Three new senior recruits to highways and rail fire engineering teams

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WSP has expanded its transport and infrastructure teams across the UK with three new senior appointments.

Aasif Variava (pictured) has joined the consultant’s London highways team as associate director and group manager, based at the firm’s Devonshire Square office in London.

He brings 18 years of industry experience and most recently was business director for transportation and infrastructure at Arcadis, based in Saudi Arabia, from March 2013 and July 2017. He also held senior positions at fellow consultants Atkins and CH2M.

Nishani Sakizlis comes in as an associate director to lead the rail fire engineering team having amassed 12 years of consultancy and design experience in projects across the UK and overseas including HS2, Crossrail and the Doha Metro.

Katy Toms has been recruited as a senior engineer to be part of the highways team. She was previously a civil engineer at Aecom and was recently named one of The Daily Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering.

Bruce Donaldson, head of highways at WSP, said: “Our transport team has continued to go from strength to strength over this past year. This latest set of appointments highlights the importance of our team as we continue to win projects like the A303 at Stonehenge, Smart Motorways on the M62, Euston Station and Crossrail.

“The government has now recognised the importance of infrastructure to strengthen and support the UK’s economy, we need the strongest team to deliver improved infrastructure for the UK.”