Richard Coackley

Eur Ing Richard Coackley
Appointment: Director of Energy Development, Environment & Natural Resources, URS

Richard is Director of Energy Development, Environment & Natural Resources for URS. This includes major decommissioning and development of new work in the nuclear sector and the renewable energy sector. He has worked throughout his career in both contracting and consulting in the UK, and overseas in the power, water and wastewater sectors.

Before joining URS Richard led the energy sector business for consulting engineers White Young Green specialising in nuclear decommissioning at Sellafield and maintenance and refurbishment of major power plant. Before that Richard was for 5 years a Company Director of Mouchel Parkman and Managing Director of their Utilities business where he was responsible for development of an 800 multidisciplinary staff business stream, with turnover of £60m in multidisciplinary support services. His executive board duties moved the business to a high performance organization culture and created a £320m turnover, 5000 professional staff business following flotation and merging of the two companies Mouchel and Parkman.

Previous to that he was a Vice President of Black & Veatch and Director of Binnie Black & Veatch in UK, Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and North Africa. He worked with Sir Alfred McAlpine Ltd to construct Dinorwic Pumped Storage Scheme in North Wales in the early 80’s.

Richard has worked in the Middle East and Asia on energy projects, water supply and wastewater schemes. In Pakistan, he was responsible for the development of the power channel design for the Ghazi-Barotha hydropower scheme immediately downstream of Tarbela on the River Indus, a 60km diversion of the river to carry 1600m3/s and to develop 1800MW - a £2000 million project.

Richard was a member of Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) from 2000 to 2003 continuing many years of active support of the Institution. He re-joined Council in 2006 upon his election as Vice President. His particular areas of interest and involvement have been in membership and ethics and in ICE’s international activities including international development. He served for 10 years on the International Policy Committee, four of these as chairman. He was a non-executive director of Thomas Telford Ltd, the ICE’s commercial arm, for nine years.

Richard is Honorary President of the European Council of Civil Engineers. During his three years as President, between 2005 and 2008, he focussed on mobility of civil engineers throughout Europe, created structures for the exchange of knowledge for professional development, and worked to raise the importance of civil engineering in the European Parliament.

Richard is keenly interested in the professional development of engineers of all ages. He is keen to enthuse our young people in engineering and to broaden the skills now required by engineers - for example project and programme management, financial management and whole life costing - to enable our profession to deliver value and succeed in our ever competitive market while retaining independence of thought in the logic and art of our profession.