Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure – The Headlines from April 2022

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure – The Headlines from April 2022

The start of a new financial year for many usually signals a flurry of recruitment activity. We have certainly been very busy this month with clients bolstering their executive teams.

Check out the latest Movers and Shakers across Transport & Infrastructure…

Govia Thameslink Railway

Angie Doll has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer. She has held the role of Interim COO for GTR for the past six months. Prior to that Doll was Managing Director for Southern Rail and Gatwick Express.

BAM Nuttall

Alan Cox has moved internally to take up the position of Managing Director – Regions. Huw Jones is succeeding him as Managing Director for Transport. Jones was appointed Director for BAM Nuttall’s Rail sector in 2016.

Mark Sheridan has moved internally to become Commercial Director – New Ventures for UK&I. He has most recently been Business Improvement Director for BAM Nuttall.


Andy Leeds returns to AmcoGiffen as Work Winning Director. He leaves Amey where he has been Head of Work Winning for the Rail sector.

MTR Corporation

Graham Cross has left SLC Investments to become Commercial Director for MTR Corporation to expand their rail remit in the UK.


Have announced the appointment of Kamal Patel, Currently Head of Corporate Finance and Real Estate at DfT, as a Partner who will join in July and advising clients in the transport sector.

This follows the appointment of Neil Hart earlier this year, who joined as  Director – Corporate Finance – Strategy and Transactions in Transport and Government sectors.


Have appointed Crawford Burden as its Managing Director, Global Aviation, Europe and India. He leaves Arcadis where he has most recently been Director, Transport Investment Advisory Lead (EMU).

Aggregate Industries UK

Thomas Edgcumbe joins as Managing Director (Surfacing Solutions). He leaves Balfour Beatty UKCS where he has most recently been Managing Director (Regional England and Wales.)

Avanti West Coast

Mike Greenup joins as Marketing Director. Greenup was previously Chief Marketing Officer for The Collective and previously VP Brand & Marketing Communications EMEAA at IHG Hotels.


Dave Diskin has joined as Managing Director – Telecoms. Diskin leaves Ferrovial where he has been Rail Operations Director for the last 2 years.


Have announced that Fiona Cousins has been appointed Chair of the Americas Region and Nigel Nicholls has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Americas Region.

Cousins most recently led the climate services and sustainability teams for Arup in the Americas. Nicholls has spent the last 10 years as Managing Director of Arup’s New York office


Have appointed James Butler as Managing Director succeeding Jon Sealy who moves into a new global position to drive growth in project and programme management for SNC-Lavalin. Butler joined Faithful+Gould as a graduate in 2007 and has progressed through the company in a number of roles – most recently as UK Business Development Director.


Have announced the appointment of Wendy Smith as HR and Safety Director. She joins from HS2, where she was Head of HR.

Active Building Centre

Daniel Cook has been appointed as Chief Executive. He was previously CEO at the Landscape Institute.

National Infrastructure Commission

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the appointment of three new experts to the National Infrastructure Commission. Nicholas WinserKate Willard and Jim Hall will strengthen infrastructure, energy and environment expertise as new commissioners at the NIC.

Alongside the new appointments, Neale Coleman, Julia Prescot, and Andy Green have been reappointed as Commissioners for further five-year terms.

East West Railway Company

Beth West has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 1st April 2022. She succeeds Simon Blanchflower who will be retired on 31st March. West joins after a period of consulting, having previously been the Regional South Managing Director at Balfour Beatty UKCS.


Have appointed Holly Price to the newly created role of Group Sustainability Director. Price, who is currently Skills and Communities Director, will report to main board director and Chief Operating Officer, Vince Corrigan.

Parsons Corporation

Matthew Botelle has joined as Vice President, PMC Practice Lead (Middle East & Africa). He leaves HS2 where he has been Stations Client Director since 2015.


Have announced the appointment of Richard Green, who will take on the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer of its Consult business. Prior to joining Mace, Green was the Managing Director of the Corporate Centre of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

They have also named Sarah Morton as Director for the North and Lucy Namihas as Director for the South-West region.

Morton joined Mace’s consultancy business last year and led the Managed Frameworks team. Namihas has been leading teams in the south-west and Wales since 2019, when she first joined Mace as Operations Director.

Kelly Group

David Green has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer. He leaves Kier where he has most recently been Managing Director for Telecommunications.


Loraine Martins OBE has joined as Global Director for Diversity and Inclusion. Martins leaves Network Rail where she has been Director of Diversity and Inclusion since 2012.

Network Rail Consulting

Susie Homan has joined as Operations Director based in Australia. She leaves the Rail Delivery Group where she was Director Planning Engineering and Operations.

Renew Holdings

Rob Phillips, Energy Sector Director at Costain, leaves the business after 25 years to join Renew as their new Infrastructure Director. He will take up his new position later this month.

The Go-Ahead Group

Have appointed Martin Dean to become Managing Director, UK Regional Bus, with responsibility for all its bus companies in the UK outside London. Dean was previously Managing Director – Business Development for Go-Ahead.


Gavin Stonard has joined as Technical Development Director – Water. Stonard leaves Galliford Try where he has been Managing Director – Technical Services for Water.

Southeastern Railway

Steve Foster joins as People Director. He leaves Network Rail where he has been Employee Relations Director since 2019.

Adaptogen Capital

Richard Whitmore joins as Director – Asset Investment. He leaves  Ørsted where he was most recently Senior Lead Business Developer – Energy Storage.


Vistry Group’s Chief Operating Officer is moving to fellow housebuilder Gleeson as Chief Executive. Graham Prothero will not take up his new role until January 2023.

Vistry has said it will not be appointing a replacement for Prothero. Instead, from October, the executive leadership team will distribute his responsibilities among its members.


The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has announced Ann Carruthers as the first female Chair of its transport and connectivity board. Carruthers, Director of Environment and Transport at Leicestershire County Council, took over from Mark Kemp.

Looking to make any changes or additions to your teams this month. Drop me an email to discuss how partnering with Newsom Consulting could help you out.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director