It actually happened, the day that’s been speculated over for so many years now. Love Island launched its winter series.
And we left the EU.
Here are the other major movers and shakers from the month…
Palace of Westminster
Former MoD Chief Operating Officer, David Goldstone CBE, was announced as the Chief Executive of the Delivery Authority which will execute the work to restore and renew the Palace of Westminster. His previous roles to the MoD include; Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation and CFO of TfL.
New York City Transit
Andy Byford has stepped down as President amid tensions with state officials. Byford has been with the company for the past 2 years and has been credited with overhauling the service. Prior to joining NYCTA he was CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) from 2011 to 2017 and held a number of managerial positions with Transport for London.
Rachel McLean has joined as Chief Financial Officer following the retirement of David Hendry. McLean leaves the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government where she served as the department’s CFO from February 2018.
Mary Hewitt has been appointed as Interim Managing Director, succeeding Dave Penney who joined Network Rail as Route Director, Central. Hewitt has been Strategy & Policy Director at Arriva Trains UK since April 2017.
Chiltern have also announced that Ian Hyde has joined as Engineering and Safety Director. He leaves Northern where he was Head of New Trains.
International Airlines Group (IAG)
Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, has announced he is to step down. He is set to retire as chief executive and from the board of IAG on 30 June. Luis Gallego, head of the group’s Spanish division, Iberia, will succeed him.
Dan Bishop moves internally to become Group Director, Stations. He joined WSP from Atkins in November as a Technical Director.
Jim Coleman also joins the consultancy as Head of Economics. Coleman leaves Oxford Policy Management where he has been Director for Urban Economics.
Elliot Robertson moves internally from Chief Operating Officer to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer. Robertson succeeds Derek Shewan who has been with the company for 40 years and will remain involved as Deputy Executive Chairman.
Irene Wilson has also been appointed as the new Group Finance Director. Wilson has been Financial Controller with the business since 2004 and replaces Stuart Roberts.
Have promoted three senior employees to its executive board. Director of UK Building Paul McNerney, Infrastructure Director Declan McGeeney and Head Of UK Residential Ceire O’Rourke have all been appointed Executive Directors of Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd.
Tony Wilcock has taken over the role of Engineering Director for IP from Helen Samuels who has joined the offshore services company, Bibby Marine, as Chief Executive Officer.
Systems Operator Managing Director, Jo Kaye, has also left the business after 24 years with the company.
Amey Utilities Interim MD David McLoughlin has left the company and has been replaced in the role by Andy Halsall, formerly Managing Director of Mitie’s pest control business.
Amey have also appointed former FGS Chief Executive, Craig McGilvray, to the executive team as MD of the Facilities Management, Defence and Justice business. McGilvray took over FGS in March 2019 and led it until January when it went into administration.
East Midlands Railway
Will Rogers has started as Managing Director, leaving Arriva Rail London where he has been Managing Director since May 2016. Julia Thomas will take over as as Interim Managing Director of Arriva Rail London.
Paul Barnfield also joins as Operations Director; he leaves Northern where he was Service Delivery Director.
The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)
Have appointed Paul Reilly, Managing Director at Stantec UK Infrastructure and Buildings (formerly Peter Brett Associates), as its new Chair for 2020. Reilly replaces Ramboll’s Mathew Riley who was ACE chair for the last two years. Reilly was Treasurer for ACE throughout that period.
Simon Ellison has been appointed as Rail Sector Director. Ellison joined Costain in 1997 and has performed several senior leadership roles, most recently, as Technology Capability Director and prior to that as Highways Sector Director.
South West Railway
Mark Hopwood has moved across from Great Western Railway to take over as Interim Managing Director for South West Railway. Matthew Golton has been announced as Interim MD for GWR moving internally from his position as Commercial Development Director & Deputy MD.
Douglas McCormick returns to the consultancy as Executive Chair of the UK reporting to chief executive Graham Harle. McCormick worked at Gleeds in the 1990’s but has most recently been President of WYG.
Andrew English has left Skanska, where he was most recently Managing Director for Infrastructure, to join John Holland as Executive General Manager based in Sydney.
Colin Lamb, Executive Director of Construction has retired from the company. He joined the contractor in June 2018 following a nine-year stint at Kier.
Dyer & Butler
Richard Walker joins as Chief Operating Officer. He leaves Amey where he has been since 2016, most recently as Business Director Rail Major Projects.
Peter Broadley has been appointed as Managing Director for Rolling Stock and Services. Broadley leaves Virgin Trains where he has been Executive Director for Customer, Operations and Safety.
Have appointed Lloyds Banking Group Director of People and Productivity Jen Tippin as a Non-Executive Director. Tippin also serves as a non-executive director for Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust and joins the board on 1st March.
Richard Plant has been appointed as Group Commercial Director. He joins the business from Galliford Try where he was Commercial Director for the Infrastructure Division. Plant succeeds Tim Brown who will become Chief Operating Officer.
South East Water
Douglas Whitfield has been announced as their new Operations Director succeeding Simon Earl moves to Welsh Water to become Director for Water Services. Whitfield joined the company in 1998 and was most recently Head of Production.
Duncan Wilkins has joined as Head of Fleet Services (South). Wilkins joins the business from c2c where he is Engineering Director.
Chief Executive, Olivier Brousse, has resigned from the group to return to his former employer, Veolia after six years with the company. John Laing says he will leave when a successor has been identified.
Gary Crisp has joined as Director of Major Projects, having spent the last 3 years as an independent consultant. Prior to that he was Highways and General Civils Director at Morgan Sindall.
East West Rail
John Bickerton joins as Head of Innovation. He leaves Reading Buses where he has been Head of Engineering & Innovation since 2016.
Rider Levett Bucknall
Have brought in Matt Sharp as their first Chief Digital Officer. Sharp joins from Westfield where he has been Head of IT.
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