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Senior appointments: Atkins (SNC-Lavalin), Aurecon, NV5, Ramboll & WorleyParsons

SNC-Lavalin group member Atkins has appointed Graham Candy as managing director, Europe in line with its strategy to increase its presence in the region. Candy, a 25-year veteran of Atkins, will work alongside the existing European leadership team to capitalise on significant regional opportunities across transportation, infrastructure and government digital services.

Atkins’ CEO, UK & Europe, Philip Hoare, said: "This is an exciting time as we bring together our talented teams in Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Sweden with real focus to increase our footprint and client base. Through an ambitious market strategy and an excellent track record of delivery across key sectors, we are well placed to grow our presence in Europe as we look to become one of the region’s leading engineering, design and project management consultancies."

Australian integrated engineering, project management and delivery group, Aurecon, has appointed Louise Adams as managing director for Australia and New Zealand, which together generate c80% of the firm’s revenues. Adams, the first female member of Aurecon’s global board, was previously regional director responsible for Aurecon’s South Australian and Victorian practice. Meanwhile, Francoise Merit, former chief financial officer for Australia and New Zealand, has been appointed global CFO.

Aurecon’s global CEO William Cox (who himself only took up the role late last year (EA 27-Nov-18), commented of these appointments: "Senior female leadership appointments are rare in the traditionally male-dominated engineering and finance industries, yet the benefits are immense. When you get different viewpoints operating in organisations, you unleash creativity, innovation and new solutions on old or intractable problems. This is particularly relevant at a time of enormous cultural change across the property, construction and infrastructure sectors as incredible new technologies help us plan, build and manage infrastructure and the built environment in ways never seen before, truly changing the way we engineer, design and advise."

NASDAQ-listed engineering and consulting services provider NV5 has appointed Kevin Wedman as director of its ENERGY 2021 initiative, which aims to expand NV5’s energy service offerings across its national platform and introduce new service offerings in line with emerging new technologies and the evolution of power generation and delivery, including energy efficiency optimization, energy sustainability, compliance management and renewable energy to NV5’s existing clients and business lines.

Wedman, who joined NV5 in 2014 in order to develop the company’s energy compliance service offering, commented: "By working together to leverage their capabilities, our Energy and Infrastructure Power groups will be able to meet the growing needs of our clients as well as provide innovative solutions using emerging technologies."

Ramboll has appointed six new senior hires to its UK business including Rob Steer as principal within the firm’s compliance, strategy and transaction (CST) practice and Dr Richard Bewley as senior managing consultant within its site solutions offering. Bringing over 60 years’ experience between them, Steer and Bewley join from ERM and AECOM respectively.

Commenting on the hires, Matt Davies, UK managing director for Ramboll Environment and Health, said: "These new hires signal a period of considerable growth for Ramboll’s Environmental & Health division. With his extensive experience, it is great to welcome Rob on to the team, and he is in a great position to help Ramboll continue to assert itself as one of the leading environmental consultancy businesses in the market. Richard is a recognised expert in his field. Having someone with his reputation and calibre within the business reinforces our position as a global leading environmental and health consulting business."

Steven Whittall has been appointed global managing director, environment at Advisian, the independent consulting business line of the WorleyParsons Group. Whittall joined the firm over five years ago and has held a number of positions, most recently as regional managing director (Europe, Middle East, Africa). Tasman Graham, Advisian's former global lead - environment & society, has been appointed Advisian’s global managing director for transport & utilities.

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