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

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

The end of the year is here and what an eventful year it has been, with the ongoing pandemic, losing out on the Euros and the introduction of the William-Shapps Plan for Rail.

In our final round up of the year, let’s take a look at the major movers and shakers in transport and infrastructure for December…

Transport Scotland

Chris Gibb has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Rail Holdings; he will also chair the board of ScotRail Trains.


A new Chief Operating Officer has been appointed, Joanne Maguire will start the role in April, she is currently Vice Principal – Resources at the University of the West of Scotland.

M Group Services

Neil Edwards steps down from his role as Managing Director of the Transport division, he will remain with the group on a part-time basis supporting various projects.


Paul Wiltcher has been appointed as Operations Director for Keltbray’s Piling division, he leaves his role at Skanska where he was previously Operations Director.

NG Bailey

Ex-Balfour JV’s HS2 Commercial Director Martin Pitt has joined NG Bailey as its new Group Commercial Director.

Rail Freight Group

Martin Bignell has been appointed as the new Scottish and Northern Representative.


Ambrose McGuire has been appointed as AECOM’s new Programme Management Leader for Europe and India; he leaves his role at Jacobs where he was most recently seconded to HS2 leading the integrated project team for Contract C2/3 of the central section of Phase 1 of the major rail programme.


Ex-Network Rail Finance Director for the Anglia Route Hannah Kingsley joins RSSB as their new Chief Financial Officer.


Andrea Green leaves Costain and joins Osborne as their new Business Development Director.

Former Wates Chief Operating Officer Dave Smith will be returning to frontline leadership as Chief Executive with immediate effect following Andy Steele’s departure.

Taylor Wimpey

Chief Executive Pete Redfern has announced that he will be leaving the housebuilder after 14 years. He will remain the role until his successor has been appointed.

Keolis Amey Docklands

Richard Graham was recently appointed as the new Managing Director, he was previously the Performance and Development Director of Keolis UK.

Galliford Try

Richard Towse takes on the role of Commercial Director for Galliford Try’s Highways division, he leaves his role as Commercial Director at Volker Stevin.


Phil Wells is the new WSP Stations Group Director, this is WSP’s third senior hire in six months for WSP UK Rail. He joins from AECOM.

Tony Sheach will be joining WSP as a Senior Director in the Planning & Advisory business with a national role as Growth Lead across the development sector. He joins from Mott MacDonald.

TXM Consult

Michael Grace has joined TXM Consult as Strategic Development Director, leaving his role as Regional Director, Rail & Transit UK at SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit.

House of Commons

Louise Haigh MP has been appointed as the new Shadow Transport Secretary.

Wendy Morton has been appointed as the new Transport Minister.

Dual Inventive

Mark Prescott joins the rail solutions provider as their new International Business Development Director.

Build UK

Andy Steele will be stepping down from his role as Chairman.

Mott MacDonald

A new General Manager for Scotland and Ireland has been appointed, Norrie Westbrook joins as Divisional General manager for Buildings and Cities in Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Scotland.


Rob Ewen has joined NEOM as Executive Director, leaving his role at HammiGlobal Group as Director Global Development.

SCAPE Scotland

Gary Meechan joins he public sector procurement specialist as Framework Manager, leaving Currie & Brown after 8 years.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director