New hire for Burns & McDonnell as it makes gains in the UK market

Published on: 29 Jan 2018

BIRMINGHAM, 29 January 2018 – Burns & McDonnell has hired engineer James Crouch to lead its UK engineering team, which is based in Birmingham. The North American firm opened its first UK office in the city last year.

Crouch will be based in Birmingham as the new lead of a growing team of engineers responsible for the engineering and design of future networks for Network Owners and developers. He joined Burns & McDonnell earlier this month, having previously been Head of Engineering at Sterling Power Group.

Crouch comes to Burns & McDonnell with nearly 10 years’ experience in the electricity industry in the UK. He has worked on a range of electrical infrastructure design-build projects throughout the UK, and has significant experience in developing solutions for power network projects.

This follows the news that Burns & McDonnell has achieved accreditation to the three standards covered within its Integrated Management System in less than six months - ISO9001, ISO14001 and OSHAS18001. These certifications cover the design, development, project management and construction of engineering projects.

Jonathan Chapman, Managing Director, said: “We are growing our UK employee base and making gains in the market which are tremendously exciting. In addition to our contracts won, we are developing a team of talented people who will be instrumental in deploying our innovative infrastructure solutions in Birmingham and across the UK. I am very pleased to have James on board. He comes to us with strong abilities and knowledge in this sector, and I know he will bring huge value to our team as we continue to expand.

“As we work to meet the challenges in the UK electric industry, we are also encouraged by the fact that we have achieved ISO accreditations that will permit all our global practices to operate here on engineering and construction projects. The certification is a globally recognised standard ensuring that key standards are incorporated. It is a significant investment of time and resources but is well worth it because of the benefits it will bring to our clients.”

James Crouch said: “I am pleased to have begun work at Burns & McDonnell and to be part of a firm with so much history, knowledge and passion behind it. I am joining the UK team at an exciting time and am looking forward to seeing the company develop and expand in the coming months and years.”

About Burns & McDonnell

We are a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Our staff of 6,000 includes engineers, architects, construction professionals, planners, project managers, economists, technicians and scientists, representing virtually all infrastructure disciplines. We plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world, with one mission in mind: To make our clients successful. For more information, visit

James Crouch

James Crouch joins Burns & McDonnell with nearly ten years’ experience in the electricity supply industry in the UK. He has worked on a diverse range electrical infrastructure design-build projects throughout the UK, and has a particular interest in Future Network technologies. Having worked as Head of Engineering at Sterling Power Utilities Ltd., James is highly experienced in major scheme project management. This includes the development of best practice guidance and policy.

In previously leading a team of 50 people, James was responsible for driving business culture change to become more client centric and focused on client success.  He brings this same drive to his role at Burns & McDonnell. James considers it a personal mission to help develop co-ordinated strategies within the industry for grid modernisation that will implement a flexible, sustainable, and robust power system fit for the 21st century.

Throughout his career, James has been extensively involved in the development, design and implementation of numerous embedded generation projects, including some of the first battery energy storage system (BESS) schemes in the UK. He was also involved in the development and installation of the Willenhall Battery Energy Storage Demonstrator project. This was a pioneering initiative which, at the time, was the largest Grid Connected BESS installation of its kind in the UK.

James has enjoyed an impressive career during which he has honed his skills as Project Manager, Delivery Manager, Head of Network Services and Surveys, and Head of Engineering. Throughout, he has displayed exemplary skills in delivery, leadership, client care and stakeholder management. As Head of Engineering at Sterling Power Utilities Ltd., he was the single section head accountable for all operations, reporting directly to his managing director.