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

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

Check out the latest Movers and Shakers across Transport and Infrastructure from September…


Have confirmed the appointment of Mark Southwell as the new Chief Executive for their Transportation Global Business.  Southwell has 35 years’ experience in civil engineering and joined AECOM in 2019 as the Managing Director of Transportation, Europe.


Managing Director of Transportation Sue Kershaw is leaving the business. Her role will be filled on an interim basis by Group Commercial Director David Taylor.


Have announced that Angie Doll has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, with effect from the end of November. Doll has been Chief Operating Officer at GTR since April 2022.

Mark Pavlides has also been appointed as Chief Customer Officer, a newly created role.


Have announced the appointment of Colette Carroll as their new Managing Director of the Transportation Division, UK, and Europe. Carroll joined the business last year as Market Director for Strategic Rail and will succeed Andrew English.

Sisk Ireland and UK

Steven McGee has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, for the UK and Ireland. Having joined the Irish business last year, McGee will be expanding his responsibilities to the company’s operations in construction, civil engineering, and rail across the UK.


Have announced that Tom Meacock has been appointed as a Capital Projects and Infrastructure Partner, leaving Atkins where he was most recently Director of Rail Consulting.


Have announced that David Hughes will be starting a new position as Major Programme Director, UK and International. This role will focus on clients across energy, transport, and the broader built environment. Hughes leaves the DfT where he has been Director General, Rail Infrastructure.

Southern Water

Jennifer Rigby joins as Chief Digital and Transformation Officer. Having held senior roles across a range of sectors, Jennifer joins Southern from Mozaic Services.

Yorkshire Water

Dave Kaye has been appointed as Director of Water. He joins from Abellio where he was their Chief Operating Officer- Rail.


Fiona Brunskill has been appointed permanent Chief People Officer. Tricia Wright moves into the role of Chief Officer for Pensions Review, and following the retirement of Howard Carter as General Counsel after 17 years in the role, Andrea Clarke has been appointed as interim General Counsel.

Women in Rail

Have announced the appointment of Marie Daly as the charity’s new Chair. Daly is currently Chief Customer and Culture Officer at Transport for Wales.

Gatwick Airport

Chris Howe has joined as Capital Commercial Lead. He leaves the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where he has been Programme Commercial Director since 2020.


Have appointed David Glennon as its new Group Head of Digital Engineering. He brings over 25 years of experience which has seen him in roles such as Arcadis Head of Digital and Aecom Director of Digital Project Delivery.

The Hub

Ben Wilson and Diem Bradley have joined the consulting business, both leaving Atkins. Wilson has been appointed as a Director and Bradley joins as an Associate Director.


Ben Wheeldon is returning to Heathrow as the Director of Long-Term Strategy and Masterplanning after three years at Mace as Programme Director on Euston Station.

MAG (Airports Group)

Have appointed Emma Crossland as the new Chief People Officer. She joins from the retail company, Matalan, where she was HR Director.

BAM Nutall

Richard Watts has been appointed as Rail Sector Director. He joins from TXM Plant where he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2019.


Have announced that Andrew Dugdale will be joining them as Market Director (Rail, Metros, LRT, and Highways). He is leaving Mott MacDonald after four years as Rail Director, Principal Account Manager.

Network Rail

Matt Pocock has recently been appointed as Operations Director for the Wessex Route. He joins from Arriva Rail, London, where he was also Operations Director.

Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Tim Chapman has been appointed as Partner and Director, leaving his role as Director at Arup after 36 years.


Martin Neeson, Executive Vice-President, has left Skanska after 22 years. Andy MacAskill and Anna Mann, Communications Directors, have also left after 16 and 12 years.


Have announced the appointment of David Buisson as their new Managing Director, Global Head of Project Controls. Buisson leaves Jacobs where he has been Delivery Integration Director for Sizewell C.


Debbie Francis OBE has been appointed Managing Director of Loram, UK. Francis joined the team in 2020, having held numerous executive positions including Managing Director of Direct Rail Services and Finance and Commercial Director of Network Rail’s former London and North Western Route.


Have announced that Phil Hodges has been appointed as Head of Energy, for the UK, and also joins the UK executive team. Hodges was previously Managing Director of Energy at AFRY Solutions.

They have also appointed Rachel Jones as the Regenerative Solutions Director within its Transport team. She joins from WSP where she was Corporate Advisory Lead and Technical Director.


Darren Mort has been appointed as the new President of Bechtel’s global Infrastructure business. He has been with the company since joining as a graduate. Most recently he has been Global Operations Manager for the Infrastructure business.

TransPennine Express

Chris Jackson has been appointed as Managing Director. Jackson has been Interim Managing Director since May this year.

Galliford Try

Have appointed Skanska Head of Procurement & Supply Chain, Andrew Spencer, to the newly-created role of Supply Chain And Procurement Director.


Hires 15 senior Buckingham Group Staff as part of their plan to set up a new building operation. Ian Burford, currently in the role of Group Director, Build and Pre-Construction at Buckingham, will head the new Strabag Building Unit.


Andrew Johns moves internally to become Technical Director for Nature-based Solutions in the UK and Ireland. He joined the company in 2019.

Currie & Brown

Have made a number of senior hires to its Infrastructure group. This includes Ian Bayes as Senior Director, Phil Iwobi and Director and David Hutchens as Associate Director.

Eryl Evans, who has led Currie & Brown’s Infrastructure group for the past 10 years, will also be stepping into a new role as National Head of Infrastructure.

Bauer Technologies

Have appointed John Theos and Paul Doyle as joint Managing Directors. Theos joins from Bauer Spezialtiefbau, where has been Regional Director for the Americas since 2016. Doyle joined Bauer Technologies in 2016 and has been Operations Director since 2018.

Moving into the final quarter of the year, lots of our clients are assessing their senior teams to ensure they have the right capability to meet targets and fulfil objectives.

If you’re like the people we have been speaking to over the past month, then drop me an email to discuss how an executive search could uncover the best people to help meet those goals.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director