One of the UK’s fastest growing engineering consultancies, Hexa, has announced its expansion into the North of England with the appointment of director Richard Osbond in Leeds.

Having previously worked with directors Mark Jones, David Strong, James Garment, and Matt Price in previous large design consultancies, Richard joins Hexa with the expertise positioning him to spearhead further growth for the business in the Yorkshire and wider northern region. He holds an extensive project portfolio of education, health, research, manufacturing, distribution, commercial and residential schemes, built up across more than 20 years in the industry.

With a solid stream of work across Yorkshire, Hexa’s arrival in the north is the next natural step in the fast-paced expansion, which has seen the company grow to more than 30 members of staff.

Richard said: “I am delighted to be reuniting with my former colleagues for this new venture. Having known each other for more than 20 years, it’s been exciting and staggering to watch the success of Hexa since its inception. The firm has strong national capability but being in a position to bring my ‘hands on’ experience and attitude to grow a new northern physical presence is a very exciting next step in my career.

“Leeds is a natural expansion location, being home to the largest financial and legal sector outside of London. It has a dynamic and thriving property sector complete with excellent infrastructure links to the wider northern region. The aim in Leeds is to create a design-led and agile practice where our senior leaders can make a difference to projects and clients alike.

“Just as this model has proved incredibly successful in the Midlands, I’m looking forward to be building our northern presence to meet our project work in the area and to be able to add all the values and personality that makes Hexa what it is.”

Founding director James Garment said: “Hexa is first and foremost about people, and our growth so far has really been down to employing the right people and trusting in their experience. We know with Richard joining us and leading our presence in Leeds, we’re going to be able to further adapt and grow the business even further.

“Our exponential growth has made the team what it is today and we have full faith that Richard and the team that will be built in Leeds is going to embody all that Hexa is, share our ethos for prioritising clients and delivering on sustainability, and achieve the growth in the region that we are aiming for.”