An emphasis on staff support has channelled a significant investment of time and resources towards their training and personal development. This allows each member of the team to develop the capabilities required to provide an exceptionally high standard of service as asbestos consultants. This commitment to staff development was recognised in 2011 when the company was awarded Investors In People.

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Board of Directors

John Meates, Managing Director
Paul Shaw, Director
Matthew Dennis, Director
Ricci Price, Finance Director

Having worked in the asbestos industry for three decades, John has gained considerable experience in this field of occupational hygiene and is one of the leading experts in asbestos management techniques in the UK today.

John began working in the industry in 1986, employed to deliver a wide range of analytical and surveying services.  His career as an asbestos specialist gained momentum through working with a range of regional and national consultancies during which time he was responsible for delivering a range of complex contracts to public and private sector clients as both a project manager and delivering bespoke training courses.

Immediately prior to establishing Environtec Ltd, John spent time in the development of both inspection and testing capabilities in terms of quality management and gained significant experience in the process of gaining UKAS accreditation particularly for asbestos laboratories.

Environtec Ltd was established by John in 1994 and was created out of his desire to deliver a “one-stop-shop” of environmental consultancy services to the leading companies in the UK.

This desire and drive has led the company to its current position of being one of the leading asbestos consultancies in Europe, employing over 200 staff in a network of offices and laboratories located throughout the UK.

John currently sits on the Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD) Technical Committee and consults with the Government on and shapes legislation and associated guidance and best practise. John is also involved with the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and is both an approved BOHS Trainer and Invigilator.

John’s principle responsibilities are for the maintenance of the UKAS accreditation and for financial control.

John is married with four children, lives in Chelmsford and supports West Ham United Football Club.

Paul started his career in the asbestos consultancy business as a trainee analyst with Environtec in 1996.

Paul gained a significant level of experience in all areas of air monitoring and quickly became a trusted and highly competent member of the team.  This experience in the asbestos remediation process and gaining the respect of a wide range of licensed asbestos removal contractors, Paul quickly became a fully fledged project manager which involved acting directly for clients to ensure that management actions identified during the surveying process were completed on time, within budget and to a high standard.  The responsibility included for the scoping of works, developing specifications and method statements, liaising with the contractors, managing the procurement process and ensuring that all works on site were completed effectively.

Following the award of a number of international contracts, Paul spent some time abroad in Europe and Asia to project manage these contracts which involved complex asbestos abatement works.  Paul also worked extensively in Gibraltar on Ministry of Defence sites responsible for the management of large and complex asbestos abatement projects.

Paul joined the Board of Directors as Technical Director following a Management Buy Out in 2007 and his current responsibility is for the management of all air monitoring and project management services and the management of the supply chain.

Paul is a life long supporter of Leyton Orient Football Club and has three young children, all being trained as Leyton Orient fans.

Matthew was employed by John Meates soon after the company was established in 1995 and was initially responsible for conducting both air monitoring and asbestos surveying.

Being able to multi-role within the company led Matthew to being deployed within the emergency response team of consultants that were responsible for mobilising quickly to clients’ needs generally in cases of emergency outside normal working hours – this was in addition to his day-to day duties.

Matthew was responsible for the management of Environtec’s first flagship clients, Post Office Counters and Legal & General with whom he was able to forge strong partnerships through effective and efficient project management skills.

Matthew was instrumental in the development of a bulk laboratory in Gibraltar and in 1999 spent three months in the country working with the Government.  He was particularly responsible for the delivery of training which encompassed bulk sampling and bulk analysis techniques and methodology of air testing.

With a surge of growth within the business, Matthew became the Head of Surveying in 2002 and became responsible for the day-to-day management of the survey team.  This included the line management of over 20 trained surveyors, responsibility for mobilisation and resourcing, client liaison, contract management and quality control of all survey reports.

Matthew joined the Board of Directors as Company Secretary and Director following a Management Buy Out in 2007 and his current responsibility is for the management of all operational activities within the business.

Matthew lives in Chelmsford with his wife and children and is the coach of a junior Springfield football team.

Ricci Price qualified as an Accountant in 2002 having completed his training with Tenon Group Plc, a top 10 accountancy practice based in Chelmsford.

Ricci’s career with Environtec initially started as an external auditor of the financial statements in 2003.

Having shown a professional approach and clear understanding of the business, Ricci was asked to join the company as Financial Controller in 2006, responsible for all financial and human resources matters.

In 2007 Ricci facilitated the management Buy Out, ensuring that the business was in a financially suitable position and coordinating with external advisors and stakeholders.

Since that point Ricci has overhauled the entire finance system to ensure robust controls and procedures are in place to aid stringent cash flow management and provide a stable platform for the company to continue to grow.

Ricci also has responsibility for overseeing the Information Technology requirements and Fleet Management and in 2013, due to demonstrating a continual desire to develop and improve the business as a whole, Ricci was asked to join the board of Directors.

Ricci lives in Great Notley with his wife and 2 children and is a keen footballer and motor sports enthusiast.