RPS names new Northern boss

RPS Planning & Development has promoted Ian Thomason to regional managing director.

Thomason was an equity partner with RW Gregory LLP prior to its acquisition by RPS in 2008 and has been responsible for the firm's Manchester business since the acquisition.

He will remain based in Manchester but with overarching responsibility for the Northern region multi-discipline business which also has offices in Newcastle and Leeds. Thomason replaces Jeff Smith, who resigned on 1 July, as Northern boss. Manchester is the largest of the three RPS offices with 32 staff; Newcastle has 30 and there are 24 in Leeds.

John Gosling will be promoted from technical director to operational director in charge of the Manchester office.

RPS provides planning, environmental, energy and building services engineering consultancy services to a broad range of public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas.

The Manchester office is currently working as M&E consultant on Rochdale Council's new Municipal offices, Salford University's new base at Media City UK and Manchester University's new Learning Commons Building.

Recently completed projects include Stockport Council's new headquarters, Fred Perry House, and the new Clinical Trials Building at The Christie Hospital.

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