Movers & Shakers – The Headlines from January

Movers & Shakers – The Headlines from January

If we thought 2016 was an eventful year, then 2017 is showing no signs of slowing down. It seems the world only had two things to talk about in January. Trump and Brexit.

While the process for Brexit negotiations is starting to become a little clearer, the Trump effect is becoming even less certain; it’s anyone’s guess as to what he might decide to enact tomorrow. The world waits with baited breath to see what the ramifications of both will be.

Unquestionably, the transport and infrastructure industries will be affected by the political events around the world but amidst the uncertainty we are also seeing plenty of hiring activity.

January is always a bumper month for new appointments, let’s take a look at the movers and shakers for the month:

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HS2 have appointed a new Chief Executive to replace Simon Kirby, who left the company last year. Mark Thurston has been appointed as the new CEO, joining from CH2M where he was Managing Director of the company’s European division.

Network Rail

Mark Tarry has moved internally to take on the position of Business Services Director. He moves from Area Director – North.

Helen Samuels has been appointed Engineering Director, Infrastructure Projects. She joins from United Utilities where she was Director of Engineering.

Andy Haynes will leave his post as Project Director on Network Rail’s Greater West Programme to oversee the procurement strategy across the organisation’s eight routes as Contracts and Procurement Director.

Mott MacDonald

Has appointed Mike Haigh as the new Managing Director of its global business. He has been promoted from his role as Managing Director of the firm’s Europe and Africa division.

Balfour Beatty Vinci

Mark Cutler takes over from Peter Anderson as Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 bid Managing Director.


James Howells UK Director, Rail Infrastructure moves to Morgan Sindall Professional Services to become their Rail Sector Director.

Iain Court Director, Major Projects & Business Development UK leaves to become an independent railway consultant.

Taylor Woodrow

Taylor Woodrow has hired former Costain Water Director Gary Mayo as its Commercial Director replacing Les Thorneycroft following his retirement.

SSE Enterprise

Neil Kirkby has been appointed as Managing Director SSE Enterprise. Until October Neil was the Managing Director -Global Power Networks at Balfour Beatty.

Richard Hoare moves internally from Head of Programme and Project Services to Managing Director of their rail division.


Former Laing O’Rourke Commercial Director Callum Tuckett has joined Multiplex as their Chief Operating Officer.


Has hired Richard Gammon as Managing Director – Aviation, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA). Richard will be responsible for leading and growing AECOM’s aviation business across the region. Richard joins AECOM from HOK.


Tim Harbot has joined Amey as Director of Technical Excellence in its highways executive team. He joins from Highways England where he was Regional Director, Network Delivery & Development in the West Midlands.


Gordon Baker is stepping down as Chief Executive of JMP Consultants and Sarah Muirhead is retiring from her role as Managing Director SIAS following the completion of both companies integration into SYSTRA.

CH2M Hill

Have promoted Mark Southwell from Regional Business General Manager to European Operations Director South and Global Director for Rail and Transit.

Southern Water

Matthew Wright steps down after 6 years as CEO, he is replaced by Ian McAulay, ex-CEO of Viridor.

National Express

Managing Director Rail Andrew Chivers has retired. He will be replaced by Tom Stables who will take up the role of Managing Director, Rail and UK Coach.

Chris Hardy steps up from Commercial Director, UK Coach to Managing Director, UK Coach Division.

J Murphy & Sons

John B Murphy has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for the group. He will also continue in as role as Managing Director, North.

Peter Anderson is appointed Managing Director, South taking over from Darren Ramsey who will lead the bidding and delivery for some of the company’s major infrastructure projects.

Mark Singleton joins from Balfour Beatty to become Head of Planning and Project Controls and Miles Cobley is appointed Head of Planning and Project Controls, North. Miles joins Murphy from Laing O’Rourke.

Shaun Sheldrake has been appointed as Operations Director for Construction & Development, he moves from Durkan where he was Development Director.

CalMac Ferries

Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of CalMac Ferries Ltd, and Chief Executive of its parent company David MacBrayne Ltd has announced his intention to step down from the company at the end of March 2017.

East West Rail & ScotRail

East West Rail has chosen Phil Verster to manage delivery of its proposed Oxford-to-Cambridge rail project unveiled by transport secretary Chris Grayling last month. He has spent the last two years leading ScotRail Alliance.

ScotRail Alliance has appointed Arriva Rail North Managing Director Alex Hynes as its new Managing Director.

Hitachi Rail

Jamie Foster Procurement Director has announced he will be leaving the company in February.

Greater Anglia

Richard Dean moves from Southeastern to Greater Anglia as Train Services Delivery Director.

Story Contracting

Jason Butterworth succeeds company founder and owner Fred Story as Chief Executive. He joins from Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK where he was Regional Board Director North & Midlands. Fred Story will resume his role as Chairman.

Greater London Authority

Will Norman has been appointed London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner. He has been Global Partnerships Director at Nike since 2015.


Chris Douglas joins from Transport and Travel Research Ltd as the consulting firms Technical Director, Logistics.

Gatwick Airport

Tim Norwood has been appointed Chief Planning Officer succeeding Alastair McDermid. He joins from EDF Energy.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director