Sue Kershaw has joined Costain as managing director of its transportation division, where she will be responsible for the highways, rail and aviation sectors.
She will join the Group’s executive board and report to chief executive officer Alex Vaughan.
Costain said Ms Kershaw, who is a civil engineer, has a strong track record for driving complex, high profile transport and construction programmes to delivery.
She is currently president of the Association for Project Management, a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London.
Before joining Costain, Ms Kersham was managing director, Infrastructure Advisory Group at KPMG.
Prior to that, she was UK infrastructure head of programme management for KPMG Major Projects Advisory.
Previous positions include director of rail, Europe at CH2M and deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority. She started her career with Taylor Woodrow.
The news comes after Costain's chief operating officer, Darren James, announced an end to his 30-year spell at business this spring.
He is moving on to become Keltbray’s new chief executive.
Chief executive of Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) George Lee is stepping down from the role at the end of March to work on his own consultancy business, Transport Network can reveal.
Mr Lee took up the post in November 2017 and helped further the organisation’s campaigning, research and guidance work with worker safety a common theme at the heart of his efforts.
Under his leadership, HTMA launched a national campaign to raise awareness about road worker abuse, providing significant survey research to back-up calls for more protection.
It also pushed forward a collaboration culture under the ‘singular voice’ motto of Mr Lee, and released guidance on helping manage fatigue (more details in the forthcoming Jan-Feb issue of Highways magazine)
Mr Lee’s consultancy Blue Symmetry Consulting is described as providing ‘expertise in stakeholder relationship management and sector representation’ and advice on market conditions and opportunities.
Mr Lee said: ‘I have really valued the time I have had at HTMA, which is an excellent organisation. I look forward to working with them and the highways sector in the future.’
HTMA represents providers who currently look after 80% of the highway network.
It underwent a restructure before Mr Lee was appointed to what was a more public facing role of chief executive.
The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) is recruiting a new chief executive after Mike Harper announced that he will be stepping down from the role after the organisation’s annual conference on 2 April.
Mr Harper will be returning to his consulting business, Mike Harper Consulting Ltd. He told Transport Network: ‘I’d like to focus more on sustainable transport and also road safety issues going forward; both areas are very important to me.
‘My consultancy will also help to develop companies in the highways sector, particularly SMEs, to bring new products and processes to market appropriately, to create growth opportunities for them and to provide a wider range of materials options for highways engineers.
‘The RSTA remains a strong and influential trade body in UK highways, that is well regarded in the industry and I have enjoyed my time there.’
Mr Harper took the helm at the RSTA last January, taking over from Dr Howard Robinson. He was previously the organisation’s chief technical officer, having joined from materials specialists GCP Applied Technologies (formerly Stirling Lloyd), where he headed the firm’s highways activities.
Before joining the RSTA, he was active within the organisation for nearly a decade, including a stint as chairman in 2005.
The RSTA was established in 2008 and describes itself as the focal point for the road surface maintenance industry with a primary focus on championing best practice and raising industry standards.
To replace Mr Harper it is looking for a highways industry professional with an existing track record of success at senior level, who is also an excellent communicator and ‘people person’.
Mr Harper said: ‘If anyone would like to put themselves forward for this important industry role, they should contact me at the RSTA.’
Kier has appointed Nicola Hindle as group managing director for its highways business, taking over the role vacated last year by Dave Wright.
She will join Kier in May from Amey, where she has worked for the last 15 years, most recently as managing director of its rail and consulting business.
She helped deliver schemes including work on Crossrail’s Old Oak to Paddington station, running the Wales and Borders rail network and South Wales Metro, electrifying the strategic railway network around Manchester and the increasing of capacity on the Midland Mainline.
Kier Highways provides maintenance and capital projects across a range of contracts including Highways England’s Areas 3, 9 and 13 as well as the design and construction of the A585 Windy Harbour to Skipool and the A5036 Port of Liverpool schemes delivered through the Highways England Regional Delivery Partnership.
The firm also has significant involvement in the local authority market, maintaining local networks in Suffolk, Surrey and Shropshire.
Chief executive Andrew Davies, said: ‘I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Nicola. She brings with her a strong focus on safety and quality delivery for clients and I look forward to her working closely with our senior leadership team and key clients to continue to drive growth for our Highways business.’
Ms Hindle said: ‘I am delighted to be joining Kier at a pivotal time for both the Group, as it executes its new strategy, and the Highways business. With increased Government investment in the UK road network expected through RIS2, Kier is well placed to support both Highways England and its key local authority clients in the maintenance and expansion of the UK’s road network.’
Kier described Ms Hindle as ‘a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion’. She has championed a diversity campaign which includes gender neutral recruiting and the introduction of an engineering badge with the Guiding Association.
She has also introduced an award-winning STEM ambassador network to inspire the next generation of engineers within groups that have historically been under-represented in STEM careers.
Tricia Hayes, director general for roads, places and environment in the Department for Transport (DfT) is moving to the Home Office, Transport Network understands.
Ms Hayes took over the role in 2016 and was a key figure in the development of regional transport, sub-national transport bodies (STBs) and the major road network (MRN).
Last year she was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the New Year's Honours list.
She was broadly seen as sympathetic to local needs and concerns and encouraged local authorities to keep faith in the development of certain aspects of the agenda, such as the MRN, even though initial proposals were not exactly what had been hoped for.
She admitted to Transport Network there had been 'lively discussions' over the issue with STBs.
She was also frank about how the department had underestimated the climate and pollution agenda.
When she first came into the director general role at DfT her brief covered 'roads, devolution and motoring' having previously been the DfT’s aviation director.
This brief evolved into her current role covering 'roads, places and environment'.
The appointment of Ms Hayes represented the first time that a DfT director had devolution in a job title and followed the passage of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016
A confident and self-assured operator, she gave the keynote address to a rowdy Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation lunch one year and was not afraid to tell off the hall for their poor attention. A more respectful hush ensued.
Neither the DfT nor the Home Office would comment but declined to deny the story.