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Top brass reshuffle for Atkins

Engineering design services group Atkins has announced a reshuffle of its senior management team.

The move will see Tim Askew, currently managing director of the group’s Middle East operations, return to the UK to become managing director of the Group’s UK water and environment business. Richard Barrett, currently European managing director, will take Askew’s place.

Chris Birdsong, who already looks after the management consultant arm of the group, will add managing director of the European portfolio to his job description. And Graham Roberts, who currently runs the water and environment section of the firm, will retire from the engineering consultancy sector to pursue wider career interests.

Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke: “We have been working hard over the past year to ensure that Atkins comes out of these challenging economic times stronger and positioned for future growth. These changes are designed to help us do this.”

The managers will work together over the next few months to manage a smooth transition into their new roles for each of their businesses from April.