WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff puts faith in Scotland’s young engineers with new placements

Major expansion plans continue at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as it appoints 12 new recruits to its Scottish offices with a focus on young student engineers.

The professional services consultancy has appointed five new undergraduate engineers as it continues to support more young people into the profession.

Connor McCall, Ciaran MacDonald, Jennifer Linklater, James McEwan and Clem Audouy have all been taken on as temporary undergraduate engineers.

Director Pete Dunbar said:

“We’re pleased to offer five student engineers a position within our ambitious company. The Scottish engineering industry is still facing a skills shortage, which is why we are passionate about delivering long-term undergraduate positions to students. We have a strong track record of employing young people who can add enthusiasm to any business looking to expand while allowing them to build upon the skills they are learning at university.”

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, which has worked on key public projects including Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow and the refurbishment of Edinburgh Waverley station, has also appointed Douglas Walker as technical director and Kate Sinclair as an assistant project manager based in Glasgow.

Douglas brings years of hands-on experience delivering high-profile projects in the higher education and healthcare sectors. He formerly led the Edinburgh structures team at Jacobs/SKM where he delivered the Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Lanarkshire, recently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

He said:

“This is an exciting time to join WSP. I am looking forward to being part of the highly skilled, dynamic and growing team, with a clear focus on delivering quality for our clients.”

Kate spent seven years with Lend Lease as a construction manager where she worked on major projects including the Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Centre in Catterick, which is Europe’s largest garrison. Kate is leading the development of a number of new projects as the firm expands including the Portree project with The Highland Council, which involves the refurbishment of an existing hostel, demolition of an existing boy’s hostel and a new build Gaelic Primary School.

Kate said:

“I’m pleased to be on board. I’m working on some exciting and challenging projects set to bring huge benefits to local areas across Scotland.”

Other recruits include Robert Anderson as an associate, Andrew Fyfe as a principal engineer, Stuart Spencer and William Withers as senior engineers and Vikki Patton as environmental clerk of works.

Director Pete Dunbar said:

“Our capabilities and resources in Scotland are gaining increasing recognition with the completion of major projects such as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow, Edinburgh Waverley station refurbishment and the Shard in London.

“Our new appointments, in particular Douglas Walker who joins our senior team, have drive and experience that will be invaluable to the business as we continue to bring our range of services to the attention of the Scottish and UK marketplace.”