WSP has seen the Planning and Advisory section of the business go from strength to strength with a new Head of Discipline and Operations Director, to help grow the profile and success within the Project and Commercial Services discipline.

Stephen Wells has joined as Head of Discipline and will be focused on increasing the profile of the Project and Commercial Services team to other disciplines, developing WSP’s existing external client service offering and expanding their new client opportunities.

Stephen’s experience lies in leading major programmes as a Director on high profile redevelopment and regeneration programmes in both the private and public sector. Previous project work includes the London Southbank Centre regeneration, the design management and venue completion teams for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as the legacy development masterplans for the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Stephen commented: “I am delighted to be joining WSP at a time of real growth in investment, both public and private, into the UK’s infrastructure. With an ambitious growth target for the business, it’s going to take a truly collaborative team commitment for everyone, but the opportunities for us all are enormous. I’m keen to engage with the whole team to understand its strengths and also development needs I can support. Collaboration is key to this success.”

Joan Murray has joined as the Operations Director for Project and Commercial Services.

Previously Managing Director of TPS Consult LTD, Joan has worked on many high profile commissions in a variety of roles from technical delivery to business lead director - including GCHQ, Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Joint Venture JV Board Director bidding consortium for HS2.

As a Fellow of the ICE, Joan is keen to encourage all colleagues to be actively involved in their professional institutions, and to lead the way for the next generation of talented people working in STEM related careers.

Joan says “I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with such talented people and aspire to grow a profitable business in line with the UK and Planning and Advisory Strategies at WSP.  I look forward to building on the success of the Project and Commercial Services team and continue to create an even greater business with more clients, in more locations with more services across diverse sectors”.

WSP also welcomes to the Planning and Advisory business, Anne Dugdale, who has joined as Technical Director.  A Chartered Town Planner and formerly Network Rail’s Head of Consents for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, Anne will lead on WSP’s work with rail clients. 

Anne has also worked on many water and sewerage schemes and will help to drive the planning and consents work in the water sector. The arrival of Anne highlights the growing strength within the town planning team and increases the total number of WSP’s UK town planners up to 60 people.

“WSP has impressive technical capability and I’m delighted to join its talented and growing team,” says Anne. “It’s a welcome return to consultancy; I’m excited by the opportunities this role brings to collaborate with clients and to support the planning and delivery of infrastructure development.”

Ian Liddell, Managing Director of Planning and Advisory at WSP says, “I am delighted to welcome the latest senior appointments in our Planning and Advisory teams, which now total over 2,000 colleagues providing a wide range of specialisms across infrastructure and development projects for public and private sector clients .

“We have ambitions to grow and excel as a top-tier consultant and advisor, particularly at the early stages of the planning and project lifecycle. Stephen, Joan and Anne join us at an exciting time and I very much look forward to us working together,” continues Ian.

The Property and Building business unit of WSP also celebrates the appointment of their new UK Head of Smart Buildings, Matthew Marson who will be growing WSP’s Smart Building capability.

Previously Accenture’s UKI Connected Buildings Lead, he focused on designing and delivering digital real estate transformation and human-centred Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within the built environment. Matthew was also elected as a Fellow of the RSA in 2017 and named as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Young Visionary 2016/2017 for his work in creating The World’s Most Connected Building.

Matthew explains, “There’s so much to be excited about in joining the team at WSP; the projects, the clients, the ecosystem of partners and the chance to work with the world’s best engineers to collaborate and develop how we elevate buildings using technology. I really do believe that smart buildings is the next epoch in architecture.”





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Notes to editors

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.