RSK appoints Mark Smith as water sector strategic business development director

March 26, 2021

RSK is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Smith to the new role of strategic business development director for the water sector. With sector-leading brands including WRc, Binnies (formally the Black & Veatch water businesses in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore) and Nicholas O’Dwyer, plus a wealth of specialist skills across the group, RSK has developed a strong footing in the water sector and has a strategic aim to develop this further to become a leading global player.

After 32 years at WRc, most recently as the chief executive officer, Mark brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He joined WRc after graduating as in chemical engineering from Cork Regional Technical College (now Munster Technological University) in 1989 and learned his trade as a wastewater engineer in the process optimisation division. Mark worked on secondment for two years in the USA and later on many different international projects in South America, the Middle East and Asia as a process expert. He became managing director of WRc in 2011 and chief executive officer of the WRc group in 2015. Mark is also the current chair of the Future Water Association and will continue in that role.

Strengthening its presence in the water sector is a key strategic aim for RSK. In 2020, the group acquired the UK-based WRc (350 employees) and Ireland-based water engineer Nicholas O’Dwyer (200 employees). In 2021, the 1400-strong UK and Asia water businesses from Black & Veatch (now rebranded as Binnies) also joined the RSK group. With Mark’s appointment, RSK will look to become a leading global player in the sector. Mark will work alongside all RSK’s existing businesses to develop a unique offering based on green engineering and achieving net-zero carbon.

“The water sector is hugely important for RSK and currently represents about half of our business,” commented Alan Ryder, Chief Executive Officer, RSK. “I am looking forward to working with Mark in his new role and exploring opportunities to develop our offering on the global stage.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with world-class colleagues and brands to create a completely different type of water business,” added Mark. “The major global problems we face as a society are almost all environmental and RSK’s heritage is in the environmental sector. My experience in the international water sector and my colleagues’ expertise in green solutions make a truly exciting opportunity to be part of creating a more sustainable, resilient and greener future.”

If you are interested to know how RSK’s water sector services can benefit you, please contact Mark on 07818 425302 or at