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Our Team.

We Are Nova Ambiente

We are a multi-national consultancy with operational bases in London, Cologne, Amsterdam, Madrid, Paris, and Lisbon, and trusted associates and partners worldwide.

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London

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Sarah
Pirrie

Managing Director

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Sarah has been part of the Nova Ambiente team since 2005 and became the UK Managing Director in July 2022. 

She has over 20 years’ experience in the environmental consultancy industry and a background in environmental due diligence and environmental site assessments.

 

Sarah recently set up our Sustainability Service, working with colleagues, clients and partner companies to develop a range of responsible investment, property management and ESG related products and screenings tools.

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Inga

Kooij

Technical Director

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Inga has over 20 years’ experience in environmental consultancy with a background in land quality assessment, compliance auditing, environmental due diligence and risk assessment.

 

Inga is responsible for overseeing our UK and Dutch environmental due diligence service and forms part of our central project team, managing a high volume of environmental assessment and due diligence projects through-out Europe. Inga specialises in providing tailored environmental risk evaluation advice and pragmatic management solutions.

 

With an eye for detail and a commercial focus, Inga also undertakes a crucial quality assurance role within the business. She is responsible for ensuring that our high standards and consistency in reporting are maintained across all environmental projects.

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Emma
Corden

Associate Director

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Emma joined Ambiente in September 2012 and has over 20 years' experience in the fields of environmental due diligence, environmental compliance and contaminated land assessment. She is a seasoned project manager and highly skilled environmental auditor, well-practiced in identifying legal non-compliances and working with companies to address environmental best practice and liability issues.

 

Emma currently manages Nova Ambiente’s international Environmental Management team and the ongoing development of the service across Europe.

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Julie
Carter

Associate Director

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Julie has over twenty years of project management and environmental consultancy experience, primarily in the fields of environmental due diligence, compliance and contaminated land risk assessment and remediation.

She is a Chartered Environmentalist, an experienced team leader and an environmental auditor with a strong track record of delivering innovative due diligence solutions.

Julie currently manages Nova Ambiente’s international Environmental Management service. She has been the driving force behind the development of our bespoke, collaborative digital platform, Ambio.

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Simon
Coffey

Associate Director 

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Simon has over 19 years’ experience in environmental consultancy, working on projects across the UK, Ireland and the Middle East. He specialises in ground investigation, risk assessment and remediation projects and has valuable practical development knowledge, having previously had a role with a property developer. 

 

Simon is responsible for the day to day management of the brownfield development side of the business, undertaking environmental assessments for large industrial and commercial development sites.

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Sara
Alker

Associate Director -
Sustainability / ESG / EDD

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Sara re-joined Nova-Ambiente in March 2023 and has over 20 years of experience working with clients in the real estate industry.  Sara has a general background in site characterisation and remediation, specialising in the field of environmental due diligence.  More recently Sara has been supporting clients in understanding and managing their ESG risks and opportunities, at asset level.

Sara is an experienced project manager and skilled auditor with a breadth of experience working in the financial & real estate, commercial, manufacturing, and industrial sectors. 

At Nova-Ambiente, Sara works within both the Sustainability and Environmental Due Diligence Teams, supporting clients to understand their asset risks and to manage their property portfolios responsibly.

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Jaime
Bainbridge

Principal Consultant

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Jaime holds a degree in Environmental Science and a masters in Environmental Design and Engineering from University College, London.

 

She has over fifteen years’ experience in environmental consultancy and management, specialising primarily in environmental and flood risk assessment.  She is also a qualified BREEAM assessor and IEMA affiliated Environmental Auditor.

 

At Nova Ambiente, Jaime holds a central role within our Sustainability Team and is responsible for working together with our clients and wider teams to develop and deliver bespoke sustainability services.

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Troy Randall

Principal Consultant

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Troy is a Chartered Environmentalist and experienced project manager with over 11 years’ experience working for a range of environmental consultancies. He joined Nova Ambiente in 2022.

 

At Nova Ambiente he is part of the Land Quality Assessment / Brownfield team, specialising in geo-environmental assessments for industrial and commercial projects throughout the UK. He is skilled in assessing the risk posed to developments and determining adequate remedial measures, whilst maintaining a commercial focus for brownfield restoration. He assists and works closely with the Environmental Due Diligence team and is a skilled environmental auditor.

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Alistair

Brown

Senior Consultant

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Alistair holds a degree in Environmental Geography and has over six years’ experience in environmental consultancy, including desk and field based contaminated land assessments and data management for both private and public sectors.

 

Within our Environmental Management team, Alistair is responsible for portfolio project management, co-ordinating and undertaking post-acquisition site inspections, liaising closely with clients and property managers to implement corrective actions and environmental performance improvement strategies. 

 

Alistair additionally supports our Environmental Due Diligence team on acquisition projects.

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Tom Parkinson

Senior Consultant

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Tom has an Environmental Science degree from the University of Reading and 6 years’ of Phase I, Phase II and environmental management experience for the financial, rail and waste sectors.

 

Tom joined the Environmental Management team in 2020 and works closely with our colleagues in Cologne to ensure the smooth implementation of our pan-European EM programmes. Tom is also an integral part of the UK EM team, undertaking post-acquisition audits and identifying and addressing environmental compliance issues to improve the environmental performance of our clients’ assets.

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Alix Vincent

Managing Consultant

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Alix joined Nova Ambiente in October 2019. She holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham and a Masters in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Plymouth.

 

Alix plays a key role in the UK Environmental Due Diligence team and is responsible for auditing and delivery of environmental assessments within the UK. Alix is also responsible for the management and delivery of environmental assessment and due diligence projects for key client accounts within the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

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Nina Narayanen

Consultant

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Nina holds a degree in Geography and a Masters in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management from Kings College, London.

Nina plays a key role in our Environmental Management team and is also one of our UK auditors. She is responsible for addressing and finding solutions for residual liability and best practice / compliance issues, thereby improving the environmental performance of assets within our management programmes. Nina also provides training to UK and European clients and property managers via Ambiente’s on-line collaborative platform, Ambio.

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Rosanna Church

Graduate Consultant

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Rosanna joined Nova Ambiente in August 2021. She holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham.

Rosanna’s primary role at Nova Ambiente is to support the Environmental Due Diligence Team assisting with desk study reviews, auditing on site visits for a range of properties within the UK, and assisting in the production of reports.

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Kaj
Murale

Group Accountant

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Kaj joined Ambiente in 2006. She holds a degree in Maths and is a qualified chartered accountant (ACA) with over 15 years’ experience.

 

Kaj holds responsibility for all accounting processes relating to the companies within the Ambiente Group registered in the UK and The Netherlands.

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Amalia Devesa Couto

Accounts Manager

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Amalia has several years’ experience working in finance departments in her native Spain.

 

Amalia is extensively qualified in Business Administration and has a thorough working understanding of European accounting processes and associated software. She works closely with the Group Accountant and has responsibility for all invoice administration.

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Elanor Robinson

Senior Technical Administrator

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Elanor holds a degree in Psychology and has fifteen years experience working and providing support in both Environmental Consultancy and Property Investment Management. 

 

Elanor’s role at Nova Ambiente is to provide support to both the Environmental Management and Environmental Due Diligence teams.

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Kiss
Tesfay

Office Manager

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Kiss joined Ambiente in 2018. She has a degree in Fine Art and Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins and extensive administrative experience in a number of roles.

As a dedicated Office Manager, Kiss handles a wide range of administrative duties and executive support-related tasks to guarantee the effectiveness, efficiency, and security of the organisation. In addition, she manages third party contracts, IT and server issues, sourcing and organising business events, social media platforms for the firm, and administrative assistance for the environmental due diligence and auditing teams.

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Suzanne Gordon-Brown

HR Advisor/ Manager

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Suzanne is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD), and has 30 years’ experience in Human Resources working within the Public and Private sectors with new and small business assisting and managing all aspects pertaining to employee life cycle and wellbeing.

 

Suzanne is involved in overseeing all elements of Human Resources in the UK and is responsible for employee relations, policy development, recruitment, new starter Inductions, assisting with meeting training needs and enhancing employee satisfaction.

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Patric

Hecker

Managing Director

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Patric has been part of the Nova Ambiente team since 2007 and became Managing Director of Ambiente Deutschland GmbH in June 2024.

 

Patric holds a Masters Degree in Geology from the University of Cologne and is one of our most experienced members with over 25 years of experience in environmental transaction support services. He regularly manages and conducts environmental due diligence for the logistics, office and retail sectors across Germany, as well as audits for our Environmental Management Programme (EM) and coordinates Phase II site investigations. Patric is also an experienced Hazardous Building Materials Assessor and qualified Asbestos Surveyor.

 

As Managing Director, Patric ensures close working relationships with clients and that the German team always delivers to the highest standards.

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Marc

Roessler

Senior Consultant

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Marc joined Nova Ambiente in 2019. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geosciences from Technical University of Darmstadt with expertise in the fields of environmental geology and environmental geochemistry.

Marc´s key role is to support the German team with undertaking environmental Due Diligence and Environmental Management (EM) services, co-ordinating and undertaking post-acquisition site inspections and implementing corrective actions / strategies. Marc is also a qualified Asbestos Surveyor and a licensed auditor for building certification in accordance with BEEAM DE in Use.

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Kathi Deußen

Junior Consultant

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Kathi joined Nova Ambiente Deutschland GmbH as a Junior Consultant in July 2024. Kathi holds a Master of Science degree in Geosciences from the University of Cologne. She previously worked at the University as a research assistant and PhD student in the field of geochemistry. Based in the German office of Ambiente in Cologne. 

 

Kathi will be working on environmental due diligence projects and supports Patric and Marc in their day-to-day work. 

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Simone von de Finn

Team Assistant

Simone von de Finn has joined Ambiente Deutschland GmbH in Cologne as a team assistant from February 2021. She is a bilingual secretary with 15 years of experience working as a purchaser and in advertising for various major enterprises. 

 

Simone provides support to our project management and is also responsible for commercial affairs.

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Amsterdam

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Rik

Stikker

Director

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Rik is Director of our business in the Netherlands. He has a degree in Physical Geography from the University of Amsterdam and over 30 years' experience in contaminated land assessment, intrusive site investigations and remediation, and geotechnical investigations.

 

Rik has a pragmatic view of environmental risk and has particular expertise in the delivery of cost-effective investigation strategies and remediation solutions. He works in line with local practices and has developed an excellent relationship with the Dutch regulatory bodies.

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Madrid

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Almudena

Thomas-Vela

Director

Almudena is Director of our Spanish operations, managing all activity in Iberia and regularly participating in our UK and French projects.

She has over 18 years' experience in environmental consultancy and worked in France and the UK for over 10 years, before setting up the Madrid office.

She specialises in contaminated land, due diligence assessments and environmental property management. Almudena’s many languages and great organisational skills make her an invaluable member of the team.

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Maria 
Poy

Principal Consultant

Maria holds a Degree in Environmental Science and a Masters in Environmental Engineering and Management and has experience in environmental impact assessments, environmental management and contaminated land assessments in the light industrial, logistics and energy sectors.

Since October 2017 Maria has been an integral part of our Environmental Management team, being responsible for portfolio project management and helping to ensure the consistently high environmental performance of our clients’ assets in both the UK and across Europe.

Maria is a highly capable auditor and project manager and plays a key role in the Spanish Environmental Due Diligence and Sustainability team.

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Paris

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Béatrice Abribat Brun

Associate

Béatrice is our Associate in Paris. She holds degrees in Geography and Geology and has a Masters Degree in Waste and Pollution Management from the University of La Mans.

 

Béatrice has 15 years' experience in the environmental sector with a background in environmental due diligence, contaminated land and environmental site investigation, and environmental permitting. Her extensive knowledge of France's complicated environmental permitting system makes her an excellent auditor and skilled at identifying and addressing legal non-compliances and potential liability issues.

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Lisbon

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António Romão

Associate

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António is our associate in Portugal, working closely with our offices in Madrid and London. He has over 30 years’ experience in environmental consultancy covering a wide range of projects for difference sectors internationally, with a strong focus in Portugal, Mozambique, Cabo Verde and Angola.

 

António's main areas of specialty are environmental due diligence, environmental and social assessment and management (including compliance with the safeguard policies of international financial institutions) and contaminated land. He also has extensive experience in the coordination of multidisciplinary, international teams.

Join Our Team.

Nova Ambiente is a thriving European consultancy. We have global coverage, but we’re still proud of our ‘local firm’ feel. We encourage everyone to contribute at high levels, and are committed to developing, retaining and rewarding our staff. Please see our careers tab.

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