Women in Transport has announced that Jo Field (pictured) will take over from Katie Hulland as the organisation’s new President after being elected to a four-year term at its Annual General Meeting on 13 May 2021.
Members of the highly praised not-for-profit professional membership network also elected five new board members from within the membership, including Marny Moruzzi as Vice-President.
The full list of new Women in Transport Board members is:
- President: Jo Field
- Vice President: Marny Moruzzi
- Past President: Katie Hulland
- Events Lead: Steve Griffiths
- Marketing Lead: Nicola McMillan
- Regional Co-ordinator: Asiya Jelani
- Regional Lead - West Midlands Alliance: Daljit Kalirai
Ms Field said: ‘I look forward to advocating for Women in Transport and boosting our connections with industry employers, parliamentarians and government to enable us to create positive change for our members and ensure we have an even greater voice on the issues that matter to us.
‘As the transport industry recovers from the pandemic, there has never been a more important time to ensure gender diversity is central to policymaking and that a gender-balanced workforce is involved in the planning, design, construction and delivery of services to enable the industry to build back better.’
Departing President Katie Hulland said: ‘It has been an absolute pleasure and a great privilege to play such a special role with an incredible team and supportive members over the past three pivotal years for the advancement of women in transport.
‘I look forward to supporting Jo and the new board members to settle into their roles and helping to deliver the exciting new initiatives they have planned for the months and years ahead.’
Transport secretary Grant Shapps has appointed Sir Jonathan Thompson as a non-executive director 'to represent the Government’s interests' on the board of HS2 Ltd.
The appointment of such directors was recommended by last year’s Oakervee Review of HS2 and follows three other non-executive directors taking places on the board last year. Ian King, Elaine Holt and Tom Harris were appointed to strengthen oversight and scrutiny of what is the UK’s largest infrastructure project
The Department for Transport (DfT) said Sir Jon brings strong financial management and experience in leading major projects. He is currently chief executive of the Financial Reporting Council and was previously the permanent secretary at both the Ministry of Defence and HM Revenue and Customs.
HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson said: ‘Sir Jon will be an invaluable asset to the board of HS2 Ltd and will strengthen oversight and accountability as this vital project is delivered.
‘He joins HS2’s board at an exciting time as construction of Phase One ramps up and Phase 2a has been given the green light to begin - creating thousands of jobs, driving our economic recovery from COVID-19.’
Sir Jonathan Thompson said: ‘I am delighted to have been appointed to the Board of HS2, a project in the national interest, and one where hopefully I can contribute strongly to delivering on time and to budget.’
The DfT said the process of appointing a new chair of HS2 Ltd is now underway after the current chair, Allan Cook CBE, confirmed his intention to leave the company this summer.
Officials said construction of Phase One of HS2 is underway and is now supporting over 15,000 jobs and over 500 apprenticeships. In February, the Phase 2a Bill was given Royal Assent.
It is with enormous sadness that Transport Network reports on the death of our friend Steve Berry OBE, head of highways maintenance, innovation, resilience, light rail and cableways at the Department for Transport (DfT).
Mr Berry was diagnosed with incurable cancer towards the end of last year. At his own request, he continued working at the DfT up until a few months ago. He died on Wednesday evening at his home, surrounded by his family.
In a condolence letter sent out to the sector on Friday morning, Stephen Fidler, co-director of local transport, described Mr Berry as 'nothing short of a legend in highways maintenance, and wider local transport circles'.
'You don’t need me to tell you that Steve had an amazing career. He worked for DfT for 31 years having started as a messenger in Ministers’ offices back before Great Minster House was even built,' he wrote.
'The OBE he was awarded in 2014 for services to local highways, innovation and resilience was testament to his dedication, work ethic and natural talent to be innovative, build relationships and get things done. I will miss Steve massively and the department will be a much poorer place without him.'
Mr Berry was at the forefront of the major improvement in asset management in highways maintenance over the last 10 years and was hugely respected within the sector for his diligence and personal commitment as well as his leadership and talent.
He was often seen on the conference circuit and made a real effort to speak to the sector on the frontline to discover the issues highway officers faced.
Former transport minister Jesse Norman, who enjoyed a close working relationship with Mr Berry, described him as the 'OBE-Wan Kenobi' of local roads.
Steve Spender, chief executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers, said: 'Steve has been a major influence across the industry for a great number of years, as well as supporting the cause of highway maintenance. He has been a great supporter and friend to the IHE for a long time and his knowledge, experience and support will be missed by us all.
'This is terribly sad news for his colleagues, the industry, and the tax paying public who he has served with such enthusiasm whilst achieving such great results. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this incredibly sad time.'
If you have memories you wish to share or best wishes to pass on to Steve’s family, please visit the online condolence book at https://steveberry.muchloved.com/
The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) virtual Spring Conference opens next week (13 – 15 April) under the key theme of Reshaping Everyone’s Future.
This digital event will feature live speaker Q&As throughout the three days, as well as networking opportunities with industry professionals via Hopin and CIHT's exclusive event networking group.
Senior figures from the Department for Transport will be speaking, including transport minister Baroness Vere and Sally Gibbons MCIHT, its head of traffic signs and street design policy.
Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy (pictured) will be speaking, while from the roads sector, Sue Hitchcox, Highways England project director will be discussing the Lower Thames Crossing.
This CPD accredited event will cover key issues such as the decarbonisation of transport and creating better places through providing the right transport for communities.
It will also address innovation in transport, including how to improve asset management and delivering digital infrastructure.
Delegates will be able to take part in over 18 sessions with more than 30 speakers.
Find out more here.
David Lowery has taken over as managing director of Galliford Try’s Highways business, after Duncan Elliott brought forward his departure.
Mr Lowery joined the company earlier this year after being identified as a successor to Mr Elliott, who the company said made a decision last year to step down and pursue new opportunities.
It said Mr Elliott has now decided to bring forward his departure, following a successful period in charge of the business that included the recent appointment to the final phase of the Grantham Southern Relief Road.
Mr Elliott will remain with the business over the next few months to complete the transition.
Galliford Try chief executive Bill Hocking said: ‘Duncan has done a fantastic job and leaves the Highways business in a great position.
'David is someone we identified as a rising talent and we are delighted to have been able to confirm his appointment as managing director. I look forward to working with him in his new role and thank Duncan for his efforts during his time here.’
Mr Lowery said: ‘I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the Galliford Try Highways team.
‘As a business we are in a great position for the future with excellent relationships with our key clients and I look forward to working with our people and our stakeholders to maintain our progress in the future.’
Mr Lowery joined Galliford Try as operations director from his previous role as executive director for the Eiffage Kier Ferrovial BAM Joint Venture working on HS2.
The company said his career in civil engineering began over 20 years ago, and that he has both extensive experience of the highways sector and significant knowledge and experience beyond that, ‘including his strong advocacy for our inclusion agenda’.