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Askew brought back from Dubai in Atkins shake-up

Atkins has recalled Tim Askew, who headed the company’s Middle Eastern business, from Dubai to lead the group’s water and environment business.

Askew, who oversaw the company’s work on the Dubai Metro, will move back to the UK is just part of a wider reshuffle at the consultant:

  • European managing director Richard Barrett moves out to Dubai to become managing director of the Middle East business
  • Chris Birdsong keeps his role leading the group’s management consultancy business, but also takes the European portfolio.
  • Water and environment boss Graham Roberts will retire to: “pursue wider career interests.”

Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke, said: “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.”

Tim, Graham, Richard and Chris will work together over the next few months to manage a smooth transition into their new roles for each of their businesses. They will take over budget responsibility in their new roles from 1 April 2010. 

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  • Many years ago I worked for WSA overseas, at a time when they were more innovative than their competitors and still somewhat separate and different to many consultants - being more industrial consultant based. I trust that WSA, particulary within the Water Sector, will now be able to develop a strategy that will encourage Clients to make premium payments for excellence on an economic value to the customer basis and not in a cost leadership market. Then precedents could be set, innovative design solutions would be worthwhile developing, projects would be cheaper, and consultants and their personnel would be better paid.

    Peter Wilson

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