Alan Thomson

Director, Global Leader Energy, Business Leader

Alan leads the global Energy Systems business stream at Arup working closely with colleagues around the world to deliver complex integrated energy projects in supply, network and demand applications. This is one of the three Arup energy business streams along with Energy Advisory and Energy Structures.

His experience includes the delivery of major gas and nuclear power generation, transmission network improvement, energy storage and demand side projects, including microgrids, ‘Smart Ready Buildings’ and energy efficiency retrofit. He has a keen involvement in the management of legacy assets, including nuclear and oil & gas decommissioning. Above all he is keen to optimize the overall integrated energy system recognizing the importance of balanced technical, commercial and behavioral solutions.

Alan is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London.


Arup is a global consulting firm providing engineering, design, planning and project management services in all areas of the built environment. It aims to help its clients meet their business needs by adding value through technical excellence, efficient organisation and personal service.

Throughout the world Arup aims to provide a consistently excellent multi-disciplinary service, which also incorporates concern for the environment.  It is committed to sustainable design, to its increasing incorporation in projects and to industry-wide sustainability initiatives.

Formed in 1946, the firm now has over 9000 staff based in 90 offices in 37 countries and with more than 10,000 current projects.

The firm, which is wholly owned in trust for the benefit of its employees, enjoys total financial independence and has an annual turnover in excess of £700 million.  All profits, after provision for prudent reserves, are distributed to the staff.  A substantial proportion of the firm’s income is devoted to improving its technical standards through the continuing professional development of its members and by developing new techniques of engineering design and management.