Movers and shakers: Biggest industry appointments in March 2021
In March 2021 there were numerous high-profile appointments, from the chairman of Network Rail to the extension to a former head of the London Olympics who took on the lead role at Arup.
A summary of the largest moves and dates in March can be found below.
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Network Rail boss receives additional term
Sir Peter Hendy has been appointed Network Rail Chairman for an additional two-year term. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the reappointment. The last two-year term of office is scheduled to begin on July 16. Hendy has been on the board of Network Rail since 2015. He has also been Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation since July 2017.
The London Olympics delivery chief has been named Arup chairman
Jerome Frost has been named President of the UK, India, Middle East and Africa Region (UKIMEA) of Arup to strengthen the company’s focus on sustainable development. Frost will lead a 6,500-strong team and focus Arup’s business on creating more inclusive, safe and resilient communities, infrastructures and cities.
As an internationally recognized expert in urban planning, major events and economic development, Frost has led and implemented major projects that set new standards for sustainable development. As the former Head of Design and Regeneration for the Olympic Delivery Authority, he played a leading role in executing the design strategy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
He has played a key role in other major regeneration projects across the UK including King’s Cross, Wembley and Bristol Temple Meads, as well as major urban, transportation and reconstruction projects around the world – in South Africa, South America and East Asia.
New road manager for Galliford Try
Galliford Try has appointed David Lowery as the new General Manager of its Highways business. Lowery joined Galliford Try two months ago as Operations Director, straight from his role as Director for the Eiffage Kier Ferrovial BAM joint venture working on HS2.
Network Rail Appoints New Head of Wales & Western Region
Network Rail announced that Michelle Handforth has been appointed as the new General Manager for Wales & Western. Handforth, currently Managing Director of the Aberdeen Harbor Board, will join Wales & Western this summer. She has held various roles in rail, aviation, shipping, and oil and gas, including Great North Eastern Railways and First Group.
Mace brings back a familiar face
Mace has appointed Andrew Smart to lead FM consulting for its facility management business, Operate. Smart has returned to Mace’s Operate after 10 years, having previously worked there from 2008 to 2011 before moving to Cushman & Wakefield as Head of Facility Management.
Mott MacDonald brings the sustainability guru with him
Sally Sudworth has joined Mott MacDonald as the global leader for sustainability and climate change. Sally joins the UK Environment Agency’s consultancy, where she led the net zero carbon strategy for infrastructure and was the sustainability director for floods and coastlines. She was previously director of the Low Zero Carbon Hub in Wales and has extensive experience in the public and private sectors.
Network Rail strengthens non-exec board
Network Rail has appointed Ismail Amla and Stephen Duckworth as non-executive directors to its Board of Directors effective April 1, 2021. Amla has lived in the United States for nearly a decade and is currently the Chief Growth Officer at Capita. Meanwhile, Duckworth founded and ran Disability Matters Ltd, a research and advisory firm with expertise in health and safety, sustainability and diversity with an emphasis on access and mobility.
Ramboll recruits from within
Mathew Riley, UK MD at Ramboll, has been appointed to the Global Executive Committee and will take on the role of Group Chief Operating Officer in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the UK and Germany. Riley has served as UK General Manager for the past four and a half years, during which time he was responsible for a major turnaround in Ramboll’s UK operations. Prior to that, he has over 30 years of senior management experience in the real estate and construction industries, including seven years at Arcadis before joining Ramboll.
The Rail Supply Group appoints leading experts
The Rail Supply Group (RSG) has announced the appointment of two leading experts to its industry-wide advice. Jacqueline Starr, Managing Director of Rail Delivery Group, and Elaine Clark, Managing Director of Rail Forum Midlands, join the council. RDG unites the companies that operate the UK railways into a single team with the aim of delivering a better railroad.
Amey welcomes new highways sector manager
Amey has announced that Andy Denman will join the company to take responsibility for the local and strategic highways. For the past five years, Denman was Operations Manager at Ringway Jacobs, managing a portfolio of local government contracts.
WSP brings energy experts for the transition
Mike Theobald has joined WSP to lead the company’s Energy Transition team. As Director of Energy Transition, Theobald will play an important role in advising WSP projects that will support the UK’s transition to zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Wates grabs Skanska’s strategy director
Former Skanska Strategy Director Inna Lim joined Wates. Lim has been appointed as the new Director of Strategy and Integration for the recently formed Wates Integrated Construction Services (WICS) group.
Atkins Appoints Assistant Director of Social Value
Atkins has named Penny Anderson as Associate Director of Social Value. Anderson joins Atkins from BAM Construction where she led BAM’s social values strategy in the Netherlands and the UK and was involved in delivering social values results for many of BAM’s clients.
Laing O’Rourke’s head of procurement is given the role of sustainability
Laing O’Rourke’s European Procurement Director, Carol Williams, has been appointed to the board of the industry’s leading Supply Chain Sustainability School.
Sisk is making a senior appointment in the northwest
John Sisk & Son announced the appointment of Nick Summerfield as the new Regional Director for the Northwest. Nick has over 30 years of commercial, residential, industrial, defense and education building experience and has completed a number of high profile projects including Trafford Townhall, Media City, Manchester and Liverpool Commercial District. He will oversee the delivery of Sisk projects in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.
Tetra Tech brings in a contamination expert on site
Tetra Tech, a professional services company, welcomes Ian Ross. r Ross strengthens Tetra Tech’s PFAS (Poly and Perfluoroalkyl Substances) team, which provides science-based solutions. With more than 30 years of experience dealing with industrial pollutants, Ross will work on technical solutions for PFAS management, including developing risk management and remediation strategies to restore sites contaminated with PFAS and other environmental pollutants.
Bid Manager included as SES target regions
SES Engineering Services has hired Dave Thomas as Regional Bid Manager as the company plans to expand its reach in the Midlands and Southwest. Headquartered in Birmingham, Thomas will be responsible for securing high profile, complex engineering and electrical engineering projects in strategic growth sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing and education.
Clancy turns to the third generation to help move the business forward
Clancy has appointed Ronan Clancy to his management team and has taken on a new position as Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development. In this role, Ronan will lead the utility specialist’s focus on new market opportunities as he seeks to use his technical expertise in water and energy to support UK infrastructure investments.
Ronan has been with the company since 2010 and has held a number of operational management roles within the company’s water framework. Ronan’s appointment will also support Clancy’s ongoing transition to a third generation of family leadership at the company, which was founded in 1958 by his grandfather, Michael Clancy.
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