater and Marine Ecology.

Nick says about his job, “The most enjoyable part of my role is that every day is different, and every project is different. The challenges that arise with this bring me a lot of enjoyment when working for APEM.

I look forward to learning more about the aquatic sciences and working with colleagues across APEM. In addition, I look forward to taking on more responsibilities as my role develops so that I learn more of the business.

Welcome aboard Nick!

Find out more about APEM’s Field services here.