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

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

Wimbledon is on so it must be summer.

June has been a busy month for movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure. Check out the headlines below…

Transport for London

Andy Lord has been appointed as London’s permanent Transport Commissioner following a rigorous international search and selection process. He took on the role of Commissioner of TfL on an interim basis from 25 October 2022.


Two new Non-Executive Directors have been appointed. Joanna Davinson and Keith Smithson have been added to the board joining four Existing Non-Executive Directors who have all been reappointed and will work alongside its Chair, Sir Jonathan Thompson.

Paul Wright also joins as Health, Safety & Security Director. Wright has previously held senior H&S roles at Costain, Biffa and joins HS2 from THG – an online retailer.

The Go-Ahead Group

Carolyn Ferguson has been appointed as the group’s Chief People Officer. She has worked for Go-Ahead since 2001 and has been Go-Ahead’s company secretary since 2006 – a position she will retain in addition to her new role.


Have announced the appointment of Simon Kirby as Special Advisor to continue the growth of its Capital Projects and Infrastructure business. Kirby joins Nicols Group, where he was the Managing Partner.


Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK), the voice of the transport technology industry, has appointed Mott MacDonald Head of ITS service Stuart Scott as its new Chair.

First Group

David Statham rejoins as Commercial Director Rail. Statham has been working as an Independent Consultant since leaving Southeastern in 2021 where he was Managing Director.

NG Bailey

Have appointed Sellafield Chief Executive Officer Martin Chown as a Non-Executive Board Director. Chown has worked at Sellafield for over seven years. Prior to that, he held senior executive roles with Balfour Beatty and GSK.

Laing O’Rourke

Have recruited Cameron Gilmour to lead its Crown House Technologies mechanical & electrical contracting subsidiary. Gilmour joins Crown House from Doosan Babcock, where he held a number of senior roles, most recently Vice President of its nuclear and defence business.


Simon Hughes joins Geobear as Managing Director of its UK and Ireland business after several years running his own consultancy business. He previously ran Arcadis’ life sciences and chemicals business.


The UK cleantech company that specialises in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) has appointed Paul Drennan-Durose as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Drennan-Durose succeeds John Pilkington who becomes Non-executive Chairman; Paul joins Carbon8 with immediate effect. 

M Group Services

Mike Evans joins the group as Managing Director Rail and Aviation. Evans leaves VolkerFitzpatrick where he has spent the last 23 years’, most recently as Operations Director.

Northern Rail

With the appointment of Chris Jackson as Interim Managing Director of TransPennine Express, Craig Harrop has been appointed Interim Regional Director for Northern in the North West. Harrop was previously Head of Trains & Stations for Northern across Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.

Kerry Peters has been appointed Regional Director for Northern in Yorkshire, Humber and the East Midlands. She takes up her new post at the end of the summer, when the current Regional Director, Tony Baxter, leaves to become Operations Director at Chiltern Railways.


Peter Lensink, Transdev’s current Chief Officer & Managing Director of Transdev New Zealand, has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer for both Transdev Australia and New Zealand. Lensink joined Transdev in 2017 from Abellio.


Have made two senior appointments Llewelyn Morgan has been appointed as Head of Innovation, joining from Oxford County Council.

Peter Weldon joins as Director of Net Zero Transport from GHD where he was Business Development Lead

PA Consulting

Kata Cserep joins as Global Aviation Lead – Partner. She leaves ICF where she has been for the past 13 years, most recently as, Global Managing Director, Aviation Travel and Tourism.

Tilbury Douglas

Chris Edmonds has been appointed as Regional Director for South Wales. Edmonds has been with the business since 2006 most recently as Regional Operations Director for South Wales.


Have announced the appointment of Gillian Duggan as Chief People and Culture Officer, and Ruth McGowan to the new role of Chief Strategy and Growth Officer. Duggan’s previous roles include the public sector as well as listed and private equity-owned businesses. McGowan has worked in consultancy, private equity, FMCG and health businesses.

Danaher & Walsh

Have appointed Sean McCallion as Operations Director. He joins with more than 30 years of experience, having previously worked for VolkerStevin, North Midland Construction, Miller Civil Engineering, Alfred McAlpine and Hochtief.


Garry Mowbray as announced his retirement and Tim Bentley will take over as UK and Ireland Managing Director. Andy Derbyshire has taken the role as Group President for Wabtec Transit Global Operations.


A leading provider of non-intrusive subsurface imaging solutions have announced its expansion into the UK market appointing Trevor Moore as UK Director. Moore leaves Murphy Geospatial where he has been since 2012.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director