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WSP boosts leadership with two Balfour Beatty hires

WSP has poached two senior Balfour Beatty staff in a major management shake-up.

WSP has poached Balfour Beatty’s head of healthcare market development and its infrastructure services board director in a major management shake-up.

Simon Kydd is to become WSP UK head of healthcare while Glen Player has been appointed infrastructure business area director.

The appointments are part of a huge recruitment drive by WSP, with the business aiming to grow from 15,000 to 20,000 staff over the next two years.

Other appointments announced today included WSP new technical director Rob Kinch, who will join the team’s structural business in London from consulting engineering group Arup where he was associate director.

WSP new associate director Paul Moore will join the group’s infrastructure business in Basingstoke from consulting group Ramboll.

Nigel Rawcliffe has been appointed associate director for WSP’s infrastructure business in Leeds from consulting firm Pell Frischmann.

Mike Walkden will join WSP’s water business in Exeter as associate director from consulting engineering group Royal HaskoningDHV.

WSP’s new senior transport planner Amanda Dixon will join the group’s development business in Basingstoke from consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Rachel Lishman has moved to WSP’s London office as proposals coordinator from WSP in Australia’s Canberra office.

In January, WSP also announced that former Amey programme director Julie Carrier will head up its rail business, with an aim to double its rail revenue within two years.

Mr Kydd will take up the healthcare role after 10 years with Balfour Beatty and will be based in the group’s Birmingham office.

He said: “WSP has a great reputation in the healthcare sector. It is a dynamic business that has the depth and strength of a large group with local, personable delivery. 

“I want to build on the work WSP already do in the health sector while taking a more strategic approach to work winning in an increasingly competitive market.”

Mr Player will take up the role with 33 years’ experience in the civil engineering sector in areas including, highways, transportation, and development infrastructure.

WSP bagged a contract in February this year to work on Network Rail’s Sussex, Wales, Wessex and Western civil assessment framework.  

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