Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from January 2024

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from January 2024

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

Network Rail

Have appointed Robert Cairns as the new Interim Managing Director, Western & Wales. Cairns joined Network Rail in 2015 and has most recently been Capital Delivery Director for the Eastern Region.

Southern Integrated Delivery (SID)

Have announced that Liz Baldwin will leading the Southern Integrated Delivery (SID) alliance within the Southern Renewals Enterprise delivering the £9 billion Major Programme in the South.


Former HS2 Phase 2A Delivery Director, Peter Sollitt, will be joining the company as the new Alliance Managing Director TRU West starting in February.

James Wimpenny, BAM’s UK Construction Chief, has announced that he is retiring. James has been with the contractor since 1985, joining as a Management Trainee and rising through the ranks to become the Chief Executive of Bam Construct six years ago. In the interim Simon Finnie, Executive Director, Ventures, UK and Ireland Division, will take on the additional role of leading the Construction segment while a successor is recruited.

Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB)

Andrew Fettes-Brown joins the RLB Global Board, succeeding Russell Lloyd, RLB UK’s Head of Services. Fettes Brown has been Partner for the London Cost Consultancy business since 2017.


Have announced that Technical Services Delivery Director, Emma Head, will become the new Chief Railway Officer. This role will oversee and integrate the main work packages on HS2.

They have also announced the appointment of Shira Johnson as the new Chief People Officer. This is a step-up position from her previous role of HR Director.

West Midlands Trains

Andy Boyle has been appointed as Operations Director. He joins from McGinley Support Services, where he held the position of Operations Director- Rail Systems.

South Western Railway

Have announced that Stuart Meek will become the Interim Managing Director as of March. He will be joining this position internally, where he is currently Chief Operating Officer.

Clegg Construction

Michael Sims moves internally to become Managing Director, having previously been the company’s Commercial Director. This change comes with the retirement of Simon Blackburn, who has been with the company for over 20 years.

Galliford Try

Have appointed  Phil Harris as Managing Director of Galliford Try Investments. Phil has been a Director of Galliford Try Investments since 2014.

Connected Places Catapult

Erika Lewis has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. She joins from the AI Safety Summit.

Yorkshire Water

Have announced the appointment of John Thomas as the new Director of Strategy and Regulation. He joins from Rail Partners, where he was Director of Policy.

Laing O’Rourke

Have announced the appointment of Aidan Brannan as the new Alliance General Manager in Perth, Australia. He will be part of the team constructing the new Fremantle Bridge. Brannan joins from Sir Robert McAlpine, where he was Operations Director of Highways.


Have appointed London City Airport Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, as their new CEO. He leaves the airport after six years at the helm.

Tilbury Douglas

Have appointed Andrew Bull as the new Managing Director- Infrastructure. Andy joins from ARCADIS, where has been Senior Partner & Major Programme Director since 2018.

MTR Hong Kong

Rohan Perinpanayagam will the join the Corporation as the new General Manager- Lantau (Projects). He brings with him over 30 years of major project and programme management experience from companies such as Bechtel, HS1, Crossrail, Heathrow, TfL, and HS2. He is currently Capital Delivery Director for Wastewater at Southern Water.

Willmott Dixon

Have announced a reshuffle of its main board following the retirement of Executive Chairman, Colin Enticknap. Rick Willmott moves from his current role as Group Chief Executive to become the company’s new Executive Chairman, with Chief Financial Officer Graham Dundas promoted to Chief Executive.

The company’s main board will also include two new additions, with Roger Forsdyke, Chief Operating Officer for Willmott Dixon Interiors, and Chris Tredget, COO for Fortem – the company’s repairs and maintenance company – also joining from the start of January.

Rider Levett Bucknall

Rob Leslie-Carter, previously Global Project Management Skill Leader at Arup, has joined the firm as the new Project Management Partner.

Nuclear Transport Solutions

Have announced that Gottfried Eymer has been appointed as its Managing Director- Rail. He joins from Etihad Rail where he has been CEO of the rail freight business.

Balfour Beatty plc

Louise Colley, Business Development Director, will now lead the Pre-Construction and Estimating functions in addition to her current role.

Additionally, Neil Dalton has joined the company as Defence Work Winning Director. He joins having spent three decades in the Forces, and five years with defence contractors, most recently, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.


Matt Rice has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer. Matt will be joining from Network Rail, where he was Route Director.

Tilbury Douglas

Have named Phil Shaw as its new Managing Director of its Building North unit. He joins from PLS Environmental Services where he has been Managing Director since 2012.

They have also announced that Martin Horne will be joining as the new Regional Director for the North West, having held the position of Regional Director, Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Trotec Laser since 2019.

Mott MacDonald

Julie Wood has joined Mott MacDonald’s Advisory and Programme Delivery unit as Defence & Energy’s Head of Programme and Project Management. She joins from Arup, where she was a Director and Leader of Major Complex Projects.


Have announced the appointment of Lora Brill as Head of Sustainability for Buildings in the UK. Lora joins from Orchard Street Investment Management where she was Head of ESG and Responsible Investment.       

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

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director