FRAZER-NASH Consultancy appointed Marc Lyell to head up its energy and resources team working from the company’s Adelaide office, reporting to the Australian director, Jonathan Armstrong.

Mr Armstrong said Australia’s economy has changed.

“The fall in commodity prices has moved the focus from the top line to the bottom line. The market for consultancy has changed too. Consultancy needs to reduce the cost of operations, not just provide manpower to projects.”

“For the past 25 years our business model has always been to truly understand our clients’ problems and provide the best solutions. We will take risk. We will innovate. We will make a difference. That’s why we grew by over 30% last year.”

Frazer-Nash has worked across highly regulated sectors such as defence, offshore oil and gas, nuclear and rail for a number of years and has been actively growing its energy and resources sector.

Mr Lyell’s appointment underscores the company’s commitment to bringing its first principles approach to new clients in the oil and gas, mining, renewable and conventional energy sectors.

“The appointment of Marc Lyell to the business manager role brings a breadth of experience to the business. With a background that includes time in oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and delivering major infrastructure projects, his passion for solving difficult problems and finding value-add solutions for our clients are qualities that have been the hallmark of our business model for 25 years.”

Originally from Scotland, Mr Lyell has spent almost half his 30-year career in Australia.

Mr Lyell replaces the current energy and resources business manager Greg Pope who returns to Frazer-Nash UK following a successful three year Australian secondment.