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

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

Autumn is always a busy time for recruitment and there have seen some big changes in the transport and infrastructure sectors this month.

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

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Following Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s departure, Lee Rowley MP for North East Derbyshire has been appointed to succeed her as Construction Minister.

BAM Nuttall

Adrian Savory is to leave his role as Managing Director after just over a year in the role, Managing Director of Major Projects Ian Parish has been named as interim Managing Director.

Affinity Water

Pauline Walsh has stepped down from her role as Chief Executive after 3 years in the role. Stuart Ledger the current Chief Financial Officer has stepped into the role in the interim.


Terry Muckian has been appointed as Managing Director for Skanska’s Cementation ground engineering business. Terry has been with Skanska for over a decade and was most recently MD for the Utility business.

Weston Homes

Taylor Wimpey’s Managing Director for London operations, Peter Gore has recently joined Weston Homes as their new Group Operations Director.


Kerry Bangle joins as Transport Planning Director (London and South East), she was previously a Principal Consultant at the Nichols Group.

Bob Tong and Dr Katherine Ibbotson have joined WSP in their planning and advisory business. Bob has joined as Head of Planning and Dr Katherine as Director within the Strategic Advisory team. Bob joins WSP from Lendlease where he was most recently Director of Infrastructure and Katherine joins the Environment Agency where she most recently led the Net Zero Carbon Infrastructure Programme and their internal Carbon and Cost team.

Willmott Dixon

Former Kier Legal Boss Hugh Raven has joined Willmott Dixon’s board as General Counsel in the newly created role where he will have overall responsibility for legal and regulatory affairs.


Ian Chapman has moved internally to become Practice Director for the Rail Controls Systems practice within Atkins. He was previously a Client Director in the Strategic Rail market team.

Buckingham Group

Buckingham Group recently transferred 100% of their equity into the Employee Ownership Trust. Following this founders Paul Wheeler (Chairman) and Patricia Wheeler, and long-standing Group Stadia Director and Partner Kevin Underwood all retire from the Board. Partners Mike Kempley (CEO) and Tim Brown (COO) move into the roles of Chairman and Deputy Chairman, declaring an intent to stay involved for 5-years and 2-years respectively.

UK Infrastructure Bank

Ex-HSBC Chief Executive John Flint has been appointed as the first permanent Chief Executive of the UK Infrastructure Bank. He stepped down from his role at HSBC in 2019.


There have been several changes to the HAL executive team. Helen Elsby was recently appointed as Chief Solutions Officer, she was promoted from her role as Director of Procurement and has been with Heathrow since 2009.

Nigel Milton was appointed as Chief of Staff & Carbon in September, prior to this he was Director of Communications.

Chris Annetts was promoted from his role as Strategy, Regulation and Customer Director to Chief Strategy.

Chevron Group

Chris Woodroofe has joined Chevron Group as Group Chief Operating Officer, he left his role as Chief Operating Officer at Gatwick Airport last year.

Laing O’Rourke

Adrian Spragg leaves his role at Accenture to join Laing O’Rourke as their new Group Head of Digital.


Ex-Rolls-Royce Head of Digital Neil Crockett has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director to Costain’s board and will sit on the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees.


Andrew Ferguson has been promoted to Managing Director from his role as Executive Director for the infrastructure and environmental consulting business in the UK.

Women in Rail

Christine Fernandes has been appointed as the new Chair and Shona Clive as the new Vice Chair. Christine is Business Development Lead at CAF and Shona is Project Lead of the Rail Cluster project at Scottish Engineering.

TXM Group

Mark Hughes is the new Managing Director of the 2XM Consulting business for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia for TXM Group.

Greenlink Interconnector

James O’Reilly has been appointed as Chief Executive, he leaves his role as Chief Operating Officer for Phelan Energy Group.


Rachel Sudlow has joined Scape from Balfour Beatty as their first Research and Development Leader. She will focus on increasing digital innovation across the sector.

Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Sponsor Body

Ex-Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro Chief Executive and former Crossrail Deputy CEO Chris Sexton has joined the Restoration body as Chief of Staff.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director