Soben unveils new structure for EMEA operation

Construction consultancy Soben has announced a new structure for its operation in the UK and Europe, with the launch of Soben Specialist Services, EMEA, and Soben Consultancy UK & Europe.

Soben unveils new structure for EMEA operation

Derek McFarlane

Establishing two distinct business units to deliver its services in EMEA ensures that Soben is even better placed to deliver its bespoke service to meet specialist client needs.

Soben Consultancy, UK & Europe will be led by Derek McFarlane, former EMEA director of buildings & places at Soben. Andrew Gallacher, former Soben EMEA managing director steps into the role of Soben Specialist Services EMEA managing director.

Soben Consultancy UK & Europe will focus on providing cost, project, programme and risk management consultancy services. Soben Specialist Services, EMEA will retain responsibilities for the group’s other services in EMEA including Bills of Quantities, Measurement, Change Management, and Carbon Accounting.

The launch of the new structure in EMEA is underpinned by the unveiling of a new brand identity for Soben, created by Studio Up North (SUN). The new brand identity is also part of the organisation’s focus on global expansion, highlighted by its launch into Asia Pacific last month, and the opening of its North American and Latin America offices early last year.

The new brand identity brings into focus Soben’s key values: honest, brave, dynamic, inclusive, and introduces the new tagline ‘Shaping the Future with Integrity.’

The tagline has been crafted to balance Soben’s ethos of accountability and purpose, and its brand vision, where a strong construction message is merged with a principle of establishing and strengthening relationships with real people.

Soben unveils new structure for EMEA operation

Andrew Gallacher

Scott Smyth, Soben founder and CEO, said: “Soben EMEA is the founding business within the Soben Group and remains the largest business unit. As we developed our business plans and more clearly identified our objectives, it was apparent that establishing two distinct business units to deliver our services in EMEA was the right decision for the business.

“I am delighted to confirm the promotion of Derek McFarlane as managing director of Soben Consultancy UK & Europe. A dedicated MD enables complete focus on the development of our consultancy services to a new and growing client base and greater collaboration with the other business unit leaders in the Americas and APAC.

“In the role of managing director for Soben Specialist Services EMEA, Andrew Gallacher will continue to build on our core Bills of Quantities service, but also grow our new service offerings which include carbon accounting and quantity benchmarking.

“With Derek leading Soben Consultancy UK & Europe and Andrew leading Soben Specialist Services, and the launch of our new brand identity highlighting our purpose and values, I am confident that our EMEA business will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Derek McFarlane said: “I’m extremely excited to be given the opportunity to lead Soben’s consultancy services in the UK and Europe. Working with our global board and dedicated teams of local talent, I look forward to supporting Clients existing and new, to provide tailored solutions to suit their specific needs.”

Speaking about the launch of Soben Specialist Services, Andrew Gallacher, added: “With the launch of our new service offerings we are working to meet the present and future needs of our EMEA clients as they in turn meet the demands of the post-pandemic, climate-conscious world.

“It is a hugely exciting time for Soben EMEA and I very much look forward to working with Derek to continue to build Soben’s presence in the market.”

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