Mott MacDonald appoints Steven Bentley, Alison Ryan, and Andy Witchell to healthcare team

New appointments will support NHS with its net-zero carbon commitment and underpin the delivery of new hospitals across the country

Alison Ryan

Mott MacDonald has made three new hires to its UK healthcare team; Steven Bentley as healthcare technical lead, Alison Ryan as deputy healthcare technical lead, and Andy Witchell as strategy and development lead for health.

Bentley has over 30 years experience in engineering design consultancy as a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Project Manager.

He has recently led the engineering design of one of Denmark’s new super-hospitals at Hillerod in Northzealand.

Steven Bentley

Further healthcare experience includes the Isle of Man Hospital, Bishop Auckland Hospital, and Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

His new role will be to provide technical support at a national level for the Europe healthcare sector, including technical assessments, assistance on delivery, peer review at key design gateways, thought leadership, and development of technical delivery models, as well as training and competency assessments for colleagues.

Ryan has over 20 years experience of hospital design work, project management, and delivery of many complex projects in the UK.

She has recently been involved in the technical assurance review of the eight front runners in the New Hospitals Programme and further six agile business cases for NHS E&I, providing advice on the expectations and evolving strategies to address the ministerial priorities for net-zero carbon and other key aspects.

She has also been appointed as president elect of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM) for 2022-2024 and is the first female to be appointed to this role.

At Mott MacDonald she will support the healthcare sector in the delivery of major technical advisory and multi-disciplinary service commissions, particularly digital transformation, and net-zero carbon aspects of healthcare buildings.

Witchell has 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector and joins from ENGIE, where he was strategy and development director for public sector across energy and complex service solutions.

Andy Witchell

He was responsible for direction of travel, growth and leadership in a business that doubled in size to include nearly 50 hospitals and 300 schools, central government contracts, and defence.

Bentley said: “I’m very excited to be joining Mott MacDonald’s talented healthcare sector team, developing technical guidance to support the UK’s new hospital building programme on nationally-important priorities including health and social improvement, net-zero carbon, modern methods of construction, and the development of the intelligent hospital.”

Ryan adds: “The new opportunities in the UK healthcare sector and beyond are very exciting.

“I look forward to the challenges ahead and building on the 20 years of healthcare experience that I have gained so far.

“I believe that my experience will provide an enhanced level of technical expertise on schemes and help drive forward our skills in this sector.”

And Witchell said of his new role: “Health as a global market currently faces its greatest-ever challenge, evolving through the global pandemic and positioning for the fight against climate change.

“I’m delighted to join the new senior team driving forward health at Mott MacDonald as we support our health delivery partners as partner of choice for the development and delivery of business cases, transformation of assets and services and addressing the challenges of zero carbon.”

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