Our people

Gary Tucker


I was always good at maths and sciences and so engineering seemed to be a logical choice of career. A key influence on my career was Stephen Edwards, who was a lecturer on my Bath University course, as well as being the Senior Partner of Hoare Lea. I completed a placement at the firm in 1980 and joined permanently when I graduated in 1981. As a result, I’ve never actually had a job interview! Hopefully, I can see the rest of my career out without one now.

I was elected Managing Partner of the firm in 2006 and stepped down as a partner in 2020 to take a role as Chairman, working alongside Justin and the new leadership team. Following the Tetra Tech acquisition, I will continue to work as a Consultant to assist with the transition.

Engineering human experiences.

When I was based in Birmingham, being able to walk around the city, point at buildings and say “we did that” was always a great feeling. There were so many projects I was involved with, and I am proud to have helped change the cityscape.

A defining moment.

For me, my defining moment was when, in 1990, I was asked to take over as Managing Partner in Birmingham. I have now been at Hoare Lea for 40 years now and never once considered moving elsewhere. Hoare Lea is a great place to work, full of great people to work with and great things to do. Every day there’s a new challenge and I’m still excited by where the firm can go.