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Marco Garfagnoli

Marco Garfagnoli

Director, Blue Compass

Marco is a chartered Civil Engineer with over 18 years’ experience in the Water and Environment Sector. He spent the first part of his career developing his technical and managerial skills. During the course of his career Marco has gained in-depth knowledge of the Flood and Coastal Risk Management sector, including all its multi-disciplinary aspects and successfully led the delivery of award-winning schemes both in the UK and overseas. His technical expertise ranges from Civil Engineering design and construction to hydraulic modelling and preparation of bespoke Treasury 5 Case Business Cases.​

Between 2014 and 2018 Marco successfully grew a Water and Environment Consultancy Business (as part of the Capita Infrastructure offering) from just himself to over 250 staff spread across 11 offices in the UK. The business established a strong presence in the industry, delivering flagship projects such as HS2 and the Environment Agency’s WEM Framework and offering a variety of skills and expertise ranging from Civil and Geotechnical Engineering to EIA, Contaminated Land and Waste, Ecology etc. with turnovers exceeding £20m/year.

In January 2019 he launched a new business, Blue Compass, aimed at providing advisory services to both private and public sector clients.

​Currently Marco advises businesses by supporting the implementation of business transformation processes through designing bespoke resource and line management structures to drive efficiencies and collaboration. He also provides commercial, financial and contractual advice on large commissions and gives support with implementation of effective risk management systems and tools.