WSP Leeds recruits six new posts

Professional services firm WSP is celebrating a further six appointments in the last month as part of an ambitious 12 month recruitment drive.

The new recruits include three senior positions which have attracted local talent back to the region from abroad, as the construction sector in the UK continues to bounce back from the recession.

Leeds-born Chris Barrett joins the building structures team as associate director, having worked for WSP Global since 2005.

Chris, who trained at Leeds College of Building and graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University, is a healthcare fire engineering specialist.

He returns to the city following two years in Auckland and Sydney, where he provided fire engineering advice for healthcare organisations across New Zealand and Australia, working on a number of facilities including the new $120 million Hornsby Ku-ring gai hospital in Australia.

For WSP in Leeds, Chris’s remit includes securing new contracts in the growth sectors of healthcare, aviation, and industrial and power generation, as well as providing support at tender stage for seven new schools in Yorkshire as part of the Government-backed Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP).

To ensure the business is best placed to seize the opportunities presented by a growing number of contracts, Honor Morris, a graduate of Leeds Trinity University, has been appointed proposals editor.

Honor, a former award-winning BBC broadcast journalist and published author, returned to the UK in 2013 having spent more than a decade in Canada working in media relations and bid management for two global architecture and design practices.

Based in Leeds, Honor is a key part of WSP’s major bid team to develop winning proposals and will also use her skills as an internationally-experienced presentation trainer to develop employees’ pitching skills throughout the company.

In addition, David Lingard, a graduate of both Leeds College of Building and Leeds Metropolitan University, joins as area head of WSP’s UK proposals team, supporting its Northern and Scottish offices.

David is a veteran of the northern construction market having worked previously with consultants, contractors and as a freelance business development specialist.

He brings over 30 years’ experience and will lead a proposals team in Leeds who provide expert strategic and production support to WSP’s offices in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Anna Sanderson also joins the team as senior proposals coordinator.

The Leeds office also welcomes structural engineer, Liam Bower, from Barnsley, who will work on a range of projects, including the Rolls Royce workshop and office extension in Derby, and Azhar Arif as business systems developer.

WSP’s Leeds team is currently working on major projects including the West Yorkshire Transport Fund; High Speed Rail 2 and were recently appointed by the Department for Transport (DfT) to undertake a transportation study to examine options for improving connectivity to Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA).

The company has 18 offices nationwide and employs 2,600 across the UK and 17,000 globally. 

Anna Sanderson (front) David Lingard (mid left) Liam Bower (mid right) and Chris Barrett. Picture by Andrew Manning

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