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Civil & Environmental EngineeringVisiting academics

Our visiting academics play an active role in our teaching and research. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and they reflect the highly-multidisciplinary nature of work undertaken within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Current visiting professors

Alasdair Henderson MEng CEng MICE FIQ 

Alongside his technical and leadership roles, Alasdair is a passionate advocate for purpose-led business

Alasdair Henderson’s career spans a range of operational and executive roles in the UK and European infrastructure contracting industry. Currently Global Director for HR Business Partnering at Royal BAM Group, he is part of the 3-person Business Line Leadership Team overseeing the group’s Civil Engineering activities comprising EUR 3Bn annual revenues and 10,000 direct employees, and is responsible for putting people and operating culture at the heart of business and operational performance.

Prior to this he was a board member of BAM Nuttall Ltd, and for many years was Managing Director of the specialist ground engineering business BAM Ritchies. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying. He is a past-chair of the Federation of Piling Specialists, the trade association representing more than 80% of the UK’s specialist ground engineering contractors. He is an International Advisory Group member for the TRANSCEND research consortium for nuclear decommissioning and is an Advisory Panel member for the TWI Geo-Drill Project investigating novel deep-drilling techniques for geothermal energy.

Alongside his technical and leadership roles, Alasdair is a passionate advocate for purpose-led business and a promoter of business as a force for good in society. He champions equality and inclusion, with a particular focus on gender representation and LGBT+ alliances in STEM industries, in recognition of which he was named ‘WISE Man 2018’ by the campaign for Women in Science and Engineering.

Ana Maria Esteves BComm MBA PhD GAICD

Ana Maria’s passion is in sharing of knowledge and improvement in standards of practice

Ana Maria established social impact management consultancy Community Insights Group in 2002 and is based in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Ana Maria has two primary areas of expertise - social impact assessment and local content - with a speciality in the extractives and energy sectors. Her particular interests lie in research and development of more effective approaches for resource affected regions and communities to benefit from the presence of megaprojects. She has supported global resources companies such as Shell, BG, Tullow Oil, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Vale.

Ana Maria’s passion is in sharing of knowledge and improvement in standards of practice. She has published in academic journals, chaired conferences, managed research partnerships, led study tours for government officials, developed courses in local content, SIA and strategic social investment, established SIAhub (an online platform for the SIA community of practice), and serves on the board of the International Association for Impact Assessment.

Ana Maria holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and PhD (on the topic of extractives and social development) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Ross Marshall CEnv, FIEMA, FSA (Scot)

Accomplished within the Energy, Water and Environmental Regulatory fields

Professor Ross Marshall is Deputy Director within the Environment Agency of England & Wales with responsibility for the National Environmental Assessment Service (NEAS). NEAS provide environmental leadership and technical support across a wide range of Agency functions, notably the agency's significant infrastructure, engineering and asset management programmes for Flood & Coastal Erosion, Navigation, Fisheries and Water Quality.

He is a past President of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and a previous Board Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Professor Marshall is a Chartered Environmentalist and Biologist. He has fellowship level membership of two professional Institutes and has Non-Exec Director experience within several UK and international organizations. He is an experienced Manager with a track record of delivering corporate environmental programmes, infrastructure projects, strategic planning and environmental management operations within both Government and the Public Sector.

Accomplished within the Energy, Water and Environmental Regulatory fields, he has experience of dealing with Regulators, NGOs and Ministerial departments at the highest national & international level. He was previously the Environment Manager of Scottish Power's SP PowerSystems utilities. He is a PhD graduate of the University of Strathclyde.

Andrew Sloan MSc BSc CEng FICE MIM3

His expertise is in tunnelling and geotechnical engineering and he is a recognised leader in this field

Professor Andy Sloan has over 35 years of major project experience and leads a business known for technical excellence. He is Managing Director of COWI UK Ltd and on the global management team of COWI International, one of the leading designers of complex infrastructure and energy projects globally.

His expertise is in tunnelling and geotechnical engineering and he is a recognised leader in this field. Throughout his career he has worked on many challenging and interesting projects around the world. These include high speed rail and metro projects in SE Asia and Hong Kong, deep gold mining in Africa, road and rail tunnels in Europe, North America, central and south Asia. He was involved in the design of the caverns that house the LHC at CERN and is currently involved there in the underground HiLumi Project and the design of a new physics laboratory 1000m below Yorkshire. He is often appointed as an Expert on hard rock tunnels in particular related to hydro-electric projects, including the collapse of the headrace tunnel on the Glendoe HEP in Scotland. Recent and contemporary UK projects he has been or is involved in include Crossrail, Lower Thames Crossing, Silvertown Tunnels Project and Highspeed 2.


We welcome visiting researchers and visiting students from other institutions.

If you're interested in visiting the department to collaborate on research, please email contact-civeng@strath.ac.uk