Roger Nickells to Be New Buro Happold CEO

International engineering firm, Buro Happold is to appoint Roger Nickells as Chief Executive Officer.

Business Wire


International engineering firm Buro Happold 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, Buro Happold’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 Buro Happold into the future.

Commenting on his new role, Roger Nickells said, “I am proud to have the unanimous support from the Partners at Buro Happold. We have strong foundations in place for a great future; our business infrastructure, improved performance and strong strategy holds us in good stead. Buro Happold 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 Buro Happold. 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.”

Buro Happold
Stacey Carter, + 44 (0) 77525 765 812


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