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WSP scoops up DHV trio for maritime push

6 Jul 16 Consulting engineer WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is targeting the maritime sector with the recruitment of three experts from a Dutch consultancy.

Left to right are Roy Van Eijsden, Simon Harries and Andy Penfold
Left to right are Roy Van Eijsden, Simon Harries and Andy Penfold

Simon Harries, Roy Van Eijsden and Andy Penfold all arrive from Royal HaskoningDHV and have been made directors of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Simon Harries will lead the expanded maritime business. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the planning, design, project management and supervision of large maritime projects. He has led acquisitions in the UK and Turkey and opened up new businesses in Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Oman, and Abu Dhabi, among others.

Roy Van Eijsden is a corporate risk specialist, focusing on international economic and legislative developments and market trends for clients. He has worked on infrastructure projects across six continents with multinational oil & gas and chemical companies, port & shipping lines, financial, legal and private equity firms.

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Andy Penfold is a shipping economist with experience in market and financing studies for the port and shipping industries. He founded Ocean Shipping Consultants in 1986, and sold it to DHV in 2011. At WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff he will be responsible for commercial market studies in the shipping and port markets at a global level.  

Simon Harries said: “We have joined WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff for its unrivalled reputation for international projects and profile. There is an ambitious global strategy for the growing maritime sector and a strong track record for technical expertise across the UK, Europe, South Africa, North America, and beyond. In the coming months I’ll be looking at how we can best utilise our diverse skills and share knowledge to the benefit of our people and clients.” 

Ian Liddell, WSP’s UK head of development, said: “This is an exciting move that helps us to fulfil our strategy of providing a market-leading offer for clients that want world class work on all consultancy services. Simon, Roy and Andy combine industry leading experience with the client advisory knowhow that can take our ports and maritime offering to the next level. Working together with our existing maritime, transportation, and infrastructure experts in the UK and internationally will provide more opportunities for our people and increase our project offering.”

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