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

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

July has seen melting train tracks, England’s Women have made us proud at Euro 2022 and we have said “Hasta La Vista” to BoJo.

But Boris isn’t the only one who has been updating his CV’s, lets take a look at the Movers and Shakers across Transport & Infrastructure from July…


Have announced John Morea is to retire in August having served as CEO since 2008. Mark Wild has been announced as his successor, joining SGN on 15 August. Wild most recently lead the successful opening of the Elizabeth line as CEO of Crossrail.

Mott MacDonald

Have appointed Cathy Travers to Group Managing Director, succeeding James Harris who becomes Executive Chair. Richard Risdon will take over from Travers to become Managing Director of the UK and Europe region. Risdon has most recently been Operations Director for the Mott MacDonald Bentley contracting business.

United Utilities

Jane Simpson has joined as Capital Delivery Director. She has been Service Delivery Director at Royal Mail for the last 2 years and also sits on the board of Port of Dover.


Have announced that CEO David Allen is stepping down with immediate effect. Allen joined the Wates Group in January 2016 and has been CEO since April 2018. Philip Wainwright, Chief Financial Officer, will become interim CEO pending the appointment of a permanent successor.


Have appointed Andrew Gardner as Operations Director (Delivery) supporting all business units. He leaves Pod Trak where he has been Director of Operations.


Have announced that Jacqueline Starr, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has joined as an Advisor to the Directors.


Have appointed Kayleigh Owen as Global Service Director for Cost and Commercial Management (CCM). Owen started her career on the Arcadis graduate scheme in 2007 and has most recently been Account Director for Highways England.


Have appointed Dr Linda Wain as the new Engineering Director, the first female to take the role. Wain has been Head of Engineering.

Environment Agency

Former Costain Chief Executive and Interserve Chairman, Alan Lovell has been appointed Chair of the Environment Agency.


James Rowntree joins as Strategic Growth Director. Rowntree was formerly Vice President of Strategic Consulting and Digital Solutions at Jacobs before leaving earlier this year to provide management consultancy support to blue chip clients in the infrastructure sector.

Tilbury Douglas

Managing Director for Infrastructure Chris Tyerman is to leave the company amid a restructure of its board. All operations will in future report to Head of UK Building Craig Tatton. Tyerman joined the firm from Costain in 2014.


Lisa Martin has been appointed as UK Managing Director for Steer. She has been Director and Joint Head of Planning since September 2021. Martin takes over from Mike Goggin who recently moved internally to become Managing Director – Transformation & Growth.


Sian Leydon has moved internally to become Managing Director for Mainland Europe. She has been Chief Transformation Officer since March 2021.

James Higlett also leaves Arriva where he has been for the last 17 years, most recently as Head of Engineering UK Bus. His replacement is yet to be announced.

Glan Agua

Paul Green has joined as Operations Director (UK). Green has most recently been Portfolio Director at RSE and before that was Project Director at nmcn.

The Hub

Have announced that Kelly Barlow has joined The Hub’s senior leadership team as Director in the Transport Advisory business on a part time basis. Barlow was previously HR Director and Bid Director for Stagecoach Rail and over the last two years has led advisory engagements for The Hub with the Department for Transport, including on Operator of Last Resort.


Johnny Ojeil joins as Director, he leaves Arup where he has been since 1989, and Director within the Transport Planning Team since 2005.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director