Arup elevates veterans Stefan Sanders and Anna Squire

06 September 2017 3 min. read
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Arup has promoted two key regional staff members, Stefan Sanders and Anna Squire to high ranking positions within the firm. Sanders takes on the role of Lead for the UK, Middle East and Africa, based in the UK; while the Australia-based Squires becomes Global Rail Leader, based out of the firm’s Sydney office.

Stefan Sanders has been at Arup for 14 years, most recently at the firm’s UK, Middle East and Africa Transport Consulting practice, for which he provided transport planning and economic advice across Arup’s client base in the sector. He was previously at Halcrow, where he was an Associate Director, and, prior to 2002, a Senior Consultant. Earlier in his career, he worked at British Rail across various positions including Business Management.

Sanders has been promoted to the role of Lead for the UK, Middle East and Africa. The high-ranking role, which covers the firm’s largest region, will see him leverage his more than 30 years’ experience, which includes both UK and Middle Eastern based projects. Sanders will lead a specialist team of multi-disciplinary engineers and consultants working on rail projects across the region. His focus will be on helping clients provide better solutions to increase capacity and connectivity, and enhance performance and passenger experience.

Reflecting on his new role, Stefan Sanders said, “Rail passenger numbers continue to grow year-on-year so increasing capacity, performance and efficiency across the rail network is now more critical than ever. Whilst conventional upgrades to railways will continue to be vital, we also need to harness best practice in operational management and the latest technology to ensure existing and new infrastructure will serve the needs of the next generation.”

Stefan Sanders and Anna Squire - Arup

Anna Squire was recruited to Arup in 2006 meanwhile, and has since taken on the role of Principal, working in the Australian states of NSW & ACT as the firm’s Infrastructure Leader. She was previously at Bechtel, in her most recent role as Project Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Leicester.

In her new role, Squire becomes the firm’s Global Rail Leader, succeeding Colin Stewart. She brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, including positions in the UK, US and Australia. The role will continue to see her work on large scale infrastructure projects run by the firm in Australia, including the Sydney Metro and Canberra Light Rail.

Commenting on her appointment, Squire said, “Rapid urbanisation and population growth means that rail continues to be a vital mode of transport globally. Expanding cities and the need for sustainable methods of transportation, means that we have seen a rise in the number of urban rail projects and we are well positioned to meet this growing demand by harnessing our global network of rail experts.”

Arup also promoted two new office heads in their Asian and Australian outfits earlier in the year. In June 2017, Tan Yoong Heng was named as Singapore office lead, succeeding Peter Hoad, while Therese Flapper becomes office lead in Canberra, Australia, succeeding Robert Care.