Golder Associates, the global consulting and engineering firm, has announced Dr Elisabeth Culbard as its new Managing Director in the UK and Ireland. On 10 August, Dr Culbard will leave the engineering and construction company, Bechtel, where she held the role of Head of Sustainability for its global infrastructure business for 12 years and was also a Vice President for the Company.
Dr Culbard has more than 30 years of experience as an environmental scientist, with specialisms ranging from urban regeneration to civil infrastructure financing and assessment. She is a technical expert in the fields of sustainability, environmental and social impact assessments, project planning, and project management.
She has also played a vital role in demonstrating the commercial value of sustainability throughout engineering projects. Most recently, she co-authored a report for the US Council for International Business on infrastructure’s role in delivering the UN’s post-2015 millennium goals on sustainable development.
During her career, Dr Culbard has worked on numerous major projects, including the Nabucco pipeline in Eastern Europe and Turkey. Furthermore, she worked for the International Finance Corporation at a time when the IFC's environmental and social performance standards were beginning to gain ground.
Jean-François Bolduc, President of Golder in Europe, commented on her appointment: “Dr Culbard has been an influential figure at Bechtel over the past decade and her robust experience will allow Golder in the UK and Ireland to grow to new heights. Her appointment is aligned with our intent of further embedding technical excellence and high quality standards in our professional service delivery.”
Golder in the UK and Ireland works with some of the world’s largest domestic and international companies in the mining, oil & gas, infrastructure, energy and manufacturing sectors. In recent years, the company has been involved in projects such as Rio Tinto’s Simandou developments in West Africa, the implementation of best practice in the shale industry expansion across Europe, the HS2 in the UK, and environmental, health and safety support for major manufacturing and energy companies.