Job title: Director – I am responsible for integrating engineering into HR Wallingford’s core business.
Professional background: Chartered Engineer (CEng); BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering; Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE); Member of the The International Navigation Association (PIANC).
When did you join HR Wallingford? In 1997, having previously spent seven years with an engineering consultant working on large maritime projects in the UK and the Middle East.
How do you apply your knowledge? I am a Company Director responsible for developing business in the Middle East and in this role I work as part of the board to develop the strategic growth of HR Wallingford. My focus has been growing the engineering business using the core expertise at HR Wallingford. In 1997, when I joined HR Wallingford, the engineering business was run by one or two people. There are now 30 people within this part of HR Wallingford. My aim is to harness HR Wallingford’s traditional specialist hydraulic skills, identify solutions and present them in a coherent package.
HR Wallingford works on over 100 coastal and maritime projects each year. On the engineering projects, I work as a designer, project manager and project director of masterplanning, feasibility study, preliminary and detailed design of marine projects including ports, terminals, LNG facilities, intakes and outfalls and waterfront developments. The projects we work on are quite varied and range from small waterfront developments in the UK to work on the $4 billion Panama Canal expansion.
In addition, on the research side, we have produced guidance documentation to implement risk management into projects as well as integrating health and safety issues into coastal and maritime engineering.
What do you enjoy about your work? Clients tend come to HR Wallingford to solve complex multidisciplinary and difficult problems. I enjoy both the interdisciplinary aspects, as well as well as working on the quirky, challenging and interesting problems.
My aim is to harness HR Wallingford’s traditional specialist hydraulic skills, identify solutions and present them in a coherent package.