Employee Spotlight: February 2022

February 21, 2022

Election to RIAI Council for Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy, Managing Director of Smith + Kennedy Architects, has been elected to the  Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Council. Joe will serve on the council in 2022 and 2023, following election by members of the RIAI in November 2021.

The RIAI was founded in 1839 as the professional body for architecture in the Republic of Ireland. The RIAI Council works to deliver the vision, strategy and policy of the institution. As a representative member of the council, Joe will play an active role in developing this strategy and vision over the next two years. One of the main topics he will bring forward is a strategy to amend the Civil Liability Act to make it more equitable. Joe said, “Currently the ‘last man standing’ aspect of the legislation sees professionals bearing the brunt of legal actions when developers or contractors cease trading – meaning that any involvement whatsoever in a project normally gives grounds for 100% liability that can be attached if there is no one else left.”

Joe’s election to the council follows previous service as honorary secretary in 2015 and 2016. Joe is also currently the RIAI nominee on the Irish government-appointed working group examining housing defects during the boom years.

Joe Kennedy

Senior leadership changes at RSK Middle East

The arrival of the new year has seen Jak Fazakerley move into a new role as associate director at RSK Middle East. Jak has been with RSK Middle East for four and a half years and will take on his new role while continuing to lead the environment team based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Jak has a technical background in environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA) and environmental and social due diligence (ESDD), with 10 years’ experience working in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors. As well as leading the technical team with his extensive knowledge and experience in the oil and gas industries, Jak will provide business development support to continue to grow the business’s service offering across the Middle East region. Jak’s team has seen significant growth in the last year, more than doubling in size and taking on a number of large-scale projects and frameworks across Iraq, the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Jak said, “I am very proud and honoured to accept the position and look forward to building on the momentum of 2021 to further expand our client base and grow the technical team here in the Middle East”.

Congratulations Jak on your new role!

Jak Fazakerley


Join Dr Rossa Donovan, Technical Director at Nature Positive to discuss:

✔️ Network Rail’s sustainability journey
✔️ Challenges the British rail industry will face in the future
✔️ Moving to a circular economy
among other key topics!

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Red sky in the morning Andrew Griffin from RSK Raw captured this beautiful sunrise over RSK Raw’s stores in Malvern, UK

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📌 Join Helen McMillan, Associate Director and QRA Group Lead for RSK Geosciences, in a webinar which will provide an overview of how the effects of future #climatechange could be incorporated within the conceptual site model, along with the potential implications this may have on the assessment of risks to human health, controlled waters, and property receptors.

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Hugh Neatherway from RSK Response on-site with the RSK Response tanker in Shoreham, UK, on a nice spring day!

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𝗣𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮: 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝟮

🚶 Our week one results are in and our RSK Group step count has just passed 79,085,394 steps!

👏 Colleagues across the group share their progress and tips in our latest article in our story!

💚 Keep sharing your adventures on social media using the hashtag #RSKSteps

#RSKGroup #wellbeing #health #walking #pedometer #steps #nature #landscape

👷 Did you know that the UK #construction industry contributes around 40% of the country’s total #carbonfootprint?

📌 Sarah Cook, Chartered Geologist and Associate Director of RSK company Leap Environmental Ltd, presented Leap’s foundation carbon calculator in one of our latest webinars.

🏗️ This tool has been developed to consider embodied carbon associated with foundations and will enable developers to identify carbon costs and potential savings early in the #design process.

Find out all about our past and future events in our story!

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👏 Barcelona-based RSK company Amphos 21 is set to take part in one of the most extensive groundwater chemistry modelling projects that has ever been conducted.

🖥️ What does this exciting project entail? What is the ultimate goal? Find out all the details in our story!

#RSKGroup #RSKfamily #groundwater #supercomputer #sustainability #sustainable #enviromental #waterindustry

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Scott and Piotr ready to get started on steel fencing works for East West Railway Company!

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