Duncan Ross Russell

Regional Director, Faithful+Gould

Duncan was the client’s Project Manager for the Northern Spire, responsible for ensuring the project delivered the benefits required by the Sunderland City Council. Duncan was responsible for the day to day running of the project through leading the project team in close collaboration and effective contract management. Duncan has over 25 years of Project management experience with specific experience in delivering strategic, high priority projects to tight timelines, undertaking the contract and commercial management to ensure these tools aid successful delivery.  Duncan is central to Atkins and Faithful+Gould’s drive to ensure that all projects succeed through leading the businesses’ global project management community.  Duncan joined Faithful+Gould having served 16 years in the Royal Engineers delivering construction projects across the globe. 

Delivering real project benefits means challenging the iron triangle

How Northern Spire is delivering for the city of Sunderland


Too many projects get tied up in focusing in just delivering on time and on budget. Delivering real project benefits means going way beyond KPIs and the iron triangle. Northern Spire is a £117m new bridge in Sunderland but the benefits go way beyond a new river crossing and improved journey times. Project managers need to focus on improving people’s lives and their role in delivering investment and economic benefits. That means creating a team ethos and a narrative that puts outcomes and real people at the heart of the scheme from day one.  Hear how the Northern Spire team delivering Sunderland’s stunning new bridge helped improve lives and deliver economic and social benefit from Duncan Ross Russell, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould and Chris Taylor, Managing Director at DTW.

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