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25 February 2010

Mott MacDonald sustainability expert appointed Enterprise Chair at Northumbria University

Mott MacDonald’s sustainable development expert Gordon Hudson has been appointed as Enterprise Chair in Sustainability at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

Gordon, a technical director based at the Newcastle office of Mott MacDonald, the global management, engineering and development consultancy, is responsible for developing sustainable building services solutions for the public and private sectors, as well as coordinating the Group’s sustainability work across its operations in buildings and infrastructure.

As part of the role, Gordon will join Northumbria University’s School of the Built Environment, working one day per week in the new role of Enterprise Chair in Sustainability, which has been sponsored by Mott MacDonald.

A recognised international expert in sustainable development, he will bring his wealth of expertise and experience to the new role, which will help to drive forward excellence and promote knowledge exchange in this important area of the built environment.

Gordon said of his appointment, “I’m delighted and honoured to be appointed to this important new role. Shared learning and expertise between industry and academia is crucial to the future of sustainable development, and the post will have direct benefits for research, teaching and practice.”

He added, “Sustainable development is complex and multi-faceted and I believe we have a fantastic opportunity here to take a holistic approach to tackling some of the key environmental and economic challenges we are currently facing in the built environment. This is an exciting opportunity to bring industry and academia together in a working partnership that has the potential to directly impact on the way sustainability issues are ingrained in our planning, construction and development both now and in the future.”

Steve Hodgson, Dean of the School of the Built Environment at Northumbria University, said: “Gordon is a recognised authority on sustainable development and he will work closely with our Sustainable Cities Research Institute.”

He continued, “In the role of Enterprise Chair, Gordon will be responsible for initiating and developing research and enterprise proposals for industry, ensuring top level knowledge exchange which will inform and benefit both industry and our research and teaching activity.”

Gordon is Chief Examiner for the Engineering Council and has acted as a Visiting Research Fellow to Northumbria’s School of the Built Environment, one of the UK’s leading higher education and research institutes in all aspects of the built environment. He has worked on a variety of high profile projects in the UK and around the world, including schools design for the Scottish government and developing an environmental assessment tool for the Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency.

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