News & Events-Australia beckons for UK engineer

Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has announced that Ian Watson is to take up a new role in its Australian office. Ian's move follows the opening of Frazer-Nash's Australia office last year, its first outside the UK.

Ian, who has been with Frazer-Nash for seven years, is shortly to move to the company's office in Adelaide to become Systems Engineering Lead for the Australian business, where he will grow and lead a new team providing systems engineering services to clients in the defence, rail, mining and renewable energy sectors. The consultancy's existing markets are well represented in Australia, with the company having recently secured contracts relating to the Air Warfare Destroyer programme as well as significant renewable energy work.

Ian brings substantial experience to the role that covers disciplines as diverse as rail, defence and renewable energy. He has worked with more than 10 wave and tidal device developers, investors and funding bodies, including leading due diligence on Hammerfest Strøm, which is set to be one of the first major UK renewable devices to be installed off the Scottish coast. Ian also led a landmark study for the Rail Safety and Standards Board in the UK, suggesting reliability improvements by taking a system-wide approach to the railway.

Commenting on his relocation, Ian said: "The skills and experience I have developed with Frazer-Nash over the last seven years are extremely well suited to my new role overseas and the opportunity to play a leading role in the development of our Australia business was simply too good to miss.

"The Australian market offers great potential for us, with a number of major marine and solar thermal energy projects in development, substantial investment in rail, plus nationally significant naval programmes, all of which we will be looking to get involved in."

Phil Harris, Manager for Frazer-Nash's Australian Business, added: "Ian will be an integral part of our rapidly growing team in Australia. His enthusiasm for engineering, not to mention his impressive project experience, will be a tremendous asset to us as we develop our systems engineering offering. Despite only being open for less than a year, we are already providing innovative safety management advice to our clients. With Ian's appointment, we now have a fantastic opportunity to take the business forward and are actively recruiting for additional systems engineers to join our Adelaide office."