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Saudi Arabia: Faithful+Gould appoints head of programme management

Faithful+Gould has appointed Paul Sweeney as its new head of programme management for its 160-strong
business in Saudi Arabia.

The integrated project and programme management consultancy has seen rapid growth in the kingdom, with
its order book expected to grow by 15% over the course of the next year.

Sweeney joins Faithful+Gould from AECOM, where he performed a number of roles including head of project management and a director and partner in Davis Langdon in the UK. With over 25 years’ experience he brings a wealth of programme, project, and operational experience, with recent responsibilities including business unit and financial planning, performance and delivery, staff development and mentoring, and business development among others.

He has considerable knowledge of major international public-private partnerships (PPP) schemes in the healthcare and education sectors, having acted for both the promoting client and SPV/developer, which aligns with the Saudi Government’s move towards alternative financing solutions squarely at the centre of the country’s Vision 2030 strategy.

Spencer Wylie, Faithful+Gould KSA country director, said: “The demand for our expert programme and project management services has risen exponentially, making this an opportune time for Sweeney to join us. His appointment further enables our growth strategy, not just for KSA, but for the wider region, aimed at ensuring we remain in a position to deliver the best possible solutions to our clients, supporting the delivery of their projects on time, to budget and to their quality aspirations.”

He continued, “2016/17 has been a great year for Faithful+Gould in Saudi Arabia, we were appointed on a number of major transformational projects such as providing programme management services on a mixed-use and leisure development that is set to attract millions of domestic visitors; we are cost managers on on a mixed-use and leisure development that is set to attract millions of domestic visitors; we are cost managers on on several super regional mall developments, and we have implemented a programme management office for the roll out of a countrywide fibre optic network. We are very excited to see what 2017/18 brings with him joining our existing team in the country.”