Chief executive officer, Middle East & Africa
Simon Moon joined Atkins in 1996 from British Aerospace (now BAe Systems) and has held a number of positions across the Group. In his early career with Atkins he led the UK Defence Systems businesses as managing director. He subsequently became commercial director for UK Design and Engineering Solutions, then Group business improvement director, before becoming managing director for UK Design and Engineering. He joined the Middle East regional business in November 2011 as chief operating officer before assuming his current role as chief executive officer in November 2013. Simon is a chartered mechanical engineer and fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Managing director – Africa
Paul Shepherd-Smith became managing director – Africa in early 2016. Paul has enjoyed an international career that has taken him to culturally diverse locations around the world and seen him working on numerous large and complex major projects, including Dubai Metro. During his 11 years with Atkins he has successfully held technical, business and operational roles, with three years spent within the Groups’ global design centre in India.
Regional commercial director
John Berry came to Atkins in 2007, joining the site based contractor’s design team on the Dubai Metro project and taking over the position of Commercial Manager. Following on from this John has supported the Middle East rail business as commercial director and project manager, providing contract and financial expertise on all its proposals. A chartered civil engineer, his career began as site engineer for civil engineering and building works with UK contractor Tilbury Construction. John subsequently completed 16 years of design, consultancy and site supervision services for Parkman and Mouchel in the UK highways and rail sectors. John was appointed as regional commercial director for the Middle East in February 2014.
Country director, Qatar
Lesley Desport has been appointed Country director for Qatar in September 2016. She is also the Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Qatar (ICE). Lesley obtained a BEng Honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK and later returned to the same institution obtaining a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2010. She is a Chartered Engineer and was recently awarded the grade of Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE). Lesley is currently working towards acquiring an APM qualification.
Managing director – Faithful+Gould
Campbell Gray is responsible for Faithful+Gould's operations in the Middle East region, with 20 years of technical advisory experience across infrastructure, energy, hospitality, health, education and property sectors.
Prior to joining the ME business, Campbell held the position of International PPP Director, with expertise on all three sides of the transaction process including; public sector advisory, consortia and funders, offering a truly rounded commercial perspective. Now responsible for the strategic growth of the Middle East business, he has some great lessons learned to share from his international transaction advisory experience.
Managing director, Saudi Arabia
Ghaith assumes the role of the managing director for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is a member of the Middle East Senior Leadership Team (ME SLT). He joined Atkins in 2001 as part of Atkins NA, previously known as PBS&J, and joined the Middle East business in January 2011. He holds a PhD in Geological Engineering from the School of Mines and Technology in South Dakota, USA and is a registered professional Civil Engineer in the state of Nevada, USA.
Managing director, Property
Tom Hasker joined the Atkins group in 2013. He has more than 18 years’ extensive experience across client and design management, project management and property development and the construction industry. He has delivered major projects and programmes in the hospitality, healthcare, retail and commercial sectors in the Middle East and Australia. Tom is responsible for the strategic growth of Atkins’ property sector activities across the Middle East, with a focus on the markets of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman.
Managing director, Transport & Infrastructure
Phil Malem has been appointed Managing Director of Transport & infrastructure in the Middle East & Africa (MEA), from September 2016. Phil has been with Atkins for 7 years. He was previously managing director of Energy’s global Power and Renewables business, and already based in the Middle East. Phil brings with him a wealth of broad industry experience, strong capabilities in strategic client engagement and successful business leadership.
Managing director, Oman
Marco Malpiedi joined Atkins from Parsons in September 2013 as managing director for Oman. He has extensive experience in the region, including a period managing activities in Oman for Danish consultancy COWI, with whom Marco has spent much of his career since graduating in 1981. Among a number of senior international roles, he went on to spend three years on the company’s gulf executive board leading region-wide activities, in addition to time spent with Buro Happold as country director for the UAE.
Grant joined Atkins in November 2009 following 6 years as Finance Director for Hyder Consulting in the Middle East. He has a First Class honours degree from The University of Stirling and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland since 1995 having qualified with KPMG.
Director, marketing and communcations
Dale Potts has been appointed Director, Marketing and Communications in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) . Dale is a chartered marketer (MCIM) and qualified building engineer and has spent her career in construction and engineering related contracting and professional services marketing and business development. She has been with the Atkins Group for 16 years and her area of expertise is in the construction and engineering sector, strategic marketing, branding and communications, business development, M&A Communications. Dale is also the communications director for Atkins Acuity.
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