Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from March 2024

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure the Headlines from March 2024

As you enjoy the long weekend, take a look at who’s who with our latest movers and shakers roundup.

NG Bailey

David Hurcomb, Chief Executive Officer, has announced that he will be retiring in May after 14 years in his position. He will be succeeded by Jonathan Stockton who has held numerous senior positions in the company including Chief Financial Officer and Group Director of Strategy and Performance.

Turner & Townsend

Have appointed three new Directors to its Energy and Natural Resources team. Faye Banks joins as Director of Transmission and Distribution, she leaves Vital Energi Utilities where she was Director Energy & Asset Management.

Andrew Baker joins as the Europe Lead for Energy and Natural Resources. He was previously Executive Vice President for Doris Group’s renewable business line.

Mark Savage, who has been at the company for nearly 20 years, will be the new Sector Lead for Nuclear and Head of Programme Services. Savage was previously Director of Major Projects and Physical Infrastructure.

Transport for London

Glynn Barton, interim Chief Operating Officer and Director of Buses, has announced he will be leaving the company to become Chief Operations Officer of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council.


Stephen Wainwright has been appointed as the new Managing Director of its UK transportation and economic development business. Wainwright has been with Steer for over twenty years and has been serving in this role on an interim basis for the past six months.

Network Rail

Have appointed Jason Hamilton as the new Route Director on its North and East route. Hamilton succeeds Matt Rice, who is leaving the organisation after four and a half years as Route Director to join train operator Northern.

High Speed Rail Group

Dyan Perry (nee Crowther) has been appointed as the Group’s new Chair. Perry has a wealth of experience having been Chief Executive of HS1 and Chief Operating Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway.

National Gas

Simon O’Connor joins as the Contracts Director for the Construction team for the new National Gas business. Simon joins from Lower Thames Crossing where he was Head of Commercial.

National Highways

Tony Slater Managing Director of the Smart Motorway Programme Alliance is stepping down to take up a new job elsewhere in the industry. He has yet to announce where he is moving to

Aggregate Industries

Ian Dean has been appointed as Managing Director- Concrete Products having previously held the position as Managing Director- Landscape & Building Products at Marshalls plc.

Mayor Brown Ltd

Dr Colin Black has been appointed as Director. He joins from AECOM where he was previously Head of Strategy and Growth, Transportation ESG Lead.

John F Hunt

Have appointed Darren Potter as the new Operations Director. Potter joins from Balfour Beatty where he was also Operations Director.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Have appointed Jamie Ross to the new created role of Director of Transport. He joins internally from his previous position as Interim Director of Rail.


Have announced the appointment of Baroness Brown Julia King as its new Senior Advisor, UK. King is currently Chair of the Climate Change Committee’s Adaption Committee, Frontier IP and is a Non-Executive Director of Ørsted and Cres Power.


Owen Dannatt has left his role as Chief Operating Officer. Dannatt has been with the company since 2019 and was working on the Paddington Square Development.


Have announced the appointment of Philip Hoare as the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Hoare moves internally from his role as President, Engineering Services.

Richard Robinson, previously Chief Executive officer, UK & Europe, is now President for the United Kingdom & Ireland.

They have also announced the appointment of Christine Healy as the new President for Asia, Middle East and Australia (AMEA). Healy joins from TotalEnergies where she was Senior Vice President.

Department for Transport

Have announced the appointment of Alex Hynes as the new Director General, Rail Services. Hynes joins on a two-year secondment from his position as Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway.

Rock Rail Group

Have announced that Charles Johnson-Ferguson has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer. He joins from PwC, having been at the company for 27 years, where he was most recently Partner, Corporate Finance and most recently leader of PwC’s UK Transport & Logistics division.

Balfour Beatty plc

Tony Wilson has been appointed as the new Managing Director for Balfour Beatty Transmission and Distribution. Wilson joined Balfour Beatty in 2021 as Utilities Director for Balfour Beatty VINCI’s HS2 Area North Project, leading the delivery of all utility works. Last year he joined the Power T&D business as Chief Operations Director.

Additionally, Balfour Beatty have announced that Anne Drinkwater has been appointed as the new Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, succeeding Stephen Billingham. Drinkwater will continue to be Chair of the Remuneration Committee and as a member of the Safety and Sustainability Committee.

Buro Happold

Deepak Chotwani has been appointed Managing Director for India. He moves internally from his previous position as Executive Director, Asia.


Have appointed David White as Director of Health, Safety, Security and Sustainability. White joins from Galldris Group, where he was Interim Director of Health, Safety, Quality, and Environment.

Associated British Ports (ABP)

Announced the appointment of Francis Paonessa as the new Capital Projects Director. He joins from Thames Water where he has been Capital Projects Director.

Gatwick Airport

Have announced the appointment of Mark Johnson as the new Chief Operating Officer. Johnson joins from AGS airports where he was also Chief Operating Officer for Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Southampton airports.


Andrew English returns to the business as Managing Director of Infrastructure. English previously worked at Skanska for almost a decade, including in two Managing Director positions, before moving abroad in 2020. He has most recently been Managing Director for AtkinsRéalis’ transportation division in the UK.


Loraine Martins OBE has been appointed as Global Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Martins joins from The Nichols Group where she was Global Director for Diversity and Inclusion.


Have announced the appointment of Andrew Steel as the new Managing Director. This is an internal move from his role as Operations Director of Civils and Geotechnical.


Andy Bagguley has been appointed as the new Fleet Services Director. Bagguley joins from East West Rail Company where he was Head of Systems, Rolling Stock.

Wates Group

Have announced that Steffan Battle has been appointed as Managing Director of Wates Construction. This a permanent appointment having been appointed this role on an interim basis since October 2023.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

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