Amey Appoints Seven Specialists onto Asset Management Team

29 November 2012
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Leading infrastructure services provider Amey has appointed seven UK specialists in asset management into its strategic consulting team, to help deliver significant time and cost savings to customers.

Charles Oldham, Jon Jarritt, Adam McCullough, Chris Beedie, Owen Johnson, Tom Bedeman and Ian Gordon have more than 70 years’ combined experience and will work in a dedicated asset management team for Amey.

The seven-strong team will focus on five key areas of asset management; analytics, financial modelling and budgeting, business planning, scenario analysis andprogramme management. They will work with across all of Amey’s key markets, including rail, highways, local government and facilities management, to maximise the value that our client’s assets provide to their businesses.

The inclusion of the new team provides a significant enhancement to Amey’s Consulting team, which has grown 10-fold in seven years and now comprises 2,300 professionals. In addition, the division has acquired two additional consulting teams within as many years - 100 per cent equity in Transportation Planning (International) Ltd (TPi) as well as the rail consulting arm of White Young Green (WYG) to optimise delivery of its transport projects across the UK.

Andy Milner, Managing Director of Amey’s Consulting division, said: “Amey is responsible for managing thousands of public assets across the UK and we’re investing in the very best professionals to help us maximise potential time and cost savings for our customers.  

“This is testament of our commitment to grow our Consulting business on the national and international stage.”

The new team will also work on a joint project with Amey’s parent company, Ferrovial, to develop an Asset Management Centre of Excellence.  Combined, Amey and Ferrovial have responsibility for millions of their own, as well as their customers’ assets. They will review millions of assets from several countries according to asset type – from street lights to structures, highways, rail, buildings, technology, drainage and signage. The aim is to study the breadth and depth of the assets both companies manage to develop a database of intelligence about their performance.

With this specialist knowledge, all Ferrovial businesses, including Amey, will be able to provide international expertise and advice to customers about maximising assets and generating efficiencies.

New appointments

Charles Oldham CEng BSc FICE – Associate Director, Consulting
Charles is an engineer with over 30 years’ experience in many of the aspects of managing the life cycle of infrastructure and is a procurement specialist. Charles' role is to lead the development of analytics and modelling. Charles focuses on providing support to businesses to improve performance from the perspective of their assets – tangible, intangible and people. Charles' most recent projects have been in the transportation sector, delivering performance improvement to the only vertically integrated railway owner/operator in UK and leading asset management improvements for UK’s largest airport, Heathrow. He has worked with a number of significant clients to develop life cycle asset management models that reflect client needs and support financial, investment and budget decisions related to infrastructure.

Jon Jarritt MEng (Oxon) – Principal Consultant
Jon is an award-winning infrastructure asset management and whole-life cost model specialist, who ensures the organisations he works with gain measurable benefits from their asset management strategy. Jon's highly developed analytical and modelling skills make him a key part of Amey's Consulting team, within which he is responsible for the development of analytics and modelling.
Jon has over 10 years’ experience and knowledge of the asset management sector and has worked with a wide range of organisations that have infrastructure assets at the heart of their business – across the rail, water, power transmission, aviation, oil and gas, highways and defence sectors. In 2010, Jon received the IET Mike Sergeant Young Professional of the Year Award in recognition of his contribution to the field of asset management and his outstanding career progress.

Adam McCullough MEng (Oxon) – Principal Consultant
Adam is an engineer with a high level of skill in analytics and the development of software. Adam is motivated by the knowledge that the work he undertakes has a practical application in improving operational performance, and he consistently delivers innovative solutions to a variety of analytical, optimisation and design challenges. Whether leading the development of bespoke models and decision support tools or providing industry leading analysis, Adam brings creative and enthusiastic technical leadership to Amey's Consulting team.
Adam has already delivered the life cycle asset management tools to some of Amey’s key customers, enabling them to view the long-term performance of billions of pounds worth of assets.

Chris Beedie MEng, MIET, MCBS  – Principal Consultant
Chris is an experienced consultant within the infrastructure asset management sector, with a proven track record of delivering both consultancy and IT solutions.  He is a qualified engineer with extensive experience of software and hardware systems. He is currently studying towards an MSc in Software Development with the Open University.
Chris has been seconded to Network Rail to support the Strategic Planning team with budgetary submissions to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). He was responsible for auditing existing asset models, rewriting models to improve performance, user experience and auditability and creating new asset and financial models. He was primary software developer of a whole life cycle cost model including a Monte Carlo simulation and business case outputs to support investment decisions. This included close collaboration with the client team to develop a detailed specification in response to their high-level requirements.
Chris was developer of the IET innovation award winning ‘Plan for Assets’ whole life cycle and forecasting tool for Veolia Water. He also undertook points condition monitoring investment analysis for Network Rail in order to explore patterns in faults and failures.

Tom Bedeman MSc – Principal Project Manager
Tom’s academic background and his early career was in economics; he brings his knowledge of undertaking strategic and financial planning for a range of large infrastructure projects across the world. Tom has led a number consultancy projects of key importance to clients in the transport infrastructure, leisure and local government sectors.
At Amey, he manages a portfolio of projects and delivers financial planning, efficiency reviews and economic analysis. He is currently programme manager responsible for the delivery of the Ashghal Enterprise Asset Management system based in Qatar. This involves managing the stakeholder inputs to the specification, developing the business processes and managing the procurement process. Tom has delivered a range of business plans and business improvement projects including a transformation project for an international airport.

Ian Gordon BSc (Hons) MRICS – Consultant
Ian is a responsive problem-solver with experience delivering asset management solutions for some of the UK's largest organisations. His professional qualifications and academic background give him a broad and valuable perspective in the asset management field, making him an integral member of Amey’s Consulting team.
Ian's in-depth knowledge of quantitative analysis, cost modelling, cost management, economics, sustainability and contracts, has enabled him to understand client needs and develop tailored products and improved processes.
In the early part of his career Ian was responsible for cost-managing investment projects for major international retailers. He moved to undertaking more detailed analysis of business performance notably with respect to energy, providing managers with the tools to manage consumption across a wide range of users. He was responsible for the development of cutting-edge stochastic models to forecast the performance of civil engineering assets for Network Rail.  


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