Roger Nickells new BuroHappold CEO
International engineering firm, BuroHappold is to appoint Roger Nickells as Chief Executive Officer
International engineering firm BuroHappold today announced that its partnership has unanimously appointed Roger Nickells as Chief Executive Officer, effective from Wednesday 25th June. Roger will take over from Paul Westbury CBE, who is to join Laing O’Rourke as Group Technical Director.
“Roger is an inspirational leader and has demonstrated that he has all the right skills to lead our firm towards a new and exciting future. We have an extremely solid foundation, with strong alignment of direction, across the organisation so this is the right time to implement key leadership changes.” said Mike Cook, BuroHappold’s Chairman. “The coming years will be very exciting for us; we have a clear vision for the future and Roger Nickells is the right leader to ensure we achieve this.”
Since joining the company as a partner in 2010 Roger, a civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience, has spearheaded major strategic initiatives across the company portfolio and in particular the firm’s work across the Middle East. Roger has a deep understanding of buildings and cities and their impact on people. He encourages those around him to bridge the gap between science and society. His passion for leadership and intelligent integrated design, positions him on a strong footing to lead BuroHappold into the future.
Commenting on his new role, Roger Nickells said “I am proud to have the unanimous support from the Partners at BuroHappold. We have strong foundations in place for a great future; our business infrastructure, improved performance and strong strategy holds us in good stead. BuroHappold is a world leader in engineering design and our exceptional team continues to show the true value and breadth of engineering solutions for the world’s most difficult challenges.
We would like to thank Paul Westbury not only for leading the firm as CEO over the past 3 years but also for his contribution to our outstanding design portfolio during a career spanning over 23 years at BuroHappold. Having successfully led the business through an unprecedented global recession his team has given us a tremendous platform for the future and delivered year on year record performance throughout. We wish him well in his exciting new challenge at Laing O’Rourke.”