We are pleased to announce that Gurjit Wood has taken over the leadership of our Aviation business for our UK, India, Middle East and Africa region.


Gurjit, a Chartered Logistician, has over 30 years' experience of working on a variety of complex Aviation projects throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Middle East.  She is a dynamic team leader who has specialised in Aviation with substantial experience of delivering multi-disciplinary projects from inception to design to completion and operational readiness, ensuring our team consistently meet cost, quality and time constraints. Gurjit, who previously worked for airlines, has been involved in major airport design and operations improvements around the region including Heathrow, Manchester, Stansted, Dubai, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.


Most recently, Gurjit has been leading our Middle East office in Dubai where she is the client relationship manager and project director for Dubai Airports projects.


Gurjit takes over the lead on Aviation for the region from Richard Matthews who retired from Arup.  She will focus on growing and nurturing the business, helping airports find ways of streamlining their business and becoming more efficient and sustainable, while continually improving customer experience.


“Gurjit’s expertise lies in the rigorous analysis of complex issues from operational to technical challenges. Her insights into what airports need to do to improve efficiency and the pressing need to address climate change and de-carbonize their assets, give her the foundation to effectively lead our teams across the business’s UKIMEA region at a challenging, but exciting time.”

   Ian Taylor, Global Aviation Business Leader


“Thanks to Richard Matthews for all his great work, supporting and developing clients and Arup team members, me included. 

This is an extremely difficult time for our aviation clients, never before have we seen a global shut down of aviation over a prolonged period, but air travel will recover and that recovery creates an opportunity to change our industry. Our airport and airline clients have had to cut costs by reducing staff levels, closing terminals and retiring parts of their fleet. Our opportunity is to support our clients through these turbulent times, to reduce costs through exploring technological advances that improve efficiency and improve the passenger experience. As the industry looks at recovery, airports will operate in an increasingly competitive environment with efficiency and sustainable development now more critical than ever. We are uniquely placed to help airports and airlines to improve their operations and facilities, and to become more sustainable and resilient by providing holistic solutions that deliver real business benefit. I look forward to taking on this new role.”

   Gurjit Wood, Aviation Business Leader, UKIMEA

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