April brought us the news that Brexit would be yet again delayed, the hottest Easter weekend on record and Diane Abbott swigging an M&S can of mojito on the London Overground.
Amidst the melting eggs and hot cross buns, let’s see who the major movers and shakers in transport and infrastructure were this month…
Philip Hoare has been promoted to President of Atkins’ global operations. He is replacing Nick Roberts, who has moved to building materials firm Travis Perkins where he will be Chief Executive. Hoare was named Chief Executive of the UK and Europe Operations in January last year.
They have also announced that Grant Porter has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the company’s Engineering, Design and Project Management business in the Middle East and Africa. Porter joined Atkins in the Middle East in 2009 as Regional Finance Director, then subsequently as Chief Operating Officer.
Have named Mike Haigh as its new Chair to replace Keith Howells who is retiring. Haigh, currently Group Managing Director, will take over as Chairman in June.
Chief Financial Officer, Mark Whiteling, who joined the company in October 2017, has resigned to pursue a career as a Non-Executive Director.
The Crown Estate
Have announced Dan Labbad as its new Chief Executive. Labbad will become Second Commissioner and will join the Board of The Crown Estate. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Lendlease Europe.
Wilfrid Petrie is to step down from his position as the Chief Executive of Engie UK and Ireland from next month. Petrie will remain with Engie, to take up a new position on the group’s Paris-based executive committee. Nicola Lovett, who has worked at Engie since 2013, will succeed Petrie as Chief Executive of the UK arm and will take up the role on 1 May.
Former Costain Chief Executive Alan Lovell has joined Amey as a Non-Executive Director. He had already been drafted in to work with subsidiary Amey LG in March.
John Hilton has joined Mace as Project Director for the East Bank project where Mace is working on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). Hilton left AECOM in December after 4 years as Director of Construction Services UK&I.
Have announced Matthew Prosser as its new Technical Director. He joins from Chiltern Railways, where he was Engineering and Safety Director.
Turner & Townsend
Rohan Perin joins as a Director within the Programme Advisory team. He has most recently been Interim Delivery Director at TfL.
Robert Ogg joins as UK-wide Director of Frameworks. Ogg previously worked for Morgan Sindall as Area Director of Scottish Infrastructure.
Sir Robert McAlpine
Group Commercial Director, Martin Pitt, has left the business after 4 years. Chief Financial Officer, Leighton More is taking on the role on an interim basis.
Leighton Cardwell has returned to Jacobs as its Director of Operations and Cities Growth Director, based in Leeds. He moves from WSP where he had been Technical Director and Discipline Lead (North) since December 2016.
Transport Planning Society
Stephen Bennett has been appointed Chair of the Transport Planning Society succeeding Lynda Addison who has completed two years of service. Bennett is Director of Transport Consulting at Arup and has been a TPS board member since 2015.
The energy technology company have appointed former government adviser Mark Corben as its new Chief Financial Officer. Corben was previously Senior Financial Adviser for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and before that he was CFO of Tideway.
Royal BAM Group
Have appointed Simon Finnie as Chief Business Excellence Officer. Finnie previously worked for Laing O’Rourke as Group Strategic Projects Director from January 2017.
Network Rail Consulting
Gordon Lindsay joins as Regional Director for the Middle East. Lindsay leaves SNC- Lavalin Atkins where he was Client Director for Major Projects.
Have bolstered their Expansion team with the appointment of Ben Wheeldon to Programme Services Director and David Speight to Project Delivery Director. Wheeldon has most recently been Programme Delivery Director for the Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Programme. Speight leaves EDF where he was Head of Construction, Hinkley Point C.
Andrew Wolstenholme leaves the HS2 board after less than a year. Wolstenholme, who is currently BAE Systems UK Managing Director of Maritime and Land, joined the board in June 2018 after leading Crossrail for seven years.
HS2 have appointed Dame Judith Hackitt and former Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes to the board.
Have appointed Shane Baker as Head of Piling, Julian Mansfield as Piling Pre-Construction Manager and Darren Smallman as Piling Operations Manager.
All three join from Cementation Skanska, where; Baker had been a Director responsible for London projects, Mansfield was a Work Winning Director, and Smallman had been Operations Manager.
Battersea Power Station Development Company
The firm has overhauled its senior team, putting a new person in charge of all phases. Ian Feast, current Head of Phase 3, has been promoted to the newly created role Head of Delivery and will be in charge of all phases of work, including Phase 2 which is currently being looked after by Kevin Bundy, who is leaving the business.
Scott Grant, who was in charge of Phase 1, becomes Head of Phase 3 and Nigel Parrish has been appointed as Head of Commercial. Parrish was previously Phase 3 Commercial Director.
Simon Jenner, COO, and Head of Delivery Matt Lusty also resigned from the company last month.
Have announced the following three Board changes; Ryan Mangold has been appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer, Julia Steyn has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director, and Senior Independent Director Drummond Hall will step down from the Board at the end of May. He will be succeeded by David Robbie, who continues to chair the Audit Committee.
Stephen Fidler is to become the DfT’s new Director of Local Transport. He will succeed Graham Pendlebury who is retiring at the end of May. Fidler is currently Deputy Director in the DfT’s strategic roads division.
Carillion’s former Interim CEO, Keith Cochrane, has taken over at the German manufacturer as CEO. He replaces Andreas Evertz, who stepped down as CEO after almost five years.
Ian Smith joins the Canadian government run transport agency as their Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Smith leaves East Midlands Trains where he has been Operations Director.
If you have senior appointments you would like to include in our next movers & shakers update, please do email them to us.