Pubs, restaurants, and gyms are back open, Tom Moore has officially been knighted, and home-schooling is hopefully a thing of the past as the summer holidays begin.
Let’s take a look at the major movers and shakers in transport and infrastructure from July…
Have appointed Colin Wood as Chief Executive of its UK and Ireland (UKI) operations following the departure of previous CEO David Barwell. Wood joined AECOM in 2017 and has most recently served as Chief Capability Officer for EMEA and CEO for AECOM’s Civil Infrastructure business across EMEA.
Jonathan Willcock joins from rail firm Alstom to become the new Managing Director for Infrastructure. Willcock has been Managing Director – Systems, Signalling and Infrastructure at Alstom since 2013 and will take up his new role in October.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has named the three new Non-Executive Directors that will join HS2’s board. Former Non-executive Director for Highways England, Elaine Holt has been brought in as a rail and infrastructure specialist. Ex-BAE Systems Chief Ian King will be a government representative and former MP Tom Harris as the Community Engagement Leader.
Have nominated Virginie Duperat-Vergne to take over as Chief Financial Officer. Duperat-Vergne is currently CFO of digital security company Gemalto and her appointment will be voted on by shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting on 14 September.
David Milburn joins the consultancy as Director of Control, Command and Signalling (CCS) Solutions. He leaves GHD where he has been Global Leader for Digital Train Control.
Have appointed Andreea Reardon as their Head of Rail Group (UK). Reardon leaves The Go-Ahead Group where she has been since 2012, most recently as Head of Product.
Michael Belcher has joined as UK Major Projects Lead. He leaves TSP Projects where he was Executive Projects Director.
Manchester Airport Group (MAG)
Steve Griffiths has moved internally to take up the position of Managing Director of Stansted Airport. He succeeds Chief Executive Ken O’Toole, who is to become Chief Development Officer for Manchester Airports Group (MAG). Griffiths has been Chief Operating Officer of Stansted since 2018.
Karen Smart also moves to become Managing Director for Manchester Airport. Clare James succeeds her as Managing Director of East Midlands Airport.
Have appointed John Manzoni to succeed Richard Gillingwater as Chair of its board. Manzoni, formerly Chief Executive of the civil service and Permanent Secretary to the cabinet office, will take on the role from 1 April 2021.
The Crown Estate
Have announced that Juliet Davenport has been appointed to its Board with effect from 1 September 2020. Davenport is the Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy Group PLC, which she founded in 2002.
Direct Rail Services
Chris Connelly has been appointed as Managing Director. He has been in the position on an Interim basis since 2018.
Neil Garwood has stepped down as Managing Director following nine years with the business. Steve Szalay, who was Managing Director at Aberdeen Airport, will lead the newly restructured Southampton team as Operations Director.
Clare Moriarty and Andrew Gilligan have been appointed as its special representatives on the Transport for London board. Moriarty retired from the civil service in March, having latterly been permanent secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union. Gilligan is the Prime Minister’s transport advisor.
Lucinda Turner, TfL’s Director of Spatial Planning, has taken on the management of the Greater London Authority’s planning team. She will manage both teams for the next six months.
Have announced the appointment of Peter Anderson as Managing Director of its Transport Infrastructure business. Anderson left his role as J Murphy & Sons’ Chief Operating Officer in December last year, and was previously 27 years at Balfour Beatty mainly in the Rail and Highways sectors.
Wales and Western Director Mark Langman has announced his decision to retire in December following 34 years at Network Rail.
Have announced the appointment of Michele Connolly as EMA Head for KPMG Global Infrastructure. Michele is currently the Infrastructure country head for KPMG Ireland.
The DfT have appointed Dipesh Shah as the new Chairman of Highways England, succeeding Colin Matthews. Shah is a former Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
They have also appointed Matt Palmer as Interim Executive Director for the Lower Thames Crossing. He left Heathrow recently where he was most recently Development Director for Expansion.
Shaun Pidcock also joins the Lower Thames Crossing as Project Director. He moves internally having been Programme Director on the Smart Motorways programme for the last four years.
Steve Murphy has been appointed as Chief Executive for the UK business. Murphy has already been running TfL Rail services which MTR operates on behalf of Transport for London and he will be replacing the present CEO Jeremy Long, who is retiring in October.
Jeremy Acklam has been appointed Integrated & Smart Travel Programme Director at Transport for the North on a contract. He is a director of Ventury Innovators Ltd and dataX Software.
The parent company of South West Water has appointed Susan Davy as Chief Executive following the £4.2billion sale of its recycling and waste disposal arm. Davy, who is currently Chief Finance Officer succeeds Chris Loughlin who stands down after four years in the role.
Peter Tosland has joined as Commercial Director. He leaves Kier where he has been Sector Commercial Director for the last year.
Chief Financial Officer Daniel Taylor has announced that he is leaving the business after seven and a half years in the post. Taylor will leave the company at the end of the year.
David Diskin joins as Rail Operations Director. He leaves AmcoGiffen where he was Regional Managing Director for the North.
Mike Porter has joined Northumbrian Water as its new CFO. Porter has most recently been CFO of NG Bailey.
Tony Cocker, who sits on the board at SSE, has announced he will step down as Chair of Affinity Water from January 2021 citing personal reasons for the decision.
Have appointed ex-Interserve Chairman Glyn Barker as Non-Executive Chairman. Barker, who left Interserve a year ago, was named as Interim Chairman last month.
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Martin Tugwell is serving an additional year as President to provide continuity during Covid-19. His one-year presidency should have come to an end in June. Deborah Sims will now become President in June 2021 and Neil Johnstone in 2022.