Atkins appoints Managing Director

Matthew Tribe as Managing Director for its planning, design, and engineering business in the Middle East  

Matthew Tribe as Managing Director

Matthew Tribe as Managing Director

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Tribe as Managing Director for its planning, design, and engineering business in the Middle East, effective November 2021. Matthew also leads the company’s global technical network in master planning, urbanization & cities, driving a virtual network of professionals to deliver value to its clients around the world.   

“With over 50 years’ presence in the Middle East, Atkins has a proven record in delivering some of the region’s most iconic and complex projects. Strengthening our planning, design, and engineering business is key to meet the region’s growing needs and help countries achieve their national visions and net zero targets,” said Campbell Gray, CEO, Atkins, Middle East & Africa. “With his deep knowledge of the business and the region, Matthew will play a pivotal role in enabling, delivering and most importantly adding demonstrable value to our clients’ programs and portfolios.”

Matthew is a seasoned executive with 26 years of experience across the UK, Asia, Middle East, and Africa regions. Throughout his career, he has established an approach to master planning and urban design that delivers solutions derived from detailed analysis, understanding and appreciation of the evolving demands of modern life. Previously, Matthew was the Managing Principal for the Dubai Studio and Global Lead for Planning, Landscape and Urban Design at global architecture firm CallisonRTKL, where he played an instrumental role in the company’s growth. Before joining CallisonRTKL in 2014, he spent 18 years at Atkins departing as the International Master Planning & Urban Design Director, splitting his time between the UAE and the UK. His portfolio of projects includes the New Jeddah Downtown and KAAR Gateway Development in Saudi Arabia, The Grove Mixed-Use Development and Dubai Creek Harbour Master Plan in the UAE, and many other flagship projects in the Middle East.

“I’m excited to re-join Atkins and be part of shaping its strategic growth plans both globally and in the Middle East,” commented Matthew Tribe, Managing Director, Planning, Design, and Engineering at Atkins. “The industry is going through a significant transformation where embedding human-centric design practices and adopting sustainable and data-driven solutions will be key to tackle current and future challenges and harness opportunities for growth on the long-term.”

Together with SNC-Lavalin, a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, Atkins helps clients plan, design and enable major infrastructure projects, and provides expert consultancy that covers the full project lifecycle. The company’s end-to-end business advisory, design and engineering and project management services also include Faithful+Gould and Atkins Acuity brands and offerings. Faithful+Gould provides integrated project and program management consultancy, independently or alongside Atkins. Atkins Acuity combines management consulting, financing and technical capabilities to help clients solve complex front-end problems in the built environment.


About Atkins

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. 

About SNC-Lavalin

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world. SNC-Lavalin connects people, technology and data to help shape and deliver world-leading concepts and projects, while offering comprehensive innovative solutions across the asset lifecycle. Our expertise is wide-ranging — consulting & advisory, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and sustaining capital – and delivered to clients in four strategic sectors: EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear and Resources, supported by Capital. People. Drive. Results. News and information are available at  or follow us on Twitter @SNCLavalin 

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