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Let’s take a look at who’s moving and shaking up the transport and infrastructure sectors this month:
Peter Coates, the Managing Director of National Express’ UK bus division, is retiring after 20 years with the company. Paul Thomas is to take over as Managing Director on 1st May.
Sir Robert McAlpine
Tony Gates has been appointed as Managing Director for Infrastructure. He leaves his position as Director for New Business at Balfour Beatty.
Mike O’Neill has been appointed as Managing Director of Ringway Jacobs. He leaves M+W Group where he was Operations Director.
Have appointed Anglo American Chairman Sir John Parker as its new Chairman. He will start his position later this year.
Balfour Beatty Rail
Colin Copson joins as Head of Estimating, leaving his position at VolkerRail after 11 years with the company.
John Perry has retired from his post as Global Transport Leader with the Engineering Consultants. His successor has yet to be announced.
David Payne has been promoted from Fleet Delivery Manager to Head of Fleet Delivery.
Noel Travers has been promoted to Managing Director. He joined the company in 2016 as Deputy Managing Director.
First Class Partnerships
Geoff Smith has joined as Partner. He joins from EY where he was Executive Director of the Infrastructure Sector Leadership team, UK&I Advisory Services.
National Infrastructure Commission
Lord Adonis has been appointed as Permanent Chair. The chancellor Phillip Hammond has also appointed Sir John Armitt as Deputy Chair and four new commissioners – Kate Barker, David Fisk, Andy Green and Julia Prescot.
Matthew Hudson moves internally to take on the position of Head of Strategy, Technology & Data. He previously held the role of Head of Business Development, Customer Experience.
Have appointed ex-Galliford Try boss Greg Fitzgerald as its new Chief Executive, at the same time as it turned down a takeover offer from the rival house builder. Greg retired from Galliford Try in 2014.
Gavin Stonard has joined the subsidiary of North Midland Construction Group as Engineering Director. He was previously Director of Water, Energy and Asset Management at Sweco.