Arcadis appoints executives to target urban infrastructure

Engineering design and consulting firm Arcadis has made senior executive appointments to its Brisbane and Melbourne offices and plans to increase its involvement in large-scale urban infrastructure consulting engagements.

Arcadis’ Brisbane-based Client Development Leader Paul Allan will assume the role of Cities Director – Brisbane, leading the company’s participation in major urban projects to be commissioned in south-east Queensland ahead of Brisbane’s hosting of the 2032 Olympic Games.

Melissa Bellis joins Arcadis as Business Area Sales Director – Places, responsible for leading Arcadis’ pursuit of built environment and urban infrastructure design and consulting projects nationally.

The appointments follow the introduction in January this year of a realignment of the global Amsterdam-based Arcadis business that sees the business oriented around three business areas: Places, Mobility and Resilience.

Arcadis’ Country Director and Resilience Business Area Director for Australia, David Raftery, said these are important appointments for Arcadis as it steps up its involvement in the market for large-scale urban project consulting in Australia.

“Our streamlined global business structure underpinned by a core capability in sustainability advisory is resonating with project sponsors and clients in Australia. We look forward to the role Paul and Melissa will play in taking the Arcadis’ integrated offering to market,” Raftery said.

Allan has served in his current Arcadis role since 2017 after almost 20 years working in accounting, private equity and venture capital, management consulting and legal services in Australia and overseas. His previous roles have included Ericsson, PwC, KPMG and King & Wood Mallesons.

“It is timely for Arcadis to be sharpening its focus on Brisbane as a global city. It’s clear Queensland Government sees the 2032 Olympics as an opportunity to reimagine the local urban landscape, not only of Brisbane but wider south-east Queensland,” Allan said.

“We expect a significant pipeline of city-making projects to emerge in the coming decade and given our global capability and experience, Arcadis is ideally placed to participate. I’m excited by the potential to bring Arcadis’ expertise to the urban design conversation in Brisbane.”

Bellis joins Arcadis from US-based engineering group Jacobs where she held senior APAC building and infrastructure sales and business development roles over 12 years. She previously worked with Transfield Services in Australia.

“It is an exciting time in Australia as we shape how we use and develop both our cities and regions in a post-pandemic world,” Bellis said.

“In taking on this role, I was attracted by the opportunity to draw on Arcadis’ diverse local and global experience to create places and built environments that really improve the way we live, work, play and connect.

“From creating a sustainable urban experience for our city populations, to supporting social and economic growth in our regions, Arcadis’ advisory and design capabilities are squarely in demand. I’m looking forward to focusing our service offering and consulting teams to best capture the extensive opportunities in front of us.”

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