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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.


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.


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 He has been replaced by the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter Schoeneberg who will become Managing Director following the sale back to SSE.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Contract Awards – May

Check out the latest developments across Transport and Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded in the last month.  


National Grid

National Grid has launched the Great Grid Partnership and have named the seven partners who will support the delivery of an initial nine Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment (ASTI) projects.

The ASTI projects form a key part of The Great Grid Upgrade, which is building the new electricity network infrastructure required to reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels by connecting 50GW of offshore wind by 2030.

The partners are:

  • Construction partners – Lang O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Morrison Energy Services, Murphy and Omexom/Taylor Woodrow.
  • Design and consenting service partners – AECOM Arup JV and WSP.


Pagabo have announced the 56 suppliers appointed to its new £1.6bn Decarbonisation Solutions Framework – including Morgan Sindall, Kier, and Willmott Dixon.

Kingston upon Hull City Council (HCC) is serving as the contracting authority for the framework, which will run for four years.

The national framework provider recently launched its healthcare specific decarbonisation framework (mentioned in last months blog). This latest instalment will support public sector organisations completing building works in all other sectors.

The framework has four value banded lots in each of the 12 geographical regions, giving a total of 48 sub-lots.

  • Lot 1 – up to £1m
  • Lot 2 – £1m to £5m
  • Lot 3 – £5m to £15m
  • Lot 4 – £15m+

Find a full list of the suppliers here.

South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

Skanska has been awarded a $861m (c£680m) contract to transform the 73-acre South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) into one of the USA’s largest dedicated offshore wind ports.

This critical infrastructure will support Empire Wind, which is currently being developed by Equinor 15 to 30 miles off New York.


Stobbarts has won a £40m infrastructure deal at Sellafield nuclear power station. The firm will support Sir Robert McAlpine on groundworks and concrete work on the plant.

The contractor was appointed by Sellafield’s Programme and Project Partners (PPP), a coalition of Kellog Brown and Root, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Altrad Babcock and Sellafield Ltd.


Network Rail

Network Rail has appointed 15 suppliers to its Eastern Routes Partnership (ERP) framework, set up to deliver £3.5bn of work through Control Period 7.  

The framework covers four main delivery areas: building & civils, signalling & telecoms, contact systems, and distribution & plant.

The ERP will be in place for all five years of CP7 with an option to extend for up to five years from 2029 (CP8).

Companies on the framework are: Amco, BAM, Morgan Sindall, Story, Taziker, CK Rail, Amey, Atkins, Trackwork, Hawthorne, Keltbray, Linbrooke, Octavius, and Lowery.   

Find further details here.

COWI has been awarded a design contract by Network Rail for
a section of the TransPennine Route Upgrade (TRU) scheme between Stalybridge
and Huddersfield.

They will develop engineering solutions for the route with
the objective of minimising impact on adjacent communities, reducing
construction during and costs, all with sustainability and safety oversight.

COWI will be responsible for the tunnelling works for three
Victorian era tunnels as well as off track drainage and geotechnical work.

GB Railfreight has extended its haulage contract with Network Rail. The contract is a two-year extension, with an option to extend for an additional third.

Network Rail is also conducting early market engagement on a long-term £150m to £200m contract to design, develop, construct, and operate trackside battery systems to power trains.

They intend to hold an engagement briefing on the 12th of June to talk with potential suppliers about the Energy Hubs: Battery Systems contract. The official contract notice is estimated to be published on the 1st of January 2030.

Sydney Metro

A joint venture of John Holland and Laing O’Rourke has been awarded a second Sydney Metro contract along the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor, which will upgrade the Bankstown Station precinct.

The Southwest Metro Conversion and Station Works package also includes upgrades to nine other Metro stations, as well as the final conversion works for 13 km of the almost 130-year-old T3 Banktown Line to metro standards.

British Steel

British Steel has won a multi-million-pound contract to supply rail for a new high-speed electric railway in Turkey.

The manufacturer will deliver tens of thousands of tonnes of track for the project, connecting Mersin wit the cities of Adana, Osmaniye and Gaziantep in Southern Turkey.

Creating lower-emission transport links between Turkey’s second largest container port and its inland cities, the project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 150,000 tonnes a year.

Edinburgh Trams

Siemens Mobility in a joint consortium with Bilfinger UK has been awarded an eleven-year contract extension for the maintenance of Edinburgh Trams.

The contract includes the continuous maintenance of the overhead contact line system, the track, SCADA and signalling system of the Edinburgh Tram infrastructure network.


Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council have alerted contractors to £850m of planned highways work. The framework is expected to be in place from late January 2025 and run for up to four years.

The framework is split into two lots. The first, worth a total of £100m, will be made up of projects valued up to £1.5m. The second lot, worth £750m, will be made of projects worth more than £1.5m.

NY Highways

NY Highways, a fully owned subsidiary of North Yorkshire Council, has selected 15 contractors to deliver a £300m road surfacing framework across nine local authorities in Yorkshire.

The four-year framework is divided into four lots.

  • Lot 1 – work up to £500,000.
  • Lot 2 – work between £500,000 and £2m.
  • Lot 3 – work between £2m and £6m.
  • Lot 4 – works including recycling, kerbing, minor drainage, and ironworks.

Galliford Try has a place on the first three lots and Colas has a place on lot 4.

Find a full list of companies on the framework here.


Al Maktoum International Airport

Emirate of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced, at the end of April, plans worth $35bn (£28bn) to expand the Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).

These plans will make the DWC the largest airport in the world, as it expands from two runways to five and will have the capacity to process up to 260m passengers a year.

Leeds Bradford Airport

Farrans Construction has begun construction work for Phase 1 of the £100m Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) terminal regeneration.

The privately funded £100m development, known as LBA:REGEN, will deliver a 9,500 sq m, three-story extension to the existing terminal, alongside a significant refurbishment of the current facilities.


South West Water

South West Water has chosen the alliance Amplify to deliver its £2.8bn AMP8 investment programme. Amplify, made up of BAM, Clancy, Mott MacDonald Bentley, Tilbury Douglas, MWH Treatment and Network Plus Evolve, will improve major infrastructure and strengthen water resilience in the South West between 2025 and 2030.

Northumbrian Water

33 firms have secured places on Northumbrian Water’s £3.6bn AMP8 capital investment programme.

Find a full list of the companies on the programme here.

Thames Water

Barhale has been selected to deliver a £21m shaft scheme for the Thames Water Ring Main (TWRM) in West London.

The scheme will upgrade the existing inspection shaft on the TWRM fresh water artery running beneath London to provide additional resilience of supply in the west of the capital.



The Ministry of Defence’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is looking to speak to suppliers as it shapes multi-billion-pound infrastructure plans.

AWE has issued a prior information notice (PIN) for its Future Infrastructure Programme which covers new accommodation, laboratories, testing facilities, site services, and advanced manufacturing facilities.

They’re looking to set up a 10-year framework, worth up to £900m, as part of a strategy to increase its capability and testing facilities and for its non-nuclear portfolio.

The organisation is planning to establish a multi-supplier client-side partnership framework as part of the programme. The framework partners will provide professional services in support of management and delivery of this portfolio and a future multi-supplier delivery partnership who will deliver the future works.


Rolls-Royce has selected Balfour Beatty to deliver expansion works to their industrial complex in Raynesway, Derby used for the manufacture of key components in nuclear attack submarines.

As part of the package of works, which will be executed in stages over the next eight years, Balfour Beatty will deliver infrastructure enabling works, build new manufacturing and office facilities, and redevelop existing industrial buildings on site.

Has your company been awarded one of these contracts? For inspiration or help finding senior leaders to help deliver this work, drop me a line on [email protected]

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

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

April is always a bumper month for movers and shakers announcements. With the start of a new financial year for many, we tend to see a shake-up of leadership teams!

Want to make changes to your teams? Get in touch and we can find the right people for you.

Royal BAM Group

Kim Sides has been appointed as Executive Director, Construction, for the UK and Ireland division. Sides joins from Mura Technology, where she was Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel.


Have announced that Javier Echave has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer following the resignation of Emma Gilthorpe who is taking up the position of Chief Executive Officer at Royal Mail. Echave has been Chief Financial Officer at Heathrow since 2016.

Sally Ding, Director of Treasury & Corporate Finance will be acting CFO whilst permanent recruitment gets underway.

SES Water

Kate Thornton, Chief Customer Officer has announced that she has left the business. Succeeding her in the role is Debra Goodwin, who was previously Chief Customer Officer at Yell.

Transport for Wales

Have appointed Sarah Higgins as Operations Director, Rail. Higgins joins from West Midlands Trains where she was Head of Drivers.

Morgan Sindall

Kelly Gangotra has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer. The former Skanska CFO succeeds Steve Crummett who is set to retire next month.

Buro Happold

Paul Gough has been appointed as UK Development Director – Infrastructure for Buro Happold. Gough joins from Costain where she was Key Account Director – National Highways.

Sir Robert McAlpine

Have announced that Mike Hickson OBE has been appointed as Managing Director – Defence. Hickson, who has a background in military and defence, joins from HS2 where he was Interim Land and Property Director.

Additionally, Sir Robert McAlpine have appointed Paul Sims as its new Operations Director. Sims joins from Lend Lease, having been at the company for more than 40 years, where he was most recently Operations Director, London.

Anglian Water

Have announced that Andy Alder has been appointed as Managing Director, Major Infrastructure Delivery & Strategic Pipeline Alliance. Alder joins from Jacobs where he was Vice President and Head of Major Programmes, UK and Europe – most recently working as Programme Director, Civil Works Programme for Sizewell C and previously on Thames Tideway.

Network Rail

Have announced several leadership appointments. Anit Chandarana has been appointed as Group Director, System Operator. Chandarana returns to Network Rail following his DfT secondment.

Liam Sumpter has been announced as Managing Director, Scotland.  He is currently Route Director Scotland and will take up his new position on a two-year secondment.

They have appointed Tim Walden as Capital Delivery Director for the Wales and Western Region. Walden has been Capital Delivery Director for the Southern Region since 2022.

Additionally, Network Rail have named three new Non-Executive Directors to their Board.

Dyan Perry OBE joins with over 30 years’ experience including Chief Executive Officer of HS1.

Steve Scrimshaw joins with over 45 years’ experience having most recently been CEO of the UK and Ireland Business at Siemens Energy.

Finally, Stuart Harvey, current Chief Capital Officer at Transport for London, joins having overseen the delivery of multiple major schemes including the Northern Line Extension and Major digital signalling schemes.


Have appointed Daniel Tonkin as Operations Director to lead South West Water contracts. Tonkin joins from Morrison Water Services, where he was previously Contract Director.

They have also appointed former Buckingham Group divisional MD for Major Civils Projects, Simon Hyams, as Operations Director in their Major Infrastructure division.

Balfour Beatty Plc

Steve O’Sullivan has been appointed as Project Director for Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA’s £1.6bn HS2 Old Oak Common Station project. O’Sullivan joined Balfour Beatty in 1980 and has most recently been Senior Project Director for Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station.

Additionally, Julian Gatward has been appointed as the new Delivery Director for Sizewell C. Gatward joins from VINCI Construction Grand Projects, where he was Managing Director.

UK Parliament Restoration and Renewal (R&R) Delivery Authority

David Goldstone CBE has submitted his resignation from his role as Chief Executive Officer; his leaving date is yet to be confirmed.

Additionally, Patsy Richards, current Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the R&R Client Team, has announced that she will be retiring this summer.

Have announced the appointment of John Whitehurst as the new Chief Operating Officer. Whitehurst joins from Serco, where he was Managing Director, Transport & Community Services.

This comes with the news of Andy Coulthurst, current Operations Planning Director at GTR, announcing that he will be retiring in July.

East West Rail

Beth West has announced that she will be leaving the company at the end of her contract. West is currently interim Chief Executive Officer.

National Gas

Have appointed Matthew Steele as Chief Operating Officer. Steele joins from Balfour Beatty, where he was Managing Director of the Energy Transition & Security business.


Have appointed Graham Seage as Head of Defence and National Security at Mace. He moves internally, where he was previously Commercial Director- Mace Dragados JV-Euston for HS2.

They have also appointed Ceri Evans as the Global Lead for its Cost and Commercial division. Evans joins from Bechtel, where she was Regional Manager of Contracts and Procurement Infrastructure (GBU- UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.)

Finally, Martin Feakes has been appointed as the new Group Head of Civil and Structural Engineering. Feakes joins from Ramboll, where he was Head of Buildings, London.

National Highways

Commercial and Procurement Director, Malcolm Dare, has announced that the is leaving the company after five years as Executive Director, Commercial and Procurement.

United Utilities

Tony Slater is joining as Director of its new Enterprise organisation, established to deliver £2.5bn of complex design and build capital investment improvements during the AMP8. This follows Slater’s announcement last month that he was leaving National Highways where he was Managing Director of the Smart Motorway Programme Alliance.


Have announced the appointment of Sinisa Galac as the new Executive Vice President. Galac joins from National Highways, where he was previously Project Director, Tunnels for Lower Thames Crossing.

First Rail Consultancy

Have announced that Rebecca Holding has been appointed as Managing Director. Holding has been internally appointed from her role as Director.

Aggregate Industries

Anna Baker has been announced as Sustainability Director. Baker joins from Kier Construction, where she was Head of Sustainability.


Have announced the appointment of Grant Harden as Director within its building services engineering division. Harden joins from CalfordSeadon, where he was a Partner.


Have appointed Paul Garthwaite as the new UK Director (Infrastructure and Commercial). Garthwaite joins from ARCADIS where he was Senior Technical Director.

Gratte Brothers

Have announced the appointment of Remi Suzan as the new Managing Director. Suzan joins internally, having been at the company for 20 years, most recently as Deputy Managing Director. The senior management change follows Iain Thomson’s decision to step back after 10 years while remaining with the firm as Chairman.

W1 Construction

Have appointed Liam Florey as the new Director of Operations. Florey joins from Mace, where he was previously Project Director.

Fiera Infrastructure

Tim Bowen has joined as the new Senior Director – Operational Excellence. Bowen joins from Cohesive, where he was Regional Director, UKIMEA.

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

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Contract Awards – April

Check out the latest developments across Transport and Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded this month.


Network Rail

Network Rail has announced the winners of its c£2bn capital works delivery framework for CP7, covering its North West and Central region.

The frameworks have been divided into categories A, B, C and D.

Category A will deliver £490m of construction work.

  • Lot A1 – Skanska and Kier will deliver work with a value of £7m to £200m.
  • Lot A2 – Octavius Infrastructure and Story Contracting will deliver work with a value of £7m to £50m.

Category B – worth £695m and will deliver projects between £100,000 and £7m in value.

Companies are: Story Contracting, QTS Group, Amalgamated Construction, J Murphy & Sons, Taziker Industrial and Amey Rail.

Category C – worth £358m and will deliver projects between £100,000 and £4m in value.

Companies are: Amalgamated Construction, OTS Group, Story Contracting, J Murphy & Sons, and Amey Rail

Category D – worth £229m and will deliver works with a value up to £100,000.

Companies are: Amalgamated Construction, QTS Group, Construction Marine, J Murphy & Sons, CK Rail Solutions, and JSS Rail.

The initial term of frameworks A, B and C will be 5 years; there will be an option to extend for a further 2 years. Framework D will last for 3 years.

Additionally, Network Rail have announced the six companies who have been awarded contracts on its £4bn Train Control Systems Framework.

The framework runs from 2024 until 2034 and is worth £4bn: £3bn for digital signalling, and £1bn for conventional signalling.

Lot 1 – Conventional Signalling: Alstom, AtkinsRéalis, Hitachi and Siemens.

Lot 2 – Digital Signalling: Thales & Volker Rail, Alstom, AtkinsRéalis & CAF, Siemens.

Department for Transport

The Department for Transport has announced that it intends to make further direct awards for three passenger rail contracts – East Coast, South Western, and Essex Thameside.

All three have been direct awards since 2021.

The new deals will last for two to five years for East Coast, and three to eight years for South Western and Essex Thameside.

Transport for London

TfL has awarded FirstGroup the contract to operate the IFS Cloud London Cable Car that links the Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Docks areas on the north bank of the River Thames.

The contract will commence on the 28th of June 2024, and has an initial core five-year term with the option to extend for a further three years.


Amtrak has selected an AECOM led joint venture with Jacobs to be delivery partner for the $6bn (£4.7bn) Frederick Douglass Tunnel Programme.

The programme will upgrade a ten-mile section of the Northeast Corridor (NEC), America’s busiest passenger rail line.


Kent County Council

VolkerFitzpatrick has been awarded a £34m contract to build the Sturry Link Road project, which includes a 250m long viaduct.

As well as constructing the bridge, VolkerFitzpatrick will deliver a new roundabout and approach roads to connect to the bridge.

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Bath & North East Sommerset Council will continue its collaborative relationship with VolkerHighways until 2029 for their highways and street lighting maintenance contracts.

The two contracts are valued at £16m per year.

Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has awarded Marlborough Highways with a £56m contract to provide highways maintenance and improvement works.

The is a four-year contract which began on the 1st of April.


Riyadh Airports Company

Mace has been chosen to be the delivery partner for the Riyadh’s King Salman International Airport. The airport is expected to be the world’s largest airport, opening in 2030.

Foster + Partners has been appointed by design the master plan for the airport, and Jacobs will design infrastructure.


Anglian Water

Anglian Water is retaining its existing @one Alliance partners – Balfour Beatty, Barhale, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), MWH Treatment, Skanska and SWECO as well as new addition Binnies.

The alliance will deliver £2.6bn of work in the upcoming AMP8 period between 2025 and 2030.

Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water has awarded BarhaleEnpure JV a £15m contract to carry out major upgrade work at a water treatment works in Huddersfield.

Thames Water

Thames Water has awarded Lanes Group a contract valued between £750m and £1bn to deliver large amounts of wastewater utilities work in and around London over the next ten years.


Peel Ports

Peels ports is inviting contractors to submit bids for two new frameworks covering a major long-term programme of construction works across its UK and Ireland sites, worth a total of £750m.

The port operator is seeking to appoint contractors to the two frameworks for a period of up to eight years, with one framework covering general construction and the other covering marine construction.


UK Government

Kier, X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the next generation of UK nuclear reactors.

Following a government grant to X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear from the government’s Future Nuclear Enabling fund, the companies will explore opportunities around the deployment of a fleet of Xe-100 Generation IV Advanced Reactors in the UK.

The government’s award of £3.34m will be matched by X-energy, providing a total fund of £6.68m.


Pagabo has announced the 49 firms appointed to its £1.6bn healthcare decarbonisation framework.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is the healthcare sector-specialist contracting authority for the framework, which will run for four years.

The framework is split into four value banded lots over twelve geographical regions, giving a total of forty-eight sub-lots:

  • Lot 1 – up to £1m
  • Lot 2 – £1m to £5m
  • Lot 3 – £5m to £15m
  • Lot 4 – £15m+

Find a list of the 49 companies here.


Gasunie has awarded Mott MacDonald a contract to assess the feasibility of a green offshore hydrogen infrastructure network in the Dutch North Sea as part of decarbonisation efforts in Europe. This contract is the first lot on Gasunie’s recent engineering services framework.

Sizewell C

Framatome has signed contracts with Sizewell C worth multi-billion euros. They will be responsible for the delivery of the two nuclear heat production systems, from design phase and their supply, up to their commissioning. Framatome will also provide the plant’s safety instrumentation and control systems.

A long-term fuel supply agreement, and a contract for long-term services and maintenance to support plant operation, also form part of the agreements.  

Hinkley Point C

BGEN has been awarded a £84m contract by GE Steam Power Systems for work on Hinkley Point C. Under the contract, BGEN will provide electrical and instrumentation solutions to the nuclear power station in Somerset.

The company begin later this month. The end date is scheduled for December 2027.

Public Sector Works


AtkinsRéalis, Arcadis and Perfect Circle have been appointed by SCAPE to two new utilities consultancy frameworks designed to help clients in the utilities sector shape their investment programmes.

The two frameworks are:

  • England, Wales and Northern Ireland – £750m – Perfect Circle and AtkinsRéalis (with subsidiary support from Arcadis)
  • Scotland – £500m – Perfect Circle and Arcadis (with subsidiary support from AtkinsRéalis)

The frameworks will run for four years with an option to extend for a further two.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has picked eight firms for its public works framework covering civil engineering projects. The framework is expected to be worth £600m over the next four years.

The framework is divided into three lots.

The largest project value contract, covering jobs over £25m, was awarded to Balfour Beatty, Farrans, Graham and Morgan Sindall.

Amalgamated Construction, Galliford Try, R J McLeod and Taziker Industrial were also awarded contracts on the framework. Find further details here.

Environment Agency

27 contractors have secured places on the Environment Agency’s framework covering small civil engineering works under £1m, M&E and vegetation management.

Amalgamated Construction, Breheny, Cheetham Hill Construction and Land & Water are among the firms to renew their places on the main civils engineering works lot, expected to be worth £336m over the four-year framework.

Firms on the M&E lot include Amalgamated, Galliford Try and JN Bentley.

Find a full list of the 27 companies here.

Scottish Prison Service

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a contract to construct the new £209 HMP Highland in Inverness Scotland. They were first appointed to deliver the pre-construction phase, including design of HMP Highland, in 2022.

This latest phase is valued at £199m and will see Balfour Beatty progress with the construction of the facility.

Ministry of Justice

Kier has been awarded a contract to expand HMP Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. This expansion is part of the Ministry of Justice’s £500m Accelerated Houseblocks Delivery Programme (AHDP), which is part of the Government’s plan to deliver 20,000 new prison places.

Has your company been awarded one of these contracts? For inspiration or help finding senior leaders to help deliver this work, drop me a line on [email protected]

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

The Great Grid Upgrade

It’s the largest overhaul of the electricity grid in generations.

17 major projects to be completed in the next six years.

It’s going to be an unprecedented challenge for everyone involved in “The Great Grid Upgrade”.

This is how we would tackle it.

Firstly, what are the main complexities about this programme?

  • Development Consent Orders – Many major programmes need one DCO. For The Great Grid Upgrade they will be running nine or ten at a time.
  • Capacity Building – The resources required for this programme are huge. Where do you find that number of people with the right skillset?
  • Collaboration – Project 13 is still in its infancy. How can we ensure leaders have the right approach to working in an enterprise model.
  • Timeframe – The programme will build five times more network in the next six years than has been built over the last 30 and will face penalties for any connection delays.

While these challenges combined make this a unique programme. Individually they are all surmountable.

Whether you are client side, contractor or consultant – if you are involved with the Great Grid Upgrade, this is how we would tackle recruiting leaders to solve these issues.

For Development Consent Orders look for:

  • Candidates with experience for project developers undertaking DCO’s or major planning applications from previous major programmes in other sectors.
  • Candidates from a consulting background who have advised on DCO’s or major planning applications.

For capacity building look for:

  • Leaders who have programme level experience rather than project. Individuals will be able to take a bird’s eye view of the scheme and identify bottlenecks.
  • Leaders who have worked on programmes that had to take an innovative approach to working with the supply chain.
  • Leaders who worked on programmes where there was a lack of resources and have had to find innovative solutions to resource constraints or are used to linear construction delivery.

For collaboration you can:

  • Recruit leaders from other collaborative models. Enterprises are the ideal, but JV’s and alliances may display similar outlooks.
  • Use competency-based interviewing and personality profiling to give you solid evidence whether or not individuals are genuinely collaborative.
  • Take references from the stakeholders of the other companies the individual worked with in a JV / alliance / enterprise to see how collaborative other parties thought they were. This will give you a better understanding of how they operate.

To meet timescales, you should:

  • Look to types of programmes where it was impossible to delay completion – e.g. the 2012 Olympics.
  • Look for candidates in industries where there are significant penalties for programmes running late. Examples of these will be in oil & gas or mining industries where the lost revenue for delayed completion is a pointed motivator to get the job done on time.
  • Consider people who worked on projects that provided incentives to deliver on time or early such as Heathrow Terminal 2.

Finding leaders for The Great Grid Upgrade is a tall order, but by no means is it an impossible task.

If you need to bolster your teams to meet the needs of this vast programme, drop me a line to discuss innovative recruitment solutions for senior hires on 07590 478 088.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Contract Awards – March

Check out the latest developments in Transport and Infrastructure. Here are the major contracts awarded this month.


Translink, Northern Ireland’s main public transport operator, has appointed AtkinsRéalis to provide design and construction management for renewal and refurbishment of their rail network’s signalling and telecommunications infrastructure.

AtkinsRéalis and Babcock International have are the two suppliers to win a place on this framework, which has a total estimated value of £150 million – £250 million, and will run until 2029, with the option to extend by a further 36 months.

Network Rail

Network Rail has started procuring for civils and construction partners to join their Midlands Rail Hub (MRH) Alliance in a contract worth £1.38bn.  

The Midlands Rail Hub Alliance will comprise Network Rail, multi-disciplinary partners, and a signalling partner (being procured separately).

The Alliance will upgrade a series of rail lines and stations around Birmingham and nearby towns and cities.

Network Rail has also named six firms who will deliver a £1bn programme of medium-sized projects for Control Period 7 in its North West & Central Region.

The deal forms part of a set of frameworks covering the “Backbone of Britain” route. The framework covers projects from £100,000 to £7m.

Story has been awarded civils and building works across the entire region; Amey Rail has taken all power and signalling projects. Murphy and Amalgamated Construction has picked up multi-lots.

Find a full list of the framework details and companies awarded here.

Additionally, the preferred bidders for Network Rail’s TSCF Signalling framework, the Eastern framework lots and the Southern Minor Works framework have been notified. All these awards are in the standstill period and will be publicly announced in the coming weeks.

Hudston Tunnel

A joint venture between Mace, Arcadis and Parsons has been selected to deliver a $16bn US tunnelling project under the Hudson River, between New York and New Jersey.

The JV, named MPA Delivery Partner, will work with the client Gateway Development Commission to coordinate stakeholders, contractors, and consultants on the project.

The project will see the construction of two new 2.4-mile-long tunnels and repairs to the existing North River Tunnel, which will take rail traffic under the Hudson River.

Mid Cornwall Metro

AECOM has won a £29m contract to take the planned Mid Cornwall Metro through to the detailed design stage of the project.

The coast-to-coast rail service will create a sustainable transport corridor through central improving current links between four of Cornwall’s largest towns.


In the US, an AECOM-led team has been selected by Amtrack to support the development of the $1.5bn (£1.2bn) Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project.

AECOM will provide a range of professional services, including project management, design coordination, stakeholder coordination, and schedule management. They will lead a strong team of technical consultants, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms.

Alstom and SLC Rail

Alstom and SLC Rail have announced plans to launch an open access train service between London Euston and Wrexham.

A formal application to launch the service was submitted to the Office of Rail & Road by the Wrexham, Shropshire & Midlands Railway JV on the 14th of March.


Department for Transport

The £1.3bn A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project application has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper.

The scheme will improve the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and the A1 at Scotch Corner by dualling 30km of single carriageway.

Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council have awarded Galliford Try a £34m contract to deliver construction work the A629 Phase 2 Halifax town centre improvement scheme.

In this redevelopment, Galliford Try will improve transport in the area through pedestrianisation, new cycle routes, new bus stops and upgraded crossing facilities, as well as provide a new public space outside Halifax Central Library.

The project is fully funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund.


Thames Water

Galliford Try’s environment business has been awarded two contracts by Thames Water under their AMP7 framework. These are worth £64m in total.

The first contract will see Galliford Try Environmental building a £33m pipeline in Thames Water’s Riverside Flow Monitoring Zone in South London. This is in anticipation of increased demand from new housing developments.

The other contract, worth £31m, involves installing a 9000-meter clean-water pipeline connecting the Netley Mill Water Treatment in Guildford, Surrey with the main reservation network to the west of the town.

Additionally, Thames Water have picked Arcadis, Jacobs Mott MacDonald JV and Turner & Townsend to lead programme and project management of large infrastructure projects on their Strategic Resource Options programme.

This Programme Partner Framework will give Thames Water access to professional support services from these consultancies worth up to £160m.

Galliford Try

Galliford Try has launched a new partnership, known as GT5C, with consultancies AtkinsRéalis, WSP, Binnies, Sweco and GHD.

The partnership will enable water industry clients to meet their AMP8 programme objectives by having access to guaranteed levels of high-quality design engineering and will enhance Galliford Try’s own in-house design capability.

United Utilities

United Utilities has appointed Jacobs to join its Strategic Solutions Team, in a contract worth £166m across AMP8 and AMP9. Jacobs will support programme optimisation for United Utilities’ major capital works.

Tetra Tech’s RPS business has also been appointed to the United Utilities framework in a £100m contract to drive programme optimisation.


UK Government

Development consent has been granted for a new £400m green electricity project to upgrade the high-voltage power network in North Yorkshire.

Morrison Energy Services, part of MGroup, will deliver the new overhead line and existing overhead line refurbishment.

Murphy will build two new substations in Overton and Monk Fryston; Hyosung and Hyundai will supply transformers to the substations.

Nuclear Waste Services

WSP and AtkinsRéalis have been appointed by Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) under a 10-year agreement to support its geological disposal facilities (GDF) programme.

The two companies will work with Galson Sciences Limited, part of the Egis Group, jointly as the Major Permissions Delivery Partner.

Under the agreement, WSP and AtkinsRéalis will undertake environmental assessment, community consultations and the Development Consent Order and permitting applications required to progress with detailed geological investigations in the search for a suitable site.

Net Zero Teesside Power and the Northern Endurance Partnership

Nine leading specialist contractors have been selected to deliver £4bn of work on Teesside, to build the world’s first gas-fired power station with carbon capture. The nine contractors will share eight contract packages subject to a final investment decision due to be taken before September.

Balfour Beatty is the main construction partner to deliver the combined-cycle power station, integrated with carbon capture plant.

Costain will oversee and manage the engineering procurement and construction of the onshore CO2 gathering system serving the East Coast Cluster of industrial companies.

Find a full list of the contractors involved and further details about the project here.  

Want to make additions to your senior team? Let’s have a chat to discuss. Email me your availability for an introductory call.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director


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…


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).


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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

Contract Awards – February

Take a look at the latest developments in Transport and Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded in the last month.


Network Rail

Network Rail has awarded Amey five lots across the Category B and C capital delivery frameworks for the North West and Central region. They will provide electrification and plant works across the region for the next five years with the opportunity for a two-year extension.

Network Rail have also named six firms to deliver a £229m programme of minor works in their North West & Central region as part of Control Period 7 (CP7).

The deal is the smaller of several frameworks to be set up covering the “Backbone of Britain” route.

The successful firms include J Murphy & Sons, Amalgamated Construction, QTS Group, Construction Marine, CK Rail Solutions and JSS Rail.

Find a full breakdown of the contract lots here.

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx has announced that Arcadis and AECOM Canada are the winning consortium of the design and build Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations contract for the Ontario Line.

Balfour Beatty Vinci SYSTRA JV

BBVS JV have named Anthro, a new joint venture between VVB Engineering and Egis JV, as their M&E partner for the delivery of Old Oak Common Station in West London

This a multi-year contract for mechanical, electrical, public health, fire and communications systems works at the station.

The contract was estimated to be worth between £100m and £250m when first tendered. The project is underway with contracted services due to be delivered by late 2029.

Cardiff Council

Cardiff Council has secured £100m in government funding to develop a new public transport system in the city.

WSP and Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) have been appointed to the Cardiff Crossrail team to provide programme and cost management services.

It’s proposed that Cardiff Crossrail will create a tram link from west Cardiff, through the Cardiff Bay area and connect with a new Cardiff Parkway station on the South Wales Main Line.

Transport for London

Transport for London have announced the four bidders shortlisted to become the next operator of the Elizabeth line when the current contract with MTR Elizabeth line expires in May 2025.

These are: Arriva UK Trains, First Keolis Elizabeth line (a joint venture between First Group PLC and Keolis SA), GTS Rail Operations Limited (a joint venture between Go Ahead Holdings Limited, Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd) and MTR Corporation (UK) Limited

TfL have also announced a list of three firms bidding to become the next operator of Docklands Light Railway from April 2025. The list includes current operator KeolisAmey Docklands (a joint venture between Keolis and Amey), ComfortDelGro and Connecting Docklands.


National Highways

National Highways have appointed AtkinsRéalis to support the completion of digital and technology programmes across England’s strategic road network, including the UK’s Digital Roads Strategy, in a contract worth £50m. The Technology Programmes Strategic Resources contract will last four years.

National Transport Authority

Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) has re-appointed Jacobs to provide strategic support with the development of transport strategies, urban centre, local transport, and other area-based development plans.

Jacobs will also support with policy, guidance, and general town planning matters.

Hampshire County Council

The contractors on Hampshire County Council’s fifth generation (Gen5) civils and highways framework have been announced.

This is a four-year framework with a spend of up to £500m. The framework is split into two lots: East & West.

The awarded contractors are Milestone Infrastructure, Knights Brown Construction, Colas, Octavious Infrastructure, Jackson Civil Engineering, Griffiths Farrans JV, Mildren Construction and Alun Griffiths.

Find more details here.


Thames Water

Barhale has secured two further Thames Water contracts close to Victoria and Euston stations.

The contracts are for work on the Victoria Station Trunk Main Replacement and the Eversholt Street Mains Replacement.

These bring the total value of works Barhale has been awarded under Thames Water’s AMP7 Conditional Allowance Trunk Main Schemes to £24.8m.

Thames Water has also picked a trio of consultant joint ventures to support the delivery of their Strategic Resource options (SRO) Programme.

Technical Partner Framework winners are: Arup/ Binnies, AtkinsRéalis/Stantec and Jacobs/ Mott MacDonald.

This framework will give Thames Water the access to professional support services worth up to £300m.


Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Mace has been named as DEFRA’s programme delivery partner for its £2.8bn Science Capability in Animal Health (SCAH) programme.

As the Programme Delivery Partner, across an initial five-year period, Mace will provide a full suite of project and programme management services, as well as PMO and planning, cost and commercial management and business advisory capabilities.

Communities and Housing Investment Consortium

The procurement group has revealed the winners of a new build framework worth £3.2bn. This is an eight-year framework for construction works and consultancy services.

Find a full list of winners here.



Kier and McLaughlin & Harvey have been appointed to Scape’s latest £3bn Utilities Works and Services Framework for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

McLaughlin & Harvey have also been appointed to lead the £1bn Scottish version of the contract alongside RJ McLeod.

These frameworks are set to run for four years, with an option to extend for a further four.

Want to make additions to your senior team? Let’s have a chat to discuss. Email me your availability for an introductory call.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.       

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director