Binnies appoints Phil Walker as Chief Civil Engineer

Binnies is happy to announce the appointment of Phil Walker to the role of chief civil engineer for Binnies UK. He takes over from Paul Tarrant, who is retiring.

Phil’s experience includes managing multidisciplinary teams and projects across the water sector for many of the UK’s water companies and for the Environment Agency. His technical background is broad and covers the whole life cycle of a project, including appraisal, outline design, detailed design, construction and construction supervision. During his career, he has been involved in a variety of projects requiring stakeholder engagement and contract administration for both public- and private-sector clients. He has strong interpersonal skills that have enabled him to successfully deliver many flagship projects. He was particularly proud to represent the team at the British Construction Industry Awards in 2019, when Knostrop Sludge Treatment Facility was nominated for a prestigious award.

Phil has a degree in civil engineering from Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) and he is a chartered engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng MICE). He started his career with Pendle Borough Council in the main drainage department. Within a year, he moved to Haiste and Partners, which evolved to become Carl Bro, and subsequently he moved his family to Leeds in 1999.

After 17 years of service he left to join the Environment Agency before returning to consultancy. Phil joined Black & Veatch in April 2011 as a civil engineer, then he was promoted to engineering manager within the Delivery business unit. During this time, he led two of our largest projects: the Knostrop Sludge Treatment Facility project (as senior engineering manager) and the Keadby Terminal Assisted Outfall project. Latterly, he has been seconded to the Environment Agency as a project executive.

In January 2021, the Black and Veatch water businesses in Europe and Asia joined the RSK group and rebranded as Binnies. Given Phil’s breadth of experience combined with his people skills, he is ideally placed to take on the role of chief civil engineer at an exciting time in Binnies’ 100-year history.

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