August has bought the hottest bank holiday on record, England are holding their own in the cricket thanks to Ben Stokes (and Jack Leach!) and the premier league is back on our screens.
As the summer holidays draw to an end, and parents everywhere breathe a sigh of relief, let’s take a look at the major movers and shakers in transport and infrastructure from August…
East Midlands Railway
Abellio have appointed Will Rogers as Managing Director for the new East Midlands Railway Franchise. Rogers is currently Managing Director of Arriva Rail London and will take over from Interim MD, Julian Edwards, in January 2020.
David Martin has been appointed Chairman, taking over from Wolfhart Hauser who resigned in July. Martin is a former Chief Executive of Arriva.
Chief Executive Denis Deacy has stepped down from his position, after 31 years with the company. Cousins, Jason and Tommy Carey have been appointed as interim joint group CEOs, becoming the second generation of the Carey family to head the business.
Sir Edward Lister has resigned as Chairman of Homes England to concentrate on his new role as the PM’s chief Strategic Advisor.
Following on from this, Homes England have appointed four new members to the board. Sadie Morgan; Founding Director of architectural practice Drmm, Mark Rennison; Finance Director for Nationwide Building Society, Olivia Scanlon; Chief Operating Officer at Orchard Global Asset Management LLP and Vanessa Murden; Chief Operating Officer for Lloyds Banking Group’s retail division join the boardroom with immediate effect.
Have appointed two new Directors to its rapidly-growing transport modelling and appraisal team. Wei Wang has joined the company as a Technical Director from Atkins, and Ben Nicholass also joins as Technical Director from Jacobs.
Have appointed former British Land Head of Offices, Tim Roberts, as its next Chief Executive. Roberts succeeds John Sutcliffe who will step down at the end of the year.
Cynthia Ogbonna will stand down as Managing Director at the end of the year having worked with the company for 15 years.
Chief Executive & Chair Bruno Dupety has resigned from his posts after turning the business around. Jérôme Stubler, Vinci Construction France’s Chairman and Chief Executive will act as Chief Executive for the UK business.
Manchester Airports Group
Paul Willis moves internally to become Director of Corporate Strategy. Willis joined the company in 2015 and has most recently been Programme Delivery Director for the Stansted Transformation.
Simon Kesterton joins the company as CFO, succeeding Bev Dew who leaves in September. Kesterton joins from packaging specialist RPC where he was CFO for the last six years.
Chris Scoffield, Managing Director for the Rail, Aviation and Environment business unit has left the company to join Legal & General Modular Company as their Programmes & Commercial Director.
Helen Rigby joins TfL’s Commercial Consulting & International division as a Managing Consultant. She moves internally from TfL City Planning Team where she was Principal Transport Planner.
The government has confirmed the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as the new Construction Minister. Zahawi’s official title is Parliamentary under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Journalist Andrew Gilligan has been appointed as the Transport Advisor to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Gilligan was Cycling Commissioner when Johnson was Mayor of London.
Robert Jenrick, the local government secretary and MP for Newark, has been named Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine, the area covered by non-statutory sub-national transport body Midland Connect.
After the holidays, we see a lot of our clients looking at their senior teams and starting to make new appointments and changes. To discuss any executive recruitment needs you may have with us, you can reply to this email or drop me a line on 020 3 026 3871.