Team AWD

Malachy Ryan

Malachy Ryan, Managing Director

B.Eng., M.Sc., C.Eng., M.I.C.E

Malachy began his career at AWD as a Design Engineer in 2009, after graduating from the University of Dundee. He became a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2014. In over 8 years with AWD, Malachy has built extensive experience in all aspects of Temporary Works, Access Engineering and Structural Design, leading some of AWD's most iconic projects.

In May 2015, Malachy became Managing Director, overseeing the recent expansion of the company. Embodying the AWD values, Malachy is responsible for building a strategic vision for the company and for business development in our UK and overseas markets.

Katie Ryan

Katie Ryan, Director

Graduating from the University of Dundee in 2007, Katie became a company director in 2015, bringing over 12 years' client care experience to the role.

As an integral member of our senior leadership team, Katie is a critical decision maker and influencer, guiding business growth and development. A flexible team player, Katie also works to support our back office team in a variety of capacities.

Alan White

Alan N White, Founder

B.Sc. M.Eng., C.Eng., M.I.C.E., M.I.H.T., M.I.E.Aust, C.P.Eng.

An industry veteran with over 45 years engineering experience, Alan graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1972, becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer in 1976. Throughout his distinguished career, Alan has built a wealth of experience, working for local and central government as a consulting engineer for over a decade. Between 1993 and 2000 Alan was National Advisor for Access to Bridges for the Scottish Executive.

He founded Alan White Design in 1998 as an independent consultant specialising in Temporary Works, Access Engineering and Structural Design. Although now semi-retired, Alan continues to work with us on a part-time basis maintaining his position as one of the foremost experts in our field.

Euan Strathearn

Euan Strathearn, Director

B.Eng., M.Sc., C.Eng, M.I.C.E

Euan graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2011 and joined AWD the same year. Euan has built considerable experience across all our service streams, working on many of our most challenging projects. Euan became a Chartered Civil Engineer in 2019.

Now an Director, Euan heads up our Projects department, overseeing the day to day management of all project portfolios. He is also senior manager responsible for learning & development and resource planning for all engineering staff.

David Gordon

David Gordon, Senior Design Engineer

B.Sc., I.Eng., M.I.C.E

After graduating from the University of Glasgow in June 2009, David spent over ten years as a temporary works engineer working for various consultant and supplier design teams. He joined AWD in January 2022, bringing a wealth of experience in management. He is an incorporated member of the ICE and is actively working towards chartership under AWD’s accredited training scheme.

Liam Brannan

Liam Brannan, Design Engineer

BSc, I.Eng.

Liam graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2017, joining AWD in August of the same year as a Graduate Engineer.

Enrolled on our ICE Accredited Training Scheme, Liam has developed his design skills both in the office and on site, working with our clients in London and across the UK. Recently promoted to Design Engineer, Liam continues to build experience across all the company service streams.

Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch, Assistant Design Engineer


Paul graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a degree in Civil Engineering in August 2018.

He joined our team in October 2018 as a Graduate Engineer. He is currently enrolled in our ICE Accredited Training Scheme and is responsible for production of drawings and calculations on a range of projects, developing his skills across Temporary Works, Access Engineering and Structural Design.

Ross Gibson

Ross Gibson, Assistant Design Engineer


Ross graduated from the University of the West of Scotland in 2019. He Joined AWD in December 2021, bringing with him over 2 years of experience working for a large UK contractor where he performed the role of project engineer on multiple projects. He is currently enrolled on our ICE accredited training scheme and adds his expertise in structural design to the team.

Alan Gibson

Alan Gibson, CAD Technician


After spending over 25 successful years in the catering industry, Alan decided to pursue his interest in Computer Aided Design. He graduated from the University of the West of Scotland in 2021 and joined the team at AWD in the newly created role of CAD Technician. He provides vital 3D visualisation and draughting support to the team.

Emma McGrath

Emma McGrath, Office Manager

Bringing over 10 years' experience in customer management and financial services, Emma joined AWD as Office Manager in 2015 at our new Kilmarnock Office. Emma is responsible for the day to day running of the office, and is the friendly face to welcome all our clients and visitors.

Emma maintains our Quality Management System and Environmental Management System to ISO accredited standards and is the company's Health & Safety delegate. Utilising her broad experience, Emma’s work portfolio also includes accounts, marketing and recruitment.