Richard Williams has succeeded Keith Howells as managing director of consultant Mott MacDonald.
Howells stepped up from his role as managing director to become chairman on 1 January 2011, following Peter Wickens retirement at the end of 2010.
Williams was group development director, where he was responsible for strengthening the firm’s safety and ethics policy and training. He leads the company’s stance on ethics and is actively engaged with global organisations involved in promoting transparency, high standards and strong governance.
Howells had been managing director for six years. He and Wickens have significantly strengthened the firm’s position, reaching £1bn in revenue, making over 15 acquisitions in the last three years and expanding into Europe by opening offices in France, Turkey, Ukraine and Serbia, as well as further afield in Uganda and Japan. They have developed a strong business in Africa and most recently made a significant move into Australia with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra.
“Mott MacDonald has been able to ride the storm of the past few years of turbulent world economic conditions due to our diversity, our multi-disciplinary skills, global presence and staff delivering innovation and excellence on projects,” said Howells. “Our partnership approach matched with rigorous attention to cost and performance has stood us in good stead. As chairman I will be leading the drive to further improve our performance with a key focus on delivering value to our customers.”
Williams and Howells are supported on the group board by strategic development director Kevin Stovell and director for Europe/Africa Guy Leonard, and for Asia Pacific/Australasia Kevin Dixon.