Curtins makes senior Scottish appointment

Janice Smith

JANICE Smith has been appointed technical director for Scotland for built environment consultancy Curtins.

The appointment transitions Scotland from leadership under executive director, Phil Richardson, who is due to retire in the spring.

Smith, who previously worked at Stantec, will head up Curtins’ teams in Glasgow and Edinburgh, whilst working from the consultancy’s Edinburgh office. She will be supported by Paul Porter (Edinburgh) and Gordon McPherson (Glasgow).

Commenting on her new appointment, Smith said, “I have lived and worked in this beautiful part of the country for many years and I’ve become increasingly aware of Curtins’ positive impact on Scotland’s built landscape. I’m delighted to have become part of their story.

“There are certainly challenges ahead of us this year, but through Curtins long-lasting partnerships with clients, coupled with an ability to deliver both multimillion-pound schemes and the attention to detail required for smaller projects, I am confident that the business will continue to see success in 2021. I am looking forward to building on the relationships that will bring about this growth and stability.”

During Smith’s time at Stantec, she contributed to projects including the library refurbishment and tennis centre for Heriot-Watt University, feasibility for The University of Edinburgh’s main library, and The Advanced Forming Research Centre for the University of Strathclyde. Prior to that, she provided expertise on landmark projects including the V&A Museum in Dundee.

Phil Richardson said, “In the 23 years that I’ve had the privilege of being part of the Curtins team, the business has come a long way. I joined the Edinburgh office in 1997 with the young Rob Melling, who has since become our Chief Executive in Liverpool, and we’ve seen Curtins grow from 11 offices in the early nineties to 14 today. This expansion has included Curtins new office in Glasgow in 2016, as a reflection of the growing market in Scotland.

“Janice brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership to Curtins and I am delighted that she is joining the team.”