Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure – The Headlines from November 2022

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure – The Headlines from November 2022

Christmas trees are up and the mulled wine has started to flow, but the year isn’t winding out just yet across the Transport & Infrastructure sectors.

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In the meantime, here’s your November Movers and Shakers update…


Amanda Fisher will be stepping down as Amey CEO when the business transfers to new owners. She will continue to work as CEO of the company with the full support of Amey’s parent company Ferrovial and the new owners, Buckthorn/One Equity Partners, to guide the transition over the coming weeks.


Have appointed Mark Hoyland as Group Chief Executive. He succeeds Andy Steele, who stepped down last November after more than six years in the role. Hoyland previously served as Group Chief Executive of housing association Orbit.

J Murphy & Sons

Paul Gott joins as Sector Director for Nuclear & Highways. He has most recently been Managing Director, Highways at Morgan Sindall.


James Hindes has been appointed as a Managing Director, he leaves Kier where he has been Managing Director – Strategic Projects since 2018.

Mott MacDonald

Have appointed Rebecca Shadlock as Environment and Sustainability Technical Director in its UK environment and social business. Shadlock leaves Kier where she has most recently been Senior Environmental Manager.

Thomas Knight has also been appointed as Development Director for its UK and Europe transport business. Knight joined the business as an apprentice in 1999 and has most recently been Key Account Leader.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Have announced that Janet Young will assume the role of Director General and Secretary in January. She joins the ICE from the Cabinet Office where she is Head of the Government Property Profession. She has also been Global Director of Estates for the British Council, Director of Estates for the Ministry of Justice, and Head of Asset Management in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Liam Cummins, Group Managing Director, Construction is to leave the contractor at the end of the year to take up another Chief Executive role outside the company. Stuart Togwell, the group’s Commercial Director, will take up the role of Group Managing Director, Construction from 1 January 2023. Stuart will continue to be a part of the group’s executive committee.

They have also appointed Gus Wright as Regional Director for London, joining in January. He will be responsible for the operational delivery of Kier’s commercial and residential projects across the capital.

McLaren Construction

Have appointed Matthew Cova as Managing Director (South). He leaves Claritas Group where he was Managing Director, and before that he was Managing Director for Kier Major Projects – Building.

Affinity Water

Have appointed Keith Haslett as its new permanent Chief Executive. He will join from Northumbrian Water, where he is currently Group Water Director. Affinity’s Interim Chief Executive and former Chief Financial Officer,

Stuart Ledger, will stay on until Haslett joins. He will then leave the company after five years with Affinity. He is expected to join Southern Water as Chief Financial Officer.

National Grid

Isabelle Adams joins as Programme Director East Coast (Onshore). She leaves Auckland Transport where she has been CRL Project Director for the last two years.


Have appointed Sarah Cooke, a former Balfour Beatty National Framework Director as its new Regional Director for the North West.

UK Infrastructure Bank

Dan Mansfield joins as Director Advisory – Local Transport. He leaves Grant Thornton where he has been since 2001, most recently as Director, Government and Infrastructure Advisory.


Jim Double moves internally to become Regional Managing Director. He joined the business last year as Operations Director.

John Laing

Have appointed Sandrine Lalmant as Head of Sustainability.  She brings 11 years of experience in sustainability-related roles, including most recently in the responsible investment team of Triton Partners, the private equity firm.

Laing O’Rourke

Have appointed Chetan Kotur as Head of Technology and Innovation for its Europe Hub. Kotur joins from electric car specialist Polestar where he was Head of Products for the Asia Pacific region.

John F Hunt

Have appointed Scott Exell as Operations Director for its demolition, civil engineering and structural business, based in London. He leaves Erith Contractors where he has been since 2017.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director