CCL US Promotes Arlene Johnson to HR & Administration Manager

CCL US Promotes Arlene Johnson to HR & Administration Manager

We are thrilled to announce the well-deserved promotion of Arlene Johnson to HR & Administration Manager. Arlene joined CCL in 2013, and has proven herself to be a critical part of CCL’s core operations.

“Because of strong leadership and inspiring mentors within the CCL family, I have been able to achieve various professional and personal goals. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great team and look ahead to a bright future full of possibility and excitement. It has truly been a rewarding experience watching the growth of CCL and being part of it all,” said Arlene.

During the most challenging of times where operational compliance and HR requirements are a constantly changing landscape, Arlene has endeavored to stay committed to our clients, consultants and to our staff by providing unique solutions to these challenges.

The role of HR, Administration and Operations has expanded over the past several years as CCL continues to expand, and our clients continue to adopt new requirements, Arlene’s diligence in managing these functions has allowed CCL to continue to operate at the highest industry standards.

Chris Maltby, Managing Director, said, ” Arlene has been an integral part of the CCL US expansion over the past decade. Not only does Arlene work extremely hard for our Clients, Consultants and Employees she is a joy to work with and represents the CCL brand to the highest degree.”


CCL Joins UK’s Kickstart Program to Start the Summer

CCL Joins UK’s Kickstart Program to Start the Summer

Oliver Morse joined CCL’s recruitment team in late May through the UK’s jobs initiative, Kickstart. CCL partnered with the program as part of our focus to help revitalize the workforce, especially for young professionals looking to start their career.

The program is designed to focus on those aged 16-24 that are looking to gain real-world experience but are at risk of long-term unemployment as a result of current restrictions.

“CCL was the perfect choice for me and my career, giving me the platform to work in a global business and expand my knowledge of the industry,” Oliver said. CCL places an emphasis on the learning, development and mentorship of young professionals, setting their career on the right trajectory.  

If you meet the qualifications for the Kickstart program, we would love to hear from you and add you to our team of Kickstart apprentices, please contact to find out more.


Meeting Rising Energy Demands in a Changing Landscape

Meeting Rising Energy Demands in a Changing Landscape

As global markets place more emphasis on the risks of climate change, the EU has become more conscious of its carbon footprint than ever before. The EU has stated that by 2030, they will cut carbon emissions by at least 55%. This, coupled with fuel shortages across the globe, has led to the question of where will our energy come from?

Renewable energy technologies such as solar, hydro and wind, are becoming more viable, however there are still barriers surrounding cost efficiencies and reliability. As the energy market explores solutions to this problem, we will begin to see a resurgence in nuclear energy.

In 2019, renewable energy represented 19.7 % of the 935 Mtoe (Million Tonnes of oil equivalent) of energy consumed in the EU, only 0.3 % short of the next years target of 20 %. Over the next decade, Europe will aim to increase this by an additional 12% (32% total), Increasing by 115.005 Mtoe from 184.195 to 299.2 Mtoe based on 2019’s figures.

Europe’s low carbon leaders; Sweden, Finland, and Latvia, are already sourcing half, and in some cases more than half, of their energy via renewable sources at 56.4%, 43.1% and 41% respectively, leaving tough competition for the rest of Europe. Region-wide carbon tax increases and proposed bans on gas appliances in the UK by 2025, tells the tale of an energy landscape more reliant on renewable sources.

However, there are still industries that are heavy producers of carbon that pose a challenge. For example, Sweden may struggle to phase carbon completely out as their transport sector, and the rest of Europe for that matter, still rely largely on fossil fuels. Transport makes up a huge 30.9% of Europe’s energy consumption, a large percentage that cannot be ignored. While there are solutions revolving around the electrification of our vehicles and implementation of low emission zones, these measures will hardly make enough of an impact on our emissions, especially when there are more immediate solutions within other industries.

Dating back to 2019, the sectors that account for approximately 70% of energy consumption are households, heavy industrial services and agriculture. The majority of this generated from traditional power plants. The transition to carbon-free must be a smooth one to meet energy demands whilst gradually reducing our emissions.

So how can Europe make this necessary transition smoothly? Through nuclear power plants. Nuclear energy has come a long way in the last decade, and is safer and more cost effective than ever. As a result, government officials in UK and France notice the importance in maintaining and developing nuclear energy sources when faced with the urgency of carbon emission reduction. Nuclear power plants are a competitive choice, especially when compared to their fossil fuel counterparts who are regulated and receive carbon taxing. Not only this, but after the costly construction price they are relatively inexpensive to run during their 60-year lifespan.

Global energy demands have been predicted to increase by 1.9% per annum until 2040. Additionally, 750,000 construction workers are said to retire between now and 2036. Nuclear projects such as Hinkley Point C as well as plans for Sizewell C will attempt to revitalize the industry by attracting younger workers, reinforcing the construction workforce, and helping meet energy demands whilst reducing emissions.

As a business, CCL always aims to support the wider economy and add value to our clients, especially as they expand into emerging or difficult markets. Even during the pandemic, our Nuclear division grew rapidly, and we offered continued support to projects like HPC, ITER, Sizewell C and OL3 across Europe. Our Nuclear team has over 15 years of recruitment industry specific experience and a network of over 50k qualified nuclear professionals. We are looking to grow further in coming months and will open new offices across the region, if you want to be part of this journey, get in touch with our recruitment team in London.

-Written by EMEA Associate Director, Zeeshan Mehtab (data sourced by Oliver Morse)

Sources and helpful links

Is Nuclear Power Poised for a Resurgence?

Nuclear Power Looks to Regain Its Footing 10 Years after Fukushima’s,the%20U.S.%20Energy%20Information%20Administration.

Energy statistics – an overview

Hinkley Point C: how the megaproject can help fix the UK’s skills shortage

Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring 2017 Edition

Economics of Nuclear Power

CCL UK Director Jon Cox Volunteers at Vaccine Clinic

CCL UK Director Jon Cox Volunteers at Vaccine Clinic

In such a time where so many have struggled to maintain a sense of normalcy, the world is embracing the opportunity to resume life as they knew it. Coronavirus has been, and continues to be, a tragic and devastating force on the world. However, hope is now spreading as vaccines are being rolled out across the globe, and the demand for front line workers has never been higher. However, with the help and assistance from volunteers working at vaccine centers, more and more people are gaining much needed access.

CCL takes pride whenever our employees go above and beyond, and in this case, we would like to take the opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation to, Jon Cox, CCL’s UK Regional Director. Over the past several months, Jon has been a regular volunteer at newly established vaccine centers in London. It is at one such center Jon was volunteering where VIP London Mayor, Sadiq Khan received his injection.

During this time of pandemic restrictions, Jon also worked diligently to repatriate CCL consultants who were working abroad during international shutdowns in order to ensure safe and available mobilization solutions.

There is still a lot to do, especially in remote areas of the world, where many of our projects take place, however we thank Jon, and the thousands more like him, for volunteering their time and resources to do their part in conquering this global issue.

CCL Appoints New Associate Directors

CCL Appoints New Associate Directors

CCL Global are excited to announce the promotion of both Paul Popovic and Zeeshan Mehtab, to the positions of Associate Director – North America and EMEA Associate Director of Energy, respectively. Both Paul and Zeeshan initially joined CCL’s recruitment function, bringing a collective 20 years of experience to the team.

Paul’s professional portfolio with CCL has been second-to-none with regards to growth and saturation amongst some of the energy industry’s leading clients, including assembly of full project teams and the diversification of CCL’s business into other energy subsectors. As a result of Paul’s efforts, CCL’s engineering and project services division has more than doubled in size over the past 3 years.

Geoff Owen, Regional Director – North America said, “Over the past few years, Paul has proven himself to be at the bedrock of CCL’s success in North America. He offers outstanding service to clients and contractors alike, as well as assisting with the development of our business’ strategic direction. He deserves nothing less than this promotion and I speak for the entire CCL Global family when I say we are privileged to have someone of Paul’s caliber on the team.”

Zeeshan has been tasked with leading CCL’s efforts across the EMEA region to not only expand our client base but diversify our services across multiple industries and sectors, of which there have been numerous successes and important client awards.

Keith Jones, EMEA Business Director said, “Zeeshan strives to add value to our customers and continuously creates opportunities for the CCL community. Zeeshan provides a solid platform for our staff to succeed especially with his mentoring and stewardship within the sales and commercial teams. Zeeshan contains all traits that embody being a CCL employee. This is a thoroughly deserved promotion and we look forward to watching his continued success at CCL.”

The decision for CCL to make these appointments comes at a time when we are excited to highlight our growth, not only internally, but as exciting new prospects arise across the globe. We look forward to the continued service and expertise of both Paul and Zeeshan. 


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