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ERM appoints new Managing Partner for the UK and Ireland

17 November 2008

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) the world’s leading environmental consultancy, today announced that Keryn James has been appointed the new Managing Partner for the UK & Ireland. Keryn James takes over from Steve Laking, who was recently appointed ERM’s Regional CEO for Asia Pacific.

Keryn’s appointment coincides with the credit crunch in the UK and she commented on its effect on ERM’s business in the UK: “While the current economic climate is challenging, ERM is an extremely well networked company and this will help us to maximise client relationships and balance staffing levels. ERM offices work collaboratively and we are in a strong position to move resources and skill sets around the globe as we need them – for the benefit of our clients. The immediate priorities were to stay close to clients in order to help them steer a course through the downturn; to continue investing in ERM staff and to carefully manage costs so that ERM was well positioned to respond to changing market conditions.”

She added: “Sustainable development and particularly the integration of social performance, is now strongly embedded in clients’ way of working and we are working with them to provide practical and innovative solutions in this area. There is also a continued focus on issues like climate change, energy and the supply chain, all areas where we are working closely with our clients. The big challenge for ERM is to make sure we understand the changing needs of our clients and respond to them – wherever they are operating.”

Keryn has worked in the field of environmental and social impact assessment for nearly 20 years, managing high profile projects in Australia, South-East Asia, Europe and Africa. Before coming to the UK she worked for ERM in Australia, running numerous private and public sector projects in China, Indonesia and throughout the Far East. Her most recent role has been as Principal Partner for ERM’s Development Business in the UK.

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