Kier Group has appointed Steve Crofts as its head of safety, health and environment (SHE), a newly created role at Kier Highways.
Mr Crofts (pictured) joins Kier to help bring in new ideas and health and safety techniques from previous roles in the wider infrastructure sector, with a focus on major projects across Kier Highways including smart motorways and its maintenance of Spaghetti Junction.
He said: ‘Health and safety is instrumental to the highways business and it is important we continue to strive towards health and safety excellence that ensures we get everyone home safely at the end of the day.’
Kier Highways executive director Dave Wright said: 'I’m delighted to welcome Steve to the Kier Highways business and look forward to seeing what positive changes he is able to make. I recognise we can never be complacent around SHE and welcome Steve’s vast cross-sector expertise.’
Mr Crofts has spent almost 20 years working in health and safety positions, most recently as head of health, safety and wellbeing at Thames Tideway. In this position, he was key in delivering an SHE induction process, which included an immersive, interactive experience designed to ensure attendees left the day understanding the full implications of their actions
Before working on Thames Tideway, Mr Crofts was head of health and safety improvements at Crossrail, where he relaunched and embedded the Target Zero philosophy across the supply chain. Target Zero is Crossrail’s key to ensuring a ‘world class’ health and safety standard across the programme.
Paul Sainthouse of Dawsongroup has become the new president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT(UK)) for 2019.
Mr Sainthouse has been managing director at Dawsongroup’s bus and coach business since 2002. The group is a specialist asset rental business operating in several related markets within the logistics sector. He joined as a management trainee in 1987.
He takes up the one-year presidency with immediate effect.
The CILT will celebrate its centenary during 2018 and said that Mr Sainthouse and its the board of directors, will ‘work tirelessly to create an Institute that will deliver on its vision and support businesses and individuals working within the profession for the next 100 years’.
Mr Sainthouse said: ‘I am delighted to accept the presidency for the year ahead. Our sectors face numerous challenges as well as opportunities in this very rapidly evolving world and I hope that CILT(UK), in its centenary year, will continue to be recognised as an increasingly relevant organisation with an important part to play in upholding professionalism, delivering thought leadership and supporting its individual members’ personal development.’
The CILT said Mr Sainthouse will build upon the significant work of his predecessor Robin Proctor FCILT.
Mr Proctor said: ‘It has been an honour to be president of CILT(UK). I took the role at an important time for our profession and also for the Institute. I am proud of the job we have done to ensure we successfully raised awareness of and promoted CILT’s influence throughout the profession.
‘I wish Paul all the very best in this role, and I am sure he will lead the Institute with distinction throughout this special celebratory year.'
Aggregate Industries UK has announced that Guy Edwards will take over as its CEO from January.
Mr Edwards is currently CEO of US Aggregate Construction Materials which, like Aggregate Industries, is a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim.
He will replace François Petry, who was recently appointed country CEO of Lafarge France and market head for France and Belgium.
Aggregate Industries said that Mr Edwards has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, of which 25 has been spent in the UK market.
Mr Edwards said: ‘I am excited to be coming home to Aggregate Industries UK as the country CEO. Over the last five years I’ve been part of LafargeHolcim’s growth in the US market - today a $2bn company delivering aggregates, concrete and asphalt/contracting products and solutions.
‘I understand the business, the opportunities and the challenges, and I know that we have here all that is needed to continue on the same successful path: the highest quality product portfolio, and talented, passionate people devoted to making things easier for our customers.’
He added: ‘I thank Francois for his leadership during the last three years and I’m committed to continuing the work that further improves our results and keeps Aggregate Industries as one of the most respected companies in the construction industry, creating value for all our stakeholders; from employees, to customers, partners and communities.’
Mr Edwards previously held a variety of senior roles within Aggregate Industries, both in the UK and US. In 2013, he served as a UK Executive Committee member responsible for European operations before becoming chief operating officer for the Aggregate Industries US business in 2014.
He gained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Leeds University, graduating with honours in 1988. He has also completed the International Leadership Program at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.
The Road Surface Treatment Association (RSTA) has announced that chief executive Dr Howard Robinson will be standing down from 1 January.
Dr Howard Robinson
He will be taking up a new post as managing director of ASI Solutions Limited - best known for RHiNOPHALT, a penetrative asphalt preservative.
Dr Robinson spent nearly 10 years as RSTA chief executive, during which time the trade body grew to represent 87 member companies that provide surface treatments and techniques to maximise the service life of UK roads.
A well-known and much-admired figure in the sector, Dr Robinson always combined great expertise with a forthright, outspoken lobbying style on behalf of the roads sector while at the RSTA.
The RSTA has appointed Mike Harper as its new chief executive. Mr Harper has 30 years' experience in highways materials and joins the RSTA from materials specialists GCP Applied Technologies (formerly Stirling Lloyd), where he headed their highways activities.
He has been active with the RSTA for the last eight years on numerous committees, working groups and industry events, previously holding positions as a sector chairman (high friction surfacing), RSTA chairman (in 2015) and as RSTA director, and is the current chief technical officer.
Mr Harper said: 'Howard has very much become the figurehead of the RSTA over the last decade and has represented the interests of our members with many of the major highways client bodies. The RSTA provides quality guidance and impartial advice as well as training hundreds of highways engineers every year throughout the UK, and I look forward to leading the organisation as we continue to support our clients and members.'
Dr Robinson said: 'Mike and I have worked closely together over the last eight years and Mike’s appointment as CEO from January provides a seamless handover for our members and clients in the many committees and working groups that we support. I wish him every success in the role.'
The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) has announced the recent death of Geoff Bray, an inaugural member of the traffic signs committee that it set up to run its annual conference and other events.
It described Mr Bray as ‘a pioneer of excellence and simplicity in traffic signing and street lighting, and their relationship to urban design’.
The IHE said the traffic signs committee became particularly active when the Department for Transport encouraged it to create a professional accreditation for traffic sign designers. ‘Lots of meetings and documents resulted, in all of which Mr Bray was a key participant.’
The Professional Certificate that this group produced was first available in 2007 and since then has become the de-facto standard for people working in this field. Mr Bray was one of the initial assessors, ‘a task he undertook with great professionalism and geniality towards the candidates,’ the IHE said.
It described Mr Bray as ‘a true gentleman’, who was always helpful and engaging and a great expert on traffic signing generally. ‘But his outstanding contribution to signing and lighting was on schemes such as the award-winning Kensington High Street, for which his sense of the aesthetic came to the fore. At a time when this was unfashionable, he was fully aware of the concept of the road as a place where people lived and worked and could enjoy passing through. This led him to be a champion of good street design and the avoidance of clutter, and he jointly led several training days promoting this concept.’
The IHE said Mr Bray made an enormous contribution to improving the design and use of traffic signs, both in his own work and his encouragement of others to strive for excellence. It added that he will be sorely missed by all who knew him through the IHE and in the world of traffic engineering and urban design.