Atkins appoints Graham Bolton as global airports development director

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Design and engineering firm Atkins has appointed Graham Bolton as global airports development director. Bolton is tasked with maintaining the company’s growth in the aviation sector.

Bolton has nearly 25 years’ experience of working on major airport development projects across the world, including Copenhagen, London Heathrow and Melbourne airports, as well as Dubai, Hong Kong and Seattle-Tacoma international airports. Prior to joining Atkins, Bolton was the project director responsible for business planning, master planning and early design studies on the New Istanbul Airport. Graham is also deputy chair of the British Aviation Group.

Graham’s role with Atkins will see him provide strategic direction and technical leadership as the UK business looks to build on its strong global aviation portfolio which includes key roles on London Heathrow’s £1.5bn (US$2.2bn) Q6 investment program, King Abdulaziz Airport in Saudi Arabia and a number of other projects in North America and Asia Pacific.

Bolton said, “Atkins is well respected for helping deliver a wide range of aviation projects that are enriching lives all across the world. I’m particularly looking forward to working with my new colleagues to harness the full breadth and depth of our expertise, helping clients develop and operate successful aviation businesses and produce many happy passengers and customers.”

Mike McNicholas, managing director of Atkins’ design and engineering division, said, “As the global aviation market continues to grow and evolve, Graham will be a huge asset to our clients who are looking to prosper in this exciting, but competitive market. Between them, our aviation specialists will have worked on some of the biggest and most complex airports projects ever which will be extremely valuable as we seek to tackle the significant aviation challenges of the future, both in the UK and globally.”

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