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Arup sees leadership diversity uplift with new appointments

Finola Reid
Finola Reid

Three of four new principal appointments made by Arup in the Australasia region are women, which, according to Arup chair and chief executive Peter Bailey, reflects the firm’s commitment to leadership diversity and inclusivity.

Finola Reid, Kerryn Coker, Tan Yoong Heng and Catherine Redden have been announced as Arup principals.

Ms Reid is education leader for Arup in Australasia, based in Melbourne. As an acoustic specialist, she leads multidisciplinary design teams on some of Arup’s more complex projects in the education and arts sectors.

Ms Coker is architectural engineering leader in Sydney, a specialist group of façade and environmental engineers. She has worked on several high-profile projects including 1 Bligh Street and 8 Chifley Square in Sydney.

Mr Yoong Heng is civil and transport leader for Singapore, and has successfully led many infrastructure and masterplanning development projects in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, including the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade and Singapore Sports Hub.

Ms Redden is commercial leader for buildings, based in Melbourne.

“I am passionate about ensuring Arup is a diverse and inclusive firm. We have a specific focus of gender equality and ensure all promotions are based on merit, fairness and respect,” Mr Bailey said.

“Finola, Kerryn, Yoong Heng and Catherine are all very talented, well respected and design savvy. Our young engineers have great mentors and role models in our new principals while the business will continue to flourish with their continued leadership.

“Finola and Kerryn both work part-time and we are pleased they can both flourish professionally as well as retain a positive work-life balance while at Arup.”

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