February has seen spring arrive early, the long awaited return of Alan Partridge to our TV screens, and a surprise group of political renegades coming together to form the Independent Group.
But parliament isn’t the only place we’ve seen some changes this month. Let’s take a look at the movers and shakers in transport and infrastructure from February…
Sean Horkan has joined Motts from HS1 where he was COO, to lead Mott MacDonald’s Transport Asset Management function.
Richard Palczynski joins as a Senior Programme Director focusing on major programmes as part of the development of the Northern Powerhouse. Palczynski has most recently been working a Programme Controls Director at Crossrail.
Alwyn Hanekom has been promoted to Managing Director for Infrastructure (Aviation, Power, Rail & Scotland). He was previously Director of Power.
Galliford Try Partnerships
Kieran Daya joins the executive board following his appointment as Land and Development Director. He joins from Barratt subsidiary David Wilson Homes.
Have also appointed Kathryn Pennington as its new Project Director to direct all new projects. Pennington has been Development Director for the company’s business unit in Bristol.
Interserve Developments MD Dougie Sutherland has left its board. Sutherland had been involved in the company’s Fit for Growth improvement programme and has stood down with immediate effect.
Former Carillion Rail Managing Director Andy Joy has been appointed to head Amey’s Rail business. Joy joined Amey last year as a Business Director when it acquired the majority of Carillion’s rail business.
Group Technical Director Paul Westbury is set to leave the business at the end of March. His successor is yet to be announced.
Jim Richards has been appointed as Passenger Services Markets Director (South), re-joining DfT having previously worked in the franchising team for three years. He leaves Steer, after 11 years, where he has been Rail Market Leader.
Brian Carpenter has been appointed as Sales and Marketing Director at the transport technology company. Carpenter leaves Redflex Traffic Systems where he was Regional Market and Business Development Manager – EMEA.
Transport for Wales
Have appointed Lee Robinson as its Development Director for North Wales. Robinson has been Director of Economy and Place at Wrexham County Borough Council for the last nine years.
Transport for New South Wales
Paul McCormick has joined as Senior Executive Roads and Maritime Services. McCormick left AECOM at the end of last year, where he was most recently Managing Director – Highways & Bridges End Market – EMIA.
Have appointed Phil McDowell as Operations Director for Kier Construction Scotland. McDowell also joins the firm’s board of directors for Scotland and the North-east. He has been a Contracts Manager since 2013.
Have announced that former Head of Programme and Project Management, Graham Harle, has been named the consultant’s first Global Chief Executive. Harle has been with Gleeds since 1994.
Chief Executive John McArthur will stand down in the first half of 2019 to focus on family and other non-business matters. Christopher Barnes, currently the Head of Ricardo’s UK automotive consulting division, has joined as CEO designate.
Stuart Calvert has been appointed as the interim lead for Network Rail’s digital transformation programme after David Waboso retires next month. Calvert has been Director of Programme Technical Services and Supply Chain since May last year.
Becky Lumlock has also been appointed as Interim Managing Director – Group Transformation. Lumlock joined Network Rail in 2016 and has been Route Managing Director for the Wessex Region.
The Scottish Government
Have established an Infrastructure Commission for Scotland to advise on the priorities for a 30-year infrastructure strategy. The commission is Chaired by Ian Russell CBE, who is Chair of the Scottish Futures Trust. He is joined by two Commissioners; Professor Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Glasgow, and Rachel Skinner, UK Head of Transport at WSP.
North East Combined Authority
Sheena Ramsey has been announced as Chief Executive for Transport at NECA. Ramsey is Chief Executive of Gateshead Council, one of the four councils that make up the authority.
Urban Transport Group
Stephen Edwards, Executive Director of SYPTE, has been named as the new Chair. He succeeds Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Nexus.
Stagecoach South West
Have appointed Karen Hodder as Commercial Director. Hodder joins from Wiltshire Council where she was Head of Marketing, and succeeds Robert Williams who left last year to become Chief Executive of Reading Buses.
Chief Executive of RSSB, Mark Phillips has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the board of TfL, until 6th September 2020.