• Grayling 'strengthens' HS2 board as Wolstenholme departs


    Chris Grayling has appointed two new non-executive directors to ‘strengthen the board’ of HS2 Ltd as Crossrail’s former chief executive left the Government-owned company.

    Dame Judith Hackitt and Stephen Hughes will become non-executive directors while Andrew Wolstenholme, who only joined last June, has left the board.


    Mr Wolstenholme (pictured) joined HS2 after seven years as Crossrail chief executive, shortly before major problems with the huge project were revealed.

    At the time, Mr Grayling said: ‘I am delighted that my Department will be continuing to work with Andrew in his capacity as a non-executive director of HS2 Ltd, where his experience and skills will continue to be put to good use, to the benefit of the sector.’

    The Department for Transport (DfT) said that both new appointees ‘bring with them a strong set of experience’.

    Dame Judith Hackitt was chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and is chair of manufacturing trade body Make UK (formerly EEF). She holds a degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London.

    Officials described Stephen Hughes as a highly experienced local government leader, having been chief executive of Birmingham City Council for nearly 10 years. He is an accountant by profession.

    Mr Grayling also announced the re-appointment of executive directors Ed Smith and Roger Mountford for a further three years.

    He said: ‘The appointments of Dame Hackitt (sic) and Stephen Hughes will ensure that HS2 Ltd continues to have a world-class leadership team under Allan Cook CBE. I am also delighted that Ed and Roger will continue in their roles.

    ‘Their collective wisdom and expertise will be invaluable in overseeing the construction of one of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects.’


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  • Eyers to take over at ADEPT in the (late) spring


    Darryl Eyers of Staffordshire County Council is to succeed Neil Gibson as president of council directors’ body ADEPT in June.

    Mr Eyers, is first Vice President of ADEPT, the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport, and chair of the ADEPT Midlands Board.


    As director for economy, infrastructure and skills at Staffordshire, Mr Eyers’ remit covers economic development, highways and infrastructure, transport, waste management, skills for employment, and adult and community learning.

    He was the previously deputy director for place and head of economic planning. His role included responsibilities for economic planning, securing external funding for economic growth programmes and developing economic partnerships.

    Mr Eyers joined Staffordshire in 2002 as a research officer. Prior to this he worked for the West Midlands Low Pay Unit after graduating from university.

    He will take over from Mr Gibson at the ADEPT Spring Conference 2019 on 27 June.


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  • Costain CEO steps down


    Costain has announced Andrew Wyllie CBE is stepping down as CEO after 14 years.

    Mr Wyllie - who has taken up the presidency of the Institution of Civil Engineers - will be replaced by Alex Vaughan, currently managing director of the Group’s natural resources division.

    Mr Vaughan will be appointed as CEO following an AGM on 7 May 2019. He joined the company in 1992 and was appointed to the executive Board in 2006.

    Mr Vaughan has played a leading role in Costain’s 'transformation into a smart infrastructure solutions business through his leadership of the development and growth of the Group’s consultancy and technology services', the company said.

    Mr Wyllie CBE, commented: 'I have thoroughly enjoyed the past fourteen years and would like to thank my colleagues for their support and commitment. Costain is a great business with a great future ahead of it.'

    Alex Vaughan said he looked forward to 'continuing our strategy as we enter a new era of opportunity for Costain'.

    2018 results

    Mr Wyllie leaves behind some mixed results from last year.

    Revenue tumbled by over £200m to £1,489m from £1,728m in 2017 'reflecting a lower level of capital project activity in the year', leaving a net cash balance of £118.8m compared to £177.7m in 2017.

    Profit before tax fell from £41.8m in 2017 to £40.2m however underlying operating profit was up 7% to £52.5m from £49.1m.

    It also boasted a record order book 'due to differentiated strategic positioning' of £4.2 billion compared to £3.9 bn the previous year, with over 90% repeat business.


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  • AECOM engineers Civil Infrastructure MD appointment


    AECOM has appointed Mark Southwell as managing director, Civil Infrastructure for the UK and Ireland.

    He will start his role in early March and will be responsible for all aspects of AECOM’s Civil Infrastructure business in the UK and Ireland, which includes the Transportation and Water, Ports and Power teams.

    Mr Southwell (pictured) is a civil engineer by profession with 30 years’ experience in the transportation sector working as a client, in consultancy and as a contractor.


    He joins AECOM from Jacobs where as a vice president he was responsible for leading around 900 people in the Rail and Geotechnical unit, delivering rail and tunnelling programmes including HS2 and Crossrail.

    David Barwell, AECOM chief executive UK and Ireland, said: ‘We’re delighted that Mark is joining AECOM. His strong market presence and passion for organisational development will be a real asset for our integrated Civil Infrastructure business.

    'His initial focus will be to ensure we have a clear and executable vision and appropriate growth strategy for the UK and Ireland.

    ‘With a history of working on major projects such as HS2, Crossrail, Thames Tideway and the Lower Thames crossing, I look forward to seeing the positive impact his experience and leadership has on our teams, inspiring our people to reach their full potential and driving growth for our organisation.’

    Mr Southwell said: ‘AECOM has a great track record with a strong diverse portfolio, I’m looking forward to working with David and his team to deliver excellence for our clients.’


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  • Kier appoints health and safety specialist to new highways role


    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.


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