Jim Coleman will join WSP's Planning and Advisory business as Head of Economics and the business also welcomes Freight Transport Director and Life Cycle Assessment Lead

WSP, the engineering and professional services consultancy, has welcomed three new appointments to its Planning and Advisory business in the UK, placing the firm in an even stronger position to offer front-end planning and advisory expertise for a number of growth sectors.

Jim Coleman is appointed Head of Economics at WSP in the UK

Jim Coleman is appointed Head of Economics at WSP in the UK

Joining as Head of Economics, Jim Coleman will lead the consolidation, development and expansion of WSP’s Economics practice in the UK and internationally and is currently supporting on projects for the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development on resilient urban development and inclusive economies.

While building upon existing in-house resources, Jim will strengthen the firm’s expertise in urban economic advisory and strategy, city resilience and competitiveness. This will support WSP’s public and private sector clients’ ambitions to develop prosperous towns and cities that advance the economic wellbeing of all their communities.

Coleman joins WSP with over 20 years of experience in the economics of cities, following previous roles as Director at Oxford Policy Management and Global Head of Economics at BuroHappold Engineering, working on projects internationally including in South Africa, Kenya, Sweden and Australia.

Jim Coleman, Head of Economics at WSP, says: “Joining WSP is a fantastic opportunity to evolve an existing base of excellent technical economics skills into a more strategic economics practice which can sit comfortably alongside the major management consultancies. I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead and linking economics strategically to a range of WSP’s key specialisms, particularly around next generation mobility, energy, technology and green infrastructure.”

WSP also welcomes to the business Chris Douglas as Technical Director in Freight Transport, who brings 26 years of experience in operational, advisory and consultancy services in UK, European and overseas freight transport industries.

Chris brings an expertise in urban freight management planning, freight policy research and freight strategy development, and will continue to develop the freight service offering at WSP in a time of significant UK growth and changing future mobility.

Chris Douglas, Technical Director of Freight Transport at WSP, says: “With the needs of the freight industry and the objectives of government constantly changing, I am delighted to be leading a team in a business that puts future mobility at the very heart of its dynamic transport service offering.

“Transport planning is as much about the movement of goods as it is about people. Both industry and government need specialist expertise with an in-depth understanding of how to maximise the efficiency, economy, safety and sustainability of freight movement, across all modes. I’m looking forward to working with experts across our business, to develop cutting edge, workable, effective freight management solutions for both.”

WSP’s new Life Cycle Assessment team has recently welcomed Senior Consultant Mobolaji (Mobi) Shemfe, who joins as the team’s Technical Lead.

With sustainability so high on the agenda of many private and public sector organisations, Life Cycle Assessment helps businesses to understand the environmental impact of changes to products, services or projects, when the full life cycle is considered.

Mobi’s appointment comes at a time of significant growth for WSP’s Sustainability Team and he will play a key role in the advice offered regarding sustainability, using newly procured software SimaPro, which further strengthens the firm’s offering.

Ian Liddell, Managing Director of Planning and Advisory at WSP, says:It’s a pleasure to welcome our new colleagues into WSP’s Planning and Advisory business, which strengthens and broadens our offering in the UK. Through these hires, we will be able to offer a wider range of specialisms across sustainability and development projects for public and private sector clients.”

“We continue to be ambitious in our drive to grow and excel as a top-tier professional services consultant and advisor, particularly at the early stages of the planning and project lifecycle. Jim, Chris and Mobi join us at an exciting time and I very much look forward to working together.”

WSP was recently named as the leading Environmental Consultancy provider in Environment Analyst's 2019 UK report, making WSP’s UK team of over 1,200 environmentalists the largest Environment Consultancy provider by revenue, in one of the most mature and developed markets for such services globally.


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With more than 8,200 talented people in the UK and approximately 49,500 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 re-development of London Bridge Station and Quarter, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, HS2, Transport for the North Strategic Development Corridor studies, One Blackfriars and the Shard.