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

03 May, 2022 By Catherine Moore
Notable appointments this month include changes at the top of Aecom and Balfour Beatty, along with new bosses at Sisk, Costain and Mace.
A round up of the biggest moves and appointments during April is below. To feature on next month’s appointments roundup email
Aecom appoints aviation lead
Aecom has appointed Crawford Burden as its aviation lead for Europe and India. As managing director, Global Aviation, Europe and India, Burden is responsible for leadership of Aecom’s aviation strategy, business development and project delivery activities across the region.
Burden, who is an experienced project director and business developer, will work with Aecom’s market leading aviation technical experts to win, plan, design, build and manage top-tier airport projects globally. He joins from Arcadis where he was Global Aviation Investment advisory leader.
New sustainability lead for Balfour
Balfour Beatty has appointed of Jo Gilroy as UK director of sustainability.
Gilroy will be responsible for supporting and guiding the business in driving forward Balfour Beatty’s sustainability strategy across the UK, as well as reporting the Group’s performance against the targets set out in its “Building New Futures” sustainability strategy.
She joins Balfour Beatty from Kier where she held the position of Group head of sustainability & environment. Prior to this, she was head of sustainability & corporate responsibility at FTSE 100 distribution and logistics group Bunzl.
Sisk appoints new COO
John Sisk & Son has promoted Ajaz Shafi to chief operating officer (COO) of its business in the UK. This follows the appointment of previous COO Paul Brown to chief executive at the start of the year.
Shafi is a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience working for major contracting organisations in the UK, Hong Kong, India and the Middle East. He joined Sisk in 2013, initially managing the company’s UAE division before becoming managing director for the UK South business – a position he had held for the past six years.
Former Galliford Try director joins Costain
Costain has appointed former Galliford Try technical services managing director Gavin Stonard as its water sector technical development director.
Stonard joins after seven months at Galliford Try, having transferred over when the contractor bought collapsed nmcn’s £100M water business for £1M, where he was both technical and engineering director for over four years.
He will drive innovation and develop leading-edge services for the water market as Costain works to deliver a positive impact for water customers, society, and the environment.
Faithful & Gould makes MD appointment
Faithful & Gould has promoted James Butler to managing director for its UK and Europe operations.
Butler takes over from Jon Sealy, who is now given a global role in project and programme management for its Canadian parent company SNC-Lavalin. Butler joined Faithful & Gould as a graduate in 2007.
New regional leads for Mace
Mace has appointed two regional leads for its consultancy division. Sarah Morton becomes Mace Consult’s director for the north, and Lucy Namihas director for the southwest.
Morton joined Mace in February 2021 and leads the managed frameworks team for Mace Consult. Namihas joined Mace in 2019 and has led teams across the southwest and Wales, including the largest new build school in the UK for Cardiff council and the fitout of BT’s new regional hub in Bristol.
Keltbray sustainability chief chosen
Keltbray’s skills and communities director Holly Price has been given the new role of group sustainability director.
Price will lead on the company’s sustainability agenda. She has also been given social value as part of her brief, while also keeping her previous responsibility for health, safety and wellbeing – the in-house KML Occupational Health business remains part of her portfolio.
Price also continues her involvement with Keltbray’s inclusion committee, working with corporate communications manager and group inclusion manager Nina Fairfowl.
New boss for Vinci Energies
Vinci Energies UK & RoI has named Scott Van Der Vord as its new chief executive.
Van Der Vord replaces Rochdi Ziyat, who is returning to France to prepare for his retirement after 12 years in the post and sevenfold turnover growth. Van Der Vord has been chief financial officer of Vinci Energies UK & RoI for the past three years.
Kier HR role expanded
Kier’s human resources director Helen Redfern has been given a new job title and more responsibilities.
Redfern joined Kier in 2012 and was promoted to group HR director in 2019. She is now Kier’s chief people officer, a new role for the business that includes all her former duties as HR director with additional responsibility for group health, safety and wellbeing as well as the company’s sustainability strategy.
She will be responsible for the whole environmental, social and governance agenda at Kier, along with all the staffing issues that are traditionally associated with the personnel management role.
Willmott Dixon Interiors eyes expansion with new board appointments  
Willmott Dixon Interiors has strengthened its Board and senior leadership team as part of a newly expanded operational structure to support its growth and development.
Chris Linfoot and Simon Wilson will join its Board in new operational director positions.
Linfoot, who last year won a CIOB Construction Manager of the Year gold medal for his role refurbishing commercial office space at Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building on Horse Guards Parade, has established a track record for successful operational delivery at Willmott Dixon Interiors on a series of interior construction contracts.
He is joined by Wilson, who has more than 20 years of construction sector expertise, most recently gained at Willmott Dixon Construction where he was a senior operations manager. Recent experience includes the Nitrate Film Store at the Imperial War Museum, construction of St Michael’s Hospital in Braintree, and restoration of the East Wing at Alexandra Palace.
The new positions form part of Willmott Dixon Interiors’ plans to further strengthen its Board during the next 18 months to drive new growth and are supported by an expanded operational structure that have created additional new roles. Ivan Fluin and Nick Kent join as senior operations managers from Balfour Beatty and Graham Group respectively, with Rob Brown promoted to the same position from within the company. Nick Anderson and Danny Malone have also been promoted to senior commercial manager positions.
DfT appoints new HS2 residents’ commissioner
The Department for Transport has appointed Stewart Jackson in the role of HS2 residents’ commissioner.
Responsible for driving open and transparent communication with all residents, Jackson will be tasked with fulfilling the commitments set out in the HS2 community engagement strategy and the residents’ charter. This includes building respectful long-term relationships with communities, actively encouraging HS2 Ltd’s workforce to listen to local concerns and work with communities to develop local two-way engagement and communication programmes.

Top (from left): Holly Price, Scott van der Vord, Eloise Francis, Stewart Jackson
Bottom (from left): Graham Prothero, Gavin Stonard, Ajaz Shafi, James Butler
BRE appoints innovation director
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has appointed Eloise Francis as its director of innovation. Francis will be responsible for driving innovation, research and  technical excellence at BRE.
She joins from Legal & General Capital, where she had been head of operational risk for the past three years. Her previous career has been spent in health & safety in the construction and property sector, and more recently, enterprise risk and sustainability. Before Legal & General she worked for Royal Mail in risk & compliance, for Mace as head of health and safety consultancy and at Capita Symonds.
New chief for Engineers without Borders UK
Engineers Without Borders UK, ‘the globally responsible engineering movement’, has a new chief executive.
John Kraus joins the campaign as chief executive from the International Geosynthetics Society, where he had been executive director for a year. Before that he spent nine years with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ external affairs team. As its head of sustainable urbanisation, he is credited with setting up the World Built Environment Forum.
Before RICS, Kraus spent 18 years as a civil servant at the Foreign & Commonwealth office, with roles including climate change chief of staff and head of the UN human rights team.
Avant Homes adds to team
House-builder Avant Homes has added to its East Midlands construction team with the appointment of a construction director. Phil Marshall joins with 35 years’ experience in the house-building sector to lead the construction team in the East Midlands.
Avant Homes East Midlands currently has nine developments under construction, from Ashbourne to Warwick.  Marshall is now responsible for the day-to-day management of the developments.
Vistry boss moves to Gleeson
Vistry Group chief operating officer Graham Prothero is moving to MJ Gleeson as chief executive. Prothero will replace current chief executive James Thomson who is standing down on 31st December 2022.
Prothero joined Vistry in 2020 as part of the acquisition by Bovis Homes of Galliford Try’s housing businesses. He was formerly chief executive of Galliford Try from 2019, having previously been finance director since 2013. From 2008 to 2013, he was finance director of Development Securities plc (subsequently U+I Group).
Clancy strengthens ESG team
Clancy is building up its environmental, social and governance team, recruiting a head of sustainability and a head of environment. Mike de Silva joins as head of sustainability from Bechtel and Lorna Mellings joins from Crossrail as head of environment.
A key priority for de Silva will be helping Clancy reduce its operational carbon emissions. He also heads up the company’s social value programmes across projects and frameworks in the energy and water sectors. de Silva has worked at Transport for London and Davis Langdon (now part of Aecom) on HS1, HS2 and Crossrail. He is also an editor for the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Engineering Sustainability journal and is a non-executive director of the UK Certification Authority for Reinforcement Steel.
Mellings’ role includes Clancy’s work to reduce waste, increase environmental awareness and protect habitats. She is also a long-standing member on the Institution of Civil Engineers’ resource management engineering panel and before Crossrail worked for Aspire Defence and Carillion.
New chair for FPS
The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has elected John Chick as its new chair.
Chick, business unit leader of Laing O’Rourke’s Expanded Geotechnical, takes over as FPS chair from Steve Hadley, who has completed his two-year term of office.
New regional boss for Worcester civil engineering firm
Worcester-based Montel Civil Engineering has appointed Andy McAdam as regional director for the southwest. McAdam has joined Montel to head up operations in the southwest, including establishing a new regional headquarters in Bristol.
He joins from Midas Construction where he was executive director for South Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Before this, he was southwest regional managing director at Balfour Beatty and Dean & Dyball.
Glanville appoints new managing director
Multi-disciplinary surveying and engineering consultancy Glanville has appointed Tim Foxall as managing director.
Foxall initially joined Glanville as a graduate in 2001. After a few years, he took roles at other consultancies and Oxfordshire County Council before returning to Glanville in 2008. He joined the board in 2012, heading up Transport and Highways from the company’s Didcot office. In 2019 he was one of six directors who completed a management buyout of the company.
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