Expanding environmental firm enhances team with new director

An expanding environmental consultancy based in Sheffield has bolstered its board and management team with the appointment of a new finance director.

Sara Blannin has joined Ecus Ltd, which assists clients through the planning process including ecology, landscape, geosciences and environmental management services, and will divide her time between the firm’s Cheltenham office and its Sheffield headquarters.

The appointment comes at an important time for the business, which has more than doubled both its workforce and turnover in the last three years, as well as opening five further offices nationwide.

The 49-year-old, who lives in Clevedon, North Somerset with her husband and son, previously worked as an associate director at environmental, health and safety support services firm RSK where she had divisional finance role and jointly headed up the ecology business.

She has also worked with water sector consultancy Ewan Group, prior to it being acquired by professional support services company Mouchel Parkman.

Sara said: “Both the variety of the role and the ethos here at Ecus really appealed to me.

“It is a company that is very client-focused and remains committed to its core values, despite enormous growth in last few years.

“Often when companies get bigger, they lose sight of those values but, while Ecus delivers professional services to an expanding client portfolio and has ambitious plans for further growth, the culture remains down to earth and welcoming.

“It is something I am very excited to be a part of, hence becoming a shareholder as well as a director.”

Ecus managing director Nick Birkinshaw said: “Sara has a proven track record in delivering results and we are really pleased to welcome her to the team.

“Thanks to a combination of her wealth of experience in accounting and her background in and knowledge of environmental planning and ecology, I am sure her appointment will enhance the team here at Ecus even further.”  

New Ecus financial director Sara Blannin

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