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

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

March has seen Derby win the vote to become the home of Great British Rail, people around the globe embrace equality for International Women’s Day, a new First Minister in Scotland and Rishi Sunak personally contribute to energy infrastructure with his mega swimming pool.

Let’s check out the movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure from March…

Laing O’Rourke

Cathal O’Rourke has taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer at Laing O’Rourke. O’Rourke, who was Managing Director of Laing’s Australian business until last year, will begin his new role on 1 April.


Chief Executive Mark Hoyland is to exit the role after one month, with former interim boss Dave Smith returning to the helm.

Avanti West Coast

Andy Mellors has been appointed Managing Director of rail operator Avanti West Coast. He has previously held senior roles at Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and most recently as Managing Director of FirstGroup’s non-franchised rail businesses. He takes over from Steve Montgomery, First Rail Managing Director who has been acting Avanti Managing Director since September 2022.

M Group Services

Peter Tosland joins as Divisional Water Commercial Director. He leaves STRABAG where he has been since 2020.


Have made several key appointments. Former Director of Commercial Consulting and International Operations at TfL, Helen Murphy,  joins as Managing Director – Rail.

Ian Bell moves internally to become Managing Director – Highways & Aviation, he has most recently been Senior Business Director for UK Highways Group. Leon Sullivan moves to become Business Director Highways.

Richard Jones has also been appointed as Northern Cities Executive, making him the firm’s leading presence in the region and its representative at the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. He joined the business in 2021 as Senior Technical Director and succeeds Richard Bonner who has moved to Atkins.


Mark Wood has been appointed as Regional Director for Yorkshire and the North East. He leaves Keltbray, where he was Programme Director.

Lothian Buses

Have appointed Colin Barnes as Engineering Director. He leaves Go North East where he has been since 2014.

North Star Consultancy

Leticia Frank Innes has been appointed as Managing Director – Middle East. She leaves Keolis where she has been since 2014, most recently as Operations Programme Lead (Head of Planning & Performance) for Keolis MHI.


Trenitalia c2c have appointed Stuart Browning as its new Head of Safety and Environment. Browning joins from Govia Thameslink Railway, where he was most recently Head of Operational Improvement for Thameslink and Great Northern.

Nexus Infrastructure

Charles Sweeney has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Sweeney joined the business from ERM in 2016 as Group Chief Operating Officer.  


Have announced that Jason Jones will join the divisional leadership team as Strategic Development Director – Natural Resources. He joined Costain in January from Turner & Townsend as Business Development Director, Water.

John Laing Group

Andrew Truscott has been appointed as CEO and will join John Laing in early summer from his role at Citi, where he is currently Head of UK Investment Banking.

Network Rail

Tim Coucher has been appointed as Interim Alliance Director for the Southern Integrated Delivery Alliance: VolkerFitzpatrick – Octavius – Atkins – VolkerRail – Network Rail. Coucher was previously the Capital Delivery Director for Network Rail’s Southern region and has most recently been Programme Director – Construction Delivery Transformation.

They have also appointed Sarj Gaffoor as Director of ASPRO & Optimisation Eastern Region. He has left AECOM where he was Programme Director on the Heathrow T2 Baggage Programme.

N G Bailey

Jonathan Stockton has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. He has served in several senior roles, most recently Chief Financial Officer.

Clare Salmon, previously Group Financial Controller, was also promoted to Group Finance Director.

Genesee & Wyoming

Have appointed Tim Shoveller as CEO of its UK and European operations. This includes Freightliner, Freightliner Poland, shunting operator Rotterdam Rail Feeding and container logistics company Pentalver. Shoveller is expected to join by late summer 2023, succeeding Becky Lumlock, who has been interim CEO since Eddie Aston left in September 2022.

Network Plus

Richard Ward has been appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer leaving Amey where he has most recently been Chief Transformation Officer.

National Highways

Former CEO of East West Rail Company, Simon Blanchflower has been appointed as Non-Executive Director.

NG Bailey

Mike Bradley has joined as a divisional Commercial Director, he leaves Morrison Utility Services where he has been since 2015.


Ben Legg has joined the programme as Executive Director HSEQ. He leaves Ferrovial where he was Global Corporate Health & Safety Director.

Sizewell C

Nigel Cann has been appointed as Managing Director. He has been Hinkley Point C Programme and Construction Delivery Director with EDF since 2011.


Have made a serious of senior appointments. Sarah Long moves to become Market Director for Net Zero Energy, EMEA for the Nuclear & Power business. Long joined Atkins over 20 years ago, has been Head of Strategy for low carbon project delivery in the Nuclear & Power business since 2019.

Andrew Jones, formerly Head of Cities and a board member at AECOM, joins Atkins as Senior Service Line Director, Planning and Consenting.

Richard Bonner has been appointed to the role of Market Director for the Buildings and Places team, leaving Arcadis where he was Northern Cities Executive.


Barry Keogh has joined as Director – Country Head Ireland. Keogh has been operating as an independent consultant since 2018 and has worked on some of the city’s most iconic schemes, including the AVIVA Stadium, the National Convention Centre, and the expansion of St James’ Gate Brewery.

Leeds Bradford Airport

Former CEO of Carnival UK, and Non- Executive Director of Network Rail, David Noyes is to take up the role of Chair of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) with effect from April, following the departure of former Asda Chief Andy Clarke, who steps down this spring at the end of his planned four-year tenure.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director