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About Us


Stopford is an international energy and environment consultancy providing innovative multidisciplinary solutions to a global market from our North West base. For over 30 years we have been serving the requirements of a multi-national client base from our team of industry leading experts.

As leaders in the energy and environment sector, we have developed complimentary consulting and engineering capabilities comprising innovation, multi-disciplined consultancy, engineered solutions, and education and up-skilling. We provide bespoke services to our clients throughout the lifecycle of projects from our sites in Ellesmere Port and Lancaster University. Key to our success is our alignment with leading academic institutions around the world. We are an Associate Company of the Lancaster Environment Centre, at Lancaster University, providing our staff access to the world class research and development facilities on the campus. These affiliations enable our staff to leverage the best and most up-to-date technologies and know-how to deliver our projects.

With activities across Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia Pacific, Stopford is one of the fastest growing energy and environmental consultancies in the UK.

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History


Stopford’s origin’s date back to 1982, from a small family based business operated above a Chinese takeaway in Stockport from where our company takes its name. It is a little known fact that Stopford was the historic name given to Stockport and its Stopfordian population! The company was originally established as an engineering design house to support the requirements of ICI group companies. So up until the early noughties, wherever there was an ICI site you would find a Stopford office nearby. Since the demise of ICI, Stopford has been under the guidance of Stopford’s Managing Director Prith Rajendran, who joined the group in 1996. Stopford has significantly diversified its capabilities and portfolio to reflect the international energy and environment consultancy that you see today.

In 2008 saw Stopford set-up its Innovation and Environment Group, based at Lancaster University’s Environment Centre, to expand the front-end activity of the business and in 2013 Stopford secured £1million from The North West Fund to help drive forward its global expansion plans.

Meet Stopford


At Stopford, our strength is in our history and employees. We have a broad range of experiences, qualifications and interests.

Jack Rhone

Information Systems Manager

When did you join Stopford?
August 2008

What is your area of work/expertise?
Network Administration, Software Deployment and 2nd Line Support.

What is your passion outside of work?
Football, Films and Gadgets.

Kevin Meinert

Principal Electrical, Control & Instrument Design Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
December 2014

What is your area of work/expertise?
Electrical and Automation roles related to Pulp and Paper, Nuclear, Tunneling, Materials Processing, Building Services, Chemical and Petrochem plants. Specialising in design, installation and commissioning.

What is your passion outside of work?
Cycling in all its forms, live Music of most types and spending time with my Grandson.

Lois Hurst

Senior Research Consultant

When did you join Stopford?
June 2008

What is your area of work/expertise?
Environmental technologies research, waste treatment technologies, and waste characterisation, with an emphasis on problem wastes; environmental regulation;

What is your passion outside of work?
Mountain biking and tailoring.

Martin Sloman

Civil and Structural Department Manager

When did you join Stopford?
August 2008

What is your area of work/expertise?
Steelwork and reinforced concrete design. Structural investigation and reporting. Railway engineering and design.

What is your passion outside of work?
I cycle mainly to keep fit and do a fair amount of photography. I am a director of 20 Miles More, a campaign group to bring the HS2 high speed rail link to Liverpool.

Dr. Ben Herbert

Director of Research & Environment

When did you join Stopford?
April 2008

What is your area of work/expertise?
Innovation and Green Technology Development; Innovation Funding; Energy from Biomass & Waste; Renewable Energy Feasibility; Technical Due Diligence; Environmental Consulting; Education & Training

What is your passion outside of work?
Cars, Formula 1, Family and Allotmenterring – but in no particular order!

Chris Butler

Project Manager & CDM Co-ordinator

When did you join Stopford?
July 2006

What is your area of work/expertise?
Project management - process plant. CDM regulations.

What is your passion outside of work?
Watching rugby - supporting Wales and Llanelli Scarlets, reading, keeping fit

Dr. Michael Wilkinson

Principal Environmental Consultant

When did you join Stopford?
August 2011

What is your area of work/expertise?
Environmental consultancy services for energy recovery facilities and industry with emphasis on planning and permitting; writing tenders and applications; project management and supporting engineering projects.

What is your passion outside of work?
Fell walking, listening to music and reading historical fiction.

Les Whitbread

Electrical Control & Instrumentation Manager and Project Manager

When did you join Stopford?
2008

What is your area of work/expertise?
Project Management, Power and Control, Team Management, Functional Safety. De-commissioning, Quality Assurance

What is your passion outside of work?
Grandchildren, Sport, Photography and fresh air

Heather Guanaria

Executive PA & Business Development Manager

When did you join Stopford?
March 2013

What is your area of work/expertise?
Accounting, client relationship management

What is your passion outside of work?
Fitness, (Spinning, Body Pump, Pilates, Tennis), Fast Cars, Family, Reading.

Deb Pal

Operations Director

When did you join Stopford?
August 1999

What is your area of work/expertise?
Pressure Relief, LOPA, DSEAR and HAZOP and other areas of Process Safety.

What is your passion outside of work?
Helping my son with his homework!  Playing cricket and football with him.  Listening to old vinyl records, and drinking red wine

Graham Nimbley

Project Manager

When did you join Stopford?
May 2014

What is your area of work/expertise?
Design engineering; cradle to grave project management; bespoke design; delivering at pace. Technology transfer specialist for manufacturing facilities.

What is your passion outside of work?
Dancing salsa and the Argentine tango, socialising and music

Emma Booth

Senior Environmental Consultant

When did you join Stopford?
October 2016

What is your area of work/expertise?
Environmental Regulation & Permitting, Air Quality Review & Assessment, Environmental Management Systems and Environmental Auditing

What is your passion outside of work?
Playing with my children, cycling and slow

Neil Thompson

Senior Process Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
February 2009

What is your area of work/expertise?
Process Safety; Process Design; Process Troubleshooting; Process Commissioning/decommissioning

What is your passion outside of work?
Family

Rafael Hernandez

Civil & Structural Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
February 2016

What is your area of work/expertise?
Developing effective solutions for integral structural projects; buildings; bridges; metro stations; technical structural inspections; client technical support; SAP80 to SAP2000, and S Frame finite elements analysis and design; Tedds; Autotrack calculations; AutoCAD 3D and 2D modelling

What is your passion outside of work?
Admiring the UK's wonderful views, walking through forest

John Valavanis

Health , Safety & QA Manager

When did you join Stopford?
July 2008

What is your area of work/expertise?
Occupational, Fire, Process and Construction Health & Safety; Construction Legislation; Health & Safety Law; Mechanical engineering & equipment maintenance; Formulation of Safety Policy; Delivery & Design of training packages; Noise exposure assessments; Hazard studies; Quality management & assurance

What is your passion outside of work?
Good food & wine; Motorcycling (but only during fair weather!); Crown green (outdoor) bowling

Daniel Leighton-Davies

Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Design Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
November 2016

What is your area of work/expertise?
Checking and authoring project deliverables, Technical lead role on several work packages, ATEX assessments, SIL, HAZOP, HAZCON, Internal design reviews, Single discipline design review, Risk assessments, ROM cost estimates, Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) and Site Acceptance Tests (SAT) on instrumentation

What is your passion outside of work?
Ten-pin bowling, football, running and gym

Prith Rajendran

Managing Director

When did you join Stopford?
1996

What is your area of work/expertise?
19 Years working in the Chemical Industry. Prior to joining Stopford I ran my own environmental consultancy business. The formative years of my career at ICI, AH Marks, Solrec & Toxide.

What is your passion outside of work?
Cars, F1, Hiking, Military studies . reading and Family

Nathan Heaps-Page

CAD Technician

When did you join Stopford?
February 2012

What is your area of work/expertise?
Draughting of technical drawings for various disciplines; 3D modelling; Maintaining up-to-date drawing registers; Providing CAD Support to all CAD users; Production of drawing packs ready for issue.

What is your passion outside of work?
Music, drumming, films, gaming (casual), cars, history.

Chris Walton

Operations Manager

When did you join Stopford?
January 2015

What is your area of work/expertise?
I trained as a nuclear engineer in the Royal Navy Submarine Service. Primarily I have been a manager within a variety of engineering environments, at sea, within a training establishment and in Nuclear Safety regulation. I have also trained teams in Crisis Management techniques within the Oil, nuclear and utility industries.

What is your passion outside of work?
I am a keen skier and sailor with two attention seeking energetic dogs who appreciate long walks. I love to travel and experience new cultures, enjoy live entertainment and am not a bad cooking either, so I've been told.

Steve Waller

Consultant Process Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
November 2000 (part time from 1996)

What is your area of work/expertise?
Front end process engineering; Project management; Chemical make-up and dosing; Hazard studies; Flowsheet development; General chemical manufacturing operations; Regulatory affairs; QC/QA; Gasification R&D.

What is your passion outside of work?
Family, rugby league, wine.

Karmele Sagarzazu-Achurra

Senior Process Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
June 2015

What is your area of work/expertise?
Design of Process Plant Equipment

What is your passion outside of work?
Cooking, CrossFit, spending time with family and friends & proudly supporting Manchester City!

Gulim Kasper

Piping Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
September 2016

What is your area of work/expertise?
Engineering, construction, AutoCAD plant 3D modelling, pipeline design

What is your passion outside of work?
Sport, travel, cooking

Claire O’Hara

Admin & HR Support Officer

When did you join Stopford?
October 2013

What is your area of work/expertise?
Administration services, HR support

What is your passion outside of work?
Hockey, gym, Liverpool FC and socialising with friends

Chris Betteridge

Planner

When did you join Stopford?
February 2012

What is your area of work/expertise?
Technical delivery; Environmental consulting; Environmental impact assessments; Project planning and reporting for air quality assessments and biomass torrefaction, Environmental Regulation; Experimental labwork for contaminated land and water remediation.

What is your passion outside of work?
Korfball, Football, Squash, Hiking, Formula 1

Bryony Robertson

Business Development Assistant

When did you join Stopford?
May 2016

What is your area of work/expertise?
Marketing, IP projects coordination & research, Project documentation, Social media, CRM development and update, Events, Graphics

What is your passion outside of work?
Travel, Salsa dance, Skiing, Photography

Cheryl Jones

Document Controller

When did you join Stopford?
2016

What is your area of work/expertise?
Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS) and Design & delivery of bespoke learning interventions

What is your passion outside of work?
My family and friends

Daniel Brady

Project Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
July 2014

What is your area of work/expertise?
Project Management; Waste-to-energy research and development projects; EC&I modification projects; Specialist procurement; Site surveys.

What is your passion outside of work?
Cycling, cooking, Lego

Maurice Worthington

Senior Mechanical Engineer

When did you join Stopford?
August 2001

What is your area of work/expertise?
Specifications for Pressure Systems; Review of ATEX requirements for non-electrical (mechanical) equipment under DSEAR; Preparing mechanical pipework, valve & equipment specifications; HVAC  applications; Pharmaceutical Engineering & Validation.

What is your passion outside of work?
Travel, Photography, Video.

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