HKA was delighted to welcome a diverse group of colleagues to our global team in January 2023

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

Clare Annaly, ERP Systems Analyst, Warrington

Clare has extensive industry experience and was a QBE Management Accountant for many years. She has undertaken a range of technical professional qualifications, including latterly a Sage software installation and configuration and time and expense course. Clare still has a passion for learning and is currently enjoying an evening course learning all about Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

Tracey Beard, Executive Assistant, London

Tracey has extensive experience having worked as an Executive Assistant (EA) for over 20 years.  Tracey has previously worked at PwC, Ernst Young and latterly CBRE, where she has acted as EA to Amanda Clack. Tracey will continue in her role as EA, supporting Amanda as HKA’s newly appointed Regional CEO, EMEA.

Paul Burrell, Associate Technical Director, Durham

Paul is a chartered structural engineer, most recently having worked on nuclear projects, as technical director for Jacobs and senior manager at AWE, but his extensive civil and structural engineering design background spans from schools to power plants and highways. Paul has also fulfilled a Building Control checking role and undertaken many structural and design assessments/inspections.

Emma Cawley, Library and Information Manager, Warrington

Emma has 8 years’ experience working in the library sector, in both academic and NHS settings. She qualified as a librarian in 2013 and completed a master’s degree in academic skills last year. She is also a member of the LILAC conference committee, which is a sub-group of CILIP’s (the library and information association) Information Literacy Group.

Jacky Cheang, Accountant, Kuala Lumpur

Jacky is an accountant with five years of experience in audit and finance. He has experience in the preparation of financial reports and analysing financial information. His experience spans across various sectors such as trading, manufacturing, real estate, and construction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Sheffield Hallam University.

Simon Dean McCarroll, Technical Director, Glasgow

Click here to view the press release for HKA’s acquisition of GMR Aviation Consulting to view Simon’s professional biography.

John Delaney, Principal, London

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Jonathan Ellis, Partner, Singapore

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Mohamad Hussein, Associate Director, Dubai

Mohamad joins us as an Associate Director into the Dubai team. Mohamad has 8 years of forensic accounting experience with a focus on financial investigations and commercial disputes within North America and the EMEA region. Mohamad has worked on various high-profile cases across various industries from contractual disputes in the Oil and Gas to intellectual property infringement in the pharmaceutical industry. Mohamad holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Hilal Itani, Director, Dubai

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Christian Jeffery, Principal, London

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Andrew Katz, Americas Marketing and Communications Director, Philadelphia

Andrew Katz has spent the last 20 years in various marketing roles in the professional services industry where he has been responsible for leading the development and implementation of all marketing and communication strategies for the engineering and architecture firms he has worked for. This experience includes managing a wide range of activities such as proposal development, including project and staff experience in information management, website development and maintenance, social media, and event planning.

Mr. Katz earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Drexel University and holds the Certified Professional Services Marketing (CPSM) designation from SMPS (Society of Marketing Professional Services). He has been an active member of SMPS Philadelphia since 2002 and has served in many leadership roles within the organization and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Special Projects Director for the 2022/2023 program year.

Angelos Markou, Managing Consultant, London

Angelos is a chartered engineer and chartered surveyor with over 6 years of experience in the construction industry. He has worked on several projects and across different roles, primarily in the EMEA region, both office-based and on site, having obtained significant exposure in power generation and in high-rise residential and mixed-use projects. An individual with strong commercial acumen and with a solid background in contract administration and delay analysis, Angelos possesses demonstrated experience in the building, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

Ioannis Mitsiakis, Managing Consultant, London

Ioannis has a strong educational background in advanced construction methods from his studies in Civil and Structural Engineering and a Distinction in his MSc in Construction Economics and Management from UCL. Ioannis has worked extensively as part of an expert team regarding delay and disruption disputes for buildings (commercial, residential, retail, luxurious resorts, hotels and stadiums), infrastructure (marines, roads), and power and utilities projects. Ioannis is fluent in both English and Greek.

Lihle Ntshangase, Marketing Manager, Johannesburg

Lihle is a marketing and communications professional with more than six years of work experience. She has experience in a variety of sectors, including telecommunications, FMCG, security, and telecommunications services. She has also held a position with the South African Tactical Intelligence Corps while serving in the South African National Defence Force.

Lihle graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology with a National Diploma and a BTech (Cum Laude) in International Communication.

Arin Roy, Analyst, Dubai

Arin joins the Dubai office as Analyst. Arin recently graduated from Heriot Watt University with a master’s degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Arin initially joined HKA on a 12-week internship back in October and was offered the full-time position in December.

Elan Ruffin, Business Support Administrator, Chicago

Elan is a dynamic, strategy-focused, and detail-oriented professional working at the helm of her career with over 9 years of executive administrative experience, providing high-impact tactical support to senior leadership. She is specialized at developing and translating creative administrative techniques to propel senior leadership and entrepreneurs into refocusing their efforts onto the bigger aspects of leadership. Elan joins the Chicago office as Business Support Administrator.

Andrei Soltan, Principal, Country Manager, Singapore

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Lucas Stevenson, Manager, Minneapolis

Lucas is a project manager in the heavy civil contracting industry, currently enrolled in the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business full-time MBA. He has experience on large construction and engineering projects including signature bridges, levees, rail, and oil & gas projects domestically and overseas.

Lucas takes pride in the development of young professionals into leaders capable of navigating risk through complex technical challenges.

Bill Thompson, Associate Director, Philadelphia

Bill Thompson is a geotechnical engineer with more than 9 years of experience managing a team of geotechnical engineers for clients in the transportation, utility, and federal government sectors. Bill has worked on conventional design-bid-build projects and alternative delivery such as design-build projects. Bill has developed and administered investigation reports; pile drivability studies; geostructural and retaining wall design; shallow and deep foundation design, including driven piles, micropiles, and drilled shafts; settlement analysis; slope stability; and rock mass analysis. He has supported excavation design; designed, installed, and tested deep foundations; and performed fieldwork with anchored shoring and underpinning. Bill has also designed geotechnical aspects for civil engineering projects, devised various non-linear models required for geotechnical analyses, interpreted multiple applications of geotechnical and hydrology processes, and developed appropriate strategies for contracting.

Tom Vibert, Senior Consultant, Brisbane

Tom is a versatile and well-rounded professional with a background in aeronautical structural engineering. Tom has led the implementation of a series of successful strategic and business improvement activities. Tom is used to working on multiple projects to tight deadlines with a number of internal and external stakeholders and has strong problem-solving skills, which helps him to untangle complex issues. 

Srinath Vitanage, Senior Consultant, Sydney

Srinath is a highly experienced Procurement professional with over 13 years’ experience in the private and public sectors across financial services, professional services, education, utilities and construction. Srinath has a strong focus on stakeholder management and is dedicated to delivering tailored solutions to clients. Over the course of his career, Srinath has developed, led and implemented complex category plans, delivery models, transactions, procurement strategies, multi-stakeholder evaluations, negotiations and executed major contracts within challenging stakeholder environments. He has extensive experience in Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and has lead programs and initiatives with key Strategic suppliers focusing on driving further value, improved contract performance, incentive-based performance, innovation and sustainability initiatives.

Nancy Wang, Senior Consultant, Beijing

Nancy has 18 years of experience in project and commercial management in the power industry, including project controls, planning, scheduling, delay analysis and change management for a wide range of tens of million-dollar gas, LNG, and steam power EPC projects and multi-million-dollar industry and wind farm EPC projects. She has extensive knowledge of project execution excellence and a great passion for delivering on-time and on-budget projects. In addition, Nancy is experienced in creating project, portfolio, and program schedules, and she’s an expert in setting up milestones, project enterprise structure, budget deliveries and forensic planning of claim management.

Lloyd Watson, Technical Director, London

Click here to view the press release for HKA’s acquisition of GMR Aviation Consulting to view Lloyd’s professional biography.

Xiaoye Ye, Associate Director, Paris

Xiaoye is dual qualified with an LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration and MSc in Finance, she has significant experience in large international construction projects across multiple industries such as energy, transportation, construction and logistic. Xiaoye has been acting as dispute expert consultant in the area of delay and quantum analysis within litigation or arbitration forum.

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