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

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

New Year, New Job. As usual it’s a big update to round out the year, check out the latest Movers and Shakers from December 2022…

BAM Nuttall

Huw Jones is set to succeed Ian Parish as BAM UK & Ireland’s Executive Director. Jones was Managing Director of BAM Nuttall’s transport sector and has been at the business since 2009.

Tilbury Douglas

Have announced the appointment of Martyn Smith as Group Commercial Director. He leaves Ferrovial following two years as Commercial Director.


Sébastien Dupont has been appointed as the new Managing Director Consultancy for UK & Ireland and joins the executive board. He succeeds Craig Scott, who is stepping down from the board but retaining an advisory role within the business.

East Midlands Airport

Steve Griffiths has become EMA’s new Managing Director, replacing Clare James. He moves from London Stansted.


It has been announced that Andy Milner will be returning to Amey succeeding Amanda Fisher following the sale of the business.


Jamie Houghton has moved internally to become EMEA Managed Services Leader. He was previously Transport Sector Leader.


Have appointed Jose Rodrigues as Regional Director – Scotland. Rodrigues has been Project Director with the business for the last 4 years.


Rachel Fayers joins as People Director. She leaves Morrison Water Services where she has been since 2020, most recently as HR Director.

Willmott Dixon

Have made two key appointments to its Board effective from 1st January. Chief Sustainability Officer Julia Barrett has been promoted to the Board as director responsible for sustainability and non-financial compliance.

Also joining as Non-Executive Director is Juliette Stacey whose previous roles include being Group Chief Executive at engineering company Mabey and Chief Operating Officer (UK and Europe) for Savills.


Amanda Clack has joined as Partner, Regional CEO – EMEA. She leaves CBRE where she has been since 2017 as Executive Director – Chair of Strategy Board, Head of Strategic Advisory & Head of Public Sector.


Richard Moody has been appointed Programme Director (freight reform) at the Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT). Moody has worked at Network Rail since 2012 most recently as Head of Strategic Planning (Freight & Network Strategy).

John Holland

Rob Evans moves internally to become General Manager for the Infrastructure Division based in Sydney. He has been with the company since 2018.


Graeme Inglis has joined Aimsun as Global Head of Professional Services. He leaves GoAscendal  after 18 months working on a variety of future mobility projects.


Claire Mann has joined The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) as a Non-Executive Director. Mann is the Managing Director of South Western Railway (SWR), and brings more than 20 years of transport sector experience to RSSB’s Board.


David Rudlin has joined as Urban Design Director. Rudlin has previously been Director of URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) and chair of the Academy of Urbanism.


After 10 years as Chairman of the family firm, Sir James Wates will hand over to his cousin Timothy Wates this spring. Tim Wates joined the business in 1993 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in October 2022.


Have appointed Andrew English as Managing Director of its Transportation division in the UK and Europe. English joins from Australian construction group John Holland, where he was Executive General Manager for its Infrastructure operations. He picks up from Jason Pavey, who had been Interim Managing Director of the Transportation division since the departure of Lizi Stewart at the end of 2021.


Have appointed former Wates Chief Executive David Allen as its new Chief Financial Officer. He replaces Andrew Beck, who took on a role as interim CFO in September this year following the resignation of Richard Bienfait.

Mott MacDonald

Chris Dulake has been appointed as Global Transport Sector Leader. He has been Global Railways & Transit Leader with Mott MacDonald since 2016.

National Highways

Nicola Bell has been made Executive Director of Major Projects at National Highways, having been in the role on an interim basis since June. She was previously Director of Operations for the south east region.

Richard Polley has also been made a permanent appointment to National Highways’ executive team as Chief Information Officer.


Have appointed Dave Wakelin as its new Director of Sustainability. Wakelin joins Gleeds from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) where he was responsible for leading the department’s transition to net zero across its substantial estate.


Have appointed Anna Baker as Head of Sustainability for its Construction business. Prior to joining Kier, Baker was at Careys where she headed up their sustainability team.


Kier Group Chief Executive Andrew Davies has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of the EKFB (Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial, Bam Nuttall JV) board, responsible for overseeing EKFB’s activities on HS2.

SSE Renewables

John Downes has moved internally to become Chief Information Officer. Downes joined the company in 2019 and was most recently Director of Engineering for onshore wind.


Have appointed Anna Delvecchio as a Partner in its Government and Infrastructure consultancy practice in the UK. She joins from Mott MacDonald where she was Development Director – Transportation

Green Lithium

Cameron Tonkin has joined as Group Chief Operating Officer. He leaves Costain where he has been since 2013 most recently as Sector Director – Defence.


Stuart Hodgkinson has been promoted to Terminal Engineering Director following 7 months with the business as Head of Terminal Engineering.

Alun Griffiths

David Parr has joined as Managing Director, succeeding Stephen Tomkins, who left after nearly two years at the contractor. Parr moves within the CRH group from Farrans where he spent 22 years’, most recently as Procurement Director.

Travis Perkins

Louise Hardy has joined the board as Non-Executive Director. A 30-year career in civil engineering and seen Hardy hold senior roles at London Underground, Bechtel and Laing O’Rourke as well as a spell as infrastructure director for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Her most recent post was European Project Excellence Director for Aecom.


Asiya Jelani  joins as Sales Director, she leaves TRL where she has been Account Director for the past two years.

Transport Scotland

Have confirmed that the current CEO of Scottish Rail Holdings, Chris Gibb, will leave his post when his fixed term contract comes to an end on March 31 2023. Gibb remains a Non-Executive Director of the UK government’s in-house operator DfT OLR Holdings Limited.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director