Movers and shakers: the biggest appointments in the industry in April 2021
A top reshuffle of the Association for Consulting and Engineering (ACE), a new boss of Transport for the North (TfN) and a new role for a former head of Crossrail are among the high-level appointments in April.
Below is a roundup of the biggest movements and see you in April.
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Hannah Vickers leaves ACE for role with Mace
ACE has announced that its chief executive, Hannah Vickers, is resigning to join construction company Mace. She will join Mace in July as a Chief of Staff where she will directly support Chief Executive Officer Mark Reynolds and the Company’s Board of Directors in integrating its new 2026 business strategy.
Vickers joined ACE in September 2018 from the Institution of Civil Engineers. Previously, she worked for Infrastructure UK, which is part of HM Treasury and the Environment Agency.
TfN appoints new chef
Northern leaders have approved the appointment of Martin Tugwell as Managing Director of Transport for the North (TfN). He succeeds Barry White.
Tugwell has over 20 years of transport and investment experience in managerial positions in the public sector and will join TfN from the Economic Center of England, the sub-national transport body for the region, including including Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire. He is also the current president of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
Former Crossrail boss joins Laing O’Rourke
Ramboll appoints new CEO in UK
Ramboll promoted Philippa Spence to Managing Director of its 1,300 UK operations, two years after joining the company as Managing Director of UK Environment & Health practice.
Spence takes the lead role after Mathew Riley has risen from UK Managing Director to Ramboll Group Management with responsibility for UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and from Norway. She was previously a senior partner at ERM, an environmental consultant, and sits on the advisory board of the Environmental Industries Commission.
New boss for the Scottish company of BAM
Bam Construction has promoted Jim Ward to the position of Managing Director of his company in Scotland. Ward replaces Bruce Dickson, who takes on a new, broader role within the Royal Bam Group as Director of Transformation for the UK and Ireland. Ward spent 40 years in Bam, joining 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 Director of Indirect Business Partnerships for Vodafone. She is also a non-executive director and sits on the board of the Transport for London Museum.
CTO Costain Joins New Atkins Company
Atkins has appointed John Batterbee, Director of Costain, to lead his new applied technology practice, created to meet the growing demand for digital and technological capabilities in Atkins’ markets.
Batterbee spent just over two and a half years at Costain as Director of Technology Solutions, responsible for helping clients navigate digital disruption and realize the value of technology transformation.
Costain appoints Network Rail customer director
Costain has appointed Ann-Marie Morrison as Customer Director of Network Rail. Morrison will work with Network Rail to plan and execute complex programs that are more effective, efficient and create opportunities for local communities.
She has extensive experience in delivering complex, high-level major 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 chief digital officer to focus on the company’s digital transformation strategy and modern construction methods. Aneesa Mulla, who is currently Strategic Head of Digital Construction at the now renowned former Interserve company, will take on the new role focused on the evolution of the digital transformation strategy.
Mulla has over 10 years of experience in the construction and design industry as a BIM specialist and team leader. Prior to Tilbury Douglas, she worked as a CAD lecturer at Birmingham City University.
Motts calls on TfL’s head of diversity
Frances McAndrew joined Mott MacDonald as Group Leader of the Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility Group. McAndrew has spent over 20 years researching, leading and implementing employee diversity and inclusion strategies. Most recently, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Transport for London (TfL), she led a program of activities covering diversity and inclusion for her 27,000 people.
Thames Water Appoints New Director of Capital Delivery
Francis Paonessa joined Thames Water as Director of Capital Delivery. This appointment follows the recent hiring of Warren Buckley as Director of Retail and Cathryn Ross as Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs.
Paonessa comes from the business and strategy consultancy firm Aczel, where he has been advising clients since 2019 on a number of high-level projects in the defense and infrastructure sectors. He was previously Managing Director of Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail and was responsible for delivering £ 25bn of major renewal and improvement programs during the regulatory five-year period.
Tilbury Douglas appoints new regional doctors
Tilbury Douglas has appointed Richard Boeg as Regional Managing Director for the South East region of its UK construction business. Boeg will lead the company building and Paragon’s planning activities in London and the South East.
John Gittins has also been promoted to Regional Director General for the North Region, covering Scotland, Yorkshire and the North East, while Simon Butler has been promoted to Head of the Central Region, covering the Midlands and the South of the Country of Wales.
Laing O’Rourke boss joins Waterman
Sweco adds offices in the North
Consulting engineer Sweco has added to its building standards division with the hiring of three senior consultants in the north of England. Jason Foster joins the company’s Leeds office after leaving Stroma as COO. He previously worked for Carillion and HCD Group.
Paul McClelland is also joining Stroma’s Leeds office as Director of Business Projects. His previous positions include Associate Director positions for Bureau Veritas Building Control and Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Third, Andrew Marsden joins Sweco’s Manchester office as a leading building control expert, after 15 years working for local authorities and licensed inspectors.
A new chef will advance the Energy Institute
Nick Wayth has been appointed CEO of the Energy Institute. Wayth was previously Director of Alternative Energy Development 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, energy and resource efficiency consulting. It will help local authorities, central government / decentralized administrations, large energy users and energy and utility companies to achieve their net zero emissions targets.
Construction Scotland Innovation Center appoints T&T Director as Chair
CSIC has appointed Andy Outram as its new president, succeeding John Forster. Outram has worked in the UK construction industry for 35 years and is currently Senior Director of Real Estate in Scotland at Turner & Townsend.
New head of NMCN begins
Construction group NMCN has announced that its new general manager will begin work in May. Lee Marks was previously Group Commercial Director at NG Bailey. He succeeds John Homer, who was fired by the NMCN board at the end of September 2020. During the six-month interim, President Robert Moyle served as interim CEO.
Nexus Planning appoints new team
Independent planning consultancy Nexus Planning has announced the launch of its national Nexus Infrastructure Planning team. The team will be led by Andrew Walters, the newly appointed Director of Infrastructure Planning, who comes from GL Hearn / Capita. With more than 25 years of experience, Walters will draw on the consulting firm’s existing infrastructure and energy expertise.
Typsa recruits the head of transport
Typsa has recruited Stephen Russell as Director of Transport in the UK and Ireland. Russell’s role will be to help build on the interesting and challenging work already being undertaken on flagship projects such as High Speed 2, the A465 Heads of the Valley upgrade, the DART expansion program and the Dublin Bus Corridor project.
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