Sweco Expands Transport Team With Two Senior Hires As It Targets Regional Growth
Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has bolstered its transport team with two senior hires as the business looks to deliver new growth across the Midlands and North of England.
Joanna Mole joins the company’s Midlands team from Jacobs as director of strategic consulting for transportation. She has 21 years’ experience and a proven track record in leading complex multi-disciplinary investment projects. This includes undertaking a leading role in a successful bid for the £350 million HS2 London to Birmingham Engineering Delivery Partner contract, and the delivery of multi-modal transport strategy appraisal for Worcestershire County Council.
Based in the consultancy’s Solihull office, Joanna will play a key role in expanding the firm’s transport practice in the region, focusing on securing multi-disciplinary consultancy and infrastructure development projects. In addition, Joanna will bring further focus to business-wide initiatives that complement Sweco’s advisory and planning services.
David Wildman has joined from WSP as technical director, bringing over 13 years of experience developing and delivering multi-modal transport schemes with local government clients across the UK. Past projects include the delivery of the Streets for All initiative in Greater Manchester, CityConnect in West Yorkshire and Congestion Relief in Harrogate, and the development of business cases for major schemes in Norfolk, Shropshire and Lincolnshire.
David will be based in Manchester and will head up the company’s transport planning team for the local government market, with a remit of growing the firm’s client portfolio across the North of England.
Stephen Russell, director of transportation at Sweco, said: “Investing in urban and inter-urban mobility is a key priority for our clients and government over the next decade, as local authorities focus on enhancing connectivity through delivering sustainable transport networks that unlock economic growth and investment.
“Both the North West and the Midlands offer strong growth opportunities, with transportation rightly seen as a key enabler of prosperity and social equality. Joanna and David are both highly-skilled transport consultants, and their expertise will help to broaden our offering and introduce new insight and best practice from schemes they have delivered in the UK and internationally.”
The new hires follow a number of key contract wins in Sweco’s transport division, including becoming partner to two lead contractors on the £8.7 billion Highways England regional delivery framework. Under the programme, which forms part of the Government’s new Routes to Market initiative, Sweco will design a range of major UK road and motorway improvement projects, with services including design, whole life costing consultancy and enabling works to support digital platform transformations.
Last year, Sweco was named as a top ten UK civil engineering firm for the first time in the annual NCE100 ranking of the top civil engineering firms, compiled by the official magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The business leapt 40 places, to take sixth position in 2018.
Sweco currently employs more than 850 people and consults on projects across the UK and Ireland via its network of 15 regional offices.