Mott MacDonald has appointed Graham Bolton as its new global aviation practice leader. Graham will be responsible for developing the consultancy’s global aviation practice community, as well as maintaining key client relationships and providing strategic direction for key pursuits and projects.

With over 25 years’ experience in the aviation sector, Graham has been involved in the strategic planning, design and delivery of projects at airports around the world, including Heathrow, Dubai, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Seattle. He joins Mott MacDonald from Atkins, where he was market director for aviation, while he has also previously led Arup’s European aviation business. Graham is also the current chairman of the British Aviation Group, which promotes engagement across and collaboration within the aviation supply chain.

Graham succeeds Chris Chalk, who has relocated to New York to lead the masterplanning of John F. Kennedy International Airport and to help grow Mott MacDonald’s North American aviation business. Chris will retain his role leading the consultancy’s aviation sub-sector, which promotes business growth and works closely with many of Mott MacDonald’s other practices.

Brad Moyes, Mott MacDonald’s global sector leader for transportation, said: “Graham is someone we have known for many years as a result of working together on various projects. He is a fantastic addition to the team and the perfect person to continue the expansion our world class aviation capability that Chris has developed over the years.”

Commenting on his appointment, Graham added: “Having collaborated with Mott MacDonald on major airport programmes over many years, I’m delighted to have this opportunity to join the team. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues to build on an already great international portfolio and reputation in the global aviation market.”

Mott MacDonald has a strong track record of providing airport planning, functional design studies and strategy advice, as well as design, programme and commercial management. The consultancy has worked with many of the world’s leading airports, including Heathrow, Singapore Changi, Hong Kong International, Indira Gandhi International, Athens International and Auckland.