Engineering consultancy Cundall has promoted Lee French to head its civil engineering and infrastructure team in the Middle East from Dubai.

French has been with Cundall for 17 years and has four years of work experience in the Middle East. He will join Cundall in Dubai after leaving the engineering consultancy's office in Newcastle, UK.

At Cundall, he will be responsible for strengthening the consultancy's operations in the region as associate director of civil and infrastructure.

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"Cundall is now well-established right across the [Middle East and North Africa] region with a fantastic portfolio of projects, and I am really looking forward to being part of the continued development and growth,” French said.

Richard Stratton, partner and regional managing director at Cundall, added: "It is great to have Lee back in the region to further strengthen our team.

"He is a great asset to the business and a future leader, bringing a passion and commitment that our clients will come to value as much as we do."