Movers and shakers: Biggest construction and engineering appointments in February 2022 – New Civil Engineer

01 Mar, 2022 By Catherine Moore
Notable appointments this month include changes at the top of Taylor Wimpey, Amey and Aecom, along with new bosses at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and Network Rail.
A round up of the biggest moves and appointments during February is below. To feature on next month’s appointments roundup email
New CEO for Taylor Wimpey
Jennie Daly, group operations director for four years, will succeed Pete Redfern as Taylor Wimpey chief executive in April, after the next annual general meeting.
Daly is currently group operations director of Taylor Wimpey, overseeing the land, planning, design, technical, sustainability, production and supply chain functions, as well as managing the logistics business.
She joined the firm in 2014 from Redrow where she was managing director of its Harrow Estates business. Before that she was group land manager at Westbury. Her early career was in local authority and council planning roles in Macclesfield and Blackpool.
Amey appoints business boss
With the significant opportunities and challenges facing local authorities across the UK, Amey has appointed a new business director, George Pargeter, to take responsibility for its local authority contracts.
Taking responsibility for contracts in Staffordshire, Kent, Trafford and Surrey, plus Amey’s UK-wide traffic management team, Pargeter joins from a 27-year career at Balfour Beatty.
At Balfour Beatty, he was most recently project director for the South East. He was responsible for major schemes on behalf of National Highways, such as the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury, M20 Project Brock and Lower Thames Crossing pre-enabling work.
Aecom makes climate appointment
Aecom has appointed Nina Schuler as technical director in its UK-based Climate Change, Sustainability and Resilience (CCSR) practice. Schuler will provide strategic and technical leadership for the Sustainable and Resilient Cities (SRC) team that sits within the practice.
The SRC team has a strong track record in supporting clients around the world such as the Committee on Climate Change, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank, as well as colleagues across Aecom to understand climate risks to major urban masterplans and infrastructure and design innovative resilience solutions. Schuler will focus on urban climate adaptation as well as climate finance and broader ESG issues.
She joins from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy where she led the Low Carbon Infrastructure and Urban team, delivering programmes and investments worth £365M which enable energy transition and climate smart urban development, working with partners such as the World Bank and C40 Cities.
New RAIB chief chosen
Andrew Hall has been selected for the role of chief inspector of the RAIB and will take over as from 1 April.
Hall is a chartered electrical engineer with many years’ experience in the rail sector. He has worked at RAIB since 2004 and been the deputy chief inspector since 2015.
Network Rail appoints new route services boss
Network Rail has appointed Rob Morton as the new managing director for Route Services, replacing Susan Cooklin, who is leaving the organisation in March after 16 years’ service.
Following a successful career in the private sector, including senior roles with Centrica (British Gas parent company) and LogicaCMG, Morton joined Network Rail as supply chain director in June 2017. Over the past five years, he has spearheaded Network Rail’s relationships and commercial arrangements with suppliers, led a supply chain cost reduction programme that saved £330M, and improved Network Rail’s logistics capability to levels comparable with the best retail and manufacturing operations.
Former Mace boss joins Gleeds
Gleeds has appointed cost consultant veteran Steven Mason as executive director, based at its London headquarters.
After over 20 years at Mace, where he held the position of managing director and was instrumental in establishing its cost consultancy business in 2004, Steven will work alongside Gleeds’ UK regional director, Paul Sweeney, to grow and lead the London operation.
Mason immediate goals will focus on maximising opportunities within the public sector, reinforcing Gleeds’ established residential and commercial sector expertise, and ensuring that the service offering reflects changing client priorities, such as sustainability and new ways of working.
With over 35 years as a practising surveyor in the public and private sectors, Mason has worked extensively in London and the southeast, working across a range of sectors, including new build, refurbishment, and alterations to both historic and modern residential and commercial buildings for various public sector and private clients. His legacy is felt in prestigious projects like the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, British Land’s 5 Broadgate scheme, and the UBS headquarters building in the Square Mile.
Trio of highways appointments at Ramboll
Ramboll has announced the appointments of Rosie Simon as National Highways key account director, Anne Miller as highways commercial director, and Peter Takács as bridges director. The new hires will support Ramboll’s long-term commitment to growing its highways division.
Simon brings significant experience with a career that has spanned 25 years. She has worked with contractors and consultancies delivering major infrastructure projects and taken a leading role in working collaboratively with clients including National Highways, Network Rail, High Speed 2 and Local Authorities. In her role she will strengthen and grow Ramboll’s position and services for one of their key clients and brings extra capacity to the Highways division by supporting delivery excellence, customer safety and driving sustainable solutions, which the business is implementing as standard on every project.
Takács joins from Aecom as bridges director. He brings huge technical expertise from his 24-year career in bridge and structural engineering and will further strengthen Ramboll’s market-leading design service as well as further growing its bridges advisory services. Peter has worked on some of the most significant schemes in recent years including A303 Stonehenge, Silvertown Tunnel, Crossrail and the Stockholm bypass.
Miller joins as commercial director from Stantec and brings 18 years’ experience in commercial delivery; managing cost, risk, and programmes, especially in major highway schemes. In this newly created role, she brings extra capacity to support major project delivery, ensuring alignment with clients’ commercial needs, whilst providing clients with cost and programme certainty.
New Colas chief announced
Colas has announced that Faïçal Lahmamsi has been promoted to chief executive.
He joined the Colas Group in 2002, and became Colas UK executive director of national and regional operations including highways projects, aviation, asset management and other specialist processes in 2020. In 2020 this was extended to include industrial activities through quarrying activity and the bituminous products business.
Business development promotion at Tilbury Douglas
Tilbury Douglas has promoted Don Stewart to its UK Building board as national business development director.
A chartered marketer, Don Stewart joined Tilbury Douglas in 2014 from ISG, where he was northern business development director. Before that, he worked for Morgan Sindall and Allenbuild.
Changes at the top for Barhale
Former Keltbray rail division head of engineering Owen Mills has joined Barhale. Mills spent six years at Keltbray but now joins the board at Barhale in his new role of Engineering Director.
He will be joined on the board by Andy Dodman who has been promoted to the role of health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) director.
Dodman joined Barhale in 2001 as a senior site agent before moving into a safety adviser role just a year later. He became Group safety manager in 2008 and subsequently led the integration of the safety function into a wider HSEQ portfolio.

Top (from left): Selena Strudwick, George Pargeter, Nina Schuler, Dave Widger
Bottom (from left): Owen Mills, Jennie Daly, Mark Overton, Faïçal Lahmamsi
New legal director for Ferrovial
Selena Strudwick has been promoted to Ferrovial Construction legal director for its UK & Ireland construction business. Strudwick qualified as a lawyer 12 years ago and worked in private practice in the infrastructure and major projects sector before moving in-house in 2018.
In private practice she has acted for clients on a number of high profile PPPs in the UK and internationally with a focus on transport. She joined Ferrovial Construction in 2020 to look after the central contract of its Tideway Tunnel project, Northern Line Extension and Silvertown Tunnel projects.
Cowi appoints finance boss
Claire Cobden will join Cowi as chief financial officer, North America, in February.
Cobden brings several years of senior leadership experience across multiple industries, including information systems engineering, financial services and gaming. She joins from BlueShore Financial, where she held the position of VP treasurer and was responsible for investment management, trading and strategic financial planning.
Aecom economics boss joins IED Board of Directors
Dave Widger, who is head of economic development for UK and Ireland at Aecom has been appointed as a board member on the Institute of Economic Development (IED).
Widger has over 20 years’ experience in the sector. He has extensive expertise in local, city and regional economics and specialises in developing economic development strategies, impact assessments and case-making for road, rail and other infrastructure projects.
Two appointments at Royal HaskoningDHV
Royal HaskoningDHV has extended its leadership with João Tiago de Almeida promoted to business unit director water technology products and René Noppeney appointed as commercial director bioresources.
de Almeida has extensive experience leading the operations side of Royal HaskoningDHV’s award-winning Nereda technology. He will take on the challenge of consolidating and driving forward the impressive growth that Nereda has enjoyed over the last ten years – and translating this success to the other water technology products in Royal HaskoningDHV’s portfolio.
Noppeney’s role confirms the company’s commitment to maximising the potential of market-leading bioresource innovations.
BDP director takes on new role
BDP architect director, Gregory Fonseca, has been selected as the 2023 president elect for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) UK. For the 2022 financial year, Fonseca will serve as vice president for the institute and will work to facilitate interaction and communication between members, other professionals and industry leaders; and lead the adoption of progressive initiatives that address the urgent challenge of climate change.
As part of his role, he will also host virtual and live building tours for the AIA, including a virtual building tour of Mole Architect’s Freeholders in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk on 11th March 2022. He will also manage and host the AIA UK’s Excellence in Design Awards, which will be held at the Barbican on 12 May 2022.
New bridge chief for Hardesty & Hanover
Hardesty & Hanover (H&H) has appointed Paul van Hagen as principal bridge engineer to lead the firm’s new office in London. van Hagen will play a significant role on high-profile projects currently underway, including the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing and the new Clyde Waterfront Renfrew Riverside double cable-stayed swing bridge.
Additionally, he will be charged with growing the London office and fostering H&H’s strategic collaboration with engineering consultancy Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD). He brings 30 years of engineering experience on complex and moveable bridges in both the USA and the UK at a pivotal time for H&H as its presence in the UK and Ireland continues to expand.
Tolent appoints finance boss
Tolent has appointed Mark Overton as chief financial officer. The appointment will see Tolent benefiting from a wealth of knowledge and experience with Overton possessing a decade’s worth of experience as CFO at Colas, a £300M UK-based business in the transport infrastructure market.
As a fellow of the Institute of Directors, Chartered Management Accountant and MBA recipient, Overton possesses an impressive resume and is a major coup for the Gateshead-based firm in what is a challenging time for the construction industry.
New business lead for Paradigm Drilling
Paradigm Drilling Services has appointed Jim Profit as VP of business development to further accelerate its impact on the global oil, gas, and geothermal drilling markets.
Jim brings with him 20+ years oil and gas experience, both locally and internationally. Specialising in technology and monitoring systems to improve well operations both on and offshore.
Modular firm appoints manufacturing director
Modular manufacturer Rollalong has appointed a new manufacturing director whose varied career has spanned several sectors, from confectionery to marine machining. Michelle Davies joins the senior team at the largest permanent offsite manufacturer in the south of England, bringing with her years of expertise in various manufacturing management roles. 
Davies has several aims and objectives to achieve in her new role, such as improving production processes and flows to achieve target hours, costs and client requirements, maintaining strong communications between production and the rest of the business, and reviewing opportunities to automate, all while continuing to manufacture a high-quality product. 
Multiple promotions in M&E firm
M&E consultancy CPW has announced the appointment of Jim Frisby to director as part of a significant number of promotions.
Frisby joined CPW in 2015, operating in the consultancy’s Leicester office. His new role will see him maintaining the existing strong relationships with clients, team management as well as promoting the growth of the business.
His promotion is one of several across CPW’s 11 offices, with 19 other team members being rewarded for their hard work and dedication. Other promotions include Paul Titmus and Keith Terry moving up to associate director roles in the Solihull office, and Gareth Whittaker, Hannah Beirne and Alex Skidmore being named as associates in Leeds, Solihull and Nottingham respectively.
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