Nottingham-based civil and structural engineering consultancy BWB says it is planning for growth after revealing a flagship hire from a major PLC.
The former head of Capita’s infrastructure business has taken a senior role at the firm, which is part of the rail systems giant CAF Group
Graham Sant joins BWB as an Executive Director with a remit to strengthen the firm’s delivery of major infrastructure and regeneration projects.
His 30-year career includes spells managing and delivering significant schemes for a number of high-profile clients, including HS2, Network Rail and Highways England in the UK, and the Mecca-Medina high-speed rail project in Saudi Arabia.
He also has extensive senior experience working with major utility companies, the Environment Agency, central and local government and place-based partnerships across the UK.
Graham said: “BWB is an incredibly entrepreneurial business and it’s a real pleasure for me to join a team which has the culture to think innovatively, act responsively and get things done for clients. It has immense technical expertise but is also a really agile organisation.
“These are challenging times, but we can see some real opportunities to lever BWB’s expertise in new markets, to build on its reputation for major projects and to work alongside colleagues at CAF.”
Graham, who will operate nationally, added: “There is a range of substantial opportunities for BWB across the UK, including some significant potential here in the Midlands. We’re particularly keen to see how the proposals for a development corporation in the East Midlands evolve as this seems to be very well aligned with the government’s levelling-up agenda.”
Steve Wooler, CEO of BWB Group, said: “Whilst market conditions remain challenging, we are actively recruiting and have identified some key opportunities for the future, both in the UK and abroad. We have a strong pipeline of flagship infrastructure projects, including the booming logistics and distribution market – particularly visible here in the Midlands.
“As a business, we’re building with boldness so that we can maximise those opportunities and we won’t hesitate to make further strategic appointments where they add value.
“Graham’s appointment is a perfect example of our determination to build on our reputation for delivering major development and regeneration projects and we’re thrilled to bring on board someone with his track record and reputation.”
Alongside the recruitment of Graham Sant, BWB is also welcoming back Chris Miller-Jones, who returns to the business after three years in the USA with Arcadis.
As BWB’s Sustainability Director, Chris will focus on the corporate advisory, asset management and institutional funding sectors.
Steve Wooler added: “Chris’s return is a response to the increasing importance of sustainability to our clients, to BWB’s business ethic, and a testament to our growing expertise in this specialist arena. He knows BWB well and will quickly add real value to the wider business.”