Alasdair Dawson joins our team in California

Alasdair joins our U.S. business, transferring from the U.K., where he has been with Steer for the last two and a half years. He is currently involved on the California High-Speed Rail project, helping the Authority review their procurement and delivery approach.

Since joining Steer, Alasdair has delivered projects for clients in policy, commercial and project management advisory areas. He was the workstream lead for the infrastructure projects plan for the winning proposal for the West Midlands franchise, was the project manager for Steer’s support of the Shaw report into the ‘Future shape and financing of Network Rail’, and has delivered three station policy-related projects for the U.K. Department for Transport. Alasdair has also provided decision-support advice for infrastructure projects, including leading a market potential and implementation study for the potential use of hyperloop systems globally, a management consultation for the Mexican state, and delivering a project management plan and approach for a major U.S. Public Private Partnership airport development. 

Previously, Alasdair worked for a consulting engineer firm and was an officer with the British Army’s Royal Engineers. At the engineering firm, he worked directly with client leadership to led multiple projects in preliminary engineering, planning and environmental approvals to progress the first 100 mile, $6 billion civil and structural section of the California High-Speed Rail project into procurement and delivery. A key component was the design of the oversight and assurance framework to enable the client to meet its commitments and receive assurance of progress from individual projects. Other projects that he led included:

  • Management and production of the project management plans and procurement documents for the billion-dollar-plus civil packages. This included development of the procurement strategy, contract documents, procurement documents and professional consultancy contracts.
  • Planning and initiation of four major land acquisition projects inclusive of publication of a project management plan for future land acquisition projects.
  • Set up and management of a decision-making forum, focused on the decisions to enable the first four design-build contracts to be procured and initiated.

Alasdair will help deliver business and commercial advisory services to existing and new clients throughout California, and help support wider North American efforts.


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