ENGINEERING and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon announced a number of leadership appointments as the global firm says it has ramped up its investment in its advisory practice to support a growing demand for optimised infrastructure, digitisation and asset consulting services across the built environment, energy and resources and infrastructure sectors.

Two senior advisory leaders Brad McBean and Stuart Cassie have joined the firm.

Mr McBean has joined as Aurecon’s global advisory managing director and Stuart Cassie as its Australia and New Zealand advisory market director.

Mr McBean’s previous role was partner within the strategy practice at PwC Management Consulting and Mr Cassie worked with PwC as managing director of capital projects.

In addition Aurecon has commissioned independent consultant Gerhard Vorster, most recently Deloitte’s chief strategy officer, to advise on the growth of Aurecon’s global advisory business.

Mr McBean, Mr Cassie and Mr Vorster will join Matt Coetzee (Australia and New Zealand) and Chris Von Holdt (South Africa) to form the leadership team of Aurecon’s advisory practice.

Aurecon chief executive Giam Swiegers said the company was seeing an increasing demand for consulting advice around supply chain, asset optimisation, portfolio, program and project optimisation and the digitisation of infrastructure across both our private and public sector clients.

“Brad, Stuart and Gerhard trained as engineers and have built and sustained world-class supply chain and procurement capabilities as well as advisory practices across a number of industry segments. I am delighted to welcome them to Aurecon.”

“The engineering and infrastructure industry faces huge change and challenges over the next few years. In a commoditised market, subject to disruptive technology, we must respond to the constantly shifting business landscape.”

“This means knowing our clients and their businesses better than our competitors and excelling in bringing innovation and expertise to the table to help solve their most difficult problems,” Mr Swiegers said.

Mr McBean’s appointment as managing director accompanies several other significant appointments, including Andrew Muller as chief financial officer, Michael Shirley as managing director of clients, Andrew Maher as chief digital officer, and Maureen Thurston as global director of design to innovate.