England’s largest county has named the man who will take over the management of its 5,350 miles of highways and the disposal of more than 300,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Karl Battersby (pictured) will take over as corporate director of business and environmental services (BES) at North Yorkshire County Council when incumbent David Bowe retires this summer.
Mr Battersby has been a corporate director for 12 years and has been the strategic director for economy and infrastructure at Kirklees Council since 2018.
From 2016 to 2018 he worked at Wigan MBC as director, economy and environment, where he oversaw the combination of two directorates.
He also worked at Rotherham MBC from 2003 to 2015, including as strategic director, environment and development services from 2007.
North Yorkshire council leader Carl Les said: ‘We have some very specific challenges around the distances people need to travel to access work, the sheer amount of highways we must manage to facilitate that, public transport, jobs and skills, training and of course our commitment to be carbon neutral by, or as close as possible to, 2030.
‘I look forward to welcoming Karl and I am delighted we have appointed someone of his acumen.’
Mr Battersby said: ‘I am extremely pleased to be joining North Yorkshire and I am very impressed by the scale, professionalism, high performing track record and innovative approaches to public sector challenges the council leads on.
‘I am looking forward to the tackling the challenges and the complexities the role brings and to working alongside such a talented team to deliver the very best for the people, businesses and communities of North Yorkshire.’
Mr Battersby will join North Yorkshire in August, subject to ratification by full council in February.
David Bowe at Tadcaster Bridge, which required extensive repairs after floods in 2015
Chief executive Richard Flinton said: ‘North Yorkshire has a well-earned reputation as a strong and well managed council, committed to making the right decisions for our people and communities so that they can grow and prosper. David Bowe’s leadership of the BES team has played an integral role in our many successes over the past ten years.
‘I am extremely grateful to him for his professionalism and astute leadership during what has been an acutely difficult period for local government with unprecedented budget pressures.’
Amey has appointed Lucy Fell as account director for the Highways England Area 10 maintenance and response contract.
The 15-year contract, which went live in April 2019, covers the North West of England, connecting the cities of Manchester, Liverpool and the surrounding areas.
Prior to her move to Amey, Ms Fell (pictured) was the health, safety and wellbeing strategy director for Highways England, where her role involved embedding health and safety within the first Road Investment Strategy.
She also developed and led the implementation of Highways England’s five year plan, and before this was the health, safety, quality and environmental director for EM Highways.
Rob Allen, business director at Amey, said: ‘Our business is committed to continually improving how we work which includes keeping our people safe. Lucy has extensive knowledge and leadership skills in health and safety as well as experience building strong client and supply chain relationships; a wealth of transferable skills which will be invaluable in her new role.
‘Vision 2030 is our simple philosophy to have no-one working on, or by, a live carriageway by 2030. Behind this vision is a strategy built on capitalising technological advances to improve safety, which I believe Lucy will be pivotal in implementing on Area 10. I look forward to working with Lucy and the team to keep the roads running smoothly for our customers in the North West.’
Ms Fell added: ‘Having spent much of my career working in health and safety, I’m passionate about ensuring our people go home, safe and well at the end of their working day, while delivering an outstanding service for our clients and communities. Bringing Vision 2030 to life is a priority and I’m looking forward to implementing new ways of working and innovation to help us realise this.’
Having worked as both a senior practitioner and regulator across a wide range of industries including construction, chemical and nuclear, Ms Fell's experience and contribution to the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health was recognised when she was made its youngest global fellow in 2017.
Infrastructure firm Kier Group has announced the appointment of Matthew Lester as chairman of its board of directors with effect from 1 January.
Mr Lester will be taking over from Philip Cox after a turbulent year for the firm, which included the announcement that it plans to cut around 1,200 jobs, make savings of £55m over the next two years and sell off many of its commercial interests.
In April Andrew Davies took over from Haydn Mursell as chief executive, followed by the departure of Dave Wright, executive director of Kier Highways in September.
Mr Lester said: ‘I am delighted to be joining Kier as its chairman. I look forward to working with the Board to deliver the group's strategic priorities and in continuing to build the foundations for its future.’
Neither Mr Lester nor Kier made any comment regarding Mr Cox’s departure or role as chairman.
Mr Lester is an accountant and was group chief financial officer of Royal Mail plc from 2010 to 2017, having previously been group finance director of ICAP plc and held a number of senior finance positions at Diageo plc.
Mr Lester is a chartered accountant, qualifying with Arthur Andersen before spending the early part of his career with Kleinwort Benson.
More recently, Mr. Lester has been a non-executive director of Man Group plc (since 2011), Barclays PLC (since 2017) and Capita plc (since 2017). He will stand down from the board of directors of Barclays PLC with effect from 1 January.
The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) has announced that Steve Spender CEng HonFIHE will take on the chief executive officer (CEO) role in February 2020.
After five years at the top of the IHE, the current CEO, Richard Hayes, will continue to support the body as a professional consultant and assist in delivering its burgeoning training course programme within the IHE Academy.
Mr Hayes, who completes his current contract in March 2020, congratulated Mr Spender on his appointment and wished him 'every success in his new role'.
'I hope I have left IHE in a stronger position than when I joined five years ago,' Mr Hayes added.
Few would question this, with the IHE having grown in numbers and influence, become the leading professional body in training across the highways discipline, and responsible for national guidance through its Well Managed Highway Liability Risk document.
Despite the major growth the IHE has seen, under My Hayes' leadership the organisation always retained its very friendly, welcoming attitude at the heart of the sector.
His replacement, Mr Spender, is no stranger to the IHE family having held the post of President from 2010 to 2012, and served on the IHE’s Council for a number of years.
He is currently director of HETC Associates, and was previously head of highways for Hampshire County Council. He spent over 30 years working in local government.
Current IHE president Jonathan Pearson said: 'We are delighted to announce that Steve will be joining the Institute next year as its new CEO. He has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience in the highways field and is a passionate advocate for the IHE.
'I would also like to thank Richard for his significant contribution as our CEO. He has overseen significant changes and developments to the way we operate, from the relocation of our HQ to Euston Tower and the launch of the National Highways Academy, to the heightened focus on our routes to professional registration and development. Through this time and despite the challenges, membership has continued its steady growth. He leaves a strong platform for Steve to build on.'
Steve Spender said: 'I am proud and honoured to be selected to be the next chief executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers.I know that the job will be challenging, whilst also being exciting.
'I will strive to build upon the great work that Richard Hayes has done during his time as chief executive over the last few years, in making the IHE the chosen Institute for those working in the highway sector.'
About the IHE:
• The IHE is licenced Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) licenced by the Engineering Council (EC)
• The IHE has been registering engineers and technicians with the Engineering Council since 1972 and accrediting academic courses since 1989.
• The IHE has over 3,500 members and promotes professional registration, training and developments within the highways sector.
Amey has appointed Amanda Fisher as acting CEO after showing the door to incumbent Andy Milner.
In a statement, the firm said Mr Milner was leaving ‘after a long career and almost four years in the role of chief executive’ but gave no explanation for his departure.
Amanda Fisher at Amey
Ms Fisher steps up from her role as managing director of the Amey’s Facilities Management, Defence and Justice business.
Fidel López Soria, CEO of Ferrovial Services, which owns Amey, said: ‘Through her extraordinary results since joining Amey, Amanda has demonstrated her undoubted ability to assume the position of chief executive. I want to wish her all the best for the new challenges she faces.’
He added: ‘I would like to thank Andy for his dedication and commitment throughout his career in Amey and Ferrovial, and particularly for navigating the business through some very challenging years within our sector.
‘He has helped to create a strong platform for the future, and I wish him every success for his new professional endeavours.’
Ms Fisher said: ‘I am delighted to have been offered the role to lead Amey through what is both an exciting but demanding time for our industry.
'Recently the business has overcome many challenges, and my focus will be on ensuring we build on this, readying ourselves for the next phase, delivering what our clients and the communities we serve need.’
Ms Fisher joined Amey in 2017. Before that she was managing director at Balfour Beatty Living Places, the firm’s local authority highways maintenance arm. She previously worked in facilities management after leaving the armed forces, where she was a commissioned officer.
Amey is currently up for sale along with Ferrovial’s worldwide services businesses. Last week Amey was reported to have put its environment and waste and utilities businesses up for sale.