• Carruthers builds resilience for ADEPT challenge


    Ann Carruthers has set out her priorities for the year ahead as she stepped into the role of president of directors’ body ADEPT.

    Ms Carruthers, who is director of environment and transport at Leicestershire County Council, took over from Anthony Payne at the organisation’s spring conference on Thursday (16 May).

    She was previously vice president of ADEPT and the first female chair of Transport and Connectivity Board.

    She is also a member of the Highways Sector Council and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

    Speaking to The MJ, she said: ‘We’ve had loads of challenges with funding in terms of local government, in areas like adult and children’s social care, housing, and so forth.

    ‘The probably inadequate funding models for those services leave place services even more under pressure. Place services are discretionary, and they are the ones that have to shrink to absorb some of that pressure in other areas.’

    In her inaugural address at the ADEPT President’s Awards, Ms Carruthers outlined her key priorities for the year, which will focus on building resilience.

    This will include:

    • Resilience across place services in what and how we deliver
    • Resilient organisations against a backdrop of changing local government landscape
    • Resilience for ourselves and our people.

    Ms Carruthers defined resilience across place services as ‘what will we be delivering in the future to ensure we are creating resilient places that are adapting to climate change and driving forward decarbonisation, with limited funding’.

    In terms of resilient organisations, she said: ‘We are seeing many structures evolving – combined authorities, devolution deals, no devolution deals and that’s on top of unitary/two tier structures; how as place leaders do we ensure our places benefit regardless of the structures we operate in?

    On the issue of ADEPT members’ personal resilience and that of local authority staff, she said: ‘Being place leaders has never been more challenging; how do we look after ourselves and encourage the next generation of place leaders to step up to the mark while motivating our teams in what is a challenging sector given public and political expectations?’

    Before joining Leicestershire CC in 2017, Ms Carruthers worked with local authorities across Scotland and England, including Edinburgh City Council and Kent County Council.

    She also spent time in New Zealand, working for the agency managing the country’s state highway network.

    In a post on LinkedIn on Friday she wrote: ‘Truly honoured to have taken over as ADEPT President yesterday for the coming year. I have the tough act of Anthony Payne to follow.

    ‘He mentioned yesterday he was asked what his first act as president was when he took up the mantle.

    'Mine is breakfast then let's get on with it! Day 1 and loads to do.’

    See this week's MJ for the full interview


    Channel: Transportation

    keywords: Transport Planning

  • Railwaywoman Mann books return to TfL


    Transport for London (TfL) has appointed Claire Mann, currently managing director of South Western Railway (SWR), as its new chief operating officer.

    Ms Mann will take up the post previously occupied by Andy Lord, who became TfL's interim transport commissioner last year with the departure of Andy Byford and was given the post permanently this summer.

    Mr Lord said: ‘Claire is an outstanding transport professional with deep experience of improving customer service.

    Claire Mann

    ‘At a time when customer numbers continue to rise and we work to support London's post-pandemic recovery and attract new customers, Claire's customer focus and wide-ranging public transport industry background will play a vital role in our work.

    'We are delighted to have her return to TfL in this key leadership position.’

    Ms Mann said: ‘I am passionate about delivering an excellent customer experience across all of TfL's varied and vital services and helping TfL and London to prosper.'

    TfL said Ms Mann will be responsible for ensuring that its directly operated and contracted services and operations are planned and managed effectively to provide a safe, efficient, reliable and high-quality service to customers at a crucial time for London's transport network.

    The role will see her lead the planning and delivery of services on the Tube, Elizabeth Line, London Overground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) as well as the bus and tram networks, cable car and Santander Cycle Hire.

    She will also have responsibility for the management of TfL roads and road infrastructure, policing and security of the transport network and TfL's regulation of the taxi and private hire industry.

    Ms Mann was TfL’s director of bus operations between 2017 and 2021 and returns after three years at SWR, where she oversaw the introduction of a £1bn fleet of new trains and led the £26m modernisation of the Island Line on the Isle of Wight.

    In more than two decades in the transport sector, she also held roles at DLR, Arriva Trains Wales, the former First Great Western (now GWR), and London Overground.

    Glynn Barton, who has led TfL’s operations on an interim basis since October 2022, will continue as chief operating officer until Ms Mann joins at the end of March 2024.


    Channel: Transportation

    keywords: Transport Planning

  • Costain appoints new transportation MD


    Costain has snapped up Jonathan Willcock, former MD of Skanska UK’s Infrastructure Division, to become the managing director of its transportation division.

    Mr Willcock has worked at Skanska for the last three years, helping increase revenue and market share in sectors including highways and rail.

    Jonathan Willcock

    Before that, he spent seven years as the managing director of Alstom Transport UK’s Systems, Signalling and Infrastructure Division, growing the business and winning key work from Network Rail.

    He said: ‘The breadth of Costain’s service offering is a unique selling point, and I’m looking forward to building on our relationships with our Transportation customers and showing how we can meet their needs.’

    Alex Vaughan, Costain’s chief executive officer, said: ‘Infrastructure will play a significant part in how we respond to the challenges of climate change and boosting economic growth.

    'I know that the addition of Jonathan to our executive team will help Costain contribute positively to these challenges and support the growth and diversification of our services across the transportation market.’

    Mr Willcock will join Costain in early April.

    David Taylor remains interim managing director for transportation until then.


    Channel: Transportation

    keywords: Business

  • Vere's departure means no more (Lord in) waiting for Davies


    Lord Davies of Gower has been appointed as a junior minister in the Department for Transport, replacing long-serving minister Baroness Vere.

    Prior to his appointment as parliamentary under secretary of state (roads and local transport), Lord Byron Davies (pictured) had been a Lord in Waiting (government whip) since September 2022.

    Lord Davies of Gower

    He was a Member of Parliament from 2015 to 2017, before which he was a Member of the Welsh Assembly from 2011 to 2015. He is a former detective with the Metropolitan Police.

    Baroness Charlotte Vere, who had been parliamentary under secretary of state at the DfT since April 2019, was appointed parliamentary secretary at the Treasury as part of a reshuffle that saw three of five ministers replaced.

    One new minister, Anthony Browne, has taken over responsibility for cycling and walking from Jesse Norman, who announced that he was leaving the Government as the reshuffle began on Monday morning.

    Cycling UK chief executive Sarah Mitchell said she hoped that Mr Browne ‘will be able to re-establish the positive rhetoric on our transport options’.

    She said: ‘Cycling UK looks forward to working with Anthony Browne as he takes up the role as the new minister for cycling and walking in England.

    ‘Given the minister’s former role as vice chair of the all party environment group, we know that he will have a strong sense of the environmental benefits of more people choosing to walk and cycle for short local journeys - we hope that he'll support the policies and funding that help make this a reality.’


    Channel: Transportation

    keywords: Transport Planning

  • Gilbert 'to drive customer-centric culture' at Amey


    Amey has appointed Danny Gilbert as transportation strategy director, with responsibility for long-term strategic growth across its Transport Infrastructure business unit.

    The firm said Mr Gilbert will create additional opportunities for clients to fully utilise the breadth of its service offering across its operational, design and advisory and analytics expertise, whilst also evolving its capabilities to meet future client needs.

    Danny Gilbert

    Peter Anderson, Amey’s managing director of transport infrastructure, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Danny to the Transport Infrastructure executive team to drive our customer-centric culture across the business.

    'The UK Government has rightly set ambitious Net Zero targets, and we support all of our clients to advise, lead and deliver the sustainable solutions needed for future generations to prosper.

    ‘Danny’s knowledge and relationships will enable us to use our engineering and operational expertise to help Amey and our clients meet these ambitions and transform the communities we within we deliver.’

    Mr Gilbert added: ‘Working in harmony with our clients and stakeholders across the UK is key to ensure the value of infrastructure is both recognised and realised. Transforming infrastructure through the data-enabled digitalisation of services to improve mobility is critical to deliver a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive economy that benefits local people and local places’.

    Mr Gilbert spent all of his 30-year career in the transport sector, where he has held client, consultant and operator roles, which Amey said provides a well-rounded perspective to enhance its customer-centric culture.

    He is joining Amey from international transport operator Arriva, where he spent 15 years in a variety of roles, overseeing business development, work winning and long-term strategic growth.

    Most recently as chief commercial officer, he developed the firm’s commercial strategy and growth agenda.


    Channel: Transportation

    keywords: Transport Planning