Another year over and another eventful year it has been.
We’ve seen a chaotic general election, Article 50 was triggered and Trump made it to a year as President.
And transport and infrastructure has been just as exciting- with multiple mergers, the downfall of a construction giant and pledges for billions of pounds in government investment over the coming year.
While it might seem like a distant memory now after the Christmas celebrations, let’s take a look at who made a move in December.
National Infrastructure Commission
Lord Adonis stands down as Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission in protest over the government’s management of the departure from the EU.
Has appointed Richard Threlfall as Global Head of Infrastructure Practice, succeeding James Stewart, who will become Vice-Chair of KPMG in the UK.
East West Rail
Peter Austin has been appointed Managing Director of the East West Railway Company. Austin succeeds Phil Verster, who has left after just a few months in post to become president and chief executive officer of Toronto public transport agency Metrolinx.
Has appointed Professor David Healey to the role of Director of Smart Energy. His appointment is part of the ongoing expansion of the energy business.
Chairman David Gray will retire when his five-year term comes to an end in September 2018 the recruitment process for a new Chair to begin shortly.
Steer Davies Gleave
Has recruited two consultants to bolster their rail operations and planning team. Helen Waters joins from Arriva UK Trains as an Associate Director. Richard Aitken joins as an Associate from Keolis.
Former Pick Everard Director of Strategic Developments, Mick Reader has joined the consulting arm of Mace as Head of Strategic Pursuits.
Govia Thameslink Railway
Welcomes Ian McLaren as new Finance Director. He joins from London Midland where he was Finance and Contracts Director.
Rachel Fletcher has been appointed as its new Chief Executive to take over from Cathryn Ross who will be departing for BT. Fletcher will join the water regulator from Ofgem where she was Senior Partner for Consumers and Competition.
CFO Will Day announced he is stepping down to pursue other opportunities. He will be succeeded by Peter Coates, previously Managing Director, National Express Group Bus Division.
Former Skanska UK President and Chief Executive Mike Putnam has been appointed to the board as a Non-Executive Director, replacing Malcolm Brinded who retired from the board in July 2016.
Technical Director Andrew McNaughton will switch to a part-time advisory role. Prof McNaughton will step down from his full-time role on the project to become HS2’s Strategic Technical Adviser, as well as advising both the Department for Transport and other government departments.
Have appointed John Petton as its Global Practice Lead for Project, Programme and Commercial Management. He joins from CH2M where he led the HS2 efficiency challenge programme team as Strategic Projects Director.
Have announced the appointment of former Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Ian Tyler as its new Non-Executive Chairman. Tyler who currently sits on the board of four organisations including Bovis Homes and BAE systems will be replacing Sir Richard Mottram, who has served as Chairman since 2008.