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

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

The King and Queen were crowned, and the UK’s Eurovision bubble was popped. May has also brought us three bank holidays and the BBQ has been officially dusted off.

As we celebrate the sun finally making an appearance, check out the latest movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure…


Lendlease Europe has announced that Neil Martin has decided to retire as Chief Executive Officer and will depart the business later this year. Martin will have been with the company for 27 years and took over as CEO in 2019.

Martin will remain in his role for the next six months to support a smooth transition and the process to appoint a new Europe Chief Executive Officer will begin soon.

Turner & Townsend

Have announced a wave of new appointments. The three new Managing Directors – all internal appointments– are James Corrigan, Simon Arnold and Andy Scott.

James Corrigan is now UK Managing Director of Infrastructure. Simon Arnold is the new UK Managing Director of Real Estate Project Management, taking over from Chris Sargent who has moved to be UK Managing Director for Real Estate.  Andy Scott takes up the newly created position of UK Managing Director for Defence.

In the UK Digital Business, Dr Ade Awonaike joins the firm as Director of Data and Analytics in the Real Estate team, and Christopher Frost has started as Director of Data and Analytics to support infrastructure clients.

It was also announced that Bill McElroy was retiring from his role as Partner following 12 years with the business. He will still be supporting the business as an Independent Consultant.


Simon Ellison, National Highways Sector Director, is set to leave the business this month. Ann-Marie Morrison will succeed him in the role. Morrison joined Costain in 2021 as Customer Account Director.

Balfour Beatty

Chris Ottley has moved internally to become Director, Regional Development Partnership with Balfour Beatty Highways. This follows 10 years within their Rail business, most recently as Operations Director for Rail Systems.

Former Managing Director of Alun Griffiths, Steve Tomkins also joins as Construction Director – BEP – Major Projects, working as part of a joint venture to construct the Box Encapsulation Plant at Sellafield.

Linbrooke Services

Have announced the appointment of Will Wilson as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Linbrooke, Will held senior leadership positions at a number of global companies including Siemens, Alstom and GE Transportation. He was formerly the CEO of Siemens Mobility in the UK.

Currie & Brown

Jonathan Wilson joins as a Director to boost the firm’s technical expertise, and deliver advisory services to lenders and investors across a raft of large-scale PPP projects across the UK and internationally. He leaves Faithful + Gould where he has been since 2004.

Sir Robert McAlpine

Have completed their restructure driven by a switch from a regional to a national sector-based operating model. The main board has been expanded with four new promotions. Steven Hudson, Executive Commercial Director, Andrew Hunter, Executive Director of Engineering & Technical Services, Grant Findlay, Executive Managing Director – Buildings and, Tony Gates, Executive Managing Director – Infrastructure.

Supporting the board are new Director appointments:


Tim Wates has taken over from his cousin Sir James Wates as Chairman of their family building firm. Sir James Wates had spent 10 years as chairman of Wates Group but has now handed over the reins to one of his cousins.


Global construction consultancy, Soben, has appointed Tom Harrison, former Global COO of Turner & Townsend, as its new Strategic Advisor. Harrison will work closely with Soben’s executive team to help accelerate the firm’s global expansion.


Have announced that they are restructuring their Infrastructure Services division with the current three business streams set to become two.

From July 1 the current Highways, Utilities and Infrastructure operations will become Transportation and Natural Resources and Nuclear & Networks. Joe Incutti, currently Group Managing Director, Kier Highways, will spearhead the whole Transportation business stream while Andrew Bradshaw, currently Group Managing Director of Utilities, will lead the Natural Resources, Nuclear and Networks business stream as Ross Mackenzie, Interim Managing Director of Kier Infrastructure assumes the role of Managing Director, Natural Resources and Nuclear.

Mark Pengelly, current Group Managing Director of the Infrastructure business is set to retire at the end of this year.

Gardiner & Theobald

Richard Robinson is joining as a Partner. He leaves PA Consulting where he has been a Partner for the past two years.

Buro Happold

Marc Barone has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Barone has most recently been Chief Growth Officer at AECOM.

Christopher Mills also joins the business as Discipline Director – Transport & Mobility. He leaves Stantec where he was Senior Associate Strategy and Planning.


Have announced the appointment of Alan Brookes as CEO. Brookes moves up internally from his position as Chief Operating Officer. He joined Arcadis when EC Harris was acquired, and was integral to the combining of the businesses into one Arcadis team.

Following this announcement several Global Business Area (GBA) leaders have been promoted to the ELT.

As of 1 June 2023, Mark Cowlard, Global President for Places; Heather Polinsky, Global President for Resilience; and Greg Steele, Global President for Mobility, will all join Arcadis’ executive leadership team.

Galliford Try

Have appointed Julie Crawford to the role of National Highways Director, responsible for the company’s relations with National Highways. She joins from HS2 Ltd where she was Sponsorship Director.


Jason Layfield has been promoted to Executive Director of Buildings after 22 years with the firm. He joined Ramboll UK as an Assistant Engineer in 2001. Jules Handy has joined Ramboll UK as Head of Building Structures after 16 years at Atkins.


Dan Williams has been appointed as Managing Director of Skanska UK’s Building Services unit. Williams moves into the Managing Director role from his current position of Operations Director.

MTR Elizabeth Line

Have announced the appointment of Nick Westcott as Train Service Delivery Director. He leaves Avanti West Coast where he has been Operations Director since 2019. He succeeds Marcus Jones who leaves in early June to take up the role of Route Director, Western Route at Network Rail, where he will continue to work closely with MTR Elizabeth line.

McLaughlin & Harvey

John Carlin has joined as a Regional Director as its looks to expand across central England. Carlin has spent most of the last seven years at Wates where he was Regional Managing Director for Construction Midlands.

HB Tunnelling

Mark McGeady has joined as Contacts Director. This follows seven years at Joseph Gallagher where he was also Contracts Director.

Railway Industry Association (RIA)

Colette Carroll, Market Director for Strategic Rail at Atkins, has been appointed to the Railway Industry Association (RIA) Board.

Carroll will play a key role in the strategic direction and governance of RIA – the UK’s national trade body for suppliers to the railway industry, as one of the organisation’s 13 RIA Board members.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

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