In 2020, Cognition teamed up with Climate Care to offset our total annual emissions and becoming Carbon Neutral for the first time. In the same year, the company committed to stay proactive, adopting and developing more sustainable remediation methodologies, selection of materials and energy sources we use, reducing the need for offset element of our emissions. Our long-term goal is to continue improving efficiency and minimise emissions from our routine site and office operations across the board.
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Our Team

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Our highly experienced Management team come from a variety of relevant industry backgrounds and have in many cases achieved impressive career progression at Cognition Land and Water. Working as a cohesive team, they have a wealth of experience in providing innovative, tailor made, ground-breaking solutions.

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Richard Hosking

Managing Director

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Richard Hosking

Managing Director

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Richard set up Cognition Land and Water in 2005 having worked as a Civil Engineer for AMEC and Nuttalls on major projects such as the Millenium Dome. With more than 30 years in the industry he has gained a wealth of experience in engineering and remediation. With established relationships with Main Contractors, Developers, Consultants and Government Organisations, Richard has shaped and developed the company to meet the ever-changing demands of our clients. 

'We offer our clients a one-stop-shop, providing a wide range of services, from Remediation, Earthworks, Groundworks through to Construction. We have the necessary skills to problem solve and offer innovative solutions to save time and money'.

 

Jon Goddard

Senior Operations Director

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Jon Goddard

Senior Operations Director

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Jon has more than 30 years experience working in a range of environmental fields including Contaminated Land Investigation, Remediation and Environmental Monitoring as a Regulator, Consultant and Contractor. As Technical Manager with the Environmental Agency, Jon managed one of the largest environmental projects in the UK, The Thames Tideway Tunnels Project, from concept design to government approval. Jon has also developed and managed an international project on Passive Chemical Monitoring with partners in Europe, US and Australia.

As the Operations Director for Cognition Land and Water, Jon specialises in Contaminated Land Remediation, where he has developed remediation strategies and managed numerous projects for housing developers, local authorities and industries, including the nuclear industry. 

 

Charlie Jarvis

Operations Director

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Charlie Jarvis

Operations Director

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Throughout over 12 years of Remediation experience, Charlie has performed many key roles in several of Cognition's high-profile projects. Involved in the planning and delivery of remediation projects, Charlie is responsible for liaising with local authorities and regulatory bodies to agree mobile treatment licenses and producing waste management plans conforming to the CL:AIRE code of practice, and remediation strategy documentation required for works to commence. Charlie appraises and develops schedules of quality assurance testing required for remediation projects to ensure that works conducted on site meet the designed specifications. 

 

Rob Fox

Operations Director

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Rob Fox

Operations Director

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Rob has worked in the fields of Construction, Demolition, and Land Remediation for over 12 years. He has experience in both Foundation and Drainage Design and has managed small build projects from design phase through to completion. As a trained Geologist, Rob is involved in delivering site investigations and contaminated land investigations. He was originally employed as a Senior Site Chemist and has, throughout his time with Cognition, moved up to manage a number of remediation projects as a Project Manager, having gained experience in a wide range of remediation techniques including Stabilisation, Oxidation, Bioremediation, and Groundwater Treatment. In 2019, Rob became a Director of Cognition.

Andy O'Dea

Technical Director

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Andy O'Dea

Technical Director

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Andy O’Dea has 27 years’ experience in Geoenvironmental & Geotechnical Engineering on sustainable land development and infrastructure projects across the UK and internationally with major consultancies. He has managed and delivered many specialist geoenvironmental and geotechnical projects and large and complicated multidisciplinary land development projects. Andy has extensive experience of Contamination Risk Assessment, Waste Management, Ground Gas Risk Assessment, Sustainability Assessment, Earthworks Specification, Geotechnical Design and EIA. 

Andy has held several director roles in the past and, as Technical Director at Cognition, he oversees the technical department. He also assists with project direction, client care, business development and supporting the professional development of the team.

Tom Brankley

Major Projects Director

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Tom Brankley

Major Projects Director

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Tom brings over 30 years of experience and has completed major Remediation, Road Construction and Civil Engineering worth in excess of £500 million. Tom has previously worked for main contractors on Argent Kings Cross, the Channel Tunnel and the Greenwich Peninsula projects and has grown three successful businesses from scratch. He has a wealth of knowledge across the industry, including taking projects from the planning stages through to construction phase. He is also a team player who has a reputation for consistently delivering the highest possible standards for all projects on which he has been involved. He has never left a project until it has been completed and is well known for his enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism.

Terry Johnston

Production Director

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Terry Johnston

Production Director

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Working within the construction industry for over 40 years, Terry has gained a wealth of experience working on many high-profile jobs such as the Kings Cross Regeneration Project, the remediation works at Shell Haven Oil Refinery, the Harwell LETP, the Millennium Dome, and the Channel Tunnel.

Prior to joining Cognition, Terry spent 7 years as a Director/Contracts Manager for a specialist civil engineering and remediation company.  Terry has vast experience in the day-to-day management of resources on large-scale construction and remediation projects, ensuring projects are completed on time and to budget.

Suzi Hosking

Head of Recruitment & HR

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Suzi Hosking

Head of Recruitment & HR

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Suzi has considerable experience in Recruitment. Having gained a Degree in Business and HR she worked her way up to Director of a highly regarded Professional Recruitment  Consultancy. Her role is to advise and implement Recruitment and HR strategy as well as leading key projects with the Senior Management Team. 

Carl Sharman

Civil Engineering Director

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Carl Sharman

Civil Engineering Director

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With nearly 25 years of experience in Civil Engineering and Housing Development, of which the last 13 years have been building and leading successful teams for operating divisions of both FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 Developers, Carl has intrinsically been involved in Land Regeneration ranging from small infill Brown Field sites through to major housing schemes across the South East and within London. 

The positions over this period have required him to be at the forefront of all aspects in running a Division of a major Housing Developer. A number of roles has meant Carl has been responsible for cost plans of complicated developments in and around London. He has gained extensive knowledge of value engineering and commercial aspects of the industry. This has all helped in harnessing his appreciation of the importance in cost control, the opportunities of maximising value and managing both risks and opportunities. 

Aaron Smith

Head of Estimating

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Aaron Smith

Head of Estimating

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Aaron has worked in the fields of construction, demolition, and land remediation for over 9 years and been commercial responsible for a large number of multi million pound contracts up to £80m. Starting off as an estimator he has played a vital role in contract awards and very much enjoys tendering and the challenges that arise pre-contract. Involved in all aspects of commercial from tendering, procurement, planning, managing large subcontractor packages and project forecasting Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge and diversity to the company. Aaron is responsible for several project’s commercially across the company and overseeing the tendering department. His non-adversarial approach is respected by clients and subcontractors, and he will be involved in your project from pre-construction through to final account.

Ryan Evans

Finance Director

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Ryan Evans

Finance Director

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Ryan is a finance professional with over 15 years experience in financial services and accounting. Since training as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterHouse Coopers, Ryan has worked with a number of SME’s both in the UK and globally. With a focus and passion for driving controlled growth in SME’s, his role is to work on strategic initiatives whilst driving efficiencies in core systems,  back office processes and financial reporting.

Tomaz Vernik

Environmental and Sustainability Manager

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Tomaz Vernik

Environmental and Sustainability Manager

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Tomaz has 15+ years’ experience in environmental and sustainability management, project management, coordination and consultancy work. Tomaz is responsible for overseeing Cognition’s environmental performance, developing, implementing and monitoring sustainable environmental strategies and EMS management. Tomaz advises the board of directors on delivery of impact reduction strategies, implementing environmental policies and practices, liaising with regulatory bodies, monitoring environmental performance, implementing strategies and ensuring compliance with environmental legislation.