Atkins has appointed Rick Hancock to its design and engineering business as county director for Saudi Arabia.

Hancock has had a long and distinguished career in international property, development and project management in Australia, Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East, latterly based in the UAE with Cumming Corporation, the project management and cost consulting firm, and previously with Faithful+Gould following its acquisition of Confluence in 2013.

He said: “We already have an established nucleus of Saudi talent in our team – diligent, astute and highly capable people, of whom ten per cent are women. We look forward to welcoming and training many more, and to offering them rewarding and fulfilling careers in a sustainable business through which they can contribute to their country's future success, the growth and diversification of its economy and to the delivery of its Economic Vision 2030.”

Hancock’s appointment comes at a time when Atkins’ operations in Saudi Arabia have never been busier. In addition to its original involvement in the delivery of the Riyadh Metro, which will soon transform the city’s transport dynamics, the company is currently working on King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), re-masterplanning the area as a world-class, vibrant and integrated mixed-use destination and a  broad range of other projects across Saudi Arabia that will unlock the value of its cities’ master planning and improve the lifestyle of their residents.

Atkins is also committed to growing its presence in the country, so that it can both learn from and share knowledge with Saudi citizens and develop a long-term partnership based on mutual trust and respect, as well as on an ambition to deliver projects to the very high standards. Atkins has worked on a number of capacity building programs in the country aimed at developing and enhancing local talent, including a chapter of its MEA region wide, networking and inclusion group for its female employees. 

Phil Malem, Atkins’ managing director, design and engineering, said: “We are very excited by Rick’s appointment. His extensive technical knowledge and understanding of Saudi Arabia’s commercial, economic and social landscape form a powerful combination that stands him in good stead to build on our long track record in the country. Having him based there permanently also sends a strong message both to our partners and to our customers of our commitment to their success.”