Political jabs have been thrown, royal scandals and Michael Gove channelling his inner Stormzy. Just your average November for the UK.
In the world of Transport and Infrastructure we have seen a mega month for movers and shakers. Here are the headlines…
Have appointed five new Capital Delivery Directors, who report to the Regional Managing Directors. These include; Rob Cairns – Eastern, Eoin O’Neill – North West & Central, Kris Kinnear – Scotland, Tim Coucher (interim) – Southern and Stuart Calvert for Wales & Western.
Chief Executive Debbie White will leave the company at the end of 2019 amid a company restructure. Interserve will be split into three divisions across; construction, services and RMD Kwikform, each with a dedicated Managing Director and Chairman.
Interserve Construction will be Chaired by former Balfour Beatty CSUK CEO Nick Pollard, with Paul Gandy continuing as the Managing Director.
Support Services will be Chaired by Alan Lovell, who joined as Group Chair in July. Lynn Mawdsley has been named Managing Director of the business.
RMD Kwikform, named Equipment Services in the restructure, will continue to be led by Chairman Ken Hanna with Ian Hayes as MD.
Group Commercial Director, Andrew Jarman has also retired after 30 years with the company. His will be succeeded by Ben Edwards who joins from Sobha in Dubai where he was Group Commercial Director of its Middle East construction business.
West Coast Partnership
Phil Whittingham and Caroline Donaldson have been appointed by FirstGroup and Trenitalia, which will take on the rail services on December 8. Whittingham, Managing Director of Virgin Trains since 2013, will now become Managing Director of the InterCity West Coast business.
Donaldson currently Bid Director at FirstGroup, will become the Managing Director of the West Coast Partnership Development.
Vinny Patel has been appointed as Client Director – Stations & TOD’s. Patel has been Market Director at Ramboll since 2017.
Also joining the consultancy is David Nicholls who has been appointed HSE Director UK Transportation. He leaves Keolis Amey Metrolink.
Have appointed Peter Kirk as Managing Director of its rail division. Kirk was previously Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Specialist Services and Business Development Director for UK Rail.
Has strengthened its global cities programme with the appointment of Anusha Shah as Director of Resilient Cities in the UK. She joins from her previous role as founder and CEO of Plan for Earth.
Paul Dennett also moves to Arcadis as Managing Director Highways and Aviation. Dennett leaves Atkins where he has been Project Delivery Director in their UK Transportation business.
Rosie Illingworth has been appointed as Service Leader, Rolling Stock. She leaves SNC-Lavalin where she has been since 2015, most recently as Section Head – Business Consulting.
Ben Legg joins as Global Corporate Health & Safety Director based in Spain. He leaves AECOM where he was Corporate Vice President Safety Health and Environment.
Have appointed Andrew Reynolds as its first Chief Executive in five years. Reynolds, who has been UK and Global Board Director since 2001, has taken on the new position that he will carry out while continuing to serve in his existing role.
Simon Longstaffe has joined Mace as Operations Director. He leaves Faithful + Gould where he has been Regional Director for the London and Southeast Infrastructure team, leading the rail team.
David Ferroussat also joins as an Operations Director, leaving Heathrow where he was Development Procurement Director.
Greater London Authority
The Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission is to leave the job for a planning and regeneration role at the Greater London Authority. Philip Graham was named as the first Chief Executive of the organisation in 2015. The NIC is currently seeking his replacement.
Dan Smith joins as UK & Ireland Quality, Railway Safety and Performance Director. Smith has run his own management Consultancy since 2014, mainly focused in the Rail and Transportation sectors.
Peter Millett has been appointed as Managing Director Engineering Services. He leaves Jaguar Land Rover where he has been Construction Facilities Director since 2013.
Have appointed Patrick Jeantet as its new Group Executive Chairman to start in early 2020. Jeantet has been Chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau, and Deputy Chairman of the SNCF Executive Board since 2016.
Richard Stuart leaves The Go-Ahead Group where he has been Director, International Development to establish his own transport consultancy providing strategic transport advice.
The Department of Transport has added a Non-Executive Director to the Crossrail board. Kathryn Cearns joins the management team following the termination, in April, of DfT nominee Robert Jennings. Cearns holds four oversight positions at different governmental bodies in addition to her new position. She chairs the DfT and Highways England audit and risk committees.
Matthew Botelle has been internally appointed as Stations Client Director responsible for the common components for all HS2 Stations, together with direct delivery of Old Oak Common, Birmingham Curzon Street and Birmingham Interchange stations. He moves internally from his most recent positions as Interim Programme Director, Area South, Phase 1.
Laurence Whitbourn also returns to HS2 from Network Rail. He has been appointed as Client Director for the Euston area.
Multiplex Chief Executive for Europe, the Middle East and Canada (EMEC), Ashley Muldoon, is set to leave after 22 years with the company. With the departure, Multiplex announced it has created a new Global CEO position and appointed Chief Executive of Australia and India John Flecker to the role.
Giles Price has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer at AECOM. Until April this year Price has been Chief Operating Officer as CHS Engineering Services and has since been working as an Advisor to various companies.
Sambit Banerjee has moved internally to become Managing Director, Rolling Stock. Banerjee has worked at Siemens since 2005, most recently as Finance Director, Rolling Stock.
Have announced that Bill Hocking will take over as CEO if the sale of Linden Homes to Bovis goes through. Current Galliford Try CEO Graham Prothero will move to Bovis and take up the Chief Operating Officer position under CEO Greg Fitzgerald.
Former Lagan Construction COO, Nick Fletcher has joined as Managing Director Major Projects.
Have appointed Liam Cummins as Group Managing Director of Kier Construction succeeding Peter Young. Cummins has spent the past 16 years with Laing O’Rourke, most recently leading its UK building division.
Gary Wintersgill returns to the business as Managing Director leading regional building activities in Scotland and the north east. Wintersgill previously served as Managing Director of Kier’s regional building northern business for 20 years and has spent the last 5 years as Managing Director of Severfield.
Chief Operating Officer Claudio Veritiero has also left with immediate after just over a year in the job. His successor has yet to be announced.
Have announced the appointment of David Cadiot to Executive General Manager giving him responsibility for all the firm’s UK construction projects outside of London. Cadiot was previously Commercial Director for integrated projects.
Have reorganised its business into three operating divisions and appointed three new Chief Operating Officers to oversee them.
Paul Brown has been appointed as COO for the UK business, while also retaining his role as UK Civils Managing Director.
Donal McCarthy has been appointed COO for Ireland and for all business sectors in Europe. He will retain his role as Ireland East Managing Director.
Mark McGreevy has been appointed COO for Sisk’s construction services business, including Sisk Living, Sensori FM, Vision Built and Strategic Projects, while continuing as Group Commercial Director.
Matthew Forbes joins as Vice President at CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) EMEA. Forbes leaves AECOM where he has been Chief Operating Officer EMEA since 2017.
Has brought back Jane Towse-Laval to head up it’s piling business as Business Director for Ground Engineering. She left the firm in January to join VolkerGround Engineering.
CPC Project Services
Former Senior Partner at Arcadis, Mark Cleverly, has joined as Partner and Head of Commercial Services and Property Development
Tim Steiner has joined a Divisional Director, based in Edinburgh. He moves from SYSTRA’s Edinburgh office, where he was Local And Sustainable Transport Market Director.
Have appointed two new recruits to its project management team. David Corbin joins from WYG as Head of Programme & Project Management (UK) and Kara Thompson moves from Savills to become Head of London Project Management.
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