Movers and Shakers – The Headlines from November

Movers and Shakers – The Headlines from November

November has been an eventful month around the world. The autumn statement has been revealed suggesting that investment in infrastructure is still a priority for Philip Hammond, Storm Angus wreaked havoc across the nation and America voted to put Donald Trump in the Whitehouse.

But what’s been happening in our industries?

As we move into December, we’ve rounded up last month’s movers and shakers –



Have appointed Roy Hill as Interim Chief Executive (seconded from CH2M), replacing Simon Kirby who is leaving at the end of the year to become Chief Operating Officer of Rolls Royce.


Has appointed ex-Eurostar director Andy Slater as Business Director for the firm’s metro and light rail division.


Have appointed Mark Fell as Divisional Manager (ITS) for the South East and London, joining from Transport & Travel Research where he was Divisional Manager for sustainable mobility.


Faiz Nassiri has joined SWECO as Technical Director to help grow its modelling business. He was Divisional Director – transport modelling at Jacobs.

MHC Traffic Ltd

Have recruited Costi Rentzos as a Director. He moves from SYSTRA, where he was Director for London and the South of England since 2007.


Have promoted Head of Digital and Marketing Ian Chambers to the role of Chief Commercial Officer with immediate effect. He replaces Adrian Tighe.


Michael Colella joins SDG as a Consultant from his position at TfL where he was an Associate Director and Ricardo Bobisse has been appointed as an Associate of Urban Design from PLP.


Confirms Javier Echave as Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect, having acted in the role on an interim basis.

Gatwick Airport

Chris Woodroofe has been promoted from Head of Passenger Operations to Chief Operating Officer. Scott Stanley, who previously held this position has been made


Skanska UK

Martin Neeson becomes an Executive Vice President and joins the executive management team with overall responsibility for the company’s services operations. Existing Executive Vice Presidents Gregor Craig and Thomas Faulkner have taken on executive responsibility for the building and civils operations.


Announced that Neil McArthur, Chief Executive since May 2012, is leaving the company by mutual agreement.

Wates Group

Have taken on Skanska’s Paul Chandler as Group Managing Director of its Construction Group with effect from 1 January 2017.

Louis Berger

Have appointed James Rousell as Vice President and Managing Director for the UK.

Laing O’Rourke

Preconstruction Director Mark Richardson has left after nearly 40 years with the


Shane Snow has been appointed Head of High Speed 2 Land Assembly. He previously held the position of Head of the DfT’s seamless travel team since September 2014.

Transport for London

Mike Weston has left his position as Director of Buses at Transport for London. Weston is one of 49 senior managers and directors who have left TfL on a voluntary basis including; Michael Flynn, Miles Ashley, Glen Keelan, Ralph Freeston, Simon Addyman, Richard Carroll, Mike Stubbs, Christine Conlon, John Downes and Andy Bourne.

First Bus

John Dowie has been appointed to the new position of Director – local strategies. He joins on secondment from the DfT.


Have appointed Derval Cummins as European Advisory Leader – Transportation. She joins from EY where she was Head of Transport, Ireland.


Mike Greenwood leaves to join Siemens Rail Automation as a Project Director.

Paul Zanelli joins as Engineering and Technology Director, from his position as Chief Technical Officer at Transport Systems Catapult.

Office of Rail and Road

Graham Richards has been appointed Director, Railway Performance and Planning at the having been acting as interim.


Stagecoach Merseyide and South Lancashire have appointed Alex Crane as Operations Manager and Neil Bolton as Engineering Manager. Matthew Arnold has been appointed Commercial Director of Stagecoach’s Kent and East Sussex operations. Stagecoach East Scotland’s managing director Andrew Jarvis is also leaving the company.

Royal Haskoning DHV

Has appointed Alan Gerrett as its new UK Business Strategy Director. He joins the company from DEME Group

Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA)

Have appointed Matthew Vickerstaff as its deputy CEO and Head of Project Finance.


Have named Chris Sheppard as the new General Manager for its work in Highways England Area 4. Sheppard was formerly CH2M’s Development Director for Rail, working on the High Speed 2 (HS2) route development from London to Crewe.

BAM Construction

Tim Chell has been recruited as Western Regional Director. He will be replacing Nick Goff, who is retiring.

Clancy Consulting

Gavin Jack joins as Divisional Director at the firm’s Glasgow office, having recently returned from Australia where he has been working for the past five years.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director