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

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

October has brought us another Prime Minister, let’s hope this month’s movers and shakers work out slightly better in their new roles than Liz Truss…

Here are the latest Movers and Shakers from Transport & Infrastructure…

Balfour Beatty

Have made some major changes of their senior team. Highways and Major Projects Chief Stephen Tarr is taking on extra executive responsibility for the Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, Power Transmission & Distribution and Rail businesses in the new role of Chief Executive Officer, Transport, Energy & Power Major Projects.

Matt Steele, MD of Rail and Utilities takes up the new role of Managing Director, Energy Transition & Security.

Michael Dyke as CEO of HS2 Major Projects now takes on extra executive responsibility for Balfour Beatty’s HS2 Old Oak Common joint venture project, in addition to his existing responsibility for the Balfour Beatty VINCI HS2 Area North civil engineering packages.

Mark Bullock, CEO of UK Construction Services, assumes executive responsibility for the Omnicom Balfour Beatty rail surveying business in addition to his executive responsibility for the main regional operating businesses.


Have confirmed Meliha Duymaz as its new Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. She joins Skanska from Network Rail, where she was Finance Director for the Eastern region.

VINCI Construction

Gilles Godard moves internally to become Chief Digital Transformation Officer for Vinci Construction SAS, its parent company in France. Scott Wardrop, will take on the role of Chief Executive UK. Wardrop is also chief executive of Vinci-owned Eurovia, a position he took up in 2007.


Chris Hanley joins as Director and Joint Head of Planning, leading the growth and development of Steer’s UK Transport Planning business. Hanley has been at Wood since 2016 most recently as Discipline Lead Places & Transport.

Nicola Kane also joins, she leaves Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to take up a Director role supporting clients in the North with transport planning activities.

London Stansted Airport

Jonathan Fowler has moved internally to become Chief Operating Officer. Fowler has been with Manchester Airport Group since 2017, most recently as Customer Service and Security Director.

The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU)

Martin Gallacher joins as Delivery Director. He leaves Bechtel where he has been Area Director.

Ferrovial Airports

Tony Caccavone has been appointed as MSA Director to initially deliver the new Terminal One at JFK airport. He leaves Heathrow Airport where he has been for the last 11 years, most recently as Surface Access Director.


Atkins’ former Nuclear Division Managing Director across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has joined EDF to lead its nuclear decommissioning operations. Chris Ball has joined the energy giant as its Nuclear Decommissioning Director.


Neil Patterson has been appointed as Group People Officer, succeeding Kyla Farmer who leaves the business after four years.

Active Travel England

Arup’s Global Transport Leader, Isabel Dedring, is one of four senior figures to become part of a new advisory panel, Active Travel England. She will be working alongside England’s Chief Medical Officer, Sir Chris Whitty, West Midlands’ mayor, Andy Street and Chair of the Office of Rail and Road, Declan Collier, to support Active Travel England’s aim to make walking, wheeling and cycling the first choice for everyday trips.

Lichfields UK

Richard Coburn joins as Senior Director of Economics following 20 years at Atkins where he was most recently Client Director for UK City and Local Authorities and Transit Oriented Development.


Significant changes have been announced to the senior team at Transport for London (TfL). Rachel McLean, currently the Chief Financial Officer for Crossrail and Finance Director for Operations, has been appointed to the role of Managing Chief Finance Officer.

With Commissioner Andy Byford’s departure, Andy Lord will become Commissioner on an interim basis from 25 October.

Glynn Barton has been appointed as Interim Chief Operating Officer. Barton is currently TfL’s Director of Network Management and Resilience.

Laing O’Rourke

Chief Executive Ray O’Rourke has cancelled his plan to step down, and his designated replacement Seamus French is to leave the company.


Abida Lalani has been appointed to Costain’s executive board, which now has a female majority. Lalani takes up the role of Strategy and Transformation Director and started her new position earlier this month, she joined the firm in 2019.

J Murphy & Sons

Have appointed Mike Carpenter as Group Investment Director, joining the Executive Board. Carpenter has been with the company since 2016 when he joined as Plant & Transport Director.

Morgan Sindall

Have appointed Sarah Reid as Managing Director for their Highways Division. Reid leaves Network Rail where she has most recently been Interim Route Director, East Coast.

They have also announced two internal promotions amongst the Construction division. Ben Hall becomes new Area Director for Yorkshire, while Alex Isted assumes the same responsibility for the firm’s new North East operation, which will also incorporate Cumbria.

Associated British Ports

Have announce the appointment of Tim Morris as Group Head of Corporate Affairs. Morris is currently CEO at UK Major Ports Group. He will join ABP on 28 November 2022.

Mott MacDonald

Have appointed Julia Baker as Head of Nature Services in the company’s environment and social business. Baker leaves Wood where she has been Technical Director of Biodiversity at Wood Environmental.

Bain & Company

Former PwC Partner, Roland Sonnenberg has joined the strategy consultant as a Partner within their Aerospace & Defence and Advanced Manufacturing & Services Divisions.

McGee Group

Steve White has been appointed as Group Health & Safety Director. White leaves STRABAG where he was Head of Health, Safety, Security & Wellbeing on their HS2 works.


Have welcomed Ben Straw as Technical Director for HS2. He leaves Network Rail where he has been Head of High Speed Engineering.

Manufacturing Technology Centre

Keith Waller has been appointed Programme Director to lead the Transforming Construction Alliance. He joins from Costain where he was Development Director and had been on secondment for a number of years.

Forest Traffic Services

Simon White has joined as Managing Director. He leaves Milestone Infrastructure where he was Strategic Development Director

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director