Russell Spencer adds further depth to Solutions By Nature team
Joining the Solutions By Nature joint venture, as its new technical director, is Russell Spencer. Russell has 24 years’ experience in the design and delivery of natural flood management, wetlands, weir removal, river restoration, floodplain reconnection and natural capital projects. Having graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) degree in geography, Russell progressed to hold roles at the Environment Agency and specialist aquatic consultancies. Russell is experienced in building partnerships with stakeholders to share priorities, identify multiple benefits and source funding. Russell has a proven track record in developing natural capital opportunities for clients that exhibit nutrient neutrality, biodiversity net gain and flood risk management through effective management and the ability to draw on both creative and strategic thinking.
Russell will now lead the design function within Solutions By Nature, providing value engineered, nature-based solutions to meet our clients’ needs across the water industry.
When asked about his experience in the industry, Russell stated, “I have been in the aquatic industry since returning from travelling, post university, in 1998. An advertisement in the local paper was recruiting for seasonal ‘river menders’: outdoor, physically demanding work, and the interview centred around physical fitness, height and the size of my feet – being tall with big feet was an advantage in deep water! Thankfully, the industry has developed and diversified beyond all recognition since those early days and not in my wildest dreams did I think it would evolve to where it is now. Nature-based solutions are critical to protect, sustainably manage and restore our environment and it is such an exciting industry to work in.”
Russell shared, “I am absolutely delighted to be starting this new role with Binnies and the Solutions By Nature joint venture. Solutions By Nature is an incredibly exciting opportunity to develop and deliver whole-life-cycle nature-based solutions, with multiple benefits for the environment, our clients and communities: so pertinent as we all strive to deliver more for less.”
Tony Demetriou, Solutions By Nature’s Chief Operating Officer, expressed his excitement at adding Russell’s expertise to the ranks, stating, “We are thrilled Russell has joined us, and at such an important time for the Solutions By Nature business. With the addition of Russell’s wealth of knowledge and experience, we can continue our rapid expansion and our key work in applying nature-based solutions to complex problems for our clients.”
At Binnies, we create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery. Backed by a culture that has stayed true since the company’s founding over 100 years ago, Binnies develops intelligent water and environmental solutions using a whole-life-cycle approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. We strive to elevate the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.
Binnies is an RSK group company and was formerly part of Black & Veatch.
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