Arup has appointed Wayne Middleton as the new regional leader of its expanding Water business, in line with the firm’s commitment to accelerate the growth of this key portfolio.
Based in Brisbane, Wayne brings over 30 years of experience working in leadership roles across the global water industry. He has deep expertise in the delivery of long-term regional water infrastructure security programs, including the development of drought and climate change response strategies and future resource planning.
Arup Australasia Leader, Energy Water and Resources, Poya Rasekhi said Wayne joins at a critical time for Arup, with communities, governments, NGOs and the private sector realising the need to collaborate to address the severity of water related challenges as they increase around the world.
“Water is the world’s most valuable resource, but rapid urbanisation is placing incredible strain on water supplies, drainage networks and sanitation, while climate change is making extreme weather events like flooding and droughts more severe.
Poya Rasekhi, Principal Energy, Water and Resources – Australasia Leader, said: "Net zero commitments are gaining momentum in many different countries and economic sectors and the water sector can play a key role in shaping and driving a significant industry shift towards sustainable development.”
“Wayne’s deep technical and operational knowledge of water supply and wastewater treatment assets, combined with astute commercial and leadership acumen make him the ideal candidate to lead the Water team as we respond to the needs of our industry and government partners for a deeper understanding of water cycles to ensure they are at the centre of responses to issues like economic development, food and agriculture, community and energy use, helping to build and maintain water resilience around the world,” added Mr Rasekhi.