Graham White and Russell Hughes.
WSP Middle East, a leading professional services consultancy, has announced two transformative leadership appointments within its regional Property & Buildings business following the formation of dedicated Integrated Design Delivery (IDD) and Integrated Construction Delivery (ICD) teams.
Russell Hughes has assumed the position of Head of Integrated Design Delivery – Property & Buildings, whilst Graham White has taken on the role of Head of Integrated Construction Delivery – Property & Buildings.
Integrated Design and Construction Delivery teams will function as incubators for innovation and efficiency, encircled by core technical expertise and enhanced by technological enablers.
Announcing the key appointments, WSP Middle East said Hughes and White are poised to guide the natural evolution of project leadership with a clear intent to champion a fresh approach towards embedding technology, innovation, and a culture of people empowerment, supporting WSP’s vision to become change agents at the forefront of Design & Construction delivery.
Hughes has been with WSP Middle East for 10 years and was previously a Project Director tasked with looking after multi-discipline projects, including the Vida Dubai Mall, Katara Luxury Boutique Hotel, and more recently Amaala’s Red Sea Marine Life Institute project.
In this new role, he will be focusing on: Rebranding and relaunching the Property & Buildings design management function to re-focus on the future of design delivery; developing an in-house Architect of Record (AoR) capability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and driving strategic growth within the design team.
White has been with WSP Middle East for seven years and was previously a Senior Project Director looking after the Lusail Plaza Towers project in Qatar.
In his new role, Graham will be focusing on: Rebranding and relaunching Property & Buildings’ construction delivery function to re-focus on the future of construction delivery and technical architectural supervision; developing a team of multi-discipline construction phase leaders; adopting a consistent digital platform; and establishing new revenue streams.
On the new responsibility, Hughes said: "It is fundamentally important that the Integrated Design Delivery team functions as the heartbeat of project delivery within Property and Buildings. I am excited to work with the team and wider business to refresh and reinvigorate our approach to design management, in support of our ‘way of working’ objective for relaxed, consistent, organised and high-quality project delivery."
White said: "The construction phase of our projects is vitally important to our clients, people and business. I’m excited by the numerous opportunities to offer something genuinely different in the market for our clients which is focused primarily on driving progress, giving more opportunities for our people to develop and grow, and ultimately contribute more to the business from our construction projects."
Welcoming the strategic appointments, Mark Farley, Managing Director (Property & Buildings), said: "Our industry is at a critical juncture and is ripe for positive disruption. It’s fundamental that we set a benchmark for innovation driven by change agents set on disrupting the status quo by revolutionising the techniques, ideas, and innovations that will transform our regional capabilities."
"It’s with great pleasure to welcome Russell and Graham into these new roles to drive this vision and ensure our clients recognise WSP as a Future Ready organisation, dedicated to pushing the envelope forward as the premier engineering consultancy in the Middle East," he added.-TradeArabia News Service