Gondolin Land & Water

Meet the Team

See below for a brief summary profile for each members of the Gondolin team.

Managing Director

Zak Ritchie

BEng(hons), MSc, C.Eng, C.WEM, MCIWEM

Zak founded Gondolin Land & Water in 2021 and has over 12 years experience providing civil engineering, hydrology and environmental assessment services. Zak is an experienced project manager and has relevant experience as an expert witness and CDM Principal Designer. 

Technical director

Stephen Donnan

MEng(hons), MSc, MCIWEM

Stephen joined in early 2022 and has significant experience in providing civil engineering, environmental and hydrological services. Stephen is an experienced project manager and is widely known for his problem solving abilities.

operations director

Lauren Lees

Lauren joined the team in 2022 and has numerous responsibilities including office management, human resources, health and safety, legal & compliance, quality assurance and more.

Technical director

Richard Lucey

MEng (Hons), GMICE

Richard is a Technical Director with Gondolin Land & Water and joined the team in August 2023. Richard specialises in the areas of Windfarm Infrastructure design, drainage and SuDS design, contracts management and construction phase support. Richard also has relevant CDM Principal Designer experience.

Senior Hydrologist

Katie Brydie

BSc (hons), MSc, MCIWEM

Katie has over four years consultancy experience in the Water and Environment Industry and joined the team in April 2024, fulfilling the role of Senior Hydrologist. Katie’s primary role involves technical delivery for projects relating to hydrology, hydrogeology, flood risk, surface water management, peat and geology.

Project environmental engineer

James MacIntosh

BSc(hons), MSc

James joined the Gondolin Team in March 2023 and specialises in the areas of geology. James has been responsible for many site investigation works to inform drainage designs for a variety of projects and Phase 1 Geo-Environmental assessments.

Graduate civil engineer

Duncan Bowie


Duncan joined Gondolin Land & Water in early 2024 as a Graduate Civil Engineer after graduating with a MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. Duncan's experience during his university degree has included numerous projects / courses related to the water environment and thus he will be able to apply specific knowledge gained to this new role.

Graduate Hydrologist

Patrick Shields


Patrick joined Gondolin in early 2024 after graduating with a BSC degree in Environmental and Ecological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh. Along with relevant water environment knowledge gained during his studies, Patrick has also worked on construction sites and has gained great experience during this time.

Graduate Environmental consultant

Annie Steingold

Annie joins us as a recent graduate of Ecological and Environmental science at the University of Edinburgh. Having focused her dissertation on hydrology and water quality, and with previous experience in hydrological field work and freshwater science, Annie’s contribution to the Gondolin team will be invaluable.

Graduate Civil Engineer

Charlie Kerr

Charlie joins us as a Graduate Civil Engineer, expected to graduate with an MEng in Civil Engineering (with Honours) from the University of Edinburgh. The experience gained during this university degree provided Charlie with knowledge of a range of the different facets of Civil Engineering, which will be put to good use in the Gondolin team.

engineering technician

Greig Dougary

Greig joined the company in 2022 and provides general civil engineering and CAD support to the wider team. Greig also assists the team in undertaking field work and site investigations.

office dog


Finja has become a crucial part of the Gondolin team acting as office security, morale booster & vacuum cleaner.