Richard Aitken joins

In 1965, three years into his Bachelor of Engineering degree, Richard Aitken walked through the doors of Beca to gain some work experience. Richard went on to play an important role in Beca’s growth and success and is an inspiration to both Beca’s people and clients, and the engineering profession. He was an executive at Beca for more than 40 years and helped deliver many large infrastructure projects in New Zealand and Australia. Before becoming Executive Chairman in 2009, he held numerous leadership roles, including that of Group CEO for 10 years.


In 2016, Richard was recognised in the New Years Honours list and was made an officer of New Zealand Order of Merit. Earlier that year he was also saluted with honorary doctorate from the University of Auckland which is awarded to distinguished individuals who with altruistic actions or lifetime accomplishments make a notable contribution to the community or nation.