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

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

Cameron is back in the cabinet; Farage is in the jungle and Sunak is learning how to hammer (I don’t see a future for him in engineering!)

Are the movers and shakers across Transport & Infrastructure as exciting as UK politicians?

Take a look at who’s who with our latest Movers and Shakers roundup…

M Group Services

Iain Sutherland has been appointed Managing Director, Water Division. He joins from Balfour Beatty, where he has been Highways Director for the past 7 years.


Have announced the appointment of Jonathan Willcock as its new Managing Director for the Transportation Division. He joins from Skanska, where for the last three years he has been Managing Director for the UK’s Infrastructure Division.

Network Rail

Lucy McAuliffe joins Network Rail as the new permanent Sussex Route Director. Lucy has been in the role in an interim capacity since last December, following two years as the Southern region’s Stations and Security Director.

Balfour Beatty

Nigel Russell has been appointed the role of Chief Executive Officer, HS2 Major Projects. He moves internally from his current role as Project Director of Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA’s HS2 Old Oak Common station project. He replaces Michael Dyke who is leaving Balfour Beatty to take up a role in Saudi Arabia.


Jason Millett will be taking up the position of Deputy Chief Executive for Mace. Millet is currently Chief Executive Officer and Group Board Director for Mace Consult.

Network Rail Consulting

Mark Prior has appointed former Managing Director and Global Chair for AECOM as a Non-Executive Director. He remains Non-Executive Director for Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Lawford Estates Ltd.


Former Galliford Try Group Finance Director, Andrew Duxbury, will join Persimmon as the new Chief Financial Officer.

McGee Group  

Have promoted Richard Wilkinson to the newly created position of Operations Director. Wilkinson joined McGee earlier this year from Laing O’Rourke, where he was HPC – Nuclear Island Project Leader.

Wates Construction

Steff Battle has been appointed Interim Managing Director, Construction. This follows the news of Mark Tant’s decision to leave the company after nine years.  

Affinity Water

Have appointed Emma Davies as the new Director of People and Culture. Davies previously held the position of Director of Workforce Delivery at the NHS’ Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB).


Have announced the appointment of Gareth Roberts as Managing Director. He will replace Mark Winter, a founding member, who is stepping down. Winter will remain part of the executive team.


Appoints Darren Martin as Chief Digital Officer. He joins this newly created role from McKinsey & Company, where he was Chief Technology Officer.

Mott MacDonald

Have appointed Michael Odling as Programme Director, leading the SYSTRA JV responsible for the delivery of design for Balfour Beatty Vinci on HS2. He joins from Faithful + Gould.

P.P. O’Connor

Steve Young has been appointed Commercial Director. He joins from Taziker, where he was Group Commercial Director.

J Murphy & Sons

Andrew Morton has been appointed as Group Commercial Director. The former Skanska Commercial Director leaves Fletcher Construction in New Zealand where he has been Executive General Manager Commercial.


Sally Cox will join as Managing Director from December. Cox was previously Project Director on the BAM, Morgan Sindall, Balfour JV for the Tideway West tunnel.

McLaren Construction Group

Have appointed Paul Spiller as Group Commercial Director. He joins from McAlpine after 24 years in the company.

McLaren have also appointed Paul Heather as the new Chief Executive Officer. Heather was previously McLaren’s Group Managing Director for Construction.

Arriva Rail

Have appointed current Finance and Commercial Director Steve Best as the company’s new Managing Director. He succeeds Paul Hutchings, who will move into a new role at Arriva UK Trains (AUKT).

Core Highways Group

Jenny Moten joins Regional Managing Director from Cadent Gas, where she was Northwest Network Director.

They have also appointed Manchester Airport Group (MAG) Chief Executive, Charlie Cornish as the new Chairman.


Steve Holbrook, Managing Director for Building Operations has left the firm with immediate effect after nearly three decades of service. Former Managing Director of Cementation Terry Muckian has been appointed as his successor, with Andy Entwistle stepping into Muckian’s previous role.


Have appointed David Cochrane as Senior Vice President to lead High Speed Rail Projects. He joins from HS2, where he was Head of Engineering and Environment for Phase 1 BBV section.


Appoints Richard Finds as its new Finance Director. He joins from Exertis, a subsidiary of DDC Plc, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer, UK, and Ireland.

FM Conway

Joanne Conway has been appointed Chief Executive. She steps up to the helm following three years as their Managing Director for the Aggregates & Asphalt division.


Have appointed Patrick Folley as Head of Aviation, UK. He joins from Jacobs, where he was Director of Operations for Aviation.


Have announced CEO of London City Airport, Robert Sinclair, as the company’s new CEO. He will take up his role as CEO in March 2024.

Turner & Townsend Alinea

Have announced the appointment of Chris Trew as Director within their Specialist Services division. He joins from Rider Levett Bucknall, where he has been a Partner since 2022.

West Midlands Metro

Welcomes Sophie Allison as the new, full-time, Managing Director. Sophie has been Interim Managing Director at West Midlands Metro since November, 2021.

Any big moves to announce in our final roundup of 2023? Drop me an email with your news.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director