We recognise that people are our most important asset and together we strive to provide an unrivalled service for our Customers and to meet and exceed the needs and aspirations of our employees.  We have worked hard to engender a positive and open culture amongst all staff. We all thrive off each other in our friendly environment – where hard work and commitment are mutually expected and recognised.

Our commitment is recognised and monitored through our Investors in People (IIP) accreditation. We strive to ensure that all members of staff have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to provide the leadership, motivation and monitoring required to deliver the quality of services required for all customers. By gaining IIP accreditation, the business is justifiably proud of the commitment and recognition of all its employees.

Training and development of employees is tailored to suit their specific role. Each training session and visit is followed up by a feedback form so that the business can assess if each individual feels the training was relevant and appropriate to their job. We see the training and development of colleagues to be an absolute priority. Continued commitment to the teams helps not only engage people but gives them the confidence and enthusiasm for the industry and our customers to offer a service of excellence.

Acumen is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender, gender identity, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Executive Team

Kris Sutton - Finance Director

Kris joined Acumen as Finance Director in 2012, having gained 20 years of experience within the finance and accountancy field. Kris’ early career was with Leeds CF&A as a Trainee Accountant, followed by 12 years with one of the largest independent media agencies in the UK. Kris is qualified as Charted Accountant MCMA, an Accounting Technician MAAT and is an Investors In People (IIP) Internal assessor.

Leon Kirk - Group Managing Director

Leon joined Acumen in 1996 and was appointed Group Managing Director in 2011. Leon has over 30 years of direct industry experience having started his career working for a multi-disciplined hazardous waste and industrial services business.

Andy Crossley - Managing Director

Andy joined Acumen as a Director in 2013. Andy has 20 years of direct industry experience, initially with Shanks in their landfill business, followed by a decade in the civil engineering and remediation industry with Buckingham Group where he was General Manager of their Land Regeneration business. Andy holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Leeds University and is a MCIWM Chartered Waste Manager.

Senior Leadership Team

Adam Hindson – Director of Compliance


Klaire Metcalfe – Director of Client Relations


Lauren Hill – Technical Director


Matt Mears – General Manager, ClearWater


Peter Lohan – General Manager, ISS


Acumen Academy

Acumen understand the requirement of succession management and development of talent, which is why we established the Acumen Academy. The Acumen Academy is designed to provide a seamless career path for emerging leaders. Our main priorities are to bring varied workplace exposure, alongside defined training to allow individuals to develop a versatile, fully rounded, professional skillset. Every individual is different, but each person’s progression plan is structured to include a defined timeline and progress plan, alongside measurable targets and goals. The Acumen Academy allows us to develop talented individuals into suitable roles as the business expands, whilst creating a dedicated and committed workforce, ensuring the future success of the Company.