Press Release: Draper Aden Associates Hires Robert Barclay as Chief Human Resources Officer

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Draper Aden Associates Hires Robert Barclay as Chief Human Resources Officer


Barclay Brings Extensive Leadership and HR Experience


RICHMOND, VA – March 15, 2021 – Draper Aden Associates, a Mid-Atlantic engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm, announced today that Robert Barclay joined the firm as Chief Human Resources Officer. Based in the Richmond office, he will provide strategic and day-to-day operational leadership to the Human Resources and Corporate Health and Safety teams. Barclay also will serve on the firm’s Executive Team.


He has 25 years of experience in human resources and brings a wide breadth of expertise to Draper Aden.


“We are pleased to welcome Rob to the team,” said Jeff Lighthiser, PE, CEO and President of Draper Aden. “Managing our HR functions, he will help maintain and enhance our firm’s high performing culture. We conducted a national search for this position and found a leader who will play an integral part in our firm’s growth as we continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.”


Prior to joining Draper Aden, Barclay served as the Vice President of Administrative Services and HR with Discovery Natural Resources in Denver, CO. In this position, he was responsible for leading the Human Resources, IT, Corporate Security, and Office Administration teams. Barclay also has held HR leadership positions with Ovintiv and Medtronic.


“I’m excited to be joining Draper Aden Associates, a firm with a sterling reputation for excellence,” said Barclay. “Strong teams power great organizations and I look forward to working with all team members to build on Draper Aden’s success.”


Recognizing the value of professional development, he is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management. Barclay also holds a number of advanced certifications, including Behavioral Based Interviewing Certificate and Conflict Management and Mediation Certificate. He is a Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt as well.


Barclay earned a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from McGill University.


Draper Aden provides engineering, surveying, and environmental services to clients through its eight offices in Virginia and North Carolina. For over 45 years, Draper Aden has created enduring partnerships with public and private clients to leave a lasting, positive impact in communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic.


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About Draper Aden Associates


Draper Aden Associates is a Mid-Atlantic engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm. The firm provides innovative services and technologies and exceptional client care for sectors that include energy, industry, private, public, educational, and institutional. Whether it involves the creation of a water distribution system for an under-served community, restoration and reclamation of an environmentally degraded site, designing safe and reliable power distribution systems, adaptive reuse of rundown buildings, or helping to enhance the campuses of institutions where the next generations will learn, what we do today can be looked back upon with pride tomorrow. For more information, visit