Professional services and engineering firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Leeds has recruited three senior appointments as part of an ongoing recruitment drive to ensure the business is best placed to secure a growing number of contracts across the public and private sector.
Karen Sewell has been appointed as Europe, Middle East, India and Africa general counsel and UK head of legal. With 18 years’ experience working on international corporate and finance transactions, Karen joins WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff from law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP where she was a partner in the firm’s finance and projects division.
Karen, who will be based in Leeds and London, trained at Linklaters, studied at Oxford University, and also spent a number of years working for US firm Gibson Dunn in London and New York.
Karen said: “It is a privilege to be joining such a successful, dynamic and diverse organisation as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. I look forward to using the broad range of my legal and commercial experience to contribute all I can towards delivering the strategic plan and building on the impressive growth already achieved.”
Geoff Bowman will head up the private sector development team, bringing a wealth of knowledge in his specialist area of transport planning. Geoff joins the company from his previous role at SCP where he set up the company’s Leeds office.
Originally from Middlesbrough, Geoff studied Civil Engineering at Sheffield University and has worked in Yorkshire for more than 30 years, advising on traffic issues for a range of high profile schemes including Granary Wharf in Leeds and the new Kirkstall Bridge Retail Park.
Sustainable buildings specialist David Warwick also joins the company as associate in the building services team. David, who is originally from East Yorkshire, has spent the last five years working in the Middle East for the sustainability department at the Urban Planning Council in Abu Dhabi.
David was responsible for reviewing and approving the energy performance of all projects submitted for certification and major schemes include the Masdar Headquarters and Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.
David said: “I’m looking forward to making the most of a growing number of opportunities in the sustainability and renewable energy sector and bringing knowledge learned from our world-class projects to local schemes here in Yorkshire.
“Our specialist team can make a positive impact on the energy performance and carbon emissions of projects by working closely with architects at the early stages to integrate passive design principles and appropriate renewable energy technologies.”