Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK has appointed Stephen Russell as its new director of transportation.
Russell joins the consultant from WSP, where he led the UK highways business. He is a chartered engineer with over 30 years’ experience in transport infrastructure, gained working for clients including Highways England and Network Rail and he previously held roles at Mouchel and Atkins.
The appointment marks something of a return to the business for Russell, who was formerly operations director at Grontmij, prior to its acquisition by Sweco. He will be based in the business’ UK headquarters in Leeds, overseeing transport teams in 14 offices across the UK and Ireland. He also joins the Sweco UK leadership team.
Max Joy, managing director at Sweco UK, said: “Stephen is a highly experienced transport and infrastructure professional who brings a range of skills which will complement and strengthen our transport business. He will help us to broaden our offering, bringing much experience from the wider industry, which will be extremely beneficial to our clients.”
Recent success for Sweco UK’s transport business includes playing a major role in the new Queensferry Crossing across the Firth of Forth and being awarded the M6 J10 improvement scheme and Package 4 of the Smart Motorways Programme for the M27 and M3 through Highways England.
Stephen Russell, added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Sweco – it’s an exciting time to be a part of a team that is continuing to grow its market presence, with the recent NCE Top 100 ranking a testament to the journey the business has been on over the last few years. My focus will be to build on our long-standing reputation for delivery, collaboration, and innovation, and continue to create an environment that puts technical excellence at the forefront of what we do, while being an approachable partner to clients and supporting the development of the communities that we help serve.”
In June Sweco was named as a top ten UK civil engineering firm for the first time in the annual NCE100 ranking of the top civil engineering firms, compiled by the official magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The business leapt 40 places, to take sixth position in 2018.
Sweco UK currently employs approximately 850 people and consults on projects across the UK and Ireland via its network of 14 regional offices.