GHD appoints new finance director in Middle East

James O’Connor joins from Gulf Related, the real estate development company based in the UAE.

James O’Connor.
James O’Connor.

Engineering, environmental and advisory services firm GHD announced the appointment of James O’Connor as finance director for the Middle East, strengthening the management team in the region.

O’Connor joins from Gulf Related, the real estate development company based in the UAE, where he managed finances for a series of high profile construction projects in the region. He brings with him over 15 years of experience in corporate financial analysis and management through roles in the UK and the Middle East, having previously worked for AECOM and Virgin Media.


In his new role, O’Connor will work closely with the project management team to drive financial performance on a wide spectrum of infrastructure projects in the Middle East. O’Connor is an ACCA qualified accountant, with extensive experience in financial reporting, budget forecasting and risk analysis across major design and construction projects.

Malcolm Dixon, general manager for the Middle East, said: “I am excited to welcome James to the team as GHD’s finance director in the Middle East. James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, and he will help us in continuing to ensure projects are cost-effective and delivered efficiently. James joins at a time when he can help us continue to build momentum and expand our offering in the region.”

Commenting on his appointment, O’Connor said: “I look forward to joining GHD at what is a pivotal time for the company. Having spent a significant part of my career working in the Middle East, I am well placed to support my colleagues, capitalise on new opportunities and build on our momentum within the region.”

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