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HKA was delighted to welcome a diverse group of colleagues to our global team in November and December

Thank you for choosing to join our HKA global team. HKA is a great place for our brilliant people to work, grow and play. Your diversity, experience, and skills will make our company even better as we continuously collaborate and improve HKA together. Our culture is collaborative, honest, transparent, and high performing – we are one global team.

Joining a new company is a challenging and exciting time. Please look after your mental and physical health. Protecting your health is HKA’s number one priority and we are here to support you.  We embrace hybrid working, we are enjoying meeting up in our offices together again and reaping the benefits of in-person time – looking forward to seeing you in one of our offices soon.

We hope you enjoy working with us in our global team and have time to develop as well as laugh together too.

Kate Wood, Partner, Chief People Officer

James Barton, Senior Consultant, New Zealand

James is a business consultant and civil engineer with over 10 years of experience working in the construction industry and business sector. James specialises in helping clients improve, deliver and optimise their business operations, through the use of strong fundamentals in project management, stakeholder management, risk management and process innovation.


Jon Bird, Technical Director, Birmingham

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Jon Boyle, Senior Consultant, Sydney

Jon is a risk management professional with over 6 years of experience managing risk across a variety of sectors, including transport infrastructure both as a consultant and client. Jon has extensive and varied risk management experience at all project stages, with key technical competencies developed through his desire to continually grow and optimally understand the complexities of risks and their management. This includes facilitating and performing quantitative risk analysis on major infrastructure programs to include multiple disciplines in the risk process and improve available information for decision making. He has successfully contributed and implemented risk management plans, across multiple stages of the project life cycle in the UK, Middle East, and South America.


Saurav Chand, Information Technology Site Support Analyst, Sydney

Saurav has more than eight years’ experience in a variety of IT-based roles across the retail sector. He has worked within project and operational-based environments and has also operated at a Senior IT Support level. He is proficient in the use of Office365 (including Exchange), Active Directory, Cisco Networks, Windows Operating Systems and Electronic Point-of-Sale devices. Saurav holds a Masters in Computer and Network Security, and is an certified Sophos Engineer. He is currently completing certification in CompTia Network+.


Amanda Clack, Partner, Regional CEO, EMEA, London

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Brian Conneely, Consultant, Bahrain

Brian joins HKA as Consultant and is based in Bahrain.

Brian is a civil engineer with 9 years of international construction experience working on different types of projects for main contractors. He has a strong background in construction with areas of expertise in scheduling, quality control, project construction management, commercial management, and progress reporting.

He is currently working towards achieving the status of a chartered engineer and pursuing a Master’s in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication.


Steve Dines, Principal, Business Development, Philadelphia

Steve is a Legal Services Professional with a concentration on Forensics. He is skilled at creating valuable relationships with Attorneys, Adjusters, Risk Management and Corporate Counsel. He assists clients in retaining the best expertise for their cases and claims. Steve joins the Philadelphia office as Principal.


Alastair Gray, Partner, Abu Dhabi

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Sumeda Illangakoon, Information Technology Site Support Analyst, Dubai

Sumeda Illangakoon joins HKA as Site Support Analyst and is based in the Dubai office.

Sumeda Illangakoon is a Sri Lankan national with over a decade of Information Technology operation experience in UAE with government and private sector entities. He joins HKA from the IT team at Mubadala Investment Company & Injazat Data Systems – Abu Dhabi. Before that, he was deployed as an IT consultant to various Defence, Finance, Energy, and Health Care projects in UAE.


Loïs Jeanson, Manager, Montreal

Loïs comes from a project management background in commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. He worked as an assistant project manager and contract administrator for the renovation of the Berri UQAM and Mont-Royal stations in Montreal (QC). He was in charge of estimating and managing the entire contractual cycle of the projects, with the aim of maximizing the operational and financial success (contract negotiations and its evolutions, cost control, risk management, etc.). He is a Member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec (since 2015) and he has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), at the IAE of Aix en Provence, FR. Loïs joins the Montreal office as Manager.


Sarah Makuyana, Assistant Management Accountant, Dubai

Sarah joins the Dubai team as Assistant Management Accountant.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Sarah obtained a Marketing degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa and is currently studying towards a Certified Management Accounting (CMA) certification. For the past 5 years, Sarah has worked in finance, mainly Treasury, and across different industries that include banking, hospitality, retail and e-commerce. She has a vast knowledge on working with different accounting systems and improving processes.


Gerhard Malherbe, Senior Consultant, Johannesburg

Gerhard Malherbe joined HKA as Senior Consultant based in South Africa.

Gerhard is a chartered surveyor with over 25 years of experience working in consultancy,  construction, civil engineering and property development. Gerhard has experience across a variety of projects in both the public and private sector, including infrastructure, education, commercial, health care, retail, residential and industrial.


Amy Oei, Business Support Administrator, Lafayette

Amy Oei is an experienced Administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. She is skilled in Analytical Skills, Microsoft Word, Communication, English, and Leadership. She is a strong information technology professional with a Bachelor of Arts – BA focused in History from Sonoma State University. Amy joins the Lafayette office as Business Support Administrator.


Ian Skitt, Senior Consultant, Abu Dhabi

Ian joins HKA as Senior Consultant and is based in Abu Dhabi.

Ian is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Commercial Director with over 29 years of industry experience in full pre- and post- contract cost management/quantity surveying, claims and contract management, and procurement management. His project experience covers a wide range of sectors including aviation, retail, commercial offices, hotel and leisure, residential, education, industrial/logistics, pharmaceutical, prisons, rail, roads, and public sector works.



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