WSP, the engineering professional services consultancy, has appointed Blair Mitchell to lead a combined team of all water specialisms across the UK business from January 2021.
Starting his role as Head of Water on Tuesday 1st December, Blair Mitchell, brings over 25 years’ experience in the water sector and will be leading a 300-person business in the UK.
Blair joins WSP from Arcadis where he spent seven years as Business Director and Partner for the Water sector. Prior to that, he held roles at Mace, Sweco and Scottish Water.
Blair’s comprehensive understanding of the water industry’s major challenges will aid the team in becoming a frontrunner in the Water sector, with the intention of achieving this within five years.
The combined Water team will allow WSP to emphasise the true value of resilient and efficient engineering and water management alongside an exceptionally strong flood and costal risk management offering, providing expertise to its clients across all the technical disciplines in the water space within one business.
WSP currently works on some of the most significant projects in the UK for both regulated and non-regulated clients including Severn Trent Water, Northern Ireland Water, Yorkshire Water, HS2 and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, as well as a large portfolio of international projects.
Central to the Water team’s ethos is that all projects are delivered efficiently while reducing risk, and that they meet WSP’s commitment to halve the carbon footprint of all designs and advice provided to clients by 2030,supporting the firm’s Water clients in meeting their own commitment to deliver a net-zero water supply for customers by 2030.
This strategic move will also accelerate the digital, research and development programmes within WSP’s Water offering and provide an exciting and dynamic career path for colleagues.
Blair Mitchell, Head of Water at WSP, said: “Leading WSP’s combined Water team is a truly exciting opportunity and one that I’m really looking forward to. The ambition, dedication and talent of the team, coupled with the many fantastic clients and projects WSP has, will help propel us towards becoming a top-tier Water consultancy.
“With Government signalling its support for significant infrastructure projects to proceed and the climate emergency requiring evermore innovative resilience and adaptation solutions, 2021 is set to be an exciting year for Water at WSP.”
Mark Hurley, Managing Director of Water, Energy and Infrastructure at WSP, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Blair to WSP to lead the transformational change within our UK Water offering. It’s a very exciting time to join our business with the brilliant clients we have and WSP’s industry-leading net zero ambitions.
“We pride ourselves on our dedication to our people, projects and clients and I know through Blair’s leadership that this ethos will thrive. We have a very talented team of diverse Water engineers, consultants and advisors who focus on providing our clients with innovative and sustainable designs and advice, and I’m excited for Blair to meet them all and get started on delivering our ambition.”
In October, WSP UK committed to halving the carbon footprint of all designs and advice provided to clients by 2030, a first in the engineering consultancy sector, and is on course to be a net zero business in operation by 2025.
Dan Williams, UK PR Manager, WSP
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As one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consultancies, WSP brings clarity and vision to complex challenges. Our team of technical specialists and strategic advisers across the UK is part of a talented global family of expertise. Together, we ensure innovative solutions solve complex problems for our clients and the communities we serve, meeting both the needs of today and addressing the challenges of the future.
As the largest environmental consultancy in the UK, WSP takes pride in leading the way we collectively tackle the climate emergency. Working collaboratively with industry organisations, WSP co-founded ‘Pledge to Net Zero’ which commits environmental services firms to science-based carbon targets and public reporting.
WSP is on course to become a net zero business by 2025 – an achievement for which we were named Global Good Company of the Year in 2019 – and announced in October 2020 a commitment to halve the carbon footprint of all designs and advice provided to clients by 2030, a first in the engineering consultancy sector.