Currie & Brown expands Infrastructure group to support strategic business growth
19 September 2023
New hires bring cross-sector expertise to growing group
Leading consultant, Currie & Brown has announced a series of senior hires into its Infrastructure group to augment the firm’s multidisciplinary expertise across the rail, road, aviation, energy and maritime sectors.
The news follows several new client wins and framework appointments for the firm, which was recently appointed to the £500m River Thames Scheme and the Department for Transport’s STARThree Framework. Over the past year the firm has seen exceptional growth of 25% in the infrastructure sector, and now comprises over 150 professionals working across the UK and internationally.
The new hires to the firm include Ian Bayes, Senior Director, Phil Iwobi, Director, and David Hutchens, Associate Director. Together they boast over 80 years of industry experience, gained working on landmark infrastructure, engineering and energy projects in the UK and overseas. These include London Bridge and Blackfriars rail stations, Heathrow Terminal 5, EDF New Nuclear, Tuas Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Station, Singapore Thames Water AMP 1 and 2 Programmes plus Rail Electrification of the Greater West Mainline and the Elizabeth Line.
All bring extensive commercial and project management experience to Currie & Brown, with specific expertise in major project procurement, contract management, cost planning and delivering business benefits. They also have a deep understanding of client needs and objectives, having worked both in-house and client-side for major organisations including the Department for Transport, EDF, Network Rail, Thames Water, BAA and Transport for London.
Eryl Evans, who has led Currie & Brown’s Infrastructure group for the past 10 years, will also be stepping into a new role as National Head of Infrastructure. Given the continued long-term investment pipeline for UK infrastructure, Eryl will focus primarily on the 5-year horizon. He will lead on developing services and strengthening capability throughout the UK and mainland Europe, whilst maintaining long-term relationships with Currie & Brown’s existing client base.
Eryl Evans, National Head of Infrastructure, Currie & Brown comments: “The Infrastructure sector plays a vital role in economic development, with a pipeline of investment totalling over £650 billion in the UK alone. Our wealth of experience consulting on national projects, from HS2 to Tilbury2, means that we are ideally placed to support the sector, and this is reflected in the success of the practice. We’re incredibly pleased to welcome Ian, Phil and David into the team. Each bring exceptional expertise and share our commitment to delivering value to our clients.”
Ian Bayes, Senior Director, Currie & Brown Comments: “There are several key things that set Currie & Brown apart, among these are its collaborative culture and commitment to working with clients to achieve their specific objectives. It’s a real pleasure to work with a team that doesn’t just deliver infrastructure projects, but ensures they achieve their potential to unlock economic, societal, and environmental benefits. I look forward to working with the team through this period of growth and into the next chapter.”