Hyder Consulting boosts Bristol team

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Hyder Consulting has made two new appointments to its fast-growing rail team in Bristol. Rachel Bennett and Tom Constantine are joining the company as it expands as a result of several prestigious contract wins.

Rachel Bennett has been appointed structural engineer. Formerly a civil engineer with Amey Consulting, Rachel’s experience includes re-signalling work and level crossing design. Reporting to principal engineer Jeff Lynn, Rachel will be working on a variety of schemes, including bridge and ancillary structure design on the Great Western Electrification Project.

Says Rachel, ‘Joining Hyder, as it is building its profile in the South West and Wales, is a great opportunity and the ideal next step in my career development. My aim is to become Chartered with the ICE, and I understand that Hyder’s Steps to Excellence Programme will provide the support I need to achieve that goal.’

Rachel lives in Bath. In her spare time she plays rugby for the Bath Rugby Ladies team.

Tom Constantine has been appointed project manager, based in Bristol. Formerly a senior design manager with VolkerFitzpatrick, Tom will report to Ben Adams, Hyder’s rail business director for the South West and Wales region. In this role, he will be responsible for managing the successful technical and financial performance of projects, developing and building client relationships. Tom is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering. He lives in Bath and enjoys cycling, both mountain and road, as well as trail running and playing squash. All this has to be fitted in around the demands of a young family.

Says Ben Adams, ‘Rachel and Tom are great additions to the team. Rachel’s experience is ideally suited to the kinds of projects we’re working on now – which include major infrastructure and improvement projects. Tom’s experience in multi-disciplinary project and engineering management in the rail sector will provide a ‘whole-life’ perspective on rail projects and drive engineering solutions which offer innovation and best value to the client. I’m confident they will make a significant contribution to the many projects we have in the pipeline.’