New era at WSP as Smith passes the ball to Hodgson


Charlie Hodgson has taken over as managing director of WSP’s UK Transport & Infrastructure (T&I) business from Steve Smith, who has retired after four years in the role.

Mr Hodgson (pictured) joins the engineering professional services consultancy from The Go-Ahead Group where he was managing director of rail development and chairman of the group’s Nordic and German businesses.


He will now be leading WSP’s 2,700-person T&I business, which acts as a delivery partner to clients such as Highways England, HS2, the Welsh Government and Transport Scotland, as well as local authorities across the UK.

WSP UK chief executive Mark Naysmith said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Charlie to WSP at such an important time for our business. Having previously worked in management consultancy, specialising in transport and infrastructure, he brings experience and diversity to our business, which aligns perfectly with our strategic direction.

‘I believe our clients will value Charlie’s experience and insight into the diverse transport sector, particularly given his most recent successes at one of the UK’s leading public transport companies.

‘I’m grateful to Steve for his unwavering commitment and energy which have been instrumental in creating an award-winning T&I business. I thank him for his leadership and influence which has helped attract and nurture talented people and deliver fantastic projects across the UK.’

Mr Hodgson said: ‘It’s fantastic to be joining WSP and I’m excited to lead such a well-renowned transport and infrastructure business.

‘WSP’s focus on innovative solutions, client care and sustainable design, as well as their industry-leading net zero ambitions, set them apart in the engineering consultancy sector, and I’m looking forward to working with the wealth of brilliant clients the firm advises.’

WSP specialisms within the T&I business include rail, highways, transportation hubs, local government, and civil, bridge and ground.

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