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Arup engineer joins RedR Australia Roster for emergency humanitarian assistance

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
1 May 2019

Arup engineer Tom Hallewell has been accepted on the RedR Australia Humanitarian Standby Roster following five years of training and experience in emergency settings.

Tom, a civil and structural engineer, can now be called on to provide his expertise, skills and humanitarian assistance in the field before, during or after a disaster or conflict, and work with communities to design or build emergency shelters. 

United Nations’ agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Australian Government use the Roster to find trained people with specific skills and experience. Tom can be deployed when a request for his skills is received by RedR from one of its humanitarian partners.

He is the first to join the Roster from Arup in Australia.

Joining the RedR Australia Roster has only been possible by the continued support of Arup which has allowed me to balance my day job with humanitarian deployments to help those in most need,” Tom said.

By coordinating global initiatives, I’ve grown my network, engaging with senior leaders and building relationships with NGOs and the UN. This experience has helped me get on to the RedR Australia Roster, which has been an ambition since my first placement in 2013. ”

Tom Hallewell Tom Hallewell Senior Civil Engineer

His involvement began with the ‘Future Relief Worker Programme’ with RedR and Engineers Without Borders in Bangladesh. He has returned 10 times, working on projects while developing expertise in emergency shelter, public infrastructure, camp management and project management. 

Recently he coordinated Arup’s response to the Rohingya Crisis in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh,  helping to improve living conditions for refugees and reducing their vulnerability to natural flooding, landslides and strong winds, by improving shelter construction.


As the Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for Arup’s Community Engagement programme in Australasia, Tom assesses the impact of disasters, determines an appropriate Arup response and mobilises funding and resources to support response efforts of strategic partner organisations. He also helps provide remote technical support to those on the ground, helping to make the solutions they develop more effective, sustainable and longer-lasting. 

We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Arup and to accept an outstanding talent like Tom onto our Roster. The humanitarian sector can learn from private sector approaches to engineering problems, and through collaboration with partners like Arup, we are excited to problem solve for the future. ” Robyn Hollands Corporate Partnerships Manager, RedR Australia

RedR is a key strategic partner of the Community Engagement programme at Arup, with the relationship going back almost 40 years in the United Kingdom (UK). Arup engineers from all over the world have provided on-site help after devastating earthquakes in Haiti, Pakistan and Sichuan, and tsunamis in Southeast Asia, while many more actively raise funds for RedR.

Established in 1980 in the UK, RedR is an international organisation that deploys experts to support disaster relief efforts worldwide. It also delivers crucial training for relief workers around the world.