Mike Adkins is a professional engineer with over 40 years of experience in the fields of water and wastewater treatment and environmental engineering. He recently led AECOM’s global water treatment practice and was responsible for the technical direction and strategy for the group, the marketing of its services and the securing of new, large projects including the management and preparation of major proposals and associated marketing efforts. The group’s revenue was currently approximately $250 million pa with a further $250 million pa of “at risk” design build projects in the water sector.
He has held leading roles in the areas of consulting, operations and systems manufacturing. He has extensive leadership experience on large multi-disciplinary projects, with a particular focus on water supply treatment and distribution projects.
Mike has very solid technical expertise. He was a leading figure in the development of dissolved air flotation (DAF) within the United Kingdom and later into the North American market and he has played a key role on some of the largest DAF plants in North America. His experience covers all of the water treatment technologies commonly found in use in today’s market and includes the design and development of membrane ultra-filtration and seawater desalination systems, bio-filtration, ozone, UV and the treatment and disposal of residuals.
His international experience includes working in the UK, Canada, USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, Nigeria and Australia. For the past four years he was based in Dubai, UAE responsible initially for developing international water treatment projects in the Asia Pacific market and more recently, with a focus on projects within Saudi Arabia.
Mike recently retired from AECOM and is now working as a technical and business advisor to various clients in the water supply and treatment field.