Mott MacDonald has appointed Paul Hammond as global leader for its new infrastructure development and economics practice. Hammond will be responsible for leading the consultancy’s practice community and enhancing its global visibility. He will also engage with clients, advance staff capability by unlocking innovation and fostering best practice, and drive thought leadership.

Hammond has considerable experience in the infrastructure and economics arena. His 25 years’ experience include the delivery of consultancy and research assignments for clients including the International Finance Corporation, World Bank, European Investment Bank, European Commission, and national roles as economic adviser to the Local Government Association in England. In his previous role as global practice leader for economics, he has led the development of Mott MacDonald’s approach to business cases to support investible projects for our clients. More widely, he has delivered business growth as part of Mott MacDonald’s integrated transport business, by leading on innovative new business toolkits, helping develop the skills and expertise of staff, and the appointment of new strategic recruits. A regular speaker and contributor to relevant thought leadership debates, Paul was also recently appointed as a visiting professor of economic development at the University of the West of England.

The new practice merges the expertise of Mott MacDonald’s economics and infrastructure finance global practices. It focuses on providing world-class support services at the early stages of infrastructure planning – from funding through to economic, social and environmental impact assessment. Services provided include: infrastructure pipeline development and prioritisation; pre-feasibility and feasibility studies; local and regional economic development; economic appraisal and cost-benefit analysis; business case development; regulatory and policy advice; risk management and mitigation; and infrastructure finance and PPP advisory.

John Seed, Mott MacDonald’s global advisory services lead, said: “Innovation in project and program initiation will help us open opportunities with our global clients. Paul’s role in leading the practice is to develop and socialize innovative thinking and best practice.”

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