awA Warwick BEng CEng MICE SiLC – Chairman and Managing Director

Alex has 30 years’ experience in geotechnical and geo-environmental investigation and consultancy. He is a Registered SiLC (Specialist in Land Condition), a Chartered Civil Engineer, and he holds an honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Alex began work at Nicholls Colton in 1987, as a Junior Geotechnical Engineer.  Over the next decade he worked his way up to Principal Engineer, with full responsibility for the technical and managerial running of the Geotechnical Division. He took a particular interest in human health and landfill gas risk assessment, and in 2006 his expertise was recognised when he gained the prestigious SiLC designation – Alex being one of only a very few professionally qualified contaminated land practitioners in the UK.

Alex has acted as an Expert Witness on behalf of a number of clients over the years, in the areas of landfill gas migration, disputes relating to the extent and nature of contamination, and allegations of pollution. He has a formidable capacity to forensically analyse all of the facts, and has won praise from clients and legal teams alike.

Alex was appointed as an Associate Director in 2004, and in 2006, together with Ian Elliot, he took over ownership of the firm following the retirement of the previous Directors.

Today Alex is the Chairman and joint Managing Director of the Nicholls Colton Group. He continues to act as a geotechnical / contaminated land consultant.

In his other life, Alex is an acclaimed and in-demand rock drummer. He plays in a UK based Cliff Richard and The Shadows tribute; in a French Neil Young tribute; and in a blues, rock and originals band comprising a German ‘Clapton’. He travels to Germany several times a year to tour with his French, English and German bandmates.

Alex was one of the first musicians to use YouTube as a way to show off their skills – and today he has over 1.5 million views of his drumming videos, in which he demonstrates his approach to the music of Genesis, The Police and other interesting drum parts.

In 2009, Alex was approached by an American keyboard player who had seen his Genesis work on YouTube. As a result, the ‘iGenesis Project’ was born – an internet based band that comprised amateur musicians from around the world, who would never meet in person. Producing only one or two videos a year, this on-going project recreates note for note some of Genesis’ most iconic work, to much critical acclaim.

Have a look at an iGenesis video here, and see for yourself – LINK 




ieIan Elliot DMS, MIATCEO and Managing Director

Ian has over 30 years’ experience with Nicholls Colton. His expert knowledge in materials testing extends to bridge, pavement and building investigations, and he has specialist laboratory testing experience across a wide range of constructional materials.

Ian joined Nicholls Colton in 1986 as a Materials Technician working on site on new build infrastructure projects and refurbishments, including the A616 Stockbridge bypass which was his first site, and various motorway and trunk roads along with RAF base refurbishment schemes. He quickly gained a wide breadth of experience and expertise.

Ian was asked to represent the company on a World Bank study into the condition of bridges on the island of Bioko which forms part of Equatorial Guinea.  He formed an integral part of an 8 strong international team investigating, sampling and testing concrete bridges, which were often in disrepair and in almost inaccessible locations.  Despite contracting malaria, this was a great experience and it resulted in significant development of Ian’s structural investigation knowledge and techniques.

Throughout the ‘90s and early ‘00s Ian worked as a Materials Engineer and Project Manager specialising in structural investigation of bridges and buildings throughout the UK, developing the business capabilities and technical capability, including specialist techniques for investigation bridge half joints and post tensioning systems.

Ian was appointed as an Associate Director in 2004, and together with Alex Warwick, he took over ownership of the firm following a management buyout in December 2005.

Today Ian is the CEO, Financial Director and joint Managing Director of the Nicholls Colton Group, developing and managing the strategic growth of the Group, which has more than trebled in size and which is forecast for continued growth.  Despite his managerial responsibilities Ian still designs investigations for specialist structures for specific customers.

Outside of work Ian is the volunteer Manager for the Amateur Swimming Association, responsible for England Water Polo, developing and implementing the strategy from grass roots to International representation.  Ian’s interest in water polo followed from being a successful swimmer himself, representing County and District and winning medals at National level.

In his late teens, Ian took up water polo, first as a Player and then as a Qualified Coach.  Ian is still an active Coach, recently within the England Water Polo Programme as Head Coach, and for Coventry and Leicester at Club level.

Both of Ian’s children play water polo, and have proved very successful. In Ian’s own words ‘they are significantly more talented athletes than I ever was’. His children represent Great Britain and England for water polo, competing at various events including European and World Championships, alongside their very successful domestic playing careers.