The big news this month in transport and infrastructure is of course that parliament have finally voted in favour of Heathrow expansion. Work on the development consent order can now get underway and I’m sure we’ll be seeing some key appointments at the airport in the not too distant future.
But who else has had an eventful month in the industry? Let’s take a look at the movers and shakers from June…
Govia Thameslink Railway
Charles Horton, CEO of GTR has announced his resignation. He will remain in the position for a short time to oversee the implementation of the new timetables installed in May. He will be succeeded by Patrick Verwer, ex- MD of London Midland.
Have announced two senior hires, both from Carillion. Richard Dinsdale and Mark Holmes have joined as Operations Director, Strategic Advisory and Associate Director based in Mace’s Manchester office. Dinsdale has been Director for Carillion Regions and Communities since 2013 and Holmes was a Senior Programme Manager.
Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)
Hannah Vickers has been appointed as Chief Executive, starting in September. She replaces Nelson Ogunshakin who is joining the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) in Geneva. Vickers previously led the policy and public affairs team at the Institution of Civil Engineers.
First Hull Trains
Have appointed Service Delivery Director, Louise Cheeseman as its new Managing Director. Cheeseman has been in the role on an interim basis since March after previous MD Will Dunnett stepped down.
Founder Johnny Byrne is to retire from the company at the end of this month. He founded the business in 1969 and has most recently been serving as Chairman of the group.
Have appointed Anne Clements as Planning Director, based from the London office. Clements joins from Countryside Properties.
Ian McGrane also joins as Director of Transport Planning based in Milton Keynes. He leaves Integrated Transport Planning where he was Associate Director.
Jason Groombridge has been appointed as Director of Engineering Services. He joins from SNC-Lavalin where he was most recently Director of Rolling Stock.
Joe Martin joins as UK Construction Director, he leaves Argent where he was Head of Construction.
Steven Bishop has been appointed as Head of Transport Strategy and Economics, he was previously SDG’s Head of UK Planning.
Richard Harper has also joined as Associate Director in SDG’s Rail Advisory team. He leaves Arriva Trains where he was Production Director.
The Gallagher Group
Former Murphy Chief Executive Steve Hollingshead has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Kent-based contractor The Gallagher Group. Hollingshead, who stepped down as Murphy Chief Executive in January, will join the Gallagher board with immediate effect.
David Hurren has been appointed as Director of Transport & Infrastructure, he leaves BWB Consulting where he was Director of Transport Strategy.
Have appointed Helen Murphy as Director of Commercial Consulting and International Operations to lead TfL’s newly created directorate known as TfL Consulting. She leaves WSP where she has been UK Operations Director.
Conrad Haigh has joined as Head of Roads for EU Exit Delivery and Operation Stack. Haigh was previously Head of Integrated Transport at the Rail Delivery Group.
Have announced that CEO Tim O’Toole has resigned with immediate effect after the transport company reported a full-year loss. Executive Chairman Wolfhart Hauser will become Interim Chief Executive while the company searches for a replacement.
Have appointed Carl Fergusson as its new Chief Executive. Fergusson has been promoted to the role following current Chief Executive Lee Rushbrooke’s decision to step down after seven years leading the company.
Managing Director for Constrution, Paul Chandler has been appointed to the group’s board. Chandler joined the contractor in January 2017.
Have appointed Rory Poole as Head of Roads UK & Ireland. Poole has been with the company since 2013.
Have announced that former Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty’s UK construction arm Nick Pollard will join the board of Interserve as a Non-Executive Director. Pollard is currently the group CEO of energy-from-waste firm Cory Riverside Energy.
Have appointed Mary Starks as the new Executive Director of its consumer and markets directorate. She takes over from Rob Salter-Church, who has held the position on an interim basis since Rachel Fletcher stepped down to become the Chief Executive of Ofwat in January.
Martin Revill has joined as a Projects Director based from Leeds. He leaves Systra where he was Market Director for Local Transport.
Cambridgeshire County Council
Bob Menzies has retired from his role as Service Director for Strategy and Development. A successor has yet to be announced.
Phil Medicott is returning to Stagecoach as Managing Director for the Midlands, succeeding Steve Burd who will leave the business in September. Medicott left Stagecoach to join First Manchester in 2016 but left earlier this year.
David Liston has also been appointed as Managing Director for North Scotland replacing Mark Whitelocks who has become Managing Director for Cumbria.
Transport for Wales
Have announced their senior management team. James Price is to be Chief Executive, on secondment from the Welsh Government. Also seconded from the Welsh Government are Kathryn Harries who has been appointed as Business Partner and Gareth Morgan who is Safety and Sustainability Director.
Three members of the team have also been appointed on a permanent basis; Jeff Collins is Infrastructure Director – Operations, Alan Edwards is Infrastructure Director – Development and Geoff Ogden is Corporate Services Director.
Heidi Alexander has been named as Sadiq Khan’s new deputy Mayor for Transport, following on from the announcement that Val Shawcross will retire later this year. Alexander will step down from her role as MP for Lewisham East.
Have announced the appointment of three Managing Directors; all of whom are internal appointments. Dervla McKay for Aircoach, Andrew Sherrington for First Cymru and Ian Humphreys as for First Manchester.
Wales and Borders
Kevin Thomas has been appointed as Managing Director for the new franchise which has just been awarded to KeolisAmey. Thomas has been Chief Operating Officer for Keolis UK since January.