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David Entwistle

Principal Consultant, Engineering

A versatile chartered civil engineer with wide-ranging experience on roads and infrastructure development, including building the capacity of the private sector and roads authorities across sub-Saharan Africa.

David is a chartered civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience in roads and infrastructure development, transport planning, and technical assistance and institutional development programmes.

He has spent much of his career in Africa, working in nine sub-Saharan countries. He has been employed by both contractors and consultants and has recently been providing the private sector, roads authorities and ministries of transport with technical assistance.

Prior to this, David spent 14 years designing, building and supervising construction of reinforced concrete buildings and heavy reinforced concrete structures on coal-fired and hydroelectric power stations mostly in developing countries, but also in the UK.

He was manager of a consulting engineering practice in Swaziland for five years and was Chief Resident Engineer on a US$ 100 million construction contract in Botswana which included building 25 kilometres of dual carriageway urban highway.

Institutional development assignments have included two British government-funded projects in Ethiopia, involving the reform and reorganisation of the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) to implement and manage a US$3 billion road upgrading and expansion programme and the building of ERA’s capacity to maintain its road network efficiently and cost-effectively.

More recently, David completed a five-year DFID-funded programme to support the development of a more efficient and competitive roads industry in Uganda. He has just commenced a three-year technical assistance project to assist the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to improve their delivery of road upgrading projects and to develop a culture of excellence with focus on individual performance.

Qualifications

Chartered Civil Engineer

Member of Institution of Civil Engineers

B.Sc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Higher National Diploma Civil Engineering

Selected projects

TA to Uganda National Roads Authority

Chief Resident Engineer for Gaborone West Phase 3 Highways and Infrastructure Project

Design Review and Construction Supervision of Lot 2 of Fish Town to Harper Road Upgrading Project, Liberia

Contract Capacity Building Project, Ethiopian Roads Authority

Supporting the development of the National Construction Industry in Uganda

Lead roads consultant on Technical Assistance Programme to Ministry of Works & Transport, Malawi

Building the capacity of the District Maintenance Organisations in Ethiopia

Resident Engineer on construction of New State House for King of Swaziland