WSP – Key Appointments Notice

WSP has announced a number of new key hires and internal appointments in a busy start to 2014 as the global consultancy aims to grow from 15,000 to 20,000 staff in the next two years.

WSP is delighted to appoint Tom Smith as global director for property and buildings. Tom has been with WSP since 1994 and has held a number of senior positions in the UK, Middle East and India as well as being closely associated with many of WSP’s flagship projects and strategic clients.

A member of WSP Global’s executive team, Tom will now focus on achieving WSP’s strategic goal of being recognised as the leading property and buildings consultancy by 2015.

Tom Smith said:

“All the drivers coming from WSP’s clients, staff and projects demand a global response. Projects are becoming clustered into major programmes that span many countries. I therefore look forward to positioning WSP as a global leader whilst continuing to be best in class in domestic markets.”

WSP also announced in the past month that Julie Carrier will be heading up its fast growing rail business from Amey. With over 20 years’ experience in the management, design and delivery of operational railways Julie’s appointment reflects the rapid growth of WSP’s rail business, growth that the firm expects to continue this year against a strong market. It follows the appointment last year of new head of rail systems, Chris Lawrence, and comes on the back of several recent wins.

Peter Lloyd joins from AECOM as senior technical director responsible for the Manchester and Leeds offices of WSP’s building structures business. With 25 years’ experience including nine years in Hong Kong, Peter has worked as project director on a number of high rise developments such as the £70m Unity development in central Liverpool, the high rise Flame Towers Project in Baku and on three towers of 56, 58 and 62 storeys on Hong Kong Island.

Alan Gravatt, previously of NIFES Consulting Group, joins WSP as associate director of transaction services in WSP’s management and industry business. A landscape architect by training, Alan has worked on various high profile hospital and school projects, and is currently working on a number of hospital PFI clients.

Senior transport modeller Yan Zhu rejoins WSP from the University of Cambridge’s Department for Architecture, having previously worked for WSP between 2004 and 2010 in the Cambridge Policy & Research team. Yan is an expert on land use modelling, transport demand and all forms of data analysis. She will be working for the London transport modelling team in WSP’s development business. Yan is currently working on a study of Saudi truck movement and data analysis of bus journey time variation in the UK.

Gui Gui is a principal engineer who has recently started work in the Cambridge office. Gui has a PhD in computer science, and joined us from JMP where she worked on micro-simulation and traffic assignment, as well as a variety of other travel demand and data analysis projects. Gui will be working with Yan Zhu on the Cambridge Sub Regional Model, and the Saudi Trucks study.