Highways England appoints Viridor director as new non-executive director

Highways England has appointed Alan Cumming, Viridor’s head of capital projects and engineering, as a new non-executive director.

Cumming joined the board on 11 September and will serve for three years. Highways England chairman Colin Matthews said: “We welcome Alan to the Highways England board at this exciting time for the company as we continue to focus on safety, customer service and delivering the first Road Investment Strategy. Alan brings a wealth of experience which will also help us as we look to the next investment period and subsequent benefits for road users and the economy.”

Cumming, who will receive £28,000 for a minimum of 27 days' work per year, currently works for Viridor, part of Pennon plc, and is the board director responsible for capital projects and engineering. He was previously a non-executive director of the Advance Manufacturing Centre at the University of Sheffield, director of projects for British Energy and deputy project director on Hinkley Point C with EDF. He replaces Tom Smith as a non-exec.

Highways England is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving more than 4,300 miles of motorways and main trunk roads throughout England and is delivering the government’s £15bn Road Investment Strategy.

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