Ahmed Alshawi

Deloitte adds to Manchester office

The two appointments include Ahmed Alshawi to the consultancy’s capital projects advisory arm and the relocation of Lauren Mays from its London office to join the development division.

Alshawi joined Deloitte from construction firm Mott MacDonald, where he spent two years as senior structural engineer. Prior to that, he started his career as a structural engineer at Atkins.

He has particular experience in the nuclear, defence and power sectors, both in the UK and internationally. In his roles to date he has focussed on examining risk, conducting root cause analysis and supporting the delivery of strategic, outline and full business cases.

Mays has come through Deloitte’s apprenticeship programme, which she joined in 2012. During her time in London, she gained experience across the firm’s service lines, including in valuation advisory, asset and property management, development and real estate consulting.

She has been involved in some high profile infrastructure projects, including working alongside Transport for London to identify development opportunities for housing, and supporting the planning and development of the future Euston station for the High Speed Two rail link.

Simon Bedford, partner at Deloitte Real Estate in the North West, said: “Bringing through young talent is crucial to the success of the Deloitte business, so it is extremely pleasing to be able to add to our North West team.

“Lauren’s progression highlights the strength of our Brightstarts apprenticeship programme, as she has been a key part of some of our London-based projects in recent years, and will continue to play an integral role in the North West’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

“Ahmed has also had considerable success in his previous roles, and his expertise in the nuclear industry will come in especially handy as the region looks to develop a more environmentally friendly future.”

The firm’s latest Manchester Crane Survey, reported back in February, revealed that 77 schemes remained on site in the city, with the number of schemes completed over the course of 2019 standing at its highest level since 2006.

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