Operational executive

Simon Andrews

Simon Andrews

Chief Operating Officer, Middle East

Simon has an honours degree in civil engineering and became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1984. In 2015, after 28 years with KBR, most of which was spent living and working in Oman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Simon joined Currie & Brown as chief operating officer of the Middle East business. He has extensive experience in the delivery of major PM and EPCM projects such as Palm Jumeirah and Yas Island.

 

Kim Berry

Kim Berry

Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific

Kim joined Currie & Brown in Hong Kong in 1982 when the business was known as Widnell. He became managing director of the Hong Kong and China offices in 1987 and in the ensuing years led growth in Asia Pacific from 10 people to over 700 at the present time. Kim trained as a quantity surveyor in Edinburgh, Scotland, and in addition to his qualification as a chartered surveyor he is a graduate in English law from London University. His professional focus is contract drafting, procurement, contract administration and claims advisory work.

James Grinnell

James Grinnell

Group People Director

James joined Currie & Brown as group people director in August 2016, following the acquisition of Sweett Group plc where he had been group HR director since November 2013. Prior to his time in this post, James operated in a variety of senior posts both inside and outside the HR function. These have included management of large-scale change programmes, linked to acquisitions and organisational change. James’ career has concentrated predominantly within the sectors of construction, engineering, support services and property. He is qualified to master’s level, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Alan Manuel

Alan Manuel

Chief Operating Officer, Europe and UK

Alan started his career with an apprenticeship in quantity surveying, becoming chartered in 1987. Having worked for a number of Scottish businesses, he ran his own quantity surveying/project management practice before joining Cyril Sweett as a director in 1999. Alan was appointed chief operating officer of Currie & Brown’s UK and Europe businesses when Currie & Brown acquired Sweett Group in 2016. During his 30+ years’ post-qualification experience he has played a key role in a variety of high-profile schemes for private and public sector clients. Alan is also a member of the RICS QS Leaders Forum and a committee member of both REVO and the Institute for Collaborative Working.

Aileen McEwan

Aileen McEwan

Group Marketing and Communications Director

Aileen joined Currie & Brown in 2008 to set up the graduate training programme for APC candidates, for which she still retains group responsibility. She has been Currie & Brown’s group marketing and communications director since 2012, following two years as international marketing co-ordinator for the company. After graduating from the University of Glasgow with an MA (Hons) in German language and literature, she started her career in an advertising, marketing and public relations agency. She has also worked in the education sector and held a voluntary monitoring role for two government establishments for several years before gaining a graduate diploma in law.

Satyakumar Shetty

Satyakumar Shetty

Chief Operating Officer, India

On completion of his degree in engineering from Mumbai University, Satyakumar started his career as a junior engineer with the Mumbai developer, Lokhandwala Group of Companies. In 1999 he joined Currie & Brown as a senior quantity surveyor. Having helped to expand the company in India and built up a wealth of experience in projects, cost and contract management, he was appointed as the region’s chief operating officer in 2010. A fellow of the RICS, Satyakumar has led Currie & Brown's operations in India where the company is recognised for its expertise across the full range of industries, but particularly in commercial and residential property, hospitality and leisure, retail, education, healthcare and industrial developments.

Paul Wood

Paul Wood

President and Chief Operating Officer, Americas

Paul Wood joined Currie & Brown as president and chief operating officer of the US business in August 2015. After obtaining a BSc in quantity surveying from the University of Westminster, Paul was admitted as a member to the RICS. Paul, who is also a member of the Association of Cost Engineers, is experienced in all facets of the service industry, including strategic planning, contracting, engineering, architectural design and consultancy. His expertise has been gained across a range of business sectors, including high-tech, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, transportation, energy and infrastructure, often for Fortune 100 clients.