Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure – The Headlines from August 2021

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure – The Headlines from August 2021

Summer has flown by, and we are now approaching Autumn, the kids are back to school, and before we know it Christmas will be here!

Autumn is always a busy time for recruitment and there have been some big changes in the transport and infrastructure sectors this month.

Highways England

Highways England is to be rebranded as National Highways and Nick Harris has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive. Harris has been acting Chief Executive since February 2021.


Following a major restructure of their UK Construction business has split its regions into four business unites with a new maintenance offering – Kier Places.

Louisa Finlay will spearhead the newly formed Client & Markets function and Chris Stevens will take up the role as overall Operations Director for the Construction business.


Ex-Vaccine Taskforce Director Ruth Todd has been appointed as HS2’s new Chief Commercial Officer where she will be responsible for procurement, commercial and contract management including land and property.


Tim Balcon will take on the role of CEO, he takes over from Sarah Beale.

United Living

CFO Stuart Hall has left the group.


UK Managing Director Jean-Phillippe Loiseau has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for Equans UK and Ireland, he will take over from Nicola Lovett.


Board Director Kim Bromley-Derry has stepped in as Interim Chief Executive of Sandwell Council, he is expected to return to McLaren after the interim period is finished.

Tilbury Douglas

Two formed Balfour Beatty London Directors joined Tilbury Douglas, Sean Ruddy has joined as Regional Commercial Director and Dean Lee has joined as Regional Operations Director.


Esther English has been appointed as Corporate Development Director, reporting into group Chief Executive David Allen.

Simon Kydd will join Wates as Head of Healthcare for Wates, leaving his role as Head of Healthcare at WSP.


Neil Collins has been named as the new Managing Director of Wrightbus, he will lead the bus manufacturer alongside Executive Chairman Jo Bamford and Chief Executive Buta Atwal.


Two senior Directors from Skanska and Mott MacDonald have joined Mace to lead the work on substantial road contracts in England, Lizz Robinson has joined as Director and Client Manager for the £420m CPMS framework, Mark Anders will have the same role as Lizz but will focus on lot one of the scheme.

McAvoy Group

Neil Stanley has been announced as Head of Strategic Development to expand the offsite construction specialist.


Craig Moorfield is the new Group Technical Director, leaving his role as Head of Engineering as Multiplex.

BAM Construct

Have appointed their first ever Head of Social Impact, Danielle Aberg joins BAM having set up her own consultancy helping clients with their social value strategies. She will report directly to Chief Executive James Wimpenny.


Following the sale of the Osborne Infrastructure business to private equity firm Sullivan Street, the business will continue to operate under Managing Director John Dowsett who will become Chief Executive Officer, Ex-CEO David Fison will be taking on the role of Osborne Infrastructure Chair


Christian Schreyer is the new CEO of Go-Ahead Group. He was most recently CEO North and Central Europe with Transdev. He will join in November when David Brown steps down following his retirement at the end of the year.


Chief Executive Matthew Gregory announced that he would be stepping down after less than three years in the role.

UK Infrastructure Bank

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has appointed ex-HSBC CEO John Flint as the first permanent Chief Executive of the UK Infrastructure Bank.

M Group Services

Former EasyJet CFO Andrew Findlay is the new CFO of M Group Services


UK Finance Director Zahida Hanif has left the company to spend time with her young family before considering her next move.

Buro Happold

May Winfield is the new Global Director of Commercial, Legal and Digital Risks at Buro Happold.


Snap Travel Technology founder and CEO Thomas Ableman will be joining TfL as Innovation Director from September 20th.


Dean McGrail has taken over as CEO for WSP in the Middle East. Greg Kane will remain with WSP and will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer for WSP in Australia.

NG Bailey

Matthew Towner has been appointed as Regional Director for London; he joins NG Bailey from SES Engineering Services where he was Operations Director for the London region.

Ex-MWH Treatment Technology and IT Director Andrew French joins NG Bailey as Director of IT.


Kelly Burdall has recently been promoted from Head of Performance, Quality and Digital to Atkins’ new Digital Programme Director for Transportation.


John Armstrong has been appointed as Director and General Manager, he joined BPA as Chief Operating Officer in July 2020.


Mark Tindale and Maire Lenihan join the Water business as Operational Directors, Mark was previously with Arup for 22 years and Maire joined Stantec in 2017 in New Zealand.

Mark Carlisle has been appointed as Operations Director for Stantec’s Ireland water business, he will be responsible for overall business performance and securing new opportunities in the water and energy sector.


Steve Fernandez and Vicky Evans have been promoted as Directors in its Nottingham office. Steve joined Arup in 1999 and his work focuses on designing and delivering building and structures. Vicky’s work focuses on town planning.


Andrew McClune joined Steer as an Associate Director in their London Office.


Dave Brown left Amey as Business Director Rail Consulting to join AECOM last month as Complex Projects Director.


NLA expert panellist Rebecca Mortimore joins Ramboll as UK Science Sector Market Lead.

Construction Equipment Association

Suneeta Johal has been appointed as the new Chief Executive, she will succeed Rob Oliver taking up the role on the 4th October 2021.

We are expecting a busy few months ahead with many clients looking to recruit in the autumn. Looking to make a shake-up to your senior leadership team? If so, please do book a confidential discussion by clicking HERE.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director