Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure – The Headlines from October 2021

Movers and Shakers in Transport & Infrastructure – The Headlines from October 2021

We’re approaching an exciting time of year with Halloween, bonfire night and of course the joys of Christmas shopping during a global chip shortage. The next few months are certainly going to be filled with festivities, but it’s also an eventful time of year for shake-ups within the sector.

Let’s look at this month’s movers and shakers…


Lendlease Europe will appoint a new CFO after Tom Mackellar has moved to a role at Lendlease’s headquarters in Australia next month. Executive General Manager for Finance John Clark will replace him in the interim.


James Holmes has been appointed as Rail Sector Director for Amey, he leaves his role at Skanska as Operations Director in their Infrastructure division.


Sisk CEO Steve Bowcott has announced he will be stepping down after more than six years in the role. Chief Operating Officer Paul Brown will succeed Steve.


ISG CEO Paul Cossell is stepping down in January next year but will remain in an Executive role and become Vice Chair. Matt Blowers, ISG’s Chief Operations Officer will take over as CEO.

BAM Nuttall

A new Managing Director of Major Projects has been appointed, Richard Prime has been promoted into the role after Ian Parish was appointed as Interim Managing Director of the civils firm last month.


Steve White has begun his role as Southeastern’s new Managing Director this month ahead of the transfer to DOHL, he moves across from Govia Thameslink Railway where he was Deputy Chief Executive.

Arriva Rail

A new Customer Experience Director has been appointed for Arriva Rail London; Charlotte Whitfield took on the role on an interim basis last month, but her appointment has now been made permanent.

Michael Lonsdale

Group Finance Director Anu Kohli has left the company after 8 years, she has been replaced with a new Group Financial Controller Kam Grewal.


Matt Bailey has been appointed as Delivery Director in a newly created senior leadership role, he joins the Rail business and will support projects and pursuits across the rail division.

Stuart Dickson has been appointed as Director of Rail Major Projects in another newly created role, he will support the delivery of major rail programmes.


Neil Lindley has joined Keltbray as Programme Director for its HS2 work, he will report to Managing Director of Rail Neil Thompson.


Ex-Aspin Chief Executive Graeme Castle has joined Systra as its new Operations Director for the UK and Ireland, he will take charge of major rail projects.


Mace boss Mark Reynolds will take on the role as joint Chair and Chief Executive as Stephen Pycroft leaves his role as Chair at the end of this year.


Chief Executive Greg Fitzgerald has told the board he will lead the business beyond 2022 after originally committing to serve as CEO until the end of 2022.


Matthew Higham has been appointed as the new Chief Digital Officer; he leaves his role as Chief Digital Officer for Microsoft.


Martin Sheehan has been appointed as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer; he joins from Portland the leading strategic communications consultancy.

Mike Hyde has also joined s Chief Data Officer, leaving his role at Facebook.

Hull Trains

David Gibson has been appointed as the new Managing Director for Hull Trains.


Andy McLeod who has been Chief Executive since 2018 will leave his role at the end of November, former Chief Operating Officer Paul Webster will succeed him.


Ex-nmcn Director Paul Green has joined RSE this month as Portfolio Director.

Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group

Ron Fraser has been appointed as the new Chair.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director