27 February - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has recruited four senior appointments as part of an ongoing recruitment drive to ensure the business is best placed to deliver a growing number of contracts across the public and private sector.


Julia Gilles joins the Glasgow development team as director with a specific focus to grow the public sector transportation business in Scotland. Previously a transport planning director at CH2M, Julia is a leading practitioner in development planning, transport appraisal and evaluation and was the author of Transport Scotland’s Scottish Transport Infrastructure Project Evaluation guidance (STRIPE). Julia has worked on a number of strategic projects across Scotland and most notably she was the project director on Transport Scotland’s Development Planning & Management Advisor & Auditor and their traffic & transport advisor & auditor. She’s also a professional reviewer for the Chartered Institution for Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

Julia said: “I’m thrilled to join a company with such a strong reputation that is on a clear growth strategy following Mouchel’s acquisition and I look forward to playing my part in developing the business both locally in Scotland and across the UK.”

Steve Rayner is appointed director for the Basingstoke and Godalming building structures teams. A former Equity Partner at Upton McGougan, Steve began his career in engineering at Taylor Woodrow Construction in 1981 and has since designed and project managed iconic projects across the UK and internationally, including the Vauxhall Tower back in the 2000s, Dubai’s Mall of Emirates and the Mirdif City Centre, and the Masdar Infrastructure in Abu Dhabi. A skilled engineer, Steve also invented the precast concrete pile extraction tool whilst working on the Central Reclamation Project in Hong Kong back in 1994.

Steve said: “I am delighted to be joining such a strong and well-established team at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and I look forward to continuing my involvement in the tall and complex buildings sector and being involved in the iconic projects of the future both in the UK and internationally.”

Lisa Jenkinson has been appointed associate director in the Birmingham’s landscape team. With 14 years’ experience working on large infrastructure projects across the UK, Lisa joins from LDA Design where she was part of the team responsible for submitting the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which has now been backed by a Government commissioned review.

Lisa said: “I’m looking forward to start working on HS2 and to be able to contribute my knowledge and experience to this strategic project to ensure that landscape remains at the forefront of the development proposals.”

Brett Little joins the Leeds office as head of pedestrian modelling from his previous role as business development director for pedestrian engineering and major events at PTV Group. Brett has more than 20 years’ experience in transport planning and major career highlights include working for Transport for London on the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he was responsible for modelling the route for spectators from transport hubs to venues as well as wider Olympic operations. 

Brett said: “I’m looking forward to expanding WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s pedestrian modelling capability across the whole of the UK, as well as internationally. Now, more than ever, public and private sector clients realise the importance of designing buildings and spaces around people. The ability to manage the flow of pedestrians is key to creating a sustainable development. From a single building to a city-wide regeneration strategy, pedestrian modelling can help us design a scheme that is future-proof, and it can also save costly re-workings of designs later on.”

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