Leadership

Our PLC Board

Nick Taylor
CEO

Nick is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Graduate of INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. Nick was appointed Deputy Chairman of the ACE (Association for Consultancy and Engineering) and Chairman of its Property Group.

On leaving Oxford University Nick Taylor joined Taylor Woodrow Construction Limited as a Site Engineer responsible for the control of a large section of the Heysham Nuclear Power Station project in Lancashire.

In 1982 Nick joined Waterman Partnership and following initial experience in the civils division, structurally designed numerous buildings from the commercial, residential, leisure and retail sectors. Nick became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1986 and a year later was appointed as an Associate Director of Waterman Partnership. In 1994 he went on to be appointed as Director of Waterman Partnership and in 2000 became Joint Managing Director. He joined the plc Board of Waterman Group in 2003 and became the Chairman of Waterman Structures two years later. Nick was appointed Chief Executive of Waterman Group in June 2007.
In January 2016, Nick was appointed Deputy Chairman of the ACE (Association for Consultancy and Engineering) and Chairman of its Property Group.

Alex Steele
Chief Financial Officer

Alex Steele trained as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and qualified in 1997. Alex was seconded to PWC in Sydney for three years, and returned as a senior manager to the London office specialising in the audits of mid tier Companies.

During her time at PWC she also advised on several buyside due diligences.

Alex joined Waterman in March 2008 as Group Divisional Director of Finance, where apart from a Group role she has been focusing on the international operations.

On 19th February 2010 Alex joined the board as Finance Director.

Neil Humphrey
COO UK

Neil is a Chartered Environmentalist and registered Principal Environmental Auditor with IEMA. He is currently a Board Director of the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE), Chair of ACE’s Pipeline and Procurement Group and an active member of the Net Zero advisory Group.

Neil graduated from the Kings College London in 1993 with a BSc(Eng) in Engineering and Management, and went on to gain an MSc Distinction in Marine Resource Development and Protection from Heriott Watt University. In 1995 Neil joined Environmental Auditors Limited (EAL), specialising in corporate due diligence and contaminated land, and in 1998 was appointed to the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Waterman, Neil was Head of Environmental Due Diligence at Arcadis Geraghty & Miller, and in 2001 Neil joined Waterman to spearhead the development of the company’s due diligence capabilities. Waterman quickly became recognised as a leading provider of due diligence services, and in 2007 was awarded Due Diligence Adviser of the Year both at the M&A awards and Unquote Awards. During this period Neil continued to oversee numerous areas of the business with specific responsibility for the Environmental Management, Due Diligence and Sustainability teams.

In 2009, Neil was appointed Managing Director of the Group’s environmental business and in 2013 was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Waterman Infrastructure & Environment Ltd, combining the Groups civil engineering, environmental and outsourcing businesses.

Neil is a Chartered Environmentalist and registered Principal Environmental Auditor with IEMA. He is currently a Board Director of the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE), Chair of ACE’s Pipeline and Procurement Group and an active member of the Net Zero advisory Group. Neil was previously a member of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) Council.

Craig Beresford

Craig Beresford
Executive Director

As with all of Waterman senior management Craig’s career began from a solid background in engineering and design. His ambition and enthusiasm for achieving the very best solutions to deliver clients’ aspirations is now evident in his business leadership and approach at Waterman. As a main Board Director and Chief Operating Officer of Property, with a specialism in structural engineering, Craig has responsibility for the delivery of Waterman’s property related projects.

Hirofumi Kanai
Chairman and
Executive Director

Naoki Fujiwara
Executive Director

General Manager, International Division, CTI Engineering Co., Ltd

Masakazu Maeda
Executive Director

Director, CTI Engineering International Co, Ltd.

Michiaki Iwata
Executive Director

Executive Board

Executive Board

Our Executive Board

Sets the strategic direction for the group and consists of practice experts with an unrivalled experience of the engineering and environmental sectors.

Nick Taylor
CEO

Nick is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Graduate of INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. Nick was appointed Deputy Chairman of the ACE (Association for Consultancy and Engineering) and Chairman of its Property Group.

On leaving Oxford University Nick Taylor joined Taylor Woodrow Construction Limited as a Site Engineer responsible for the control of a large section of the Heysham Nuclear Power Station project in Lancashire.

In 1982 Nick joined Waterman Partnership and following initial experience in the civils division, structurally designed numerous buildings from the commercial, residential, leisure and retail sectors. Nick became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1986 and a year later was appointed as an Associate Director of Waterman Partnership. In 1994 he went on to be appointed as Director of Waterman Partnership and in 2000 became Joint Managing Director. He joined the plc Board of Waterman Group in 2003 and became the Chairman of Waterman Structures two years later. Nick was appointed Chief Executive of Waterman Group in June 2007.
In January 2016, Nick was appointed Deputy Chairman of the ACE (Association for Consultancy and Engineering) and Chairman of its Property Group.

Alex Steele
Chief Financial Officer

Alex Steele trained as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and qualified in 1997. Alex was seconded to PWC in Sydney for three years, and returned as a senior manager to the London office specialising in the audits of mid tier Companies.

During her time at PWC she also advised on several buyside due diligences.

Alex joined Waterman in March 2008 as Group Divisional Director of Finance, where apart from a Group role she has been focusing on the international operations.

On 19th February 2010 Alex joined the board as Finance Director.

Neil Humphrey
COO UK

Neil is a Chartered Environmentalist and registered Principal Environmental Auditor with IEMA. He is currently a Board Director of the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE), Chair of ACE’s Pipeline and Procurement Group and an active member of the Net Zero advisory Group.

Neil graduated from the Kings College London in 1993 with a BSc(Eng) in Engineering and Management, and went on to gain an MSc Distinction in Marine Resource Development and Protection from Heriott Watt University. In 1995 Neil joined Environmental Auditors Limited (EAL), specialising in corporate due diligence and contaminated land, and in 1998 was appointed to the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Waterman, Neil was Head of Environmental Due Diligence at Arcadis Geraghty & Miller, and in 2001 Neil joined Waterman to spearhead the development of the company’s due diligence capabilities. Waterman quickly became recognised as a leading provider of due diligence services, and in 2007 was awarded Due Diligence Adviser of the Year both at the M&A awards and Unquote Awards. During this period Neil continued to oversee numerous areas of the business with specific responsibility for the Environmental Management, Due Diligence and Sustainability teams.

In 2009, Neil was appointed Managing Director of the Group’s environmental business and in 2013 was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Waterman Infrastructure & Environment Ltd, combining the Groups civil engineering, environmental and outsourcing businesses.

Neil is a Chartered Environmentalist and registered Principal Environmental Auditor with IEMA. He is currently a Board Director of the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE), Chair of ACE’s Pipeline and Procurement Group and an active member of the Net Zero advisory Group. Neil was previously a member of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) Council.

Craig Beresford

Craig Beresford
Executive Director

As with all of Waterman senior management Craig’s career began from a solid background in engineering and design. His ambition and enthusiasm for achieving the very best solutions to deliver clients’ aspirations is now evident in his business leadership and approach at Waterman. As a main Board Director and Chief Operating Officer of Property, with a specialism in structural engineering, Craig has responsibility for the delivery of Waterman’s property related projects.

U.K

Waterman UK

Individually & collectively, people are our business

Across our offices, our leadership and their teams are actively engaged in our markets, supporting our clients in creating thriving local communities.

Neil Humphrey
COO UK

Neil is a Chartered Environmentalist and registered Principal Environmental Auditor with IEMA. He is currently a Board Director of the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE), Chair of ACE’s Pipeline and Procurement Group and an active member of the Net Zero advisory Group.

Neil graduated from the Kings College London in 1993 with a BSc(Eng) in Engineering and Management, and went on to gain an MSc Distinction in Marine Resource Development and Protection from Heriott Watt University. In 1995 Neil joined Environmental Auditors Limited (EAL), specialising in corporate due diligence and contaminated land, and in 1998 was appointed to the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Waterman, Neil was Head of Environmental Due Diligence at Arcadis Geraghty & Miller, and in 2001 Neil joined Waterman to spearhead the development of the company’s due diligence capabilities. Waterman quickly became recognised as a leading provider of due diligence services, and in 2007 was awarded Due Diligence Adviser of the Year both at the M&A awards and Unquote Awards. During this period Neil continued to oversee numerous areas of the business with specific responsibility for the Environmental Management, Due Diligence and Sustainability teams.

In 2009, Neil was appointed Managing Director of the Group’s environmental business and in 2013 was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Waterman Infrastructure & Environment Ltd, combining the Groups civil engineering, environmental and outsourcing businesses.

Neil is a Chartered Environmentalist and registered Principal Environmental Auditor with IEMA. He is currently a Board Director of the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE), Chair of ACE’s Pipeline and Procurement Group and an active member of the Net Zero advisory Group. Neil was previously a member of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) Council.

Mark Emberton
Managing Director,
Waterman Aspen

Mark directs and controls the company’s operations and gives strategic guidance and leadership to the board and senior management team to ensure that the company achieves its mission and objectives. Mark graduated from the University of Manchester in 1980 with a BSc in Civil Engineering. He commenced his career with West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council, transferring across to Kirklees Council upon the abolition of WYMCC in 1986. Mark has a background in Highway Engineering and Contracts, becoming Chartered with the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1984. He completed an MSc in Construction Management in 1988.

Having been a Senior Project Engineer at Kirklees C Mark joined Aspen Associates in 1990, primarily undertaking secondment work to a range of Clients (Frank Graham Consulting Engs, York City C, Lincolnshire CC) in the formative years in addition to managing the growth of the Aspen secondment business across Northern England.

Mark became a Director of Waterman Aspen following the takeover of Aspen in 2001. In the years following Mark managed the expanded Waterman Aspen business across the North of the UK, including Scotland. Following a management restructure in 2012 Mark became responsible for the Operational part of the Waterman Aspen Specialist Staff Secondment business throughout the whole of the UK.

Mark became Managing Director in 2018.

Richard Whitehead
Managing Director,
Structures

Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience of commercial, residential and retail sector building construction. He has been with Waterman for over 25 years. Richard became Managing Director of Waterman Structures in 2020.

He brings a breadth of experience in a variety of residential, retail and commercial schemes, including new – build, refurbishment and fit – out. He has a strong practical and technical background and delivers sustainable structural solutions with a particular emphasis on low carbon design.

Richard is experienced in co – ordinating and understanding the needs of multidisciplinary teams and has held a project lead role for a number of major schemes including Jersey International Finance Centre, 8 Moorgate, The Marq and The Avenue.

He is passionate about mentoring young professionals in their careers and has taken a lead role in Waterman’s scholarship and intern programme.

Andy Ferguson
Managing Director,
Infrastructure and
Environment

Since joining in 2002, Andy has been pivotal in the growth of Waterman’s regional offices and in 2009 he became a board director for the company’s infrastructure and environmental consulting business.

He has led major commercial, residential land, urban regeneration, and strategic infrastructure projects. During his career, he has delivered master planning advice, together with infrastructure and environmental engineering design, for both private and public sector clients in support of some the most significant developments across the UK. With over 25 years’ industry experience, Andrew is passionate about unlocking the potential of development sites, with a focus on creating places for the future that  provide neighbourhood communities which are connected, sustainable and offer a high quality of life. Andrew’s extensive portfolio includes The Trans Pennine Route Upgrade, Halsnead Garden Village, Barnsley Market Gate Bridge and Carrington’s Voltage Park.

Jonathan Purcell

Jonathan Purcell
Managing Director,
Building Services
North

A Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 30 years’ design experience across a wide variety of sectors, Jonathan is Managing Director responsible the North. His extensive knowledge and experience allow him to simplify and streamline designs, avoiding overly complex strategies and ensuring deliverable solutions that bring best value. Jonathan is passionate about design and believes in developing strategies that holistically consider and adopt the principles of wellbeing and sustainability. His in – depth expertise in dynamic thermal and energy modelling have seen him deliver excellent solutions across multiple sectors of the built environment.

Jonathan has successfully managed the design of several prestigious new build and refurbishment schemes, including Liverpool’s award – winning Everyman Theatre which won the RIBA Stirling Prize and CIBSE Performance Champion Award.

He also designed Nottingham Trent University’s world – beating creative learning facility, the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

Mark Terndrup

Mark Terndrup
Managing Director,
Building Services
South

A Chartered Engineer with 30 years’ experience. With a passion for zero carbon strategies, he maintains a ‘hands on’ role in the business with specialisms in the commercial fit – out, refurbishment and new build sectors, as well as large – scale residential and mixed – use schemes. His considerable experience allows him to simplify complex designs, reducing the time spent on reaching practical solutions. Encouraging his team to innovate, Mark actively engages in problem solving to create best – value design solutions. He actively promotes sustainable solutions as part of a holistic approach to building design, driving sustainability and reduction of whole –
life carbon.

During his career, he has built – up an extensive portfolio, including recent projects such as 100 Fetter Lane, Rolls – Royce London HQ, Charlotte Tilbury’s new London HQ, Angel Court, Fen Court, The Avenue, Jersey International Finance Centre, Kings Cross T1 and P1, The Clarges Estate and 6 Bevis Marks.

Ireland

Waterman Moylan

Based in Dublin, our Waterman Moylan team includes nearly 100 engineering and environmental consultants. Spanning a huge range of specialisms, we’ve helped deliver some of the most iconic schemes across Ireland, including the major regeneration of Clerys Quarter in Dublin, multiple leading-edge office buildings at Central Park and a wide range of strategic infrastructure and highways schemes throughout the country.

Paul O Connell

Paul O’Connell
Managing Director

Niall Coughlan

Niall Coughlan
Director

Niall graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1999 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in Building Services consultancy for over 15 years. A Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, Niall previously worked as a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer and Sustainable Design specialist for a large Dublin-based consultancy firm.Here he was involved in the design and project management of mechanical services installations for a wide variety of projects across various sectors, including offices, healthcare, schools and residential. He also managed the company’s sustainability division, which specialised in operational energy audits, renewable energy feasibility studies and BREEAM consultancy services.

Niall joined Waterman Moylan in 2014, and his current role involves managing our Dublin-based Building Services team where he oversees the work of the dedicated team. He remains closely involved in multiple projects and has extensive experience in developing energy efficient strategies and Part L Compliance approaches for housing and apartment developments.

Richard Osbourne

Richard Osborne
Director

Richard has led Waterman Moylan’s Structural teams since 2011. Starting his career in 1998, he joined Waterman Group following his graduation from Bradford University with a degree in Structural Engineering.

Richard spent five years with the Group in the UK before transferring to the Dublin office where he was appointed to Waterman Moylan’s board in 2011. A Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland and an ACEI fellow professional consulting Engineer, Richard has extensive experience in all sectors of the property market. Throughout his career he has played a central role as a designer and an engineering team leader for major schemes across Ireland, spanning the office, residential, retail, education, healthcare, hotel and leisure, industrial and government sectors.

Richard is valued by our clients for his vision and creativity, which sees him rapidly identify and outline the most efficient and relevant structural solution for projects of all types.

Joe Gibbons

Joe Gibbons
Director

Joe joined Waterman in London in 1986 where he spent eight years before returning to Ireland in 1994 to join Waterman Moylan. A Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience, Joe’s extensive expertise includes project management, and he has played a leading role in civil and structural engineering and traffic teams on a wide range of projects throughout Ireland. This includes traffic and transportation, roads, access, and parking design, drainage design, SUDs and infrastructure works.

Joe is highly regarded by the clients he has worked with because of the clarity of advice and quality of service that he delivers.

He currently manages the Civil Engineering division of Waterman Moylan where he provides invaluable input at planning and pre-planning stage of projects. Joe has also been instrumental in successfully achieving planning permission for a vast variety of building projects across Ireland.

Australia

Waterman Australia

Based in Melbourne and Sydney, our multidiscipline Australia team incorporates a huge range of specialist engineering expertise. With national reach, we’ve helped deliver some of Australia’s most prestigious developments. Highlights from our diverse portfolio include the Sunshine, Wonthaggi and Footscray Hospitals, NSW State Library, Sydney’s Poly Centre building, and Melbourne’s stunning new 46-storey student accommodation development on La Trobe Street.

Phillip Barnes

Philip Barnes
Joint Managing
Director

Brian Mason

Brian Mason
Joint Managing
Director

Richard Nicoliello
Director

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