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, Associate 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 Associate 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.

Fraser Sinclair


BSc (Hons)

Graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009 in Environmental & Civil Engineering, Fraser joined AWD in March 2018 as a Senior Design Engineer.

He brings 10 years’ design experience in Temporary Works and Access Engineering to the team, as well as expertise in Engineering Management. He leads many of our biggest projects and supports the development of our graduate engineers.

Fraser is a graduate member of the ICE and is currently working towards chartership.

Christy Milne

Christy Milne, Assistant Design Engineer

B.Eng., M.Sc.

An Assistant Design Engineer with 2 years' experience, Christy joined AWD in September 2017 to support the increased demand for our services.

Graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2015, Christy brings expertise in concrete design and marine engineering, and works across all aspects of Temporary Works, Access Engineering, and Structural Design.

Liam Brannan

Liam Brannan, Assistant Design Engineer


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 Assistant Design Engineer, Liam continues to build experience across all the company service streams.

Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch, Graduate 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.

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.

Fiona McGrath

Fiona McGrath, Marketing Manager

BSc (Hons)

Joining AWD in September 2016, Fiona oversees all our marketing and digital media activity, working with a wide variety of stakeholders including senior management and external consultants.

Fiona also manages our social media channels, creating our digital content, including case studies and news articles for our website. Fiona is also responsible for developing our marketing strategy in line with company objectives, as well as advertising and PR.