Chief Executive Officer, UK & EMEA
He presently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for the UK, Middle East, India and Africa and is a member of WSP’s Global Leadership Team, Global Operating Team and is Chair of the UK Executive Committee. Having started his career as a civil and structural engineer, Mark spent the majority of his practicing career as a transport planner.
Mark is responsible for setting and implementing strategic direction, encouraging technical innovation, operational efficiency and leadership, to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for shareholders, clients and staff.
He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the ICE and CIHT, with a BEng Hons (1st) in Civil and Transportation Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering (Dr.Eng) by Edinburgh Napier University in recognition of the contribution he has made to the built and natural environment. In 2014, Mark was awarded the Association for Consultancy and Engineering - European Chief Executive of the Year Award.
Chief Financial Officer, UK, South Africa & Israel
Miles is responsible for the financial management and governance of the business including reporting and planning which encompasses the setting and delivery of the long-term goals of the business. Miles continues to draw on his knowledge implementing continuous improvements to financial systems, processes and procurement as well as assessing and completing business acquisitions.
With broad international experience across different sectors, Miles has led significant business restructuring, operational and financial system improvement projects throughout his career. Miles’ career started with Atkins plc and Sulzer AG, moving to Siemens AG as Finance and Commercial Director for the UK Building Technologies Division and after five years took on the role of Mergers & Acquisitions Manager. In 2009, Miles joined Mouchel Group as Finance & Commercial Director becoming Managing Director in 2016. WSP acquired Mouchel in October 2016, and in early 2017 Miles was appointed Chief Financial Officer for WSP in the UK.
Miles is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (ACMA), and holds a BA in Accounting and Finance.
Chief Operating Officer, UK
As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for leading the day-to-day operational and commercial functions of the company and assisting the Chief Executive Officer with the development and implementation of the company’s strategy.
Ciaran has extensive experience in project delivery and operational / commercial management across multiple geographies.
Ciaran is a Chartered Civil Engineer and joined WSP in 2010.
Managing Director, UK Planning & Advisory
The specialisms within Planning & Advisory also include Economics, , Project & Programme Management, Investor Advisory, and Masterplanning. Ian is part of the UK Executive Committee as well as the UK Senior Leadership Team. Having started his career as a civil engineer, Ian developed his specialisms in front-end technical advisory roles on development feasibility studies; transport strategies; concept designs; and as an expert witness at public inquiries and in the High Court.
Ian is responsible across Planning & Advisory for setting and implementing strategic direction; technical innovation; operational efficiency; and excellence in delivery. He is active across a number of major projects, resolving complex transport and infrastructure delivery issues on large scale mixed-use developments in London plus Sizewell C nuclear new build.
Ian is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, with a BSc Hons (1st) in Civil Engineering. Ian sits on the CBI’s Regional Council for the South East and is a Board Member of Capital West London.
Managing Director, South Africa
Mathieu du Plooy
Mathieu is Chair of the South African Executive Committee and also a member of the UK Executive Committee.
Mathieu is passionate about building strong sustainable people business and has experience is delivering these businesses within a multinational business and an Emerging Market environment. Mathieu has delivered projects both in South Africa and extensively up into Africa, together with projects internationally, specifically in the ME and Asia. Mathieu’s background is originally Mechanical, with a specialization in commercial and industrial refrigeration. Mathieu continues to fulfil roles as Key Client Account Director within the organisation.
Mathieu holds a Bachelor Degree in Technology: Mechanical Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Cape Town, an MBA from the UCT Gradual School of Business (GSB) and a MCom in Financial Management from University of Cape Town. Mathieu is professionally registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Engineering Technologist, the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Mathieu is also a member of the Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists.
UK Director of Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility
Rachel Skinner CBE
Rachel Skinner is UK Director of Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility. Rachel is a member of both the UK Executive Committee and the UK Executive Leadership Team. Rachel has authored, scripted and hosted publications and films on topics including “Shaping Zero”, “Making Better Places” on place-making and future mobility, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration. She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events.
In the year to November 2021, Rachel was the 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), focused on a theme of “Shaping Zero” around climate action towards net zero carbon and better climate resilience. Prior to these roles, Rachel headed WSP’s UK Transport business, comprising 600 transport planners, modellers, economists and digital experts.
Rachel is an elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner. She chairs the Carbon stream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and the DfT’s newly established Transport Employment and Skills Taskforce (TEST). She served two years as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland from 2019. Now a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit), Rachel was one of its founding board members in 2005. She was also recently elected to a two-year term on the World Green Building Council (GBC)’s Executive Committee.
In recognition of her services to infrastructure, Rachel was awarded a CBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List. In 2016, she was named by The Telegraph as one of the UK’s Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering; in 2017 she became the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards, and in 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering.
Rachel’s qualifications include: BSC(HONS) MSC(ENG) FRENG CENG FICE CTPP FCIHT HONFSE
Managing Director, UK Property & Buildings
Kamran has over 40 years of international experience in the USA, Middle East, China, and the UK. Kamran is responsible for the overall performance of this multidisciplinary SBU, setting business budget, strategic goals technical excellence, innovation and identifying areas of future growth.
Kamran opened the London office in 1989 and together with other directors has created one of the most successful and dynamic consultancy services in the UK responsible for iconic projects including The Shard, 22 Bishopsgate, and One Blackfriars. Kamran has been responsible for the design to completion of over 30 million square foot of building projects across the globe, many with innovative engineering solutions. He has authored and co-authored several engineering articles and was the winner of the 2013 IABSE Milne Medal.
Kamran received his BSCE and MSCE from Columbia University New York and gained his professional engineering license in New York. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineering and The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Managing Director, Transport & Infrastructure, UK
He joined WSP in November 2020 and is responsible for the operation and financial performance of the five key disciplines in his area of the business, setting and implementing business strategy, operational efficiency and people leadership, all to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for clients and 2,700 staff members.
Charlie has over 15 years’ experience of leading large transportation projects, both in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining WSP, Charlie spent 9 years working for a large passenger transportation provider where he was Chairman of their Nordic and German businesses and Managing Director of Rail Development. He led the rail strategy and business development functions and held Board positions in 10 operating subsidiaries.
Earlier in his career Charlie spent 5 years working in strategic consulting for a “big-4” accounting firm. He brings strategic advisory skills from high profile client facing roles.
Charlie is committed to driving excellence in our client consultancy and is passionate about recruiting and developing new talent while supporting our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Charlie started his career is an Economist working in the UK Civil Service and holds an Economics degree from Manchester University.
Managing Director, UK Water, Energy & Industry
Mark has spent the majority of his career delivering land and environmental planning and consents for major infrastructure projects in the rail, energy, highways and water sectors and is focused on strategic direction and ensuring technical excellence in his area of the business.
Since entering the consultancy world Mark has been involved in establishing, leading and motivating professional consultancy, design and management teams to deliver great outcomes for a diverse range of clients (including HS2, Highways England, Scottish Power, Network Rail, Thames Water, Marlow Foods, GMPTE) and development opportunities for our people. He is committed to driving excellence in our client consultancy and is passionate about recruiting and developing new talent. Mark supports this by chairing WSPs Professional Growth Network for early career professionals, supporting growth and diversity in both graduate and apprentice recruitment.
Mark is a Chartered IT Professional (CIHT) with a Higher Diploma and BSc in Applied Physics and Electronics from University College Galway. Mark also holds a Board position at the Confederation of British Industry - Energy and Climate Change.
Managing Director, UK Rail & Israel
As a member of the UK Executive Committee, Darren is responsible for the strategic growth of a 1000-strong professional services group. In addition to his UK role of leading WSP activities in the rail sector, Darren also leads the growth of our Israel business, delivering transformational infrastructure projects in energy and transportation sectors.
With over 24 years’ experience in the rail, highways and aviation sectors, including international experience in high speed, heavy, metro and light rail infrastructure projects, Darren holds executive responsibility for all WSP activities in the UK rail sector. He is executive sponsor for our rail clients, including High Speed 2, Network Rail and Crossrail, and provides expertise in the development and delivery of complex multi-discipline rail projects. Having led the Parsons Brinckerhoff European Rail business to achieving significant growth, Darren was part of the European board responsible for all rail services across Europe, including UK, Germany, Denmark and Israel.
Darren is a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution with experience of working in client, consultant and contracting organisations.
Human Resources Director, UK, South Africa & Israel
Paul is responsible for people strategy and service delivery and is a member of the global HR Leadership Team as well as the UK Executive Committee. Paul started his career as a personnel professional and worked for 25 years in manufacturing – in the textiles, chemicals and pharmaceutical sectors.
The HR team covers talent acquisition, learning and development, reward, service desk and generalist support. They support delivery of the People Cornerstone under the regional Growth Strategy, which includes elements of recruitment, retention, professional competence development and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action.
Paul is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Economics from University College, London. He represents WSP on various industry committees, including with Royal Academy of Engineering and the 5% Club.
General Counsel for the UK & MEIA Region
Karen is a member of the UK Executive Committee, and a member of and special advisor to the Senior Leadership Teams across the region. Her role also includes being Company Secretary for all WSP companies incorporated in England and Wales.
Karen is based in our London and Leeds offices, and her role incorporates oversight of all legal aspects of the business including strategic acquisition and integration planning, client appointments, claims and dispute management, corporate governance, regulatory and contractual risk, insurance and corporate affairs across the region.
Karen joined WSP in May 2016, and has extensive legal and commercial experience, gained over 20 years in private practice in the UK and the US. Karen joined us from Addleshaw Goddard LLP where she was a partner in the corporate finance team. Prior to that, she trained with Linklaters LLP in London and New York and spent a number of years at US law firm Gibson Dunn LLP in London and New York. Karen graduated from Oxford University in 1997 with a degree in Jurisprudence and obtained the LPC qualification from Nottingham Law School in 1998.
Chief Strategy Officer, UK
A member of the UK Executive Committee, he is responsible for developing, communicating, executing and sustaining the UK businesses strategic growth initiatives.
As part of Paul’s role he has responsibility for market analysis, market positioning, business development, bidding and proposals, key client management and client feedback for WSP’s work across all sectors in the UK. Paul is actively involved in several high-profile multi-discipline projects including One Bishopsgate Plaza, HS2 stations, the expansion and refurbishment of one of London’s most famous 5-star hotels and 2 no. complex confidential projects for the UK Government in response to Covid-19 pandemic.
He is also executive sponsor for WSP’s decarbonisation steering group which is harnessing global expertise to develop and deliver ‘future ready’ strategies to support clients’ efforts to achieve net zero and WSP’s apprenticeship programme which employed 70 new apprentices in September 2019.
Paul is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a 1st class BEng (Hons) degree in Building Services Engineering and has over 30 years’ experience of leading large mixed-use projects, both in the UK and internationally. Paul was recently appointed to the Board of ACE and is the Chair of Future Markets.
Chief Information Officer and Head of Estates, UK and South Africa
Lesley has put in place a high performing Senior Leadership Team which is recognized at a global level for their expertise, supporting global IT transformation to challenge the status quo.
Lesley is focused on delivering the regional Digital strategy and roadmap and has established a business partner framework
and IT operating model to focus on more effective and efficient programme delivery. After a full review, Lesley has implemented an upgrade to the IT infrastructure which has ensured reliable systems and infrastructure.
In the Corporate Real Estate space, Lesley’s smarter working strategy will deliver focus on low-carbon, agile, wellbeing focused city-centre office hubs whilst supporting flexible working. Smarter working has brought together future thinking in estates, IT and Business Administration to deliver offices fit for the future.
Lesley brought with her over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors working in Government’s Cabinet Office as Chief Operating Officer (COO), responsible for all corporate services and security across the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street. Prior to that Lesley worked for Atkins for over 10 years where she held the role of Group Information and Technology Services Executive Director, transforming the IT and Corporate Systems and delivering a new Group/Regional integration programme for IT.
Marketing & Communications Director, UK, South Africa & Israel
Emma has responsibility for strategic sector marketing, corporate communications, public affairs and media relations. She is also accountable for the Company brand and reputation. During her time at WSP she has lead the internal and external communication on numerous and varied acquisitions, delivered an innovative global conference for senior leadership and undertaken a full rebrand across the UK business bringing multiple legacy identities under one name.
Prior to this, she worked at the Australian property developer, Lend Lease, as Head of Marketing and Communication for their EMEA operation, overseeing consultation and PR on major projects such as the Elephant and Castle development, Greenwich Peninsular and the Olympic Village, as well as managing the Investor Relations programme for the EMEA CEO.
Emma holds a BSc in Economics, an LPC in UK Law and has a green belt Six Sigma qualification. Emma is also on the Board of Trustees for a legal charity as well as an educational charity, where she is also a member of the Finance Committee.