Concorde's former chief engineer to lead Highways England

June 24 2015  

Concorde's former chief engineer to lead Highways England
Appointment of Jim O’Sullivan as Highways England’s new chief executive means that the two most senior representatives of the roads company come from aviation backgrounds.
 
Mr O’Sullivan (pictured), who takes over from former chief executive Graham Dalton next Wednesday, was previously a managing director for Heathrow Airport Holdings and spent time as Concorde’s chief engineer. He follows in the footsteps of Highways England chairman Colin Matthews, who is the former chief executive of Heathrow.
 
Senior highway figures have welcomed Mr O’Sullivan’s appointment as representing a change in leadership strategy for the road network operator.
 
One told TP Weekly News: “I’m keen that we see a different form of leadership from Highways England in order to assist them in breaking away from the civil service mould. We know they have got a significant challenge in front of them in terms of governance; moving from being a Government agency to a Government owned company. The airports have been in that position for some time, so I do believe that this new appointment will be good for highways.”
 
CIHT chief executive Sue Percy said: “We welcome Jim into this role at such an exciting time for Highways England and our industry as a whole. We look forward to continuing our close relationship and joint working with Highways England across a variety of projects.”
 
Mr O’Sullivan was managing director of Heathrow Airport Holdings’ airports division between October 2012 and December 2014. He was previously managing director of Edinburgh Airport and worked for British Airways for 14 years, during which time he was Concorde’s chief engineer.
 
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Jim’s experience of leading world class infrastructure companies means I can be confident he will ensure that the benefits of record investment in roads is delivered on time and budget.”
 
Highways England today announced that entries have opened for its Supplier Recognition Scheme 2015. The deadline is 25 September.

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