Success in Best Companies to Work For Survey

Ryder was awarded 3* status and named top architectural practice in the Best Companies to Work For Survey 2021.

Ryder’s 3* status, the highest standard of workplace engagement in the survey, means the business has ranked 32nd for its first year in the UK’s Top 100 Best Large companies to Work for 2021 category.

Best Companies received entries from over 600 companies across the UK to gain scores across leadership, engagement, wellbeing and benefits.

Testament to Ryder’s commitment to supporting its local areas and wider community in a challenging year, the practice has also secured a position on three Best Companies to Work For regional lists: sixth position for the North East, 23rd in the North West and 20th for London [Large Companies category].

Helen Craddock, communications director at Ryder said, “Best Companies allows us to benchmark against other leading businesses and ensure we continue to be one of the top employers in our industry and in the UK. We’re passionate about making sure our people are as happy, engaged and fulfilled in their careers as possible.”

Established in Newcastle in 1953, Ryder has a global reach with teams based in London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Amsterdam. Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry, the practice is proud to have shown resilience and strength over the past 12 months, demonstrated by the 102 new people it has recently welcomed to the business.

Championed by Ryder’s leadership team, people engagement is at the core of Ryder’s success. As Ryder receives the accolade of Top Architectural practice in the Architect and Surveyors Five Best Companies to Work For category, we are delighted to announce the formation of four new teams based in Newcastle led by directors Helen Craddock, Jonathan Seebacher, David Stabler and Lee Taylor, and Sheldon Walsh. Several other rising stars have also been promoted including three architectural directors and seven associates.

Left to right: Helen Craddock, Jonathan Seebacher, David Stabler, Lee Taylor, Sheldon Walsh


Speaking on these positive and exciting changes within the practice, Mark Thompson, managing partner at Ryder said, “I am extremely proud of the breadth and diversity of talent we have at Ryder and this accolade is a testimony to the whole team. This success follows our recent Queen’s Enterprise Award for International Trade and some excellent client survey results which confirm Ryder’s dedication to delivering the highest standard of work for our clients and wider community.”