Sweco Bolsters Senior Team With Two New Hires
Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has made two senior hires as the business enhances its commitment to its employees and driving sustainability across the company.
Hayley Bruce, who joins from management consultancy TPD Development, has been appointed as HR director. Based in the company’s Leeds office, she brings 25 years’ experience in delivering organisation-wide people transformation programmes, from employee engagement to cultural change.
Hayley is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and previous roles include 17 years at Lloyds Banking Group, where she was responsible for managing the Group’s union relationships and providing HR and employee relations advice to senior business partners. At Sweco, she will head up a team of nine people and implement a range of new programmes, which will include introducing new employee reward and talent management schemes.
Jo Firth joins from the University of Leeds as health, safety, quality and environment (HSQE) director, bringing 20 years’ experience in delivering sustainability programmes, occupational health, estates and facilities management and compliance. A chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH), Jo has worked across multiple sectors with previous roles at BT, EC Harris, and Bedfordshire Council.
In her new position, Jo will provide HSQE consultancy services to Sweco’s clients, focusing on carbon management and sustainability. She will also manage the consultancy’s environmental impact by identifying opportunities to reduce carbon across its business operations and will be responsible for protecting employee health and safety.
Max Joy, President at Sweco, said: “These new appointments will help us enhance our commitment to sustainability and health and safety, whilst also ensuring that we continue to develop a talented workforce in an environment where each of our employees is given the opportunity to thrive.
“As we broaden our client base, it’s crucial that we continue to attract and retain highly-skilled individuals, diversifying our workforce with a broad range of skills and competencies, whilst also protecting the wellbeing of our staff.
“Our low carbon journey is also a vital part of our ethos. Enhancing sustainability is a core focus of the work we deliver for clients and forms an inherent part of how we operate as a business. We look forward to welcoming Jo and Hayley to the team.”
The new hires follow the recent expansion of Sweco’s transport team, which welcomed Joanna Mole as director of strategic consulting in the Midlands, and David Wildman as technical director in Manchester.
Sweco employs more than 850 people and consults on projects across the UK and Ireland via its network of 14 regional offices. Last year, it was named as a top ten UK civil engineering firm for the first time in the annual NCE100 ranking of the top civil engineering firms, compiled by the official magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The business leapt 40 places, to take sixth position in 2018.