Author: Lauren Goldring

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from May 2024

The general election has been announced in what may be the soggiest announcement on record. Perhaps foreshadowing the met offices warning that we are in for the wettest summer on record…

It’s a better forecast for this month’s movers and shakers, in yet another bumper month. Check out all the latest updates.

HS2

Have announced the appointment of Mark Wild as the new Chief Executive Officer. The former Crossrail boss is set to leave SGN where he has been CEO since 2022.

London City Airport

Have announced the appointment of Alison FitzGerald as the new Chief Executive Officer. This is an internal appointment, having previously been the airport’s Chief Operating Officer since 2016.

Enervo

Chief Executive Officer, Zak Houlahan, has announced his departure from the company. He has been replaced by the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter Schoeneberg who will become Managing Director following the sale back to SSE.

Mace

Chief Executive Officer Mark Reynolds is stepping down from his role. He will remain as Chairman, with the current Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive Officer of Mace Consult, Jason Millett, taking over as CEO in January 2025.

Davendra Dabasia, current Chief Operating Officer at Mace Consult, will succeed Millett as CEO of the Consult division.

Mace Construct Chief Executive Gareth Lewis will also step down in July, and will be replaced by current Construct Chief Operating Officer Andrew Jackson.

Mace have also appointed Neil Stevenson as Operations Director, Aviation. Stevenson joins from Morgan Sindall, where he Project Director- Energy Sector- Precontract.

And, Tim Coucher joins as an Operations Director based in New York. Coucher leaves Network Rail, where he was Alliance Director for the Southern Integrated Delivery (SID) team.

Renew Holdings plc

Simon Ellison has been appointed as Group Rail Sector Director. Ellison left Costain Group last year, where he was National Highways, Client Director.

Northern

Have announced the appointment of Tricia Williams as Managing Director. Williams has been Chief Operating Officer at Northern for the past four years.

The role of Chief Operating Officer has been succeeded by Matt Rice who joins from Network Rail, where he was Route Director for the North and East Route.

Tilt Consulting

Jason Groombridge joins the rail consultancy as Director. Groombridge joins from Porterbrook, where he was Director of Safety & Engineering Services.

Burns & McDonnell

Tony Chen has been appointed as Commercial Director – UK & Europe. Chen joins from ISG, where he was Divisional Commercial Director for Engineering Services.

Arriva Rail London

Anjuli Ramburuth has been appointed as Finance Director. Ramburuth joins from Arriva UK Bus, where she was Head of Finance, and succeeds Steve Best, who became Managing Director in January.

Go Ahead London

Tom Joyner has joined as Managing Director for the Bus business. Joyner leaves CrossCountry Trains, where he was also Managing Director.

Caddick Construction

Steve Ford has been appointed as Regional Managing Director for Yorkshire and the North East. Ford joins from Marrico Asset Management, where he was Development Director.

Galliford Try

Have announced the appointment of David Lowery as its first Divisional Managing Director of Infrastructure on the board, responsible for the Infrastructure and Environment business unit strategies. Lowery joined the business three years ago and has most recently been Managing Director for Highways.

Glennan Blackmore will succeed David as Managing Director of Galliford Try’s Infrastructure business unit in August, joining the business from Skanska, where he most recently led the highways sector.

Anglian Water

Have announced the appointment of Mark Thurston as the new Chief Executive Officer. The former HS2 boss takes up his new role on 1st July. 

Have appointed John Whitehurst as Chief Operating Officer. Whitehurst joins from Serco, where he was Managing Director for Transport & Community Services.

Buro Happold

Paula Gough has been appointed as UK Development Director for Highways. Gough joins from Costain, where she was Key Account Director for National Highways.

RWE

Nikolaus Valerius has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of RWE Generation S.E. Valerius has been with RWE for the past nine years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.

East West Railway Company

David Hughes has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer. Hughes joins from Arup, where he was Major Programmes Director.

Robertson Construction

Have announced the appointment of Ian Phillips as the new Regional Managing Director of its Northern Business, Scotland. Phillips moves internally, from his role as Operations Director.

Ricky Brown will succeed him as Operations Director. Brown joins from Morgan Sindall where he was Senior Operations Manager.

Kilnbridge

Have announced the appointment of Owen Dannatt as Chief Executive Officer. Dannatt joins from Sellar, where he was Chief Operating Officer. This follows the news that Dermot McDermott, will take up the role of Chairman after 33 years at the helm.

National Grid ESO

Have appointed Andreia de Melo Cabral as Chief People Officer. She joins from Bionical Emas, where she was also Chief People Officer.

TopHat

The modular builder have announced the departure of Managing Director, Andrew Shepherd. Shepherd leaves after four years at the company.

Rail Industry Association (RIA)

Noel Travers has been appointed as Chairman. Travers is currently Managing Director of Xrail Group Ltd and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

TXM Consult

Have announced the appointment of James Howles as Interim Head of Infrastructure. Howles joins from BakerHicks, where he was Director, Rail.

Planning any additions to your senior team? Drop me a message to see if we can help.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from March 2024

As you enjoy the long weekend, take a look at who’s who with our latest movers and shakers roundup.

NG Bailey

David Hurcomb, Chief Executive Officer, has announced that he will be retiring in May after 14 years in his position. He will be succeeded by Jonathan Stockton who has held numerous senior positions in the company including Chief Financial Officer and Group Director of Strategy and Performance.

Turner & Townsend

Have appointed three new Directors to its Energy and Natural Resources team. Faye Banks joins as Director of Transmission and Distribution, she leaves Vital Energi Utilities where she was Director Energy & Asset Management.

Andrew Baker joins as the Europe Lead for Energy and Natural Resources. He was previously Executive Vice President for Doris Group’s renewable business line.

Mark Savage, who has been at the company for nearly 20 years, will be the new Sector Lead for Nuclear and Head of Programme Services. Savage was previously Director of Major Projects and Physical Infrastructure.

Transport for London

Glynn Barton, interim Chief Operating Officer and Director of Buses, has announced he will be leaving the company to become Chief Operations Officer of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council.

Steer

Stephen Wainwright has been appointed as the new Managing Director of its UK transportation and economic development business. Wainwright has been with Steer for over twenty years and has been serving in this role on an interim basis for the past six months.

Network Rail

Have appointed Jason Hamilton as the new Route Director on its North and East route. Hamilton succeeds Matt Rice, who is leaving the organisation after four and a half years as Route Director to join train operator Northern.

High Speed Rail Group

Dyan Perry (nee Crowther) has been appointed as the Group’s new Chair. Perry has a wealth of experience having been Chief Executive of HS1 and Chief Operating Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway.

National Gas

Simon O’Connor joins as the Contracts Director for the Construction team for the new National Gas business. Simon joins from Lower Thames Crossing where he was Head of Commercial.

National Highways

Tony Slater Managing Director of the Smart Motorway Programme Alliance is stepping down to take up a new job elsewhere in the industry. He has yet to announce where he is moving to

Aggregate Industries

Ian Dean has been appointed as Managing Director- Concrete Products having previously held the position as Managing Director- Landscape & Building Products at Marshalls plc.

Mayor Brown Ltd

Dr Colin Black has been appointed as Director. He joins from AECOM where he was previously Head of Strategy and Growth, Transportation ESG Lead.

John F Hunt

Have appointed Darren Potter as the new Operations Director. Potter joins from Balfour Beatty where he was also Operations Director.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Have appointed Jamie Ross to the new created role of Director of Transport. He joins internally from his previous position as Interim Director of Rail.

Holtec

Have announced the appointment of Baroness Brown Julia King as its new Senior Advisor, UK. King is currently Chair of the Climate Change Committee’s Adaption Committee, Frontier IP and is a Non-Executive Director of Ørsted and Cres Power.

Sellar

Owen Dannatt has left his role as Chief Operating Officer. Dannatt has been with the company since 2019 and was working on the Paddington Square Development.

AtkinsRéalis

Have announced the appointment of Philip Hoare as the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Hoare moves internally from his role as President, Engineering Services.

Richard Robinson, previously Chief Executive officer, UK & Europe, is now President for the United Kingdom & Ireland.

They have also announced the appointment of Christine Healy as the new President for Asia, Middle East and Australia (AMEA). Healy joins from TotalEnergies where she was Senior Vice President.

Department for Transport

Have announced the appointment of Alex Hynes as the new Director General, Rail Services. Hynes joins on a two-year secondment from his position as Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway.

Rock Rail Group

Have announced that Charles Johnson-Ferguson has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer. He joins from PwC, having been at the company for 27 years, where he was most recently Partner, Corporate Finance and most recently leader of PwC’s UK Transport & Logistics division.

Balfour Beatty plc

Tony Wilson has been appointed as the new Managing Director for Balfour Beatty Transmission and Distribution. Wilson joined Balfour Beatty in 2021 as Utilities Director for Balfour Beatty VINCI’s HS2 Area North Project, leading the delivery of all utility works. Last year he joined the Power T&D business as Chief Operations Director.

Additionally, Balfour Beatty have announced that Anne Drinkwater has been appointed as the new Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, succeeding Stephen Billingham. Drinkwater will continue to be Chair of the Remuneration Committee and as a member of the Safety and Sustainability Committee.

Buro Happold

Deepak Chotwani has been appointed Managing Director for India. He moves internally from his previous position as Executive Director, Asia.

SYSTRA

Have appointed David White as Director of Health, Safety, Security and Sustainability. White joins from Galldris Group, where he was Interim Director of Health, Safety, Quality, and Environment.

Associated British Ports (ABP)

Announced the appointment of Francis Paonessa as the new Capital Projects Director. He joins from Thames Water where he has been Capital Projects Director.

Gatwick Airport

Have announced the appointment of Mark Johnson as the new Chief Operating Officer. Johnson joins from AGS airports where he was also Chief Operating Officer for Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Southampton airports.

Skanska

Andrew English returns to the business as Managing Director of Infrastructure. English previously worked at Skanska for almost a decade, including in two Managing Director positions, before moving abroad in 2020. He has most recently been Managing Director for AtkinsRéalis’ transportation division in the UK.

Arup

Loraine Martins OBE has been appointed as Global Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Martins joins from The Nichols Group where she was Global Director for Diversity and Inclusion.

QTS

Have announced the appointment of Andrew Steel as the new Managing Director. This is an internal move from his role as Operations Director of Civils and Geotechnical.

Porterbrook

Andy Bagguley has been appointed as the new Fleet Services Director. Bagguley joins from East West Rail Company where he was Head of Systems, Rolling Stock.

Wates Group

Have announced that Steffan Battle has been appointed as Managing Director of Wates Construction. This a permanent appointment having been appointed this role on an interim basis since October 2023.

Planning any additions to your senior team in the new financial year? Drop me a message to see if we can help.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Diversifying?

Things are changing within UK Infrastructure.

Have you felt the shift in your business?

Markets that have typically been a hive of mega project activity are remaining static, or even declining.

The biggy is the rail sector. For CP7, there will be loads of renewals works but less major enhancements – where does that leave all the major projects talent?

Likewise, highways. Due to delays in government decisions, funding, cost inflation and planning uncertainties, many highways programmes are not progressing as expected.

How is the market reacting?

Businesses are diversifying.

We are currently helping several businesses across the supply chain to find talent that will allow them to develop into new areas.

While work is slowing in some areas. It is absolutely booming in others.

And people are taking advantage of this shift.

What areas are worth exploring?

  1. Water – spend for AMP8 is £96bn up from £51bn in AMP7.
  2. Energy – Sizewell is on the up, National Grid’s multibillion ‘Great Grid Upgrade’, along with SSEN and SP Energy Networks spending billions to upgrade the network.
  3. Defence – Ageing assets needs to be replaced within the defence portfolio and this is one area that no government will be sacrificing at the moment.
  4. Aviation – travel demands are back to pre-pandemic levels so airport expansion projects that were put off in 2020 are back in the pipeline.

What talent is being recruited?

1. Business Development

We are currently seeing consulting firms and contractors looking to bring in BD Directors to grow these areas.

The most common background here is someone who really knows the client and market they want to win work from.

Want to grow in defence – look to recruit former army personnel or senior leaders within MoD or DIO.

Likewise for water and energy – people who understand the client’s challenges and have a network in these sectors.

2. Delivery

There are two options here. Bring in people who have done these types of projects before or transfer talent internally between sectors.

Other regulated sectors can be easily transferrable. People who have experience working closely with government, within 5-year regulatory periods.

For Transmission and Distribution projects, there are lots of synergies with rail and roads as cabling and overhead line projects are “linear construction”. Candidates from these backgrounds will be able to apply their experience of driving delivery and optimising construction logistics.

There are loads of ways to find great candidates to allow your business to expand into these booming markets.

For inspiration or help finding leaders in areas you don’t have as much experience in drop me a line on 07590 478 088.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from February 2024

Some big announcements in this month’s Movers and Shakers roundup. Check out all the latest news here…

AWE

Have announced that Nick Elliott CB MBE has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Elliott led the UK Vaccine Taskforce during the COVID-19 pandemic and before that was Deputy CEO of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

MTR UK

Have announced that Steve Murphy will step down from his position as CEO. Murphy was MTR’s Elizabeth Line’s inaugural Managing Director from 2014 from which he became CEO in 2020.

Sir Robert McAlpine

Have announced the appointment of Neil Martin as its new Chief Executive Officer and will be succeeding Paul Hamer. Martin joins from Lendlease, Europe, where he was also the Chief Executive Officer having been in the company since the 1990’s.

Additionally, Vip Gandhi has announced that he will be joined the company as their new Managing Director of Transport. He joins for Keltbray, where he was Managing Director, Highways & Renewables (Civils).

AECOM

Stephen Kenny joins the consultancy as Project Management Director. He joins form RPS where he has been Director in the consultancy’s Project Management, Cost, & Building unit.

Gordon Lindsay also joins the AECOM team, having been appointed as the company’s Senior Vice President, Civil & Infrastructure. He moves internally from Rail & Transit Lead- Middle East & Africa and Programme Director at NEOM in Saudi Arabia.

Serco

Simon Bailey has started his new position as Managing Director, Transport & Community Services. Simon rejoins Serco from Sodexo, where he was CEO, Home Care, for the UK & Ireland.

Octavius Infrastructure

Have announced three new management positions for their new regional division. These appointments follow the acquisition of Southampton-based R&W Civil Engineering, and its subsequent rebranding as Octavius Regional Civil Engineering, or ORCE.

Chris Ellis will become the new Delivery Director of ORCE, having previously held the position of Operations Manager (Civils) at R&W.

Ben Race has been appointed as Lead Commercial Manager of ORCE, and Matthew Cooper has been appointed Pre-Construction Manager.

Murphy Group

Mark Conway joins as Operations Director. He joins from Morgan Sindall, where he was previously Specialist Operations Director.

Balfour Beatty

Have announced that Gabriel Costigan MBE has been appointed as Non-Executive Director. Gabriel has extensive experience, including 21 years in the Australian Army. In 2017, she joined BAE Systems pls as Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems- Australia before being appointed the role of Group Managing Director, Business Development, and a member of the Executive Committee.

Stantec

Have appointed Dave Calder as the new Regional Growth Leader for the Global Region for Stantec’s Buildings practice. He joins internally, having previously been Vice President/ Sector Leader for Industrial Buildings.

Sellafield Ltd

Richard Lennard has announced his departure as Head of Client, Major Projects. Lennard will be joining the New Hospitals Programme as Executive Commercial Director.

AtkinsRéalis

Have appointed Christine Healy as the new President for Asia, Middle East, & Australia (AMEA). She joins from TotalEnergies, where she has been Senior Vice President since 2021.

KPMG

Lisa Kelvey has been appointed the role of Head of Infrastructure, succeeding Michele Connolly, who is leaving to focus on the Irish practice. Kelvey has been with KPMG for c11 years, having previously been a Partner in Major Projects Advisory. 

National Highways

Have appointed Sir Gareth Rhys Williams as the new Chair of Roads, replacing Dipesh Shah, who stepped down from the role at the end of 2023. Williams joins from the Cabinet Office, where he has been government chief commercial officer for the past eight years.

Additionally, Kirsty Ryan has been appointed as Director of Organisational Development. This is a step-up position from her previous role a Senior Human Resources Business Partner.

Northern

Have appointed Jason Wade as its new Regional Director for the North East. This is an internal move from his current role as Head of Retail Operations.

CrossCountry

Steve Hopkinson has been appointed as Service Delivery Director. He joins from Network Rail, where he was Operations Director, responsible for leading the strategic delivery of infrastructure planning and operations on the East Midlands route.

OPITO

Have announced the appointment of Stephen Marcos Jones as the new Chief Executive Officer. He joins from the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) where he was Chief Executive Officer.

Buro Happold

Have appointed Deepak Chotwani as the new Regional Managing Director, India. Deepak will assume responsibility for the overall business across the India region, leading strategic growth efforts along with fostering the business and its personnel.

John Sisk & Son Ltd

Have announced the appointment of John Hennessey as the new Regional Director for its Data Centre division. John joins from STACK Infrastructure, a global data centre specialist where he was

Stantec

Have appointed Dave Calder as the new Regional Growth Leader for the Global Region for Stantec’s Buildings practice. He joins internally, having previously been Vice President/ Sector Leader for Industrial Buildings.

Arup

Jeremy Doherty has been appointed as the Edinburgh officer leader. In addition to this role, Jeremy also leads the firm’s Digital Technology, Engineering, Energy, and Environmental Projects.

Mace

Sukhy Duggal has been appointed as Director of Operations. Duggal joins from AtkinsRéalis, where he was Client Director.

Story Contracting

Have appointed Justin Hopkins as Managing Director, Central Region. Hopkins joins from Linbrooke Services where he has been Managing Director of Infrastructure.

Any big moves to announce in our next roundup? Drop me an email with your news.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

This is where the money is…

What are the big trends emerging across Transport & Infrastructure?

There has been uncertainty across Transport & Infrastructure in the past few months.

Government decisions and delays have been frustrating.

But despite this there is no shortage of infrastructure work in the pipeline for 2024.

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first…

1. HS2 Phase 2a.

The cancellation of the mega project has impacted an awful lot of businesses pipelines. The effects of this will be felt across the supply chain.

2. Large projects hanging in the balance.

Politicians will put off difficult decisions if they can and some projects will be impacted by the impending election. Large projects that still require planning approval, have questions over financing or are facing significant environmental lobbying probably won’t see much movement this year.

The likes of Lower Thames Crossing and A303 may need to wait for the next government to form, whichever colour that may be, before any big decisions are taken.

However, there are far more positives…

3. TransPennine Route Upgrade

A much-needed programme that has the backing of all political parties and is well underway.

4. Water

The proposed spend for AMP8 is £96bn up from £51bn in AMP7. This level of investment is staggering. The water sector will need unprecedented resources to deliver this amount of infrastructure upgrades, particularly in major programmes.

5. Energy

A market that benefits from being largely privately funded so there is less government interference.

Projects are mostly centred around net zero initiatives so there are no environmental blockages to getting things off the ground.

The volume of projects taking shape is huge. Both mega projects and lots of smaller opportunities. Many businesses are investing in “off meter” ways of generating and storing their own energy, which opens up an additional stream of work to the supply chain.

6. Defence

Lots of capital works are taking place across defence. A number of estate and infrastructure programmes are underway – Devonport Dockyard being just one example.

In the past few months there has been a real increase in companies recruiting defence specialists to grow this market.

7. Airports

Passenger numbers have recovered from the pandemic. Programmes that were paused are back on and investment is ramping up.

Alongside this, new legislation around baggage handling has meant that airports are investing lots of money into upgrading baggage handling systems with tight deadlines to meet.

What does all of this mean?

  • Staff will move internally from sector divisions experiencing a downturn to emerging markets.
  • Specialist energy, water, defence, and aviation experts will be in high demand.

This echoes what we are experience right now. We are actively recruiting in these areas for lots of different businesses.

If you need a Programme Director, Business Development Director, Sector Director, Bid Director, or any other type of senior leader to support your plans then give me a call.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from January 2024

Discover all of the latest movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure over the past month.

Network Rail

Have appointed Robert Cairns as the new Interim Managing Director, Western & Wales. Cairns joined Network Rail in 2015 and has most recently been Capital Delivery Director for the Eastern Region.

Southern Integrated Delivery (SID)

Have announced that Liz Baldwin will leading the Southern Integrated Delivery (SID) alliance within the Southern Renewals Enterprise delivering the £9 billion Major Programme in the South.

BAM UK

Former HS2 Phase 2A Delivery Director, Peter Sollitt, will be joining the company as the new Alliance Managing Director TRU West starting in February.

James Wimpenny, BAM’s UK Construction Chief, has announced that he is retiring. James has been with the contractor since 1985, joining as a Management Trainee and rising through the ranks to become the Chief Executive of Bam Construct six years ago. In the interim Simon Finnie, Executive Director, Ventures, UK and Ireland Division, will take on the additional role of leading the Construction segment while a successor is recruited.

Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB)

Andrew Fettes-Brown joins the RLB Global Board, succeeding Russell Lloyd, RLB UK’s Head of Services. Fettes Brown has been Partner for the London Cost Consultancy business since 2017.

HS2

Have announced that Technical Services Delivery Director, Emma Head, will become the new Chief Railway Officer. This role will oversee and integrate the main work packages on HS2.

They have also announced the appointment of Shira Johnson as the new Chief People Officer. This is a step-up position from her previous role of HR Director.

West Midlands Trains

Andy Boyle has been appointed as Operations Director. He joins from McGinley Support Services, where he held the position of Operations Director- Rail Systems.

South Western Railway

Have announced that Stuart Meek will become the Interim Managing Director as of March. He will be joining this position internally, where he is currently Chief Operating Officer.

Clegg Construction

Michael Sims moves internally to become Managing Director, having previously been the company’s Commercial Director. This change comes with the retirement of Simon Blackburn, who has been with the company for over 20 years.

Galliford Try

Have appointed  Phil Harris as Managing Director of Galliford Try Investments. Phil has been a Director of Galliford Try Investments since 2014.

Connected Places Catapult

Erika Lewis has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. She joins from the AI Safety Summit.

Yorkshire Water

Have announced the appointment of John Thomas as the new Director of Strategy and Regulation. He joins from Rail Partners, where he was Director of Policy.

Laing O’Rourke

Have announced the appointment of Aidan Brannan as the new Alliance General Manager in Perth, Australia. He will be part of the team constructing the new Fremantle Bridge. Brannan joins from Sir Robert McAlpine, where he was Operations Director of Highways.

HS1

Have appointed London City Airport Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, as their new CEO. He leaves the airport after six years at the helm.

Tilbury Douglas

Have appointed Andrew Bull as the new Managing Director- Infrastructure. Andy joins from ARCADIS, where has been Senior Partner & Major Programme Director since 2018.

MTR Hong Kong

Rohan Perinpanayagam will the join the Corporation as the new General Manager- Lantau (Projects). He brings with him over 30 years of major project and programme management experience from companies such as Bechtel, HS1, Crossrail, Heathrow, TfL, and HS2. He is currently Capital Delivery Director for Wastewater at Southern Water.

Willmott Dixon

Have announced a reshuffle of its main board following the retirement of Executive Chairman, Colin Enticknap. Rick Willmott moves from his current role as Group Chief Executive to become the company’s new Executive Chairman, with Chief Financial Officer Graham Dundas promoted to Chief Executive.

The company’s main board will also include two new additions, with Roger Forsdyke, Chief Operating Officer for Willmott Dixon Interiors, and Chris Tredget, COO for Fortem – the company’s repairs and maintenance company – also joining from the start of January.

Rider Levett Bucknall

Rob Leslie-Carter, previously Global Project Management Skill Leader at Arup, has joined the firm as the new Project Management Partner.

Nuclear Transport Solutions

Have announced that Gottfried Eymer has been appointed as its Managing Director- Rail. He joins from Etihad Rail where he has been CEO of the rail freight business.

Balfour Beatty plc

Louise Colley, Business Development Director, will now lead the Pre-Construction and Estimating functions in addition to her current role.

Additionally, Neil Dalton has joined the company as Defence Work Winning Director. He joins having spent three decades in the Forces, and five years with defence contractors, most recently, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

Northern

Matt Rice has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer. Matt will be joining from Network Rail, where he was Route Director.

Tilbury Douglas

Have named Phil Shaw as its new Managing Director of its Building North unit. He joins from PLS Environmental Services where he has been Managing Director since 2012.

They have also announced that Martin Horne will be joining as the new Regional Director for the North West, having held the position of Regional Director, Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Trotec Laser since 2019.

Mott MacDonald

Julie Wood has joined Mott MacDonald’s Advisory and Programme Delivery unit as Defence & Energy’s Head of Programme and Project Management. She joins from Arup, where she was a Director and Leader of Major Complex Projects.

Ramboll

Have announced the appointment of Lora Brill as Head of Sustainability for Buildings in the UK. Lora joins from Orchard Street Investment Management where she was Head of ESG and Responsible Investment.       

Any big moves to announce in our next roundup? Drop me an email with your news.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Discover the latest M&A updates

So much can change in a year – especially in our markets!

Here is your annual roundup of the big M&A announcements from the past year.

M Group

M Group Services acquired home decarbonisation firm AgilityEco. They join their existing portfolio of energy service providers, including Morrison Energy Services, Seeka and Callisto.

Last year they also acquired Avonline Networks. The telecom network specialist employ 90 staff across offices in Cardiff and Northumberland.

Octavius Infrastructure

Has made several acquisitions this year. They bought London-based specialist rail consultant Navitas Engineering Group. The 30-strong team provides electrical engineering consultancy services to both the railway and electricity industries.

They also bought the assets and most of the contracts of R&W Civil Engineering after it went into administration.

Amey

UK Private Equity firm Buckthorn Partners completed the purchase of Amey from Ferrovial at the beginning of last year.

VINCI Energies

Acquired high voltage overhead line specialist NorPower. This represents Vinci’s second acquisition in Scotland in the past two years, as well as the opening of new design offices in Glasgow.

United Living

Was sold to US-based private equity giant Apollo for an undisclosed figure.

Aggregate Industries

Has bought leading Midlands aggregate concrete block maker Besblock.

FM Conway

Acquired Essex-based Flowline and its 164 employees. Specialist drainage contractor Flowline appointed administrators from PwC in May.

Sweco

Has  boosted its building control business with the acquisition of Ball & Berry. Ball & Berry provides Approved Inspector services to commercial, residential, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial and leisure sectors.

OCU Group

The parent company of O’Connor Utilities and Instalcom, has acquired London multi-utility contractor Modus Utilities

Mitie Group

Has acquired JCA Engineering, an engineering and fit-out with 180 employees, in a deal worth up to £31.5m.

Severfield

Have bought Dutch steel contractor, Voortman Steel Construction, as it seeks to expand its European operations.

GRS

Construction materials group GRS has acquired ground stabilisation and enabling works contractor Soil Science Ltd.

Kier

Kier bought Buckingham Contracting Group’s rail business for £9.6m. The move saw 180 Buckingham staff move to Kier.

SYSTRA

Acquired two companies dedicated to the design of tunnels and underground structures, Bamser, in Australia and Subterra, in Spain.

Last year, SYSTRA also acquired the Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian entities of Atkins, alongside Rail Systems Australia.

Hitachi Rail

Has been given clearance to proceed with its £1.4bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business.

WSP

Has sold a subsidiary of Louis Berger –  Louis Berger Services Inc. (“LBS”) to Versar Inc. a global engineering, environmental, and security services company. 

They also acquired lgt, a Quebec-based building engineering firm and  Calibre an engineering services provider based in Australia.

Transport UK

Abellio completed the divestiture of its UK subsidiary through a management buy-out. Abellio UK’s operations transferred in their entirety to the MBO vehicle, Transport UK Group Ltd.

Egis

Expands in Ireland with acquisition of JB Barry & Partners, a civil engineering firm with headquarters in Dublin.

Galliford Try

Has bought specialist water and energy industry contractor AVRS Systems for £7m.

Mace

Has sold its FM business to a management buyout team. The management buy-out of Mace Operate has been led by the FM arm’s Chief Executive Ross Abbate and Financial Director Chris Bampton alongside Mace Group Deputy Chairman Mark Holmes, who will become Chair of the new standalone firm.

Obelisk

Irish engineering services business, Obelisk announced the acquisition of the telecoms division of Balfour Beatty. The move follows Obelisk’s acquisition by Constructel Visabeira in 2022.

Van Elle

Van Elle Holdings has bought Galliford Try’s specialist piling business Rock & Alluvium.

Mott MacDonald

Completed their acquisition of Engevity, an Australian firm specialising in strategic advisory across the energy, climate and infrastructure sectors.

Keen to discuss your business plans for the year – when is a good time next week to catch up?

Please do drop me an email with your availability for next week.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from December 2023

Discover all of the latest movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure over the past month.

SGN

Darren Elsom joins as the new Chief Operating Officer. Elsom joins from Cadent where he has been Director of Hydrogen Development & Operations, and before that Director for the Eastern Network.

New Murabba Development Company (NMDC)

Have announced that Michael Dyke has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. He joins from Balfour Beatty where he has been Chief Executive Officer, HS2 Major Projects.

Thames Water

Have announced that Chris Weston will be joining as the new CEO. Previously CEO of Aggreko and Managing Director at Centrica, Chris succeeds Sarah Bentley, who left the business in June.

John F Hunt

Appoints Simon Hyams as its new Managing Director for the contracting arm of its £80m regeneration business. Hyams joins from Buckingham Group, where he was Managing Director of Major Projects, HS2.

CPC

Have appointed Helen Downey as the new Regional Projects Director for Ireland. Helen joins with over 25 years’ consultancy experience across numerous industries including: rail, utilities, and aviation.

Mace

Christina Brown has been appointed as the new Global HR Director for Mace Consult. She joins from Balfour Beatty where she was HR Director for the UK Construction Services division.

Transport for London

Have appointed Claire Mann as Chief Operating Officer. She returns to TfL from South Western Railway, where she has been Managing Director since 2021.

Foresight Group

Have appointed Nathan Wakefield as the new Head of Portfolio. Nathan joins from Equitix, where he was Managing Director of Asset Management.

Dragados SA

Javier Teulón Ramirez has moved internally to become the new Director for High-Tech Projects at Dragados (ACS Group). He has been Managing Director, UK & Ireland for nearly 10 years.

Network Rail

Have appointed Robert Cairns as Interim Managing Director for Wales and Western. He has most recently been Capital Delivery Director for the Eastern region and succeeds Michelle Handforth who resigned last month.

They have also announced the appointment of Mark Goodall as its new Route Director for the Wessex Route. He joins from CrossCountry Trains, where he was Service Delivery Director.

BakerHicks

Samer Ali has moved internally to take up the position of Transportation Director. He has been Highways Sector Director since January 2022.

WSP

Have announced the appointment of Paul Reilly as the new Deputy Chief Executive. He moves internally from his current role as Managing Director, Planning & Advisory at WSP. Paul will report to Mark Naysmith, Regional Chief Executive for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

CILT(UK)

Paul Adams has been appointed as CEO. Paul has over 20 years of global leadership experience and has held the position of National Director for 2 years at the Institute of Directors.

JPG Group

Have appointed Liam Bower as a new board Director as part of their business and succession planning strategy. He joins from MJMC Consulting where he was previously Director.

Ramboll

Patrick Folley joins as Head of Aviation, UK from Jacobs where he was Director of Operations for Aviation.

Turner & Townsend

Have appointed Qian Li as the new Director and Head of Carbon Accounting in line with its sustainability practices. Li was previously Associate in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) accounting and embodied carbon at Cundall.

Simon Earles also joins the company as Project Director within their sustainability team. He most recently worked as Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport.

Siemens Mobility

Syeda Ghufran joins as the new Director of Asset Management and Assurance for Customer Services. She joins from Hitachi Rail, where she was a Fleet Engineering Director for the UK and OS&M.

Chiltern Railways

Have announced three new members to the Executive Team:

Tony Baxter has joined as Operations Director, he joins from Northern Trains, where he was the Regional Director for Yorkshire and Humber.

Tim Sayer has been appointed as Engineering and Safety Director. He was previously at Chiltern between 2006-2009 and has most recently been UK Fleet Director at Abellio.

Andrew Camp is now the permanent Commercial & Customer Strategy Director, having previously been appointed on a job-share basis.

Balfour Beatty

Lucy Jones will be joining the UK Construction Services business as HR Director. She moves from Balfour Beatty Vinci where she has been HR Director since 2021.

The Euston Partnership

Have appointed John Reed as the new Managing Director. He joins from the GBRTT, where he was the Regional Design Lead.

Any big moves to announce in our next roundup? Drop me an email with your news.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

UK Major Projects Pipeline Update – December 2023

2023 has been an eventful year for the Transport & Infrastructure sectors. We have seen some amazing progress on many of the UK’s major programmes as well as some setbacks that have been felt across the entire market.

As we head into Christmas, let’s celebrate some of the sector’s achievements by taking a look at the latest update from the major projects pipeline.

Have a great Christmas, and I look forward to catching up in the New Year!

Rail

HS2

  • The northern leg of the programme was cancelled back in October. Phase 1 will still be completed. This not only includes the HS2 line from London to Birmingham, but up to where it joins the west coast main line near Handsacre just north of Lichfield.
  • It was announced at the time that the current HS2 management team will no longer run the Euston site. Instead, a new Euston development zone would be created.
  • The procurement pipeline for the next 18 months has been published, worth more than £1bn in total. More than 300 work packages are up for grabs, ranging in value from £1m to more than £500m.
  • Assembly of HS2’s second TBM has been completed, which will start digging the second bore of the 3.5 mile Bromford Tunnel into Birmingham next year.
  • Skanska Costain Strabag joint venture has secured an extra £200m funding for its first phase southern tunnelling section of the high speed route.
  • The rail systems contracts are expected to be announced in Q1 of 2024.

Transpennine Route Upgrade

  • The Minister for Rail has announced a £3.9bn funding boost for the programme. This increase takes the total funding of the project to £6.9bn
  • In September, the TRU East Alliance completed three new drainage tunnels beneath the railway line at Ulleskelf Mires in North Yorkshire.

East West Rail

  • The National Audit Office (NAO) has raised concerns about the costs and benefits of the current plan for the programme following the plans announced by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to expand housebuilding in Cambridge.
  • A further consultation on East West Rail is due to take place next year.
  • Work is currently underway on Connection Stage 1 (CS1), which is seeing the line built from Oxford to Bletchley (Milton Keynes), with a delivery date of early 2025.

Network Rail CP7

  • The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has approved Network Rail’s £43.1 billion plan for CP7 which will run over the next five years.
  • Contractors have been alerted to the procurement of the reactive and minor works framework in the Wales and Western region worth £750m.
  • Procurement has also begun for the Eastern region reactive works and small scheme framework, worth £1.15bn over a maximum of seven years.
  • In August, Network Rail Scotland published its £4·2bn Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 7, covering the five years from April 1 2024.
  • The Southern Renewals Enterprise have announced a registration of interest for “Ecosystem” partners.

Water

Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP)

  • Activity is ongoing to shortlist contractors for the £1.75bn programme. The successful bidders are due to be announced imminently.

Thames Tideway

  • Construction is now 90% complete.
  • Tideway will begin testing the system next year, diverting live storm flows of untreated sewage away from the river Thames for the first time.
  • The system will be fully operational in 2025.

Highways

Lower Thames Crossing

  • A Bouygues Travaux Publics – Murphy Joint Venture (BMJV) has won a £1.34bn contract to design and construct the twin road tunnels.
  • The DCO process is expected to run until 2024.

A303 Stonehenge Tunnel

  • The DfT approved the £1.7bn tunnel – from Amesbury to Berwick Down in Wiltshire – in July. Campaigners are making a second High Court bid to try to block a road tunnel project near Stonehenge.
  • National Highways are continuing to plan and make preparations for starting preliminary work and archaeology fieldwork in 2024.

Energy

Hinkley Point C

  • Last week engineering teams lifted the 245-tonne steel dome capping the first Hinkley C reactor building.
  • HPC celebrated a milestone with the installation of a polar crane at the top of the first reactor building. It is one of the final pieces of equipment to be installed in the reactor building before the dome is lifted into place to close the roof.
  • In August, National Grid’s Hinkley Connection Project completed the installation of all 116 T-Pylons.
  • They are on target to start generating electricity in 2027.

Sizewell C

  • In August, the government pledged another £341m to speed up preparations for Sizewell C’s construction.
  • Ministers are searching for new investors in the project, which could cost between £20bn and £44bn, after removing the Chinese state-owned CGN last year due to security concerns over UK infrastructure amid poor Anglo-Sino relations.
  • The search has begun for civils and installation works to create an electrical system for the £20bn nuclear plant.
  • Eastern Green Link 1 has awarded £1.8bn of contracts to deliver the UK’s first high-capacity east coast cable project. The full details can be found here. Current plans will see a design phase start next year and construction the year after, in 2025.
  • Eastern Green Link 2 to be delivered as a joint venture between National Grid and SSEN Transmission is currently in the early development stage. Planning consent has now been granted for all onshore and offshore elements.

National Grid HDVC

  • Three frameworks have been released to the market to deliver plans for major power line links and high voltage direct current converter stations to hook up the offshore wind farm:
  • £12.77bn for civils and major works
    • £24.6bn for converter systems
    • £21.3bn for cables
  • The final cable testing for the world’s longest onshore and subsea HVDC interconnector is now complete.
  • Commercial operation is expected to commence on 29 December 2023.

Offshore Wind

  • No companies hoping to build offshore windfarms in the UK took part in the government’s most recent annual clean energy auction in September. As a result, Ministers have agreed to raise the starting price of the government’s next auction for offshore wind subsidies by around two-thirds to £73 per megawatt hour.

Carbon Capture        

  • The Government have identified two new carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) facilities for support alongside its announcement on new oil and gas licences. Project Viking (which features a partnership between RWE, Drax and SSE) is based in the Humber while Project Acorn (Shell and National Gas) is based in North East Scotland. (Energy UK update in inbox)

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

  • 6 companies have been selected to advance to next phase of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) competition for innovative nuclear technologies:
    • EDF
    • GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy International LLC
    • Holtec Britain Limited
    • NuScale Power
    • Rolls Royce SMR
    • Westinghouse Electric Company UK Limited
  • Successful companies are expected to be announced in Spring 2024 and contracts awarded in Summer.

Aviation

Manchester Airport

  • Mace has started work on the final phase of Manchester Airport’s £1.3bn transformation programme.
  • Work has begun on the construction of a new pier, Pier 2, which will connect to Terminal 2.

  • Completion is scheduled for 2025.

Building

Restoration & Renewal

  • In October the Delivery Authority held a consultation with potential suppliers for Strategic Partners in advance of full-scale procurements which will commencing in 2024. They are looking to procure:
  1. A Design Services Partner
  2. An Integrator to oversee, manage and integrate the programme
  3. A Construction Partner to support the development and completion of the design and procure, undertake, and manage the works.
  • Procurement of 3 delivery partners is expected to commence in 2024.

Let’s get some time in to catch up on your business plans for the new year. Let me know what times work for a 15-minute phone call or alternatively you can access my diary here.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from November 2023

Cameron is back in the cabinet; Farage is in the jungle and Sunak is learning how to hammer (I don’t see a future for him in engineering!)

Are the movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure as exciting as UK politicians?

Take a look at who’s who with our latest Movers and Shakers roundup…

M Group Services

Iain Sutherland has been appointed Managing Director, Water Division. He joins from Balfour Beatty, where he has been Highways Director for the past 7 years.

Costain

Have announced the appointment of Jonathan Willcock as its new Managing Director for the Transportation Division. He joins from Skanska, where for the last three years he has been Managing Director for the UK’s Infrastructure Division.

Network Rail

Lucy McAuliffe joins Network Rail as the new permanent Sussex Route Director. Lucy has been in the role in an interim capacity since last December, following two years as the Southern region’s Stations and Security Director.

Balfour Beatty

Nigel Russell has been appointed the role of Chief Executive Officer, HS2 Major Projects. He moves internally from his current role as Project Director of Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA’s HS2 Old Oak Common station project. He replaces Michael Dyke who is leaving Balfour Beatty to take up a role in Saudi Arabia.

Mace

Jason Millett will be taking up the position of Deputy Chief Executive for Mace. Millet is currently Chief Executive Officer and Group Board Director for Mace Consult.

Network Rail Consulting

Mark Prior has appointed former Managing Director and Global Chair for AECOM as a Non-Executive Director. He remains Non-Executive Director for Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Lawford Estates Ltd.

Persimmon

Former Galliford Try Group Finance Director, Andrew Duxbury, will join Persimmon as the new Chief Financial Officer.

McGee Group  

Have promoted Richard Wilkinson to the newly created position of Operations Director. Wilkinson joined McGee earlier this year from Laing O’Rourke, where he was HPC – Nuclear Island Project Leader.

Wates Construction

Steff Battle has been appointed Interim Managing Director, Construction. This follows the news of Mark Tant’s decision to leave the company after nine years.  

Affinity Water

Have appointed Emma Davies as the new Director of People and Culture. Davies previously held the position of Director of Workforce Delivery at the NHS’ Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB).

UKRL

Have announced the appointment of Gareth Roberts as Managing Director. He will replace Mark Winter, a founding member, who is stepping down. Winter will remain part of the executive team.

AtkinsRéalis

Appoints Darren Martin as Chief Digital Officer. He joins this newly created role from McKinsey & Company, where he was Chief Technology Officer.

Mott MacDonald

Have appointed Michael Odling as Programme Director, leading the SYSTRA JV responsible for the delivery of design for Balfour Beatty Vinci on HS2. He joins from Faithful + Gould.

P.P. O’Connor

Steve Young has been appointed Commercial Director. He joins from Taziker, where he was Group Commercial Director.

J Murphy & Sons

Andrew Morton has been appointed as Group Commercial Director. The former Skanska Commercial Director leaves Fletcher Construction in New Zealand where he has been Executive General Manager Commercial.

EKFB JV

Sally Cox will join as Managing Director from December. Cox was previously Project Director on the BAM, Morgan Sindall, Balfour JV for the Tideway West tunnel.

McLaren Construction Group

Have appointed Paul Spiller as Group Commercial Director. He joins from McAlpine after 24 years in the company.

McLaren have also appointed Paul Heather as the new Chief Executive Officer. Heather was previously McLaren’s Group Managing Director for Construction.

Arriva Rail

Have appointed current Finance and Commercial Director Steve Best as the company’s new Managing Director. He succeeds Paul Hutchings, who will move into a new role at Arriva UK Trains (AUKT).

Core Highways Group

Jenny Moten joins Regional Managing Director from Cadent Gas, where she was Northwest Network Director.

They have also appointed Manchester Airport Group (MAG) Chief Executive, Charlie Cornish as the new Chairman.

Skanska

Steve Holbrook, Managing Director for Building Operations has left the firm with immediate effect after nearly three decades of service. Former Managing Director of Cementation Terry Muckian has been appointed as his successor, with Andy Entwistle stepping into Muckian’s previous role.

WSP

Have appointed David Cochrane as Senior Vice President to lead High Speed Rail Projects. He joins from HS2, where he was Head of Engineering and Environment for Phase 1 BBV section.

Northern

Appoints Richard Finds as its new Finance Director. He joins from Exertis, a subsidiary of DDC Plc, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer, UK, and Ireland.

FM Conway

Joanne Conway has been appointed Chief Executive. She steps up to the helm following three years as their Managing Director for the Aggregates & Asphalt division.

Ramboll

Have appointed Patrick Folley as Head of Aviation, UK. He joins from Jacobs, where he was Director of Operations for Aviation.

HS1

Have announced CEO of London City Airport, Robert Sinclair, as the company’s new CEO. He will take up his role as CEO in March 2024.

Turner & Townsend Alinea

Have announced the appointment of Chris Trew as Director within their Specialist Services division. He joins from Rider Levett Bucknall, where he has been a Partner since 2022.

West Midlands Metro

Welcomes Sophie Allison as the new, full-time, Managing Director. Sophie has been Interim Managing Director at West Midlands Metro since November, 2021.

Any big moves to announce in our final roundup of 2023? Drop me an email with your news.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from October 2023

Keep up to date with who’s who across Transport & Infrastructure with our latest Movers and Shakers roundup…

Balfour Beatty

Have announced that Mark Bullock, Chief Executive Officer UK Construction Services,  will step down at the end of the year after more than three years in the role.

Kier

David Rowsell has been named Managing Director of Kier Construction London and Cheryl Parsons as Regional Director for Kier Construction Southern. Rowsell has joined from Morgan Sindall, where he was the Northern Home Counties Area Director. Parsons joined moves internally from her role as Health Sector Director.

Skanska

Jonathan Wilcock is set to leave Skanska after three years as Managing Director Infrastructure. Simon Clitheroe has been appointed as his successor. Clitheroe has been Commercial Director for the Infrastructure operating unit and a member of the leadership team since 2015.

Scottish Water

Have appointed Lynne Highway as People Director. She joins from Natwest where she was Director of Colleague Experience and HR Transformation.

RSE

Former Galliford Try Environment Division Managing Director Stephen Slessor is joining water treatment specialist RSE as its new CEO. Slessor will start in his new role in January following a 17-year career at Galliford Try.

Galliford Try have promoted Mark Shadrick to the role of Managing Director of its Environment division.

Auckland One Rail

Martin Kearney joins as Chief Executive. He leaves Nexus where he has been Managing Director since 2020.

Costain

Former Amey Chief Executive Amanda Fisher is joining Costain as a Non-Executive Director. She will take up the role in December alongside former United Utilities Group CEO Steve Mogford who is also joining the board as two existing Non-Executive Directors move on.

Amey

Have announced the appointment of Danny Gilbert as Strategy Director of the Transport Infrastructure business to take responsibility for long-term strategic growth across the Transport Infrastructure business unit. Gilbert leaves Arriva where he was most recently Chief Commercial Officer.

The Go-Ahead Group

Have announced that Christian Schreyer has agreed with the Board to stand down as Group Chief Executive at the end of October 2023, when he will be succeeded by Miguel Ángel Parras, Chief Investment Officer at Globalvia.

Transport UK

Have appointed Martin Beable as New Trains and Fleet Director. He moves internally in the group from Greater Anglia after four years as Engineering Director.

Ramboll

Stephen Horrax joins as Head of Department Energy Transition. He leaves Jacobs where he has been for the past 9 years, most recently as Head of New Energy and Advisory.

Metrolinx

Frank Ibe moves internally to become Executive Vice President, Customer & Transit Operations. Ibe joined Metrolinx last year as Vice President Rail Services & Operations.

Bachy Solentanche

Neil Grosset joins as Project Director. He leaves Costain where he has spent the last 8 years, most recently as Programme Director on the £1.34bn A66 Northern Trans Pennine Route.

Bechtel

Colin Niccolls joins as Project Director – Sitewide Infrastructure on the Trojena Project – Saudi Arabia. He leaves STRABAG where he was Technical Director.

Cubic Transportation Systems

Have announced that Peter Torrellas has joined as President of Cubic Transportation Systems, following former President Jeff Lowinger’s retirement on October 13.

Want to have a chat about any team moves your planning? Pop me an email to discuss.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Bridging gender gaps with keywords

You’ve probably heard the following statistic:

“Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.”

Since Hewlett Packard published the report that made this claim, there have been dozens of reports that debunk this drastic difference. Unsurprisingly though, all the reports, that I’ve seen, do demonstrate some difference between the confidence and approach of men and women to applying for jobs.

This got me thinking.

If women are less confident to apply for a job – are they less willing to sell their skills and experience to hiring managers as well?

Looking at a random sample of 50 men and 50 women on our database, we found that men had 32% more keywords on their About Me section of their LinkedIn profiles than the women did.

In the world of executive search, we rely on keywords.Our research focuses heavily on keyword searching for those ideal candidates that fit your brief.  Of course, we use a combination of LinkedIn, our database, extensive desk research, industry events, networking and a whole host of other resources to make sure no one slips through the net.

However, time scarce hiring managers or contingent recruitment firms may solely focus on LinkedIn searching.  Logic suggests that women are 32% less likely to show up on a longlist.

So, make sure your search partner is utilising all research options, not just LinkedIn, to ensure you are getting the most diverse longlists and shortlists possible.

We really pride ourselves on making a difference when it comes to supporting diversity across Transport & Infrastructure. Having placed 33% female leaders into senior roles compared with an industry average of 16.6%, we have a few tips to attract and retain diverse talent.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director