Tim Askew elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering - 23 September 2009
Tim Askew, managing director of Atkins in the Middle East and India, has been elected a ‘Fellow’ of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his “outstanding contributions in contracting and consulting engineering”.
Tim’s citation refers to his contribution “to the profile of the profession in the broadest sense, including work with UK and overseas governments”.
Election to the Academy is by invitation only, with no more than 60 fellows elected each year from nominations made by existing fellows. As a fellow, Tim will be distinguished by the title 'Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering' and the designation 'FREng'.
“It is a real honour for me to be recognised in this way”, he said. “Engineering is massively important and never more so than now, when we are responding to the complex demands of the rapidly changing world economy and the challenges presented by climate change.
“The Royal Academy of Engineering is playing a key role in ensuring our profession has a voice on the top table within UK Government and I’m delighted to be able to contribute to this cause.”
Tim became managing director of Atkins in the Middle East and India in 1999. With over 30 years’ experience in the engineering consultancy business, he has overseen the expansion of the services offered by Atkins in the Middle East region, ensuring the company is regarded as a true multidisciplinary consultancy. Not only is Atkins seen as the region’s premier building designer (with projects such as the Burj Al Arab, Bahrain World Trade Center and Al Mas Tower) but he has also helped secure the company’s position as the region’s leading rail/metro and infrastructure designer, with projects including the Dubai Metro and Durrat Al Bahrain.
Tim joins 45 newly elected fellows from the UK’s most eminent engineers, industrialists and leading visionary academics including: Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce plc; Paul Golby, E.ON UK Chief Executive; Sir Peter Mason, Thames Water Chairman; Professor Sir John Bell, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University; and Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Transport and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
The fellowship is a very prestigious honour as it provides the leadership and expertise for the Academy’s activities. The Academy promotes excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering. It aims to enhance the UK’s engineering capabilities, to celebrate excellence and inspire the next generation, and to lead debate by guiding informed thinking and influencing public policy.
The complete list of new Fellows for 2009 is as follows can be viewed at: www.raeng.org.uk/about/fellowship/newfellows.htm
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Notes to editors:
Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies. We have the depth and breadth of technical expertise to respond both to the complex challenges of major infrastructure projects, and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy. Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modelling of a flood defence system or the improvement of a management process, we plan, design and enable solutions.
Recent projects include:
• Major infrastructure works, such as the design and programme management of the civil works for the Dubai Metro red and green lines;
• High profile transport planning and urban design – a scheme to deliver a diagonal crossing at London’s Oxford Circus will help solve the problem of pedestrian crowding;
• Key rail projects – helping improve train times on the West Coast Main Line through the design, installation, testing and commissioning of new signalling at Rugby and Nuneaton;
• Multidisciplinary building design – North Road Primary School in Darlington is an exemplar project which raises standards for environmental design and community engagement;
• Vital water and environmental projects – as part of a joint venture, Atkins is providing technical assistance to the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme in Nigeria, which will benefit up to three million people.
Atkins was named among the 20 Best Big Companies to Work For 2009 by The Sunday Times; The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2009; and The Times Top 50 Companies Where Women Want to Work 2009. The company was construction and civil engineering sector winner for the fourth consecutive year in the Target National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2009.
Atkins is the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.