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Protecting People In The Workplace

Our mission is to protect people. From the safety and well-being of our clients to the happiness of our staff, we want to ensure that people are not only kept as safe as possible but that they feel it too.

Our independence is the key to our credibility. We will remain completely independent from the needs of outside organisations to ensure that we offer the most trustworthy advice to our clients, keeping their needs and safety at the centre of what we do.

Our Story




In 2002, Riverside Environmental was founded in order to provide independent surveying and consultancy. To this day we maintain total independence to ensure that our clients are given the most trustworthy advice available. Our mission is not just to protect people, but to do so with clarity, reliability and integrity. We understand that the industry can be complex and confusing, so we want to give you peace of mind that you’re doing the right thing.

Business owners Jonathan Francis and Chris Hansen drive Riverside with the belief that the way you work affects the safety and protection that you are able to offer. This goes much deeper than just having comprehensive processes in the field; it means creating a happy, motivated workforce. Happy staff members obviously work better, but the resulting staff retention means more highly trained personnel and improved expertise within the business.

Jonathan has been at Riverside since its creation in 2002. He has been an important influence in the asbestos industry, serving as the Chairman of ATaC (Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association). Inevitably with this kind of industry overview he has seen many bad practices over the years. He is determined to learn from these experiences and apply the lessons to all of Riverside’s work.


Chris came to Riverside in 2010 to help develop the business, having worked as a water consultant and business manager for 11 years. Finding that his beliefs about how best to keep clients safe and give them the best possible customer experience so closely matched those of Jonathan, the pair set about applying the best practices to every area of the business.

This work has led to many happy customers and an incredibly high client retention rate but Jonathan and Chris aren’t done yet. They are always looking to improve the business and its practices as well as constantly searching out new technologies that they can use to give a better service. This could be anything from new tools to deploy in the field or faster systems for generating reports.

Every change to Riverside is there to drive their mission… protecting people.


Our People

Jonathan Francis

Owner / Director

Having worked in the asbestos industry since 1996, Jonathan founded Riverside in 2002 as a consultancy emphasising quality and service.

As the joint Chairman of Atac, Jonathan is a key industry figure actively involved in new developments and innovations.

Outside of Riverside Jonathan is most likely to be found enjoying his passion for cricket and spending time with his family.

Chris Hansen


Chris started in the industry in 1999 as an engineer before working in consultancy and business management, which gives him a good understanding of the industry at all levels.

In 2010 Chris joined Riverside to help develop the commercial and operational parts of the business. Building on the values he shares with Jonathan.

A young family keeps Chris busy, along with running and his support of Liverpool FC.

Rob Innes


Rob has been the Quality Manager of Riverside since 2007, following a career in the industry beginning in 2001.

In 2016 Rob became a Director at Riverside and works to ensure all quality standards are maintained at the highest levels.

As a Leicester City fan Rob has plenty of experience in life’s highs and lows. All nicely balanced by his young family and sea views.

Our Company

Riverside is built on our core values. Projects are never seen as ‘jobs’ to tick off a list; we all recognise that finding the right solution is fundamental to our clients’ operations. Backing up our personal, accountable approach, every project we undertake is supported with regular updates, detailed data and reporting to aid progression, clarity and record-keeping.

Free from links to contractors, Riverside guarantees total independence with every single project we undertake. Our focus is to offer you effective, pragmatic solutions built on absolute integrity, and this is only possible through our lack of any commercial bias. Every recommendation we make simply combines our objective approach with a specialist, in-depth understanding of the most appropriate route for individual scenarios. This way, we remain free to focus on the best solution; the one that puts your needs and safety first.

Whatever your location, our nationwide coverage means we can reach you, whenever you need us there. While some requirements can be scheduled in advance, sometimes a short deadline or unexpected requirement needs urgent attention, so we are structured to respond. Particularly when our involvement is unplanned, we understand that budgets can feel restrictive. We work with this, always focusing on delivering the best value for your budget while maintaining the very high standards Riverside is known for.

Work For Us

We are always looking for quality people to join and strengthen our expanding departments and company. We invest time and training in all our people, providing clear progression paths to ensure everyone is competent to provide a quality service and continually develop. We enjoy a high retention rate, with almost all of our management team being promoted from within the technical teams. We provide a hardworking, friendly and supportive environment in which to build a career.

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