New head of natural resources in the Middle East appointed

Alison Jamieson

Associate Director, Business Generation

Turner & Townsend strengthens natural resources expertise in Middle East and North Africa with UK move.

Global professional services company Turner & Townsend has appointed David Hancox to lead its natural resources division in the Middle East and North Africa as it strengthens its offering in the region.

Since joining Turner & Townsend over 12 years ago, David has been instrumental in building the business’ natural resources division in Asia and most recently led the UK and Europe Natural Resources business. 

Based in Abu Dhabi, his new role will see him build on the business’ recent growth in the Middle East.  2018 saw Turner & Townsend record nearly £45m in revenue across the region, working on key projects including the UAE Pavilion in Dubai for Expo2020 and Abu Dhabi Airport’s Midfield Terminal Complex. 

Alan Talabani, regional managing director for the Middle East, said: “Following the volatility in oil prices over the last few years, we are seeing renewed investment from international and national oil companies across the Middle East and North Africa. 

“David’s global experience will ensure we are well placed to support clients as investment in new projects and programmes comes forward – and to match the growth that we have seen across infrastructure and real estate.”

Commenting on his appointment, David Hancox said: “The impact of the low price period in oil and gas has seen changes across the sector, as well as an opportunity to do things differently as investment returns to the Middle East and North Africa. With a strong regional base and team on the ground, I look forward to building momentum for our business and our clients at this critical period for the industry.”