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

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

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Check out our roundup of movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure from July…


Chief Executive Mark Thurston is to step down from his role at the end of September after six and a half years in the job.

National Highways

Kat Ferguson moves internally to become Lower Thames Crossing Supply Chain Development Director. She was formerly National Highways Programme Procurement Director seconded into Lower Thames, but she has now made the full step into the project.

Sukhi Johal has also been appointed as a Non-Executive Director. She is currently an Executive Director of UK Government Investments (UKGI).


Have appointed Andrea Ruckstuhl as its new Chief Executive for Europe. Ruckstuhl joined Lendlease in 2005 and has most recently been Director EMEA.


Mandy Duncan has moved internally to become Managing Director Rail & Aviation. She joined Kier last year as Commercial Director and before that was Commercial Lead for the UK rail business unit within Morgan Sindall Infrastructure.

Andy Lingham has also become Water Director for the Natural Resources, Nuclear and Networks Business, having been Operations Director for major projects in the South & East of the UK since 2021.

National Grid

Have announced that Katie Jackson will join National Grid as President of National Grid Ventures (NGV) and sit on the Group Executive Committee. She joins from Shell where she most recently served as Executive Vice President of Acquisitions, Divestments and New Business Development.


Neil Grabham has been named as Managing Director. He succeeds Andy Heath, who left Merseyrail earlier this summer and Jane English who has been acting Managing Director.

Rail Infrastructure Group

Anit Chandarana announced as DfT’s Rail Infrastructure Group interim Director General. He joins on secondment from Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) and will work closely with GBRTT to deliver government’s vision for rail reform.


Rachel Addison has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director. She will chair Wates’ group audit committee. She has previously served as Chief Financial Officer at media companies Future plc and TI Media, as well as Managing Director at newspaper operator Reach Regionals.


Former boss of nmcn Lee Marks has joined cladding contractor Permasteelisa as Group Chief Operations Officer.

Galliford Try

Have appointed two Commercial Directors for its infrastructure division. Jon McRae has joined from Balfour Beatty as Commercial Director for its National Highways activities. Andrew Arpino, who has been with the company for nine years, is promoted to the role of Sector Commercial Director for the local authority business.


Have appointed Steven Whyte as Grid Modernisation Strategy Leader within its Energy Business Unit. He joins from SSEN Transmission where he was Senior Manager – Strategy.

Royal BAM Group

Sabine van Hooijdonk-Verboom has been appointed as the Chief HR Officer on the company’s executive committee. She has been with BAM since early 2022.

Tilbury Douglas

Have appointed Gordon Stirling as its National Health Director. Stirling joins after twenty years with BAM, the last nine as a Framework Manager for healthcare building projects.

Riyadh Air

Tony Chisnall leaves Turner & Townsend where he was Director – UK Programme Management, to become VP Programmes for the setup of Riyadh Air.


Have appointed Eleni Jordan as their new Commercial Director. She is set to start in the new role in September, joining from Chiltern Railways where she has served as Commercial and Customer Strategy Director for the past 6 years.


Have appointed former Metnor Construction Chief Executive Chris Cant as Regional Director for its UK North Division.

Linbrooke Services

Have announced the appointment of Ben Lynch as its new Director of Rail. Lynch moves internally from his role as Business Strategy Director.


Managing Director, Simon Jukes, has announced that he has retired following 5 years in  the role. A successor has yet to be announced.


Helen McAllister joins as Strategy Director. She has most recently been Programme Director (Freight Reform) for the Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT).

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director