Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from December 2023

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from December 2023

Discover all of the latest movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure over the past month.


Darren Elsom joins as the new Chief Operating Officer. Elsom joins from Cadent where he has been Director of Hydrogen Development & Operations, and before that Director for the Eastern Network.

New Murabba Development Company (NMDC)

Have announced that Michael Dyke has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. He joins from Balfour Beatty where he has been Chief Executive Officer, HS2 Major Projects.

Thames Water

Have announced that Chris Weston will be joining as the new CEO. Previously CEO of Aggreko and Managing Director at Centrica, Chris succeeds Sarah Bentley, who left the business in June.

John F Hunt

Appoints Simon Hyams as its new Managing Director for the contracting arm of its £80m regeneration business. Hyams joins from Buckingham Group, where he was Managing Director of Major Projects, HS2.


Have appointed Helen Downey as the new Regional Projects Director for Ireland. Helen joins with over 25 years’ consultancy experience across numerous industries including: rail, utilities, and aviation.


Christina Brown has been appointed as the new Global HR Director for Mace Consult. She joins from Balfour Beatty where she was HR Director for the UK Construction Services division.

Transport for London

Have appointed Claire Mann as Chief Operating Officer. She returns to TfL from South Western Railway, where she has been Managing Director since 2021.

Foresight Group

Have appointed Nathan Wakefield as the new Head of Portfolio. Nathan joins from Equitix, where he was Managing Director of Asset Management.

Dragados SA

Javier Teulón Ramirez has moved internally to become the new Director for High-Tech Projects at Dragados (ACS Group). He has been Managing Director, UK & Ireland for nearly 10 years.

Network Rail

Have appointed Robert Cairns as Interim Managing Director for Wales and Western. He has most recently been Capital Delivery Director for the Eastern region and succeeds Michelle Handforth who resigned last month.

They have also announced the appointment of Mark Goodall as its new Route Director for the Wessex Route. He joins from CrossCountry Trains, where he was Service Delivery Director.


Samer Ali has moved internally to take up the position of Transportation Director. He has been Highways Sector Director since January 2022.


Have announced the appointment of Paul Reilly as the new Deputy Chief Executive. He moves internally from his current role as Managing Director, Planning & Advisory at WSP. Paul will report to Mark Naysmith, Regional Chief Executive for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.


Paul Adams has been appointed as CEO. Paul has over 20 years of global leadership experience and has held the position of National Director for 2 years at the Institute of Directors.

JPG Group

Have appointed Liam Bower as a new board Director as part of their business and succession planning strategy. He joins from MJMC Consulting where he was previously Director.


Patrick Folley joins as Head of Aviation, UK from Jacobs where he was Director of Operations for Aviation.

Turner & Townsend

Have appointed Qian Li as the new Director and Head of Carbon Accounting in line with its sustainability practices. Li was previously Associate in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) accounting and embodied carbon at Cundall.

Simon Earles also joins the company as Project Director within their sustainability team. He most recently worked as Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport.

Siemens Mobility

Syeda Ghufran joins as the new Director of Asset Management and Assurance for Customer Services. She joins from Hitachi Rail, where she was a Fleet Engineering Director for the UK and OS&M.

Chiltern Railways

Have announced three new members to the Executive Team:

Tony Baxter has joined as Operations Director, he joins from Northern Trains, where he was the Regional Director for Yorkshire and Humber.

Tim Sayer has been appointed as Engineering and Safety Director. He was previously at Chiltern between 2006-2009 and has most recently been UK Fleet Director at Abellio.

Andrew Camp is now the permanent Commercial & Customer Strategy Director, having previously been appointed on a job-share basis.

Balfour Beatty

Lucy Jones will be joining the UK Construction Services business as HR Director. She moves from Balfour Beatty Vinci where she has been HR Director since 2021.

The Euston Partnership

Have appointed John Reed as the new Managing Director. He joins from the GBRTT, where he was the Regional Design Lead.

Any big moves to announce in our next roundup? Drop me an email with your news.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director