Arup have expanded their leadership team with the appointment of four new principals in the Australasian region including three women. The four new Principals are Finola Reid, Kerryn Coker, Tan Yoong Heng and Catherine Redden.
Based in Melbourne, acoustic specialist Finola Reid is the Education Leader for Arup in Australasia and leads multidisciplinary design teams on various complex projects in the education and arts sectors. A passionate advocate of integrated design solutions, Finola continues to distinguish herself as an innovative and creative partner to Arup’s education clients.
The Sydney-based Kerryn Coker is the Architectural Engineering Leader of a specialist group of facade and environmental engineers. Kerryn has been involved in several high-profile projects such as 1 Bligh Street and 8 Chifley Square in Sydney. Her design innovation led to the successful implementation of the double skin facade on 1 Bligh Street Sydney.
Catherine Redden is the Commercial Leader for Buildings in Arup’s Melbourne office, bringing commercial acumen and expertise to the business and leading commercial management for major projects
Tan Yoong Heng
The new Civil and Transport Leader for Arup Singapore, Tan Yoong Heng has successfully led many infrastructure and masterplanning development projects in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Key projects include the award-winning Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, Singapore Sports Hub, and the URA Rail Corridor Masterplan in Singapore.
Commenting on the new appointments, Chair and CEO of Arup in Australasia, Peter Bailey says he was passionate about ensuring Arup remained a diverse and inclusive firm, adding that they had a specific focus on gender equality and ensured all promotions were based on merit, fairness and respect.
According to Bailey, their young engineers will have great mentors and role models in their new Principals, who were all very talented, well respected and design savvy, while the business will continue to flourish with their continued leadership.
He noted that Finola and Kerryn work part-time but will still be able to flourish professionally as well as retain a positive work life balance while at Arup.
Arup also made senior appointments to bolster the diversity of their leadership team. Priscilla Radice, formerly of Queensland Ports, joined Arup in October 2015 to lead the Ports and Aviation offering; Dr Therese Flapper joined in February 2016 as Arup’s Australasia Water Skills leader and to lead their infrastructure offering in the ACT; and Natasha Boshard joined the Perth office in February 2016 with a strong background in stakeholder and change management.