Categories: BusinessPublished On: 23.12.2019468 words2.4 min read

Consultants NIRAS’ Maritime UK Director Jamie Christie is delighted to announce the appointments of Nerea Palacios and Norberto Marquez to build and strengthen the Marine and Structures (MAST) UK capacity to deliver both UK and international projects working in collaboration with wider NIRAS  ports and coastal services in Denmark and Thailand as required on global commissions.  Both are based in NIRAS UK’s Ascot office.

Norberto Marquez is engaged as Principal Geotechnical Engineer and brings over 12 years of experience gained in both civil engineering contracting and consultancy including ports and marine. He is a multi-lingual geotechnical engineer with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Valencia, and a PMP(Project Manager Professional) qualification from the Project Management Institute (USA). He is also a Member of the Spanish Institution of Civil Engineers and an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK.

Of his new position says” It is a time of international expansion for NIRAS with the application of dynamism to increase the footprint in the global market. The attraction to me with NIRAS is the opportunity to be involved in international ports and harbour projects and tackle challenging situations with a company which strongly believes in its people to achieve growth.”


Nerea Palacios joins NIRAS as Senior Maritime Engineer and brings 5 years of experience since graduating with a Masters in Engineering from the University of Burgos, Spain .  She is also a member of both the Spanish Institution of Civil Engineers as well as the UK based Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE). In addition to her daily duties she has been very active in extra-curricular activities having recently won the following awards:

  • “One to Watch For Young Professionals”, by ICE South Branch (July 2019) in recognition of an accomplished and promising young professional contributed to the profession.
  • “Emerging Engineers Award”, by ICE (Oct 2019) based on her research and technical papers titled “An analysis of flood risk and potential adaptations in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight”.

  • “Graduate of the Year” by Construction News Talent Awards (Nov 2019) in recognition of her contribution to promote the industry to women as well as the STEM initiative.

Of her appointment NEREA says “I am excited to join NIRAS and participate in a wide range of challenging projects and look forward to putting my maritime knowledge into practice and delivering high quality outputs”.

Regarding the appointments Jamie said “Thanks to our robust recruitment process, and in a world where dedicated ports and maritime experience is difficulty to find, we’ve managed to find two valued additions to the team.  The quality and confidence the current generation of engineers coming through in ports and marine is re-assuring as we look to the future here at NIRAS”.

Source: NIRAS