New industry appointments

Liam Bower of JPG Group

Engineering consultancy JPG Group has appointed a new board director as part of its business and succession planning strategy.

Liam Bower has joined the Leeds-based practice alongside managing director Chris Harding and co-directors, David Allwood, Matthew Potter and Robert Redmond. 

Bower will help to steer the business through its growth strategy, leading a team of 45 people in delivering service excellence across all civil, structural and geoenvironmental disciplines. 

He has previously worked for national and regional specialist engineering firms as project lead for high profile schemes such as Panattoni logistics in Doncaster, Media City Doncaster, Rolls Royce in Derby and Muscat Airport in Oman.

Having already spent three years, pre-pandemic at JPG, he was motivated to return for a more overarching business management and leadership role. 

Global engineering, design and sustainability consultancy Ramboll has appointed Patrick Folley as head of aviation, UK.

He joins from Jacobs, where he was director of operations for aviation. He brings with him a breadth of experience accrued over 25 years in the industry, having worked on projects in more than 60 countries across the globe including the UK, United States, South Africa, India, Japan and Brazil.

His areas of technical expertise include forecasting and market studies as part of airport strategic and master planning, and transactions, having worked on projects at more than 125 airports. 

Notably, he has directed a number of high-profile projects at international airports including leading teams providing business and commercial support on the Heathrow Airport expansion, demand forecasting for Zurich Airport, and acting as a lead advisor to the Indonesian government, during their selection of a strategic partner to invest in one of their largest regional airports.  

At Ramboll, his focus will be supporting clients in the aviation industry as they return to growth following the pandemic and helping them accelerate the transition to net zero. 

HS1 has announced CEO of London City Airport, Robert Sinclair, as the company’s new CEO as it continues the growth of the UK’s only high-speed and international rail line.

Sinclair, who has led London City Airport over the last six years, will take up his role as CEO in March 2024. 

He will replace Dyan Perry who has taken the decision to retire towards the end of the year, after seven years running HS1 and 37 years working in the rail sector. 

Sinclair’s appointment follows an extensive search process and comes when HS1 is actively working to grow traffic and international rail travel from the UK, boosting benefits for passengers and businesses travelling to the continent. 

He comes to the role with broad experience in legal and banking professional services in addition to extensive experience in the transport sector.  He joins HS1 with a track record of fostering growth in transport hubs at an exciting time for the company.

HS1 holds the concession from the UK government to run the High Speed 1 line between St Pancras International and the Channel Tunnel.

Turner & Townsend has made a series of new appointments to bolster its reformed, 200-strong sustainability practice to support businesses and the public sector prepare for net zero.

Qian Li has joined the business as head of carbon accounting, bringing expertise – most recently working at Cundall – in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) accounting and embodied carbon. 

The appointment of associate director Sara Ferretti also strengthens Turner & Townsend’s offer in GHG accounting and reporting. She joins from specialist consultant Aardvark EM where she led the London office and established that firm’s carbon and compliance offer.  

Finally, Simon Earles joins the firm as project director, bringing sector-specialist knowledge in major infrastructure programmes, most recently in aviation.

He was previously planning and sustainability director at Bristol Airport, and before that held a similar role at Heathrow

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