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Elspeth Finch


Why did you join Atkins?

I joined in 2007 when Atkins acquired the company I co-founded and grew, Intelligent Space.

What did you do before you joined Atkins?

I had been working with Atkins since 2000 when I founded Intelligent Space. It was a natural progression for our company to join Atkins so we could work more closely together and grow our service offer.

How have you progressed since you joined?

I have moved from the Highways & Transportation business (where the Intelligent Space team is based) to the Water & Environment business.

How do you describe what you do to friends and family?

I am leading the development of a new business area called futures. This seeks to identify and develop future lines of business in the environment sector.
What are you currently working on?

I am working with colleagues across the business to review how we can predict, assess and adapt to complex environmental change in the future.

What achievement are you most proud of?

Standing with my colleagues and our clients Transport for London, Westminster City Council and The Crown Estate at the opening of Oxford Circus Diagonal Crossing in the heart of London.

What’s the most technically challenging project you’ve worked on at Atkins?

They have all been challenging! At the moment my most challenging task is to identify how we should be developing the right services to meet our clients’ future needs.

How has your career developed at Atkins to date?

I’ve had a number of opportunities since joining. I accepted part time roles such as running the communication team for our highways & transportation business to directing client accounts on behalf of Atkins, alongside operational roles such as leading the Intelligent Space business and leading on futures within our water and environment unit.
The Atkins Factor
How does Atkins make a difference?

We work with our clients to identify and solve the problems we may all face in the future.

How would you describe the culture at Atkins?

I like the culture; it’s friendly, fair and driven by technical quality.



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