October 17 - Wade Battles, ex-managing director of the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has joined Halcrow Inc to head up its Houston office as vice president and regional manager.

Mr Battles brings with him knowledge of not only the Houston market, but of the wider port and maritime sectors from both a public and private perspective.

Mr Battles said: "I'm delighted to be joining Halcrow - a company that I have admired and respected for several years now - not only for its exemplary reputation, but for its commitment to consistently delivering the most innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions to its global client base."

Todd Stockberger, Halcrow's Tampa-based maritime business director, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Wade to Halcrow. He brings with him an exceptional knowledge of both the global and regional maritime business, which when combined with his many ongoing relationships with government, public and private organisations, makes him a great addition to our team."

Halcrow is an independent global consulting firm that specialises in planning, design and management services for infrastructure development worldwide.