• 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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  • 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


  • Lord Howie of Troon


    It is with deepest sadness that we report on the death of the former Labour peer, and Highways columnist, Lord Howie of Troon, who has died aged 94.

    Lord Howie spent around half a century in Parliament and will be remembered for his wonderful wit, as well as his passionate campaigning for the engineering profession.


    He was a long-time, regular columnist of Highways magazine, producing the monthly Westminster Notes, where he would give an exclusive insider briefing of all roads-related news from Parliament.

    One of his most memorable contributions to the magazine was an impromptu speech he made at the Highways Awards one year. After being let down by a minister (who will not be named), Highways asked Lord Howie if he could kindly step into the breach.

    With no preparation or notes and only a neat whiskey for support, Lord Howie went on to regale the audience with a 30 minute address filled, as his life was, with laughter and his love of the profession.

    In his maiden speech as an MP in 1963, Lord Howie said: 'Were it not for engineers, the artists, philosophers and men of affairs would still be scratching their ideas on the walls of caves.'

    He was in practice as an engineer from 1944 until his election to the Commons and after working as an MP he went to Thomas Telford Ltd, the publishing wing of the Institution of Civil Engineers, from which his long association with Highways magazine was forged.

    In the 1980s he took a number of posts with technological and publishing bodies and helped create a register of engineers for disaster relief. He was a governor of Imperial College from 1965 to 1967 and from 1968 to 1991 he was a member of the council of City University, and its pro-chancellor from 1984 to 1991. He was awarded a number of honorary degrees.

    On joining the Lords in 1978, using his 20 years’ experience in practice as a civil engineer he contributed to the passage of much technical legislation. He was a committed member from 1991 to 2007 of various science and technology subcommittees and of European subcommittees.

    Will Howie was born in the coastal town of Troon in South Ayrshire, the elder son of Annie (nee McGhee) and Peter Howie. He went to Marr College, Troon, and secured a BSc and diploma of engineering at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow

    In 1951 he married Mairi Sanderson, who died in 2005. Their two daughters, Annabel and Alisoun, and two sons, Angus and Alexander, survive him.

    The funeral will be a private ceremony attended by family this Saturday.

    If you would like to express any condolences you can leave a message in the comment box and we will pass them on. 


    Channel: Highways


  • Sweco boasts five new senior hires


    Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK has strengthened its transportation offering with five new senior hires, each bringing considerable experience to the company.

    The news comes on the back of substantial growth in Sweco’s transport team over the past 12 months, securing a number of new road infrastructure contracts through its appointment to the Highways England Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF). These include schemes in the South of England, including the A47 and A303, and the smart motorway projects on the M3 and M27.

    Clare Anderson joins the London office as operations director. She has more than 23 years’ experience in senior roles including operations director for AECOM Highways business and commercial director at Arup for its HS2 Phase 1 project.

    Saumil Patel, a transport economist with more than 14 years’ experience working for both Atkins and Jacobs, has joined the business as technical director. He will be responsible for developing Sweco’s wider economic impact team to support a variety of public and private sector transport projects currently in the business pipeline, including the Highways England A47 Road Investment Strategy.

    Dermot Hanney has also joined as principal transport planner to expand Sweco’s offering within public transport, active travel, and Platform Train Interface pedestrian planning. He joins from Jacobs, and has more than ten years’ experience designing integrated urban transport networks, which includes the development of the London Cycle Map used by Route Plan Roll.

    In Manchester, John Cunningham has been appointed as operations director to grow the transportation business in the North West. He previously worked for large contractors including Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Carillion, on major projects including Manchester Metrolink, and the M60 smart motorway and A1 Barton to Leeming upgrades.

    Peter Clay has joined the Bristol office as technical manager with over 28 years’ experience in bridge engineering. He previously established and developed Arcadis’ rail structures team and will help Sweco expand its presence within the rail sector nationwide.

    Sweco consults on major projects nationwide via its network of 15 regional offices, with recent work including the Queensferry Crossing and the Bloomberg headquarters in London, the world’s most sustainable building.


    Channel: Highways


  • TSC appoints Wylde to lead on collaborations


    The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) has appointed Helen Wylde as chief engagement officer.

    Ms Wylde will be responsible for the business and relationship development team at the TSC, leading on the forging of collaborations and partnerships with industry, academia and government in the transport sector.

    Helen Wylde

    She joins the TSC from her position as managing director UK and Ireland for Benelux company BringMe. Before this, she was sales and marketing director for Parcelforce Worldwide. She has also worked as a non-executive director and independent consultant, both in the UK and internationally.

    Ms Wylde has also worked in a number of senior commercial positions at Lloyds TSB, ADT Tyco, O2 and Vodafone.

    She said: ‘I am delighted to join TSC, as I firmly believe that the role played by the catapults, and in particular transport systems, is vital and timely in bringing together the very best of UK thinking to harness the many new and innovative technologies currently emerging.

    ‘The TSC is a great opportunity to contribute to the UK in helping to create high quality jobs for UK people and to ensure that the UK takes the global lead in transport systems technical innovation.’

    The Transport Systems Catapult is one of an elite network of not-for-profit technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. It focuses on Intelligent Mobility – harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world.


    Channel: Transportation