Abida Lalani is the Change Programme Director for the smart infrastructure solutions firm Costain Group PLC, helping to drive and deliver its leading edge strategy. Costain provides engineering and technology solutions to energy, water and transportation industry clients across the UK.
Abida is also the Senior Sponsor for the Religious Ethnic and Cultural Heritage (Reach) Network at Costain. She is passionate to ensure Reach forms a key part of Costain’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy to create a work culture that promotes, values, celebrates diversity and allows Costain employees to perform at their best.
Prior to Costain, Abida worked for HSBC, KPMG and Lloyds Banking Group where she formed a niche in large-scale transformation programmes, in particular integration or separation activity as a result of mergers, acquisitions, divestments or carve-outs. She has lived and worked across the UK and continental Europe, the USA, Middle East and Asia.
Outside of work, Abida is learning Spanish and enjoys the thrill of escape rooms. Most recently she became a Trustee for Volunteer Centre Camden alongside devising and launching a mentoring programme for youth within the Ismaili community.