Movers and shakers: Biggest industry appointments in April 2021
A reorganization at the top of the Association for Consulting and Engineering (ACE), a new head of Transport for the North (TfN) and a new role for a former Crossrail chief are among the high-profile appointments in April.
A summary of the largest moves and dates in April can be found below.
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Hannah Vickers leaves ACE for a role on Mace
ACE has announced that its managing director Hannah Vickers is stepping down to join the construction company Mace. She will join Mace in July as Chief of Staff, where she will directly assist CEO Mark Reynolds and the company’s board of directors in embedding his new business strategy for 2026.
Vickers joined ACE in September 2018 from the Institution of Civil Engineers. She previously worked for Infrastructure UK, part of the Treasury and Environment Agency.
TfN appoints new boss
The leaders of the north have approved the appointment of Martin Tugwell as the next executive director of Transport for the North (TfN). He succeeds Barry White.
Tugwell has over 20 years of leadership experience in transportation and public sector investments and will join TfN from England’s Economic Heartland, the subnational transportation company serving the region including Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire. He is also the current President of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
Ex-Crossrail boss joins Laing O’Rourke
Ramboll appoints new UK managing director
Ramboll has promoted Philippa Spence to managing director of the 1,300-strong UK company two years after joining the company as managing director for UK environmental and health practices.
Spence takes on the lead role following Mathew Riley’s rise from UK Managing Director to Ramboll Group Executive Board with responsibility for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Previously, she was a Senior Partner at the environmental consultant ERM and a member of the Advisory Board of the Environmental Industries Commission.
New boss for BAM’s Scottish business
Bam Construction has promoted Jim Ward to Chief Executive of its Scotland business. Ward replaces Bruce Dickson, who is taking on a new, broader role within the Royal Bam Group as the UK and Ireland Transformation Director. Ward spent 40 years with Bam and joined the company in 1980.
Morgan Sindall Appoints Non-Executive Director
Morgan Sindall announced the appointment of Kathy Quashie as non-executive director. Quashie is currently the director of indirect partnerships for Vodafone Enterprise. She is also a non-executive director and sits on the corporate board of Transport for London Museum.
Costain’s chief technology officer joins the new Atkins business
Atkins has appointed Costain Director John Batterbee to lead its new applied technology practice, which was established to meet the growing demand for digital and technology skills in the Atkins markets.
Batterbee spent a little over two and a half years at Costain as the director of technology solutions, responsible for helping clients cope with digital disruptions and realizing the value of technology transformation.
Costain appoints Network Rail’s chief executive officer
Costain has named Ann-Marie Morrison as Network Rail’s Client Director. Morrison will work with Network Rail to plan and deliver complex programs that are more effective, efficient and create opportunities for local communities.
She has extensive experience helping deliver high profile and complex large infrastructure projects and building strong relationships that create a culture of success.
Tilbury Douglas Appoints Head of Digital
Tilbury Douglas has announced the appointment of a new Head of Digital who will focus on the company’s strategy for digital transformation and advanced design methods. Aneesa Mulla, currently strategic executive in the field of digital construction in the now renamed former Interserve business, will take on the new role, which focuses on the further development of the strategy for digital transformation.
Mulla has more than 10 years of experience in the construction and construction industry as a BIM specialist and team leader. Before Tilbury Douglas, she worked as a lecturer in CAD at Birmingham City University.
Motts brings TfL Diversity Boss
Frances McAndrew has joined Mott MacDonald as the Corporate Inclusion and Responsibility Group Leader. McAndrew has spent over 20 years researching, guiding, and implementing employee diversity and inclusion strategies. Most recently, she headed the Diversity and Inclusion Department at Transport for London (TfL) and ran a diversity and inclusion activity program for 27,000 people.
Thames Water Appoints New Capital Delivery Director
Francis Paonessa joined Thames Water as Capital Delivery Director. The appointment follows the recent recruitment of Warren Buckley as Retail Director and Cathryn Ross as Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs.
Paonessa comes from the corporate and strategy consultancy Aczel, where he has been advising clients on a number of high-profile projects in the defense and infrastructure sector since 2019. Previously, he was Managing Director of Infrastructure Projects for Network Rail, responsible for allocating £ 25 billion to key renewal and improvement programs during the five year regulatory period
Tilbury Douglas Appoints New Regional Managing Directors
Tilbury Douglas has appointed Richard Boeg as Regional General Manager for the southeast region of its UK construction business. Boeg will manage the company’s building and Paragon will outfit the London and South East stores.
John Gittins has also been promoted to Regional General Manager for the Northern Region, covering Scotland, Yorkshire and the North East, while Simon Butler has been promoted to Central Region Manager for the Midlands and South Wales.
Laing O’Rourke boss joins Waterman
Sweco expands the offices in the north
Consulting engineer Sweco has expanded its building standards department to include three senior consultants in the north of England. Jason Foster joins the company’s Leeds office from Stroma as Operations Director. He previously worked for Carillion and the HCD Group.
Paul McClelland is moving from Stroma to the Leeds office as Director of Commercial Projects. Previously, he was Associate Director for Bureau Veritas Building Control and Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Third, Andrew Marsden joins Sweco’s Manchester office as Chief Building Control Surveyor after 15 years working for local government agencies and licensed inspectors.
New boss who takes the energy institute forward
Nick Wayth has been named chief executive of the Energy Institute. Wayth was formerly the Chief Development Officer of Alternative Energy at BP.
Tetra Tech appoints new sustainability guru
Tetra Tech has appointed Sam McCloskey as director of its UK sustainability and climate resilience practice. McCloskey has 27 years of experience in environmental consulting, energy and resource efficiency. He will support local authorities, central / decentralized administrations, large energy consumers as well as energy and utility companies in achieving their zero emissions targets.
Construction Scotland Innovation Center appoints the T&T director as chairman
The CSIC has appointed Andy Outram to succeed John Forster as its new chairman. Outram has been in the UK construction industry for 35 years and is currently Senior Director of Real Estate in Scotland at Turner & Townsend.
NMCN’s new boss begins
The construction company NMCN has announced that its new managing director will start work in May. Lee Marks was formerly Group Commercial Director at NG Bailey. He succeeds John Homer, who was fired from the NMCN board in late September 2020. During the six months in the meantime, Chairman Robert Moyle was acting CEO.
Nexus Planning appoints new team
The independent planning consultancy Nexus Planning has announced the start of its national Nexus Infrastructure Planning team. The team will be led by Andrew Walters, the newly appointed Director of Infrastructure Planning from GL Hearn / Capita. With over 25 years of experience, Walters will build on the consulting company’s existing infrastructure and energy expertise.
Typsa recruits transport manager
Typsa has hired Stephen Russell as its transportation director in the UK and Ireland. Russell’s job will be to build on the interesting and challenging work already done on landmark projects like High Speed 2, the A465 Heads of the Valley upgrade, the DART expansion program and the Dublin Bus Corridor project.
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