WSP makes smart appointment to grow energy business

WSP has appointed professor David Healey to the role of director of smart energy. His appointment is part of the ongoing expansion of the energy business at WSP, which is looking to play a leading role in the transition of the UK energy sector to a low carbon, sustainable economy. 

With more than 25 years’ experience internationally across the energy and utilities industries, Healey will be responsible for building a new smart energy team which will offer specialist sustainable energy services as part of the company’s power networks discipline. 

Healey, who grew-up in Salford, will also continue his work with Keele University developing their ground-breaking Smart Energy Network Demonstrator project, as well as his advisory role on the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency policy which is developing strategies to support international agreements on climate change. 

Commenting on his appointment, Healey said: “WSP is focused upon playing a leading role in the energy sector revolution which will form the basis of a future low carbon global economy. I believe as part of the WSP team, we can assist our clients to effectively embrace this transition in our urgent battle against the impacts of climate change.” 

Healey’s appointment is part of the company’s wider ‘Future Ready’ strategy; the first training programme of its kind in the UK consultancy sector which aims to equip its engineers with the tools to design more future-proof, sustainable solutions for clients.

Paul Glendinning, head of WSP’s power networks discipline, commented: “The push for change in our energy systems around the world will include a move to more smart energy solutions which will give homes and businesses more control over their energy use, and support innovative new digital technologies. 

“WSP is at the forefront of these changes and we’re excited to bring David and his wealth of expertise on board. This will enable us to meet the demand from a growing number of businesses looking to introduce innovative low carbon energy solutions to their projects, and support the adoption of distributed energy resources (DER) such as new storage systems or renewable technologies which will help facilitate the transition to a smarter grid.”

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