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Movers & Shakers
Andrea Voigt has been announced Ventilating and Air Conditioning
Atkins’ Saphina Sharif reveals how
as the new director general of Manufacturers Association.
the European manufacturers’
her desire to help shape the way association EPEE (European Bill Bolsover, chief executive (CE)
society lives led her into the world of
Partnership for Energy and the of Aggregate Industries, John
Environment). She has 15 years Frankiewicz, CE of Willmott Dixon,
civil engineering
experience in the industry and and Daniel Labbad, CE of Lend
intends to continue fighting for Lease Europe, have all joined
the industry’s interests in her new the UK Green Building Council’s
Saphina Sharif first recognised the role. (UK-GBC) board. All are founder
important role civil engineers play members of the UK-GBC and all
in shaping the way we live while in Vivien Fairlamb have actively participated in its
sixth form during an Engineering has rejoined task groups.
Education Scheme. AECOM’s
‘I knew then that I wanted to sustainable Chris Newton has
pursue a career in civil engineering,’ development been announced
says Sharif. ‘The more I looked into group in London as the acting chief
it the more I realised the influence after a two year secondment with executive of
they can have in raising the bar AECOM Design in Orange, engineering
on delivering sustainable urban California. Fairlamb is a LEED consultancy NG
regeneration.’ Accredited Professional (AP) and Bailey. Newton will step up from
Since achieving an MEng (Hons) will be working with AECOM’s his position as chief financial
in Civil Engineering with Spanish, other LEED APs in Europe to help officer, which he has held since
the 33-year-old has held a variety
You could say I’m
support, develop and promote 2004, to perform the role.
of roles, including site supervisor,
assistant contracts administrator
a problem solver
this area of work.
Ridge and
and project engineer. Now she is
who bosses people
Q Design Partners LLP, the
the deputy project manager for the Consultants Ltd multidiscipline
enabling works construction project
recently property and
on the Olympic Park site in London, appointed Paul construction
for engineering consultancy Atkins. project for three years I learn Glendinning as consultancy, has
‘It’s a huge project, over a 246 something new every day.’ its operations appointed Daren Keep as a
hectare site,’ says Sharif. ‘I’m Much of her time is spent director to strengthen its position partner. Keep will contribute to
responsible for ensuring the two chairing meetings to agree project in the UK engineering services Ridge’s mechanical and electrical
main contractors who carry out commitments, actions and market. Paul Glendinning has engineering capability.
the works do it in accordance with individual responsibilities, as well extensive experience in the
the construction drawings and as preparing or reviewing and industry and in his new role he will Andrew Cripps is the new
specifications, ensuring that they authorising documentation and be responsible for developing the regional director in the
have the necessary information instructions. business in both its Maidenhead sustainable development
and instructions they need. I have a ‘My days are pretty varied – given and London offices. group at multi-disciplinary
team of supervisors and technical the fast-paced nature of site works, consultancy AECOM. Cripps will
specialists to help me to achieve and particularly this project, there Scott Strawbridge, executive be responsible for a wide range
this, so basically you could say I’m a are always new issues cropping vice president of the Mechanical of research and development,
problem solver who bosses people up that need resolving. Effective Contractors’ Association (MCA) of particularly concerning alternative
around!’ communication is essential to Northern California, has become technologies, and will be
Enabling works means getting ensure the smooth running of the only the fifth person in the Heating especially focused on developing
the ground ready to be built on. In project so it’s central to what I do.’ and Ventilating Contractors’ relationships with the government
this particular instance, much work Throughout this process there Association’s (HVCA) history to and public sector. Cripps
needed to be carried out because of are a number of different parties receive its Distinguished Service previously led the sustainability
the site’s long history of industrial that Sharif deals with, including the Award, the highest honour which and alternative technologies
use, including demolition work, site client, the delivery partner, and the the association can bestow on an group at Buro Happold.
clearance, earthworks removal and designer. Now communication has individual. The award was for his
soil washing. This can see Sharif been made a little easier by Atkins contributions to the industry over Ian Ellis has been
start work anytime between 8am introducing a project office where all the last 18 years. elected president
and 9am and leave as late as 7pm, the key project parties, such as the of the Building
as the nature of her role sees her project management team and cost Paul Wenden, Controls Industry
both on site and office based in consultants, sit together to enable Fläkt Woods’ Association
equal measure. problems to be dealt with quickly. engineering and (BCIA). Ellis, who
‘Most of my job is focused on In the future, Sharif hopes to product is marketing manager for Siemens
finding solutions so I feel a real take the lessons learnt from the management Building Technologies, takes over
sense of achievement when I’ve Olympics site to other projects. director, has been from Doug Robins. Steve
successfully resolved a problem appointed President of FETA, the Harrison, a controls systems
or helped steer a decision-making
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Federation of Environmental Trade manager (Europe) for Johnson
process. I also love the multi-
appointments and role
Associations. He is also president Controls, is the new vice-
discipline team aspect of my job
profiles to
of HEVAC, the Heating, president.
– even after being on my current
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