16 SEP 2016

Design and engineering firm appoints new Director of Operations

BakerHicks, formerly Morgan Sindall Professional Services, has appointed Paul Smith to the new role of Director of Operations.

Paul, who was previously Director of Operations for Jacobs’ UK Process Business, brings more than 25 years’ expertise to the role and a proven track record in driving major change management programmes and enhancing project delivery.

His experience spans a broad number of important sectors including Life Sciences and Manufacturing, Nuclear, Power, Defence and the Public Sector, always with a focus on project execution, delivering projects on time and on budget while conforming to the highest standards of health and safety.

His new role will be to support BakerHicks’ Managing Director, Martin Lubieniecki, in continuing to grow the business. As well as having a new business role, he will also drive a step-change within the business, giving greater responsibility and accountability to the individuals best placed to deliver customer excellence.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul said:

"I am genuinely excited to be afforded the opportunity to bring my operational and commercial skills to BakerHicks and help Martin and the team to make a great business even better. I am particularly looking forward to working closely with the directors and their teams in defining new strategies, harnessing cross-sector capabilities and leveraging our strength and depth of resource to deliver innovation and superior performance to all our customers."

Martin Lubieniecki added:

"Paul’s appointment reflects our commitment to investing in the very finest talent with the appropriate levels of experience and expertise that we need to support our customers’ objectives. Paul is a respected name within the industry, and his knowledge of major clients and key sectors will be invaluable in taking our business forward."

Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and both a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Scientist. He originally studied engineering at the University of Sheffield and has an MBA from Henley Management College.