Movers & Shakers – The Headlines from February

Movers & Shakers – The Headlines from February

We stormed through February like Doris stormed her way across the country; in a blur of Brexit, chemical assassination’s and controversial pies.

In showbiz, award season is well under way and the big award winner for transport and infrastructure this month was HS2. After 3 years of parliamentary scrutiny HS2 has received the royal assent and construction can now start on schedule this spring.

After a busy January for movers and shakers, let’s take a look at the major moves in February:-

Laing O’Rourke

Paul Sheffield has announced that he is to leave Laing O’Rourke after 3 years as Managing Director.


Has announced the appointment of David Peattie as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He takes over from outgoing CEO, John Clarke, who is stepping down after five years in the role.

Northern Rail

Alan Chaplin has been appointed as Managing Director, he takes over from Alex Hynes who moved to ScotRail last month.


Rachel White will be promoted from her role as European Sales Director to take over from Mark Thurston as European Managing Director.


Has appointed Martin Duffy as Collaboration and Improvement Director for its Highways Division, a new role that focuses on close cooperation with its clients and suppliers.


Sean Horkan has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. He has been Engineering Director with HS1 since February 2015.

Mott MacDonald

Has appointed John Seed as its new Global Advisory Services Sector Lead. He was most recently Manager of Mott MacDonald’s advisory and management business in Europe

Mike Salter has also been appointed as Transport Planning Projects Director. He joins from Cambridgeshire County Council.


Gary Carvell is moving from Amey to Vinci as UK HSQE Director in April 2017, he replaced Andy Sneddon who moved to LOR last year.

Heathrow Express

Stephen Head has been appointed as Head of Fleet Engineering. He joins from SNC-Lavalin where he was a Senior Rail Systems Consultant.

Align JV

HS2 bidders Align JV announced Geoff French has been appointed as Chair of the HS2 bidder. Geoff is former ACE chairman and former president of both ICE and FIDIC.

Waterman Group

Have strengthened their operations in the UK regions with the appointment of Andy King as Director of the consultancy’s structures business in the North of England.


Appointed a new Director of Urban Design and Masterplanning, Anna Reiter. Anna joins Tyréns from Dar Group, where she was responsible for building the urban design, planning, landscape and graphics team over the last decade, and steering the firm’s sustainability initiatives.


Tim Taylor has been appointed to the new position of Director of Customer Services. He joins from Working Links where he was Head of Customer Services.


Chief Executive, Paul Jackson, has announced he will move on from his role in July, after eight years with the organisation.

Turner & Townsend

Has appointed Tom Deacon as its new Global Head of Digital. He joins from EY where he led digital innovation in infrastructure advisory.

Nomad Digital

Reece Donovan, formerly Nomad’s Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed Nomad’s CEO from 1st March 2017, after Andrew Taylor stepped down from the role.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director