Keith Clarke CBE

Keith Clarke was Chief Executive of WS Atkins plc, the UK’s largest Design and Engineering Consultancy for eight years to July 2011. He supported the Group’s investment in the Middle East, where key projects included the Dubai Metro, and he was also instrumental in Atkins’ decision to become the first engineering company to be an official sponsor of an Olympic Games for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

At the forefront of encouraging the built environment sector to embrace Carbon Critical thinking in response to the urgent challenge of climate change, Keith has long been an advocate for positioning carbon as a core decision-making factor in the way we plan, design and procure capital projects. In 2009 Keith was appointed by UK Secretary of State for Business as interim chair of the Construction Innovation and Growth team (IGT) in September 2009 to review how the UK construction industry could be “fit for purpose” in a low carbon future.

Having left Atkins Keith continues to provide senior level advice to Minister of Municipalities & Urban Planning in the State of Qatar and is a Non-Executive Director and board member at a number of leading industry institutions. Keith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011.

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