Company News

October 29

20 Years in: An interview with the CEO of CPO


Earlier this week we caught up with the CEO (Richard Caten MRICS) to find out more about his experiences and time at Ardent. Reaching his 20 year anniversary of joining Ardent, we were sure he would have some words of wisdom on the past, present and future of Ardent. Click here to read the short interview.

October 24


We are excited to announce that Ardent Leeds’ Senior Consultant, Rachel Brade, who sits on the RICS Matrics Yorkshire & Humber committee, has secured our very own Director of Compulsory Purchase and Consents (Northern Region), Jacqui Stoddart, an opportunity to present at the first RICS Matrics Yorkshire & Humber CPD session of the RICS year, on Tuesday 29th October at 17:30.

Jacqui will deliver her presentation on the Compulsory Purchase Development Consent Order (DCO) process, covering topics such as Land Referencing, Securing Survey Access, Consultation, Negotiation of Voluntary Agreement, DCO Application Documents, Property Cost Estimate, Examination and Land Entry & Enactment of Powers. Jacqui’s presentation will help to grow awareness of the infrastructure promotion sector. It is this specialist knowledge that Ardent prides itself on.

The event will be held at the prestigious Platform, on New Station Road in Leeds.

September 20

Charity fundraising through the Ardent community

Ardent is a company made up of people whose eyes are fully open to the fact that there are people within society who are less fortunate. Our day job is focused around improving quality of life through upgrading the UK’s infrastructure, but alongside this, our staff also take the fundraising efforts for charities seriously. We recognise that by donating to charities, this too improves people’s lives in both the long and short term.

Most recently, the Ardent London and Warrington offices have raised money for the ‘Green House Hospice’ and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home charities, and donated a large collection of food and women’s products to the Warrington Foodbank.

Through the baking of homemade sausage rolls, the introduction of a charity bucket on casual dress Fridays, and the sponsoring of a charity bike ride from London to Paris, the Ardent team were able to raise significant and generous funds for the Green House Hospice. The Ardent team will also witness one of its directors run a 5k Muddy Dog Challenge, with one of the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home rescue dogs. We are extremely proud of all our staff, and even more proud to be part of an actively charitable community.

September 13

Ardent Leeds, grow by 5..

We are very proud to announce that the Ardent Leeds office has recently recruited five new team members. The Ardent Leeds Office opened in late 2016 to support Land Referencing on the HS2 Phase 2b project, with only six members of staff. In less than three years the Ardent Leeds team has more than tripled in size, and now supports twenty highly skilled team members, dedicated to delivering a range of DCO projects around England and Wales. This will play a significant role in increasing Ardent’s presence in the regeneration and infrastructure sector, in the North of England. The rapid development of the Ardent Leeds team also signals tremendous growth for Ardent, attesting to the quality work we produce for our clients and provide in the interest of future generations.

As a company, not only do we believe in improving lives through the regeneration of the UK’s infrastructure, we also believe in improving the lives of young graduates, helping them to secure a place on the career ladder by offering a career, not just a job. These five individuals are now part of a growing sector, and have joined an innovative and exciting business, where they are not only able to utilise their new degrees, but are also encouraged to use their specialist knowledge. We look forward to the future that we are going to create together.

July 1

Ardent new structure

We are excited to announce that in support of our continued growth, Ardent has appointed three new Managing Directors to lead our three core business areas of Land Referencing & GIS, Compulsory Purchase & Consents and Compensation. This will give our clients the highest level of service and increased depth of resource for major projects.

Mike Crowther becomes the Managing Director of Land Referencing & GIS – Mike has over 30 years experience and is one of the country’s leading experts in the land referencing sector.

Steve Yates becomes the Managing Director of Compulsory Purchase & Consents – Steve has over 20 years experience across DCO, TWAO and CPO promotion and consenting, spanning the Transport, Regeneration and Energy Industries.

Colin Cottage becomes the Managing Director of Compensation – Colin has specialised in compulsory purchase and compensation for acquiring authorities and claimants for over 25 years and is a leading Expert Witness for cases referred to the Lands Chamber.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we have appointed a number of new Directors both internal and external appointments to support the growth and service delivery within each of these sectors, and we welcome aboard Jacqui Stoddart from National Grid who joins our Leeds office and Nicola Harrington from HS2 who joins our Birmingham office, together with Nick Dexter in our Milton Keynes office.

Richard Caten

Chief Executive   

May 14

Welcome to the team Jacqui!

Ardent are delighted to welcome Jacqui Stoddart to the team as a Director.

Jacqui has over 19 years experience as a chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer working predominantly in the utilities sector where she provided both technical and policy advice. Joining us from National Grid as senior surveyor in the major infrastructure development team she has led the lands element of NSIP’s including North West Coast Connection, Shetland Link and North Wales Connection.

Jacqui has also previously acted as regional surveyor for the Country Landowners Association CLA where she provided advice to the members on a range of rural issues including compulsory purchase for both developers and affected parties and has been involved in commenting on and drafting policy and strategy.

Alongside heading up the Leeds office, Jacqui will be growing, developing and promoting project land agency services to complement our established land referencing team.