Professional services consultancy WSP in Leeds has appointed two senior roles and recruited a number of new positions to its Leeds team as it looks to secure further contracts in Yorkshire’s construction sector.

The Leeds team has marked a series of successful milestones for key projects in the region in recent months, including work beginning on Central Square, the former site of the planned Lumiere scheme which was mothballed seven years ago.

Derek Devereaux joins the company as discipline leader in the building services team from his previous role at Arup – where he established and developed its building services department in Leeds.

Derek, who has 25 years’ experience in the sector, has worked on a number of high profile projects in Yorkshire including the first phase of the award-winning Civic Quarter in Doncaster which encompasses a new civic office building; public square and the Cast theatre complex.              

Derek said:

“I was attracted to WSP by the strength of the Building Services team already in place in Leeds and the opportunities to work on exciting projects both in the UK and worldwide.

“I hope to be able to grow the team further expanding upon the great skills our team already possess, and to be the first choice consultant for our clients in Yorkshire; delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for the built environments in which we live, work and relax.”

Derek Devereaux - discipline leader building services WSP in Leeds
Derek Devereaux

Roland Craig also joins the Leeds office as technical director in the development business for the north of England.

Roland, who previously worked for Fairhurst as director of transportation, has 23 years’ experience, having been instrumental in a number of private and public sector commissions including BBC Media City in Salford, Aberdeen Harbour expansion and the Newhills Development Framework.

Roland said:

“WSP offers me the chance to work within a diverse organisation which has a strong development and infrastructure team in the North of England.

“My role is to assist in the growth of the business in both the public and private sectors across the Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle offices using my contacts and knowledge of the region.

“There is huge potential for improving infrastructure in Yorkshire and the wider north, with a significant amount of investment in the area.

“This new role marks a great opportunity to be involved at a pivotal time for the sector.”

WSP in Leeds has also added Halifax-born Leeds University graduate Christopher Speight to its environmental business, as senior environmental consultant in contaminated land and development, having joined the company from his previous role at SLR Consulting.

In addition, the building structures team welcomes new recruits Asamnew Asres and Mark Dagnino as senior engineers and Paul Stockhill joins the development team as a senior engineer.

The new appointments are part of a world-wide recruitment drive by the company to grow from 15,000 to 20,000 staff in the next two years.

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. 

Roland Craig - technical director development WSP in Leeds
Roland Craig

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