WSP Middle East announces Rob Cooling as Regional HSE Director

WSP Middle East has announced that Rob Cooling has rejoined its business as Regional HSE Director, following a successful tenure with EXPO 2020 Dubai, where he was VP of Health, Safety, Quality & Environment. Prior to this, Cooling held several key roles within the WSP Middle East business between 2010 and 2017, the firm noted.

As part of his role, Cooling plans to further develop WSP Middle East’s reputation for implementing world-class Health & Safety practices, which positively impacts clients, projects, and people, said a statement from the firm.

“I’ve had some incredible learnings over the last five years at EXPO 2020 Dubai, much of which required designing and supporting implementation of an HSE framework across a major programme and event, and effectively working together with a range of stakeholders to achieve excellent Health & Safety outcomes,” he explained.

He added, “In my new role, I’m excited by the prospect of seeing how we can take some of these learnings to support the various clients that we’re working with across the region, particularly in Saudi Arabia, as well as build stakeholder relationships and support operations across our different markets and geographies. My view about Health & Safety is it should always be positive and values driven. It’s about people, relationships and our genuine commitment to care for everyone involved in or affected by our work. By working together with our project partners, I am confident that we can drive continual improvement.”

Commenting on Cooling’s appointment, WSP Middle East’s CEO Dean McGrail remarked, “Rob is a well-known face within our industry, but his experience and intimate knowledge of our business and our client base is what really makes him an invaluable talent to bring into the fold as we set out on our 2022-24 Strategic Action Plan. We’re intent on positioning ourselves as the region’s leading consultant and obviously to do that, Health & Safety has to be an integral part of this – it’s all about making sure that our Health & Safety culture and the way that we approach Health & Safety as a business is really aligned to the wider vision of WSP. I encourage you all to congratulate Rob, and welcome him back to WSP, as we embark on this exciting chapter for our business in the Middle East.”

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