Consultant restructures UK operations to boost energy and infrastructure to 40% of the business

Consultant Currie & Brown has restructured its UK operation in a move it hopes will boost energy and infrastructure to 40% of the business as commercial and public spending dips.

Following in the footsteps of firms including Davis Langdon and EC Harris, the £69m-turnover company has reorganised around sectors rather than geographical areas. It has also set up a UK board, to sit below the group board, and an executive committee to review global performance.

The UK business will concentrate on three key sectors: energy and infrastructure, public, and commercial. They will be headed up by John Rayson, Simon Robinson and Iain Stevenson respectively.

Andrew Loudon, chief operating officer, said he expected most growth to come from energy and infrastructure as the firm concentrates on winning work in areas such as oil and gas.

He said: “It accounts for probably 25% of turnover at the moment. I would like to see that at 40% in two years’ time.”

Loudon will head up the UK board, whose members will include directors Brian Thorpe Tracey, Douglas Robertson, Richard Anderson, Simon Lee and Stephen Gemmell.

Euan McEwan, chief executive, said: “There will be some significant changes in markets as the fiscal and economic landscape changes over the coming year and we must have a clear market focus in our priority industry sectors.”

The management executive committee, to be chaired by McEwan, aims to help business flow between global regions and cope with crises such as the collapse of Dubai.

Loudon said: “It’s very much to have us on the front foot so people are not making decisions in isolation.”

Loudon said there had been no redundancies as part of the restructure.