CTS appoints new Operations Manager for Nicholls Colton Environmental Chemistry Division


David Ratcliffe joins CTS Group

CTS, the leading construction testing, inspection and compliance business has appointed David Ratcliffe as Operations Manager for our Environmental Chemistry division based in Leicester.

He will work alongside Ian Elliot, Managing Director of Nicholls Colton, and the senior leadership team to develop and grow what is already a successful and important part of the company, into an industry leading laboratory.

David has over 12 years’ experience working within the Testing, Inspection & Compliance (TIC) Sector focused on analytical laboratory activities, where, in his previous roles he has been the spearhead for the identification of emerging markets, development of new and improved service offerings as well as driving continued operational excellence in order to support clients globally.

Commenting on David’s appointment Phil Coles, CEO for CTS said:

“The team at Nicholls Colton have already made significant improvements to the operations lab to date. Our focus now is to expand our Environmental capacity and capabilities further, delivering leading edge, business critical services to the civil engineering industry. David’s industry knowledge and understanding of the market will be invaluable to us. I look forward to working with David and the Environmental team to enhance and further develop the services we provide to our clients.”

David added: “Nichols Colton and CTS’ commitment to placing the customer at the centre of everything they do aligns perfectly with the approach I have always taken. I’m thrilled to be joining the company at a very exciting stage of their investment and growth strategy and look forward to helping to build on the success to date”.

David joins the business on the 21st January and will be focused on strengthening the technical capability of the laboratory and identifying investment plans to accelerate the growth and performance of the business.


With headquarters in Leicester and a nationwide network of laboratories and offices, offering a wide range of construction testing, inspection and compliance services. CTS is the go-to partner of choice, supporting all sectors of the construction market including residential, commercial, rail, road, airports, tunnelling, mining, and utilities as well as brownfield regeneration.

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