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

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

Storms Eunice and Franklin may have wreaked havoc up and down the country this month, but the Transport & Infrastructure sectors have once again shown that life must go on.

The weather hasn’t been the only thing making moves this month, check out all of the movers and shakers from Transport & Infrastructure from February…

Network Rail

Rob Morton has been appointed as the new Managing Director for Route Services, replacing Susan Cooklin, who is leaving the organisation in March after 16 years’ service. Morton joined Network Rail as Supply Chain Director in June 2017.


George Pargeter joins Amey as Business Director for Local Authority Highways. He leaves Balfour Beatty where he has most recently been Project Director for Major Highways.

CMAC Group

Neil Micklethwaite has left Stagecoach Group after 10 years to take up the role of Chief Operating Officer for CMAC Group; the established and growing provider of managed ground transportation and accommodation solutions.


Have appointed Rosie Simon as National Highways Key Account Director, Anne Millar as Highways Commercial Director, and Peter Takács as Bridges Director.

Rosie Simon has joined Ramboll from Sweco, Anne Millar joins from Stantec, and Peter Takács has joined from AECOM.

Peel Ports

Former Kier Chief Operating Officer Claudio Veritiero has been named as the next Chief Executive of Peel Ports. He will succeed current boss Mark Whitworth, when he moves into the role of company Chair in April.


Charles Lederer has joined as Director of Sales for Rail Europe. He leaves Balfour Beatty where he has most recently been Head of Business Development within the Rail Systems Business.


Have named Tim Carpenter as Managing Director for Construction. He joined Durkan as New Business Director last year from Willmott Dixon. Carpenter succeeds Jim Briggs, who is retiring after 44 years at the company.

Pro Rail Services

Steve Pinkney will be joining in May as Permanent Way Director, tasked with establishing a new division over the coming months. Pinkney leaves XYZ Rail where he has been Programme Delivery Director.

McCarthy & Stone

Willie McGillivray has joined as Property Operations Director. He left Southend Airport where he was Chief Operating Officer last month.


Former Keltbray rail division Head of Engineering Owen Mills has joined Barhale as Engineering Director. He will be joined on the board by Andy Dodman who has been promoted to the role of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Director.


Neale Oliver joins as Operations Director – Telecoms, Oliver leaves Kier where he has been Operations Director on full-fibre city builds.


Have named Faïçal Lahmamsi as its new Chief Executive. Lahmamsi joined Colas’ sister company Les Grands Travaux Routiers in Morocco in 2002, and has been UK Executive Director of National and Regional Operations at Colas since March 2019.

Taylor Wimpey

Have announced that Jennie Daly will take over as Chief Executive in April. Daly, who is currently Group Operations Director, will replace Pete Redfearn after he announced his departure in December following almost 15 years leading the business.


Have appointed Niall Corney as Director of Ground Engineering for the UK and Ireland. Corney was previously a freelance consultant, having worked for firms such as Keller and Capita.

Mott MacDonald

Steve Canadine has moved internally to become Managing Director Buildings & Cities. He joined Mott MacDonald in 2016 and has most recently been Managing Director Transportation.

They have also appointed Paul Hilton as Managing Director of its 900-strong Middle East business. He moves there from Singapore, where he was the company’s Advisory and International Development Lead for Southeast Asia.

Morrison Energy Services

Peter Carolan has moved internally to be appointed as Managing Director for Energy Services. He has been Executive Director at Morrison Utility Services since 2019.


Beth Kenna has joined as Head of Integrated Investment and Planning, responsible for the delivery of asset management services across its UK and Ireland water, energy and resources and transport business. Kenna joins from Yorkshire Water where she has most recently been Head of Asset Management.

GMI Construction Group

Have announced the appointment of Andrew Hurcomb as Divisional Managing Director for Yorkshire. He succeeds Lee Powell, recently promoted to the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer.

Natural Power

Rob Brown joins the renewable energy consultancy as Managing Director. Brown leaves Wood plc after eight years, most recently as SVP Resilient Environments, Europe and Middle East.


Have appointed Steven Mason as the new Executive Director at its London headquarters. Mason has spent over 20 years at Mace as Managing Director and was instrumental in establishing its cost consultancy business in 2004.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director