Ian Galbraith to head up Mott MacDonald’s eastern operations
Ian GalbraithMott MacDonald has appointed Ian Galbraith as managing director for Asia-Pacific and Australasia. Based in Singapore, Ian will be responsible for the consultancy’s operations and strategic management across the regions. He succeeds Kevin Dixon who has retired from the company after 33 years’ service.

Ian joined the consultancy in 2002 and has managed operations in sixteen countries across Europe, Russia and Africa as well as playing a key role in all aspects of the negotiation and integration of a number of company acquisitions. Most recently he served for two years as development director for Mott MacDonald’s UK, Europe and Africa operations.

The consultancy has been involved in major infrastructure projects such as Singapore’s first mass rapid transit line, Hong Kong International Airport, Adelaide Oval and Thailand’s first utility-scale wind farm.

Ian has a master’s degree in project management, as well as a bachelor’s in quantity surveying. He is also a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

François Gauthey appointed Eurotunnel deputy CEO
François GautheyFrançois Gauthey, who until 2 May 2016 was chief operating officer in charge of corporate services at Groupe Eurotunnel SE, has taken up the post of deputy chief executive officer.

Gauthey joined Groupe Eurotunnel in September 2015 having spent the previous eight years as senior director in the SANEF Group. Before that, he had been an advisor to ex French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, with responsibility for infrastructure, transport and housing and then chief of staff in the Ministry for Transport and the Sea. He has also spent eight years working at Aéroports de Paris and a further period at the Voies Navigables de France (French waterways) before moving to SANEF.

 

 

Chris Carson to drive metro performance
Chris CarsonTyne and Wear Metro has appointed Chris Carson as operations director, with a brief to lead service delivery and performance.

Chris, who brings more than 20 years’ experience in the rail industry to DB Regio Tyne and Wear, will be responsible for Metro’s day-to-day operations, train performance and long term service and delivery planning. A key focus will be driving improvement in Metro train performance, and ways to enhance employee and customer engagement.

Chris started his working life in the Army, then after a brief period working in the shipyards on the Tyne, he took his first job in the rail industry as a signaller based at Monkwearmouth Signal Box.

During his career he has held management roles for rail infrastructure and rail operating companies including British Rail, Railtrack, Network Rail, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, East Coast Trains. His most recent post was head of business change at Virgin Trains.

New partner in transport law practice
David MooreGlobal law firm Dentons has recruited David Moore as a partner in the London Energy, Transport and Infrastructure (ETI) practice.

A highly regarded infrastructure lawyer with specialist expertise in the transport sector, David joins from Clyde & Co where he was appointed a partner in 2012, having previously been a partner at Herbert Smith. His experience includes advising both private and public sector clients in the rail, roads and ports sectors, with a particular focus on the UK, Middle East and Africa markets.

Jeremy Cohen, Dentons CEO for the UK, Middle East and Africa region, comments: “ I am delighted to welcome a partner of David’s calibre to the team. Investment in transport and infrastructure is set to grow significantly in the UK, so this is the right time for us to enhance yet further our practice, which already occupies a very well-established position in the market. “

 

Siemens MD becomes industry chair of RSG
Gordon WakefordGordon Wakeford has been appointed interim industry chair of the Rail Supply Group (RSG).

Gordon is managing director, Mobility Division, for Siemens where he has been responsible for leading the company’s rail systems, rail automation, rail electrification and traffic solutions businesses in the UK.

He is also chairman of the Railway Industry Association (RIA).

Gordon joins the RSG at an exciting time for the railway industry with usage and investment at unprecedented levels, and will lead the RSG Council and the supply chain in ambitious aims to increase innovation, enhance productivity, grow skills and develop export markets.

Gordon said: “My first task will be to ensure that we maintain the momentum achieved post the launch of our Fast Track to the Future strategy. It is essential that we get down to the business of delivering the main strategic work streams and continue to build links across the industry ensuring alignment with the railway trade organisations, especially RIA, of which I am also Chairman.”

New technical director for RSSB
Chris LawrenceChris Lawrence has been appointed technical director at RSSB. He comes from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff where he is director and rail technical sector head. Chris, a chartered engineer with over 30 years’ experience, previously worked for Arup where he held a number of senior rail positions in the UK and overseas.

The new role will support RSSB’s whole-system perspective of technology as well as underpin its reputation for technical excellence by ensuring it has the right skills for today and tomorrow’s railway.

RSSB chief executive Chris Fenton said: “Chris brings a true cross-system perspective and a wealth of experience. The industry faces major challenges to deliver and technology will play a vital role, so it’s essential we have the appropriate skills to best provide the expertise and knowledge for the future.”