Richard has been appointed Arup’s Aviation lead for the UK, Middle East and Africa Region.

Having joined Arup in 1977, Richard has over 40 years’ experience in project management and engineering. Richard will lead a specialist team of multi-disciplinary engineers that work on major aviation projects across the globe. His focus will be on helping airports find ways of streamlining their business and become more efficient, while continually improving customer experience.

Richard has worked on some of the firm’s largest and most complex aviation projects including Heathrow’s Terminal 5 & 2, Hong Kong International Airport and Lisbon airport, Portugal. During his career he has also led the design and construction of air traffic control towers in Mexico, India, UK and Ireland. 

“As airports operate in an increasingly competitive environment, efficiency is now more critical than ever. We’re helping airports improve their operations and facilities, and become more resilient by providing holistic solutions that deliver real business benefit. I look forward to taking on this new role.”

  •  Richard Matthews, UKMEA Leader of Aviation


“Richards’s expertise lies in the rigorous analysis of complex issues from operational to technical challenges. This is coupled with his creative approach into devising practical integrated solutions. His extensive knowledge of operational processes, technological advancements, and information and control systems gives him the foundation to effectively lead our teams across the business’ UKMEA region.”

  •  Ian Taylor, Global Leader of Aviation



Richard has taken over from Dervilla Mitchell CBE, who has recently been appointed Arup UKMEA Chair.

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