Mott MacDonald expands senior healthcare team


Mott MacDonald has made three new hires to its UK healthcare team; Steven Bentley as healthcare technical lead, Alison Ryan as deputy healthcare technical lead and Andy Witchell as strategy and development lead for health

Steven Bentley will take the role of healthcare technical lead. Bentley has over 30 years’ experience in engineering design consultancy as a chartered engineer and chartered project manager.

Bentley has recently led the engineering design of one of Denmark’s new super-hospitals at Hillerod in Northzealand. Further healthcare experience includes the Isle of Man Hospital, Bishop Auckland Hospital, and Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

Bentley’s role will be to provide technical support at a national level for the Europe healthcare sector. The role will include technical assessments, assistance on delivery, peer review at key design gateways, thought leadership, development of technical delivery models as well as training and competency assessments for colleagues.

Alison Ryan has joined as deputy healthcare technical lead. She has over 20 years’ experience of hospital design work, project management and delivery of many complex projects in the UK.

Ryan has recently been involved in the technical assurance review of the eight front runners in the National Hospitals Programme and further six agile business cases for NHS E&I, providing advice on the expectations and evolving strategies to address the Ministerial priorities for net zero carbon and other key aspects.

She has also been appointed as president elect of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM) for 2022-2024 and is the first female to be appointed to this role.

At Mott MacDonald Ryan will support the healthcare sector in the delivery of major technical advisory and multi-disciplinary service commissions, particularly digital transformation and net zero carbon aspects of healthcare buildings.

Andy Witchell has been appointed as a strategy and development lead for health.

Witchell has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector and joins from ENGIE, where he was strategy and development director for public sector across energy and complex service solutions.

He was responsible for direction of travel, growth and leadership in a business that doubled in size to include nearly 50 hospitals and 300 schools, central government contracts and defence.

Developing technical guidance for the sector

Steven Bentley said: “I’m very excited to be joining Mott MacDonald’s talented healthcare sector team, developing technical guidance to support the UK’s new hospital building programme on nationally important priorities including health and social improvement, net zero carbon, modern methods of construction, and the development of the intelligent hospital.”

Alison Ryan said: “The new opportunities in the UK healthcare sector and beyond are very exciting. I look forward to the challenges ahead and building on the 20 years’ of healthcare experience that I have gained so far.

“I believe that my experience will provide an enhanced level of technical expertise on schemes and help drive forward our skills in this sector.”

Andy Witchell said: “Health as a global market currently faces its greatest ever challenge, evolving through the global pandemic and positioning for the fight against climate change.

“I’m delighted to join the new senior team driving forward Health at Mott MacDonald as we support our health delivery partners as partner of choice for the development and delivery of business cases, transformation of assets and services and addressing the challenges of zero carbon.”


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