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

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

February is the most misspelled word in the English language, on average 80% of people have ditched their new years resolutions by February and The Saxons called February “Sol-monath” which means “cake month”. Which is pretty fitting for our movers and shakers this month who have something to celebrate.

Check out the latest movers and shakers from across the Transport & Infrastructure sectors…


John Holland-Kaye, has informed the Heathrow Board of his intention to stand down as CEO this year.  He will be remaining at Heathrow for the coming months whilst Heathrow’s Board commences the process to find his successor.


Civils Delivery Director Mike Lyons is stepping down after more than nine years on the project. Lyons is understood to be moving on to take a new role in the private sector. He started at HS2 in 2014 as a Programme Director on the Birmingham stations programme. He will be replaced on an interim basis by David Speight, currently HS2 Client Project Director Phase One (North).


Kier have made several changes to their leadership teams. Louisa Finlay is set to become Chief People Officer. She is currently Kier Construction’s Managing Director for clients and markets and was previously Managing Director of Kier’s southern construction business.

They have also strengthened their position in the health sector by appointing David Hollywood to the newly created role, Operations Director for Health Major Projects.  He leaves ISG where he was Project Director.

Jamie McKechnie moves internally to become Managing Director of Kier Places. McKechnie succeeds Mark Whittaker in the role.


Steve Finnie joins as Operations Director (Project Management). He leaves AECOM where he has been Technical Director for major highways projects since 2015.

Govia Thameslink Railway

Have announced several internal promotions and appointments across the company. Ralph Pidlsey has taken on the role of Chief Financial Officer after holding the position on an interim basis.

Chris Fowler, previously Customer Services Director at Southern and Gatwick Express, has moved into the role of Network Operations Director, a joint position between GTR and Network Rail.

Stephen MacCallaugh has left Gatwick Express after eight years. He has been appointed as Head of Stations for Southern and stepping into his previous role is Sophie Hill, who is now Head of Gatwick Express.

In addition, GTR has announced that Emma Pickard has moved into the role of Train Services Director for Thameslink and Great Northern.


Michael Toher has joined as Account Director for the Network Rail account. He leaves SYSTRA where he has been Business Development Director – North.

Ensica Browne

Steven McCulloch has been appointed as UK Director for the Enisca J Browne Joint Venture. He joins from Morrison Water Services.

Flowbird UK

Harrison Woods has been appointed as CEO of Flowbird UK Parking Services to lead the digital transformation while joining the Executive Committee of Flowbird Group, HQ Paris, France.

Chris Woods has also been appointed as CFO of Flowbird UK parking services, while Brannan Coady replaces Harrison Woods as CEO of YourParkingSpace, the parking technology provider acquired by Flowbird in July 2022.


Paul Griffiths has joined as Senior Vice President, Programme Management. He leaves Jacobs where he has most recently been Vice President and Geographic Operations Manager – Canada.


Have appointed Eoghan O’Lionaird as their new Chief Executive. He will take over from interim Chief Executive Philip Wainwright who has been in the post since the summer when David Allen stepped down. O’Lionaird join’s Wates from his previous role as Chief Executive at marine services company James Fisher and Sons.

Hitachi Europe

Have announced that current Group CEO Andrew Barr, will take the role of Vice President and Executive Officer in charge of Regional Strategy (EMEA) and President of Hitachi Europe, Ltd, effective 1st April 2023.

He will be succeeded by Giuseppe Marino, currently CEO and General Manager of Ansaldo Energia.


Former Group Commercial Director at Story Contracting and Senior Commercial Manager for VolkerRail, Dave Prior joins as Commercial Director Rail.

Global Centre of Rail Excellence Ltd (GCRE)

Will Wilson has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director. The former Siemens Mobility Chief Executive joins the GCRE board with a wealth of rail experience. He became CEO of Siemens Mobility in June 2019, having previously been its Managing Director.

Byrne Bros

Philip Beausang has moved internally to become Managing Director. He joined Byrne Bros in 2011 as a Project Manager on the Heathrow Terminal 2B development and was appointed as Director in 2018.

Transport for the North

Following 9 years’ at WSP, Darren Oldham joins as Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Rail and Road Director. At WSP, Oldham was most recently Operations Director, Strategic Advisory.

Women in Rail

Christine Fernandes has stepped down as Chair of the Women in Rail charity, after nearly two years in the role. Shona Clive will continue as Vice-Chair of Women in Rail and act as Interim Chair while the Women in Rail trustees recruit for a new Chair.


Have appointed Mark Wood to lead its operations in Yorkshire and North East England. He will take up the position of Regional Director after four years as Programme Director at Keltbray.

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) Consultants Group

Have announced the election of a new Chair, Jessica Ellery of Jacobs, and Vice Chair, Chris Pike of Arcadis, to help set the strategic direction of the Group.


Precast concrete cladding specialist Techrete has announced that former Byrne Bros managing Director Alastair Smyth is joining the business as next Chief Executive. Smyth, who has previously held senior management roles at Murphy Group and Capita, will take up the reins next month.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director