• ADEPT announces new Engineering Board chair


    The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has announced the new chair of its Engineering Board.

    Mark Stevens, assistant director operational highways, Suffolk County Council will take over from longstanding chair Parvis Khansari with immediate effect.

    Praising Mr Khansari, ADEPT president, Neil Gibson said: 'Parvis took over as chair of the Engineering Board from Steve Kent at fairly short notice over five years ago – and has done a sterling job ever since. He is much respected by his local government colleagues and has helped forge closer relationships both with the Department for Transport and the entire engineering sector.

    Parvis Khansari - the much admired departing chair

    'Parvis will be missed by colleagues on the Engineering Board, but we are fortunate that he will continue to provide his invaluable support to ADEPT and the industry.'

    In his new role as chair, Mr Stevens will also represent ADEPT at national level including the UK Roads Liaison Group, the Department for Transport and the Highways Term Maintenance Association.

    Mr Stevens said: 'It is a privilege to take on the role of chair of the ADEPT Engineering Board, having served as its secretary and deputy chair for a number of years. I am looking forward to representing the views of my colleagues from across the country as well as being an active participant in the work of ADEPT through its leadership team.

    Mark Stevens - the much admired incoming chair

    'These are challenging times for anyone involved in improving and, in particular, maintaining our current highway infrastructure and we can only do that effectively through working in a collaborative way. I am grateful to the leadership team in giving me this opportunity.'

    Mr Stevens has worked in local government highways and transportation services for over 35 years, where he has worked for a number of local authorities including Leicestershire, Peterborough and Luton.

    His wide-ranging experience includes setting up and providing strategic direction to the Midlands Highways Alliance, and involvement in the Highway Maintenance Efficiency Programme.


    Channel: Infrastructure


  • HS2 brings in new heavyweights to top team


    HS2 Ltd - the public body in charge of building the high speed rail link - has made new additions to its senior staff, with a new chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

    Richard Robinson has been appointed the new chief operating officer and will be tasked with directly supporting chief executive, Mark Thurston, in delivering what is Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

    Mr Robinson joins from AECOM where he led its civil infrastructure business across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, first as managing director and then chief executive, responsible for 8,000 people and a range of infrastructure projects. 

    Michael Bradley, CB, is also joining the company as chief financial officer. Mr Bradley comes from Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), an arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, where he is CFO and director general resources, and has been acting CEO since December 2017.

    At HS2 Ltd, Mr Bradley will be leading the finance team, corporate sponsorship, and the programme management office.


    Channel: Infrastructure

    keywords: Rail

  • AECOM appoints new chief executive in civil infrastructure


    AECOM has appointed Colin Wood MBE as chief executive of its civil infrastructure business across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA).

    The appointment comes after Richard Robinson moved on to become HS2 Ltd's chief operating office.


    Before joining AECOM as UK and Ireland managing director for transportation a year ago, Mr Wood has worked at Transport for London, as head of Olympic and Paralympic Readiness/Director of Olympic Legacy.

    Mr Wood also held senior positions at London Heathrow and Capita, and is a former RAF Wing Commander.

    Lara Poloni, chief executive, EMIA, said: 'Mr Wood appointment is an important step forward for our civil Infrastructure business, the leadership and experience he brings are second to none. In his time at AECOM he has already shown himself to be a great role model with a deep understanding of the business.

    'He has a strong affiliation with our people and an extensive network of contacts which will be invaluable as we drive growth in key markets such as aviation, oil and gas and transit. His leadership will also be vitally important for positioning AECOM for exciting opportunities in the Middle East and across the rest of the region.'

    The EMIA business operates in 50 countries, has more than 8,500 staff and covers transportation, water, ports and power sectors.


    Channel: Infrastructure


  • RSMA appoints new HSE lead


    The RSMA has announced the appointment of Stuart Caroline as its health, safety and environmental (HSE) and assessment manager.

    Mr Caroline boasts almost an alphabet after his name - BSc(Hons), CMIOSH, EnvDipNEBOSH, CSP - and has had success running his own business delivering HSE consultancy services ranging from legislative compliance framework development, to staff training up to Level 6 (Nebosh Diploma) across construction and related environments.

    He joins RSMA on Monday (25 June).

    Stuart Caroline

    A Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and a qualified trainer and assessor, he will conduct industry specific NVQ assessments and be responsible for all aspects of HSE.

    Mr Caroline will also help oversee planned course expansions and service delivery for RSMA members.

    RSMA chief executive Stu McInroy said: ‘I am delighted to welcome another well-qualified and high calibre individual to our team at the RSMA. Stuart has much to offer the RSMA and I believe his knowledge, experience and expertise will be of great value to our members.’


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    Channel: Highways

    keywords: Road Safety

  • Crossrail makes board reshuffle


    Crossrail have announced new appointments to its board, following the announcement that chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme OBE will be stepping down.

    Mr Wolstenholme is to be replaced by programme director Simon Wright OBE who will lead the organisation in a combined role as it completes its remaining work.

    Crossrail Limited provided an update on appointments to the Crossrail Board:

    -Transport for London Board members Anne McMeel and Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE have been appointed to the Crossrail Board as TfL nominated Non-Executive Directors from 1 July 2018 until 1 September 2019

    - Crossrail Technical Director Chris Sexton was appointed to the Crossrail Board on 1 April 2018

    - Andy Pitt has been appointed to the Crossrail Board as a Department for Transport nominated Non-Executive Director from 1 July 2018 until 1 September 2019

    Current Non-Executive Directors Pam Alexander OBE, Michael Cassidy CBE and Terry Hill CBE will step down at the end of their current term on 30 June 2018. Michael Cassidy CBE will continue to advise the Crossrail Board on issues relating to the City of London and the Crossrail Art Programme.

    This means that membership of the Crossrail Board from 1 July 2018 will be as follows:

    Sir Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman

    Simon Wright OBE, Chief Executive & Programme Director

    Mathew Duncan, Finance Director

    Chris Sexton, Technical Director

    Robert Jennings CBE (Department for Transport nominee)

    Andy Pitt (Department for Transport nominee)

    Anne McMeel (Transport for London nominee)

    Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE (Transport for London nominee)

    Mark Wild (Transport for London nominee)

    Phil Gaffney, independent non-executive director

    Sir Terry Morgan CBE, Crossrail Chairman, said: 'I would like to thank Pam Alexander, Michael Cassidy and Terry Hill for their dedicated service and contribution to the Crossrail project over many years.

    'Construction of the Elizabeth line is now in its final stages. Testing of new trains and infrastructure is underway and continues alongside the remaining fit-out of the stations. Later this year, the first completed infrastructure will be handed over to Transport for London, who will lead the trial operations phase. The Crossrail Board will oversee the remaining programme through to 2019 when the project concludes.'


    Channel: Infrastructure


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