Rob Forsyth

Rob is a Director based in our London office. He has a 30-year track record supporting multinational clients around the globe. He has spent almost a third of that time embedded within client organisations and with a thread of data centre projects all throughout.

Rob has diverse experience across technology, life sciences, and financial sectors too. He brings a unique perspective to Black & White, complementing our core expertise.

Andy Woodward

Andy has over 35 years’ experience in the design and management of technically demanding fast-track construction projects. He has worked throughout the UK and Middle East and has spent over 15 years in Asia assisting western clients who are both entering and expanding within the region; this includes ten years in China and six years in Singapore.

Andy’s experience spans in a wide range of sectors such as commercial, industrial & logistics, retail, and more. Some of his notable projects include super-scale logistics facilities for Nike, high-tech aero-composite plants for Boeing, infant formula manufacturing facilities for Abbott, and healthcare product manufacturing facilities for Reckitt Benckiser. Andy’s clients looked to replicate their global facilities within a challenging marketplace which required significant focus on highly tailored localised solutions, approvals, and procedures.

Andy’s most recent projects have a significant focus on new-build and expansion of the technology & data centres sector across Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East.

Bobby Cruz

Bobby is a Director based in our Global Design Hub in Manila. He has over 30 years’ professional experience in the field of mechanical design and project management.

He has led the engineering design on a number of large-scale international projects across many sectors in the Philippines, UAE, Qatar, UK, and Indonesia. He has also been involved in district cooling projects.

His areas of expertise include developing schemes, concept design, and preparing tender and construction documents.

Arman Yango

Arman is the Director of our Global Design Hub in Manila and the Head of Electrical Engineering team. He is a Registered Electrical Engineer and a member of the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines Inc (IIEE).

His experience goes back to 1997, working in the building services industry. Arman’s role comprises of management of technical operations, supervision of team resource for projects to meet specific time and quality requirements, technical design work, design checking, approvals of each project as appropriate to the organisation, project liaison, design coordination with lead offices, and monitoring of financial and commercial performance of design projects.

He has held various positions in the field including as a Designer, Engineering Head, Project Management Engineer, Project Engineer, and Design Manager. His expertise revolves around developing schemes, concept design, and preparation of tender documents.

Stephen Tode

Stephen is our Chief Financial Officer based in our headquarters in Dubai. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and has also completed an LLB. Stephen has over 39 years’ experience in the industry, across the construction and engineering sectors. Stephen has worked in the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and since 2005, has been based in Dubai.

He has enjoyed a wide experience of projects covering both the building sector as well as heavy civils engineering. His notable projects include the Taiwan High Speed Rail and the Burj Khalifa. Along with his project roles, Stephen brings in his experience in corporate, operational, financial, commercial, and contractual roles to Black & White to support the development of the business, the CEO, and all our Directors and projects.

Brian Dryburgh

Brian is a Director based in our Abu Dhabi office. Having started working in MEP engineering consultancy in 1986, Brian’s extensive experience covers a diverse portfolio of projects throughout the UK and Scotland.

When he moved to Dubai in 1994, he led MEP engineering design and supervision teams on numerous major projects in a wide range of sectors including aviation, commercial, hotels, retail, and more throughout the Middle East.

Brian was part of the founding team of Black & White when the organisation started in July 2007. Brian was seconded to the Far East in 2019 where he developed business in the region and assisted in the Singapore office set-up before returning to Scotland to start and head up the Edinburgh office. He then returned to the Middle East to lead our Abu Dhabi office in early 2023.

Steven Horn

Steven is a Director at Black & White with operational responsibility for the UK and Europe region of the business.  He joined Black & White in 2014 to grow and develop the UK and Europe business.

Steven is a chartered, degree-qualified engineer, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE), and a member of the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE).  In addition to the UK, he has lived and worked in both the UAE and Qatar, with over 20 years’ experience in the building services industry, working on projects in the UK, Middle East, and Asia.

Steven’s experience encompasses sectors such as mission critical and data centres, commercial, hotels, leisure, residential, and retail, leading teams and design offices in both the UK and Middle East.  His current role as part of the global leadership team means daily involvement in a number of major projects across the UK and Europe.

As a result of his Middle East experience, Steven has previously been involved as an author in writing the CIBSE Publication Buildings in Extreme Environments for Arid Climates and has also been part of the CIBSE CPD technical review panel for a number of years.

Mick Cairns

As the CEO of Black & White, Mick has been operating internationally since 1997, delivering successful projects in over 30 countries. Over the course of his career, he has built several companies from ground up including Black & White, which has grown from one person to a team of over 400 staff in 13 cities around the world.

While his experience at the board level has provided him with valuable insight into strategic direction of the companies he has worked for, he remains a hands-on leader who is involved in day-to-day delivery. He is passionate about working closely with clients to understand their needs and ensure that projects are delivered to their satisfaction.

At Black & White, he has built an amazing team around him, and together, are currently delivering complex data centres in 25 countries. Mick believes that his success is built on a foundation of hard work, attention to detail, and a dedication to providing the highest quality of service to his clients.

Alistair Davis

Alistair is a Director at Black & White with responsibility of running the UAE and Middle East region of the business.

Alistair is a Chartered Engineer who has worked in the Middle East since 2007. He has had primarily focused on data centre delivery over the last ten years and on building the technology sector team in the Middle East.

His extensive experience in the building services industry goes back to 2002. His experience includes both new and existing developments from initial due diligence and test fit stages, all the way through to project handover and soft landings. This experience covers a broad spectrum of building sectors such as commercial, healthcare, labs & research, leisure, residential, retail, and technology & data centres.

Knowing the importance of accurate, economical, sustainable, and practical designs, Alistair leads by example by providing a pragmatic approach to MEP engineering.

Barry Wormald

Barry joined Black & White in 2020 as a Director focusing on the business development in expanding target geographical locations, notably in Southeast Asia. Initially focused on supporting the growth of the technology & data centre sector, Barry looks to develop parallel business opportunities using his extensive experience in the hospitality and building performance fields.

Based in the UAE since 2018, Barry was the Head of Building Performance, which included Commissioning Management, MEP Advisory, and Innovation. He spent the previous seven years in India where he founded a new consultancy business and led the development of applying BIM to building services engineering, and handover information for projects. Barry was responsible for building his team to 100 strong over a four-year period.

He has gained substantial experience in all aspects of design and construction during his career, and his innovative thinking often leads to more efficient, cost-effective solutions in the projects he is involved in. He serves on both the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)/Associate Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Scientific Committee for reviewing technical papers submitted for conferences and also the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, and Heating (AIRAH) Technical Committee for the same responsibilities, plus writing and reviewing various publications.

Barry is a passionate engineer who strives for excellence and innovation in all areas. He provides strong mentoring for his team and leads by example. He has won numerous awards and always encourages his team to expand their thinking to develop better solutions in every area of their work.