Thomas & Adamson bolsters UAE team as it continues expansion

Firm announces senior promotions, new hires and the introduction of a Strategic Advisory Service

Thomas & Adamson says it is continuing to expand its UAE operation with senior promotions, new hires and the introduction of a Strategic Advisory Service.

Rudolph Van Wyk has been promoted to director at the international project management and cost consultancy firm and he will be charged with heading the company’s expansion plans and leading the cost management services across the Middle East.

“Van Wyk brings a wealth of experience and has been instrumental in driving the business’ growth whilst delivering some of Thomas & Adamson’s most prestigious commissions over the past 12 months,” said the company in a statement.

It added that the UAE Cost Management team has been further strengthened by the promotion of Rayne Leonard, who has been elevated to Senior Quantity Surveyor, “reflecting his commitment to delivering excellent services across a number of high profile projects for the business over the past three years. The appointment of Chartered Quantity Surveyor Thanushan Kailayapillai cements the team, bringing with him more than six years Middle East experience in a range of pre and post-contract roles.”

Veteran construction professional David McIntyre has also joined the firm’s Project Management team and brings 20 years of construction industry experience “spanning Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia.”

 “These appointments reflect our investment in the UAE business and commitment to continue the recent growth we have experienced across the Middle East,commented Zander Muego, partner at Thomas & Adamson. “The hard work and dedication both Rudolph and Rayne have demonstrated during their time at T&A has proven they are the right people to guide the business forward and we are delighted to strengthen our leadership team with them at the fore.”

The new Strategic Advisory Service has been bolstered with the appointment of Andrew Mason to the Abu Dhabi office.

“A quantity surveyor by profession but a qualified arbitrator to trade, Mason is a well-known expert in the field of dispute resolution in the UK, USA and Middle East.  He brings this experience to head up the new division, with an initial focus on helping existing client management teams make more strategic and quantified business decisions when conflict arises on real estate development projects,” said Thomas & Adamson.

Muego added: “The growth of structured dispute resolution processes in the UAE has been well documented, particularly with the new Federal Arbitration Law coming into force in recent months.  While it is always preferable to avoid any form of dispute, the complex and bespoke nature of construction projects often does result in contractual issues. These issues often have significant time and cost implications, which can not only impact the project cashflows, but the viability of the development as a whole. Having Andrew as part of our team is a significant development for Thomas & Adamson and will allow us to bolster our ethos of delivering the highest quality of service to our clients.”

Thomas & Adamson said the team will begin immediate work on a string of recent contract wins, including the project and cost management of the first phase of a five-year redevelopment of the Al Wathba Prison and cost management for the Crown Prince Court’s activities to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day on 2 December.


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