New Leadership Appointments to SYSTRA’s Consultancy Team

Published on: 5 Apr 2018

SYSTRA has bolstered its UK & Ireland Consultancy Management team with a number of promotions.  The new appointments recognise the talent within the business and provide a platform for SYSTRA’s ambitious plans for growth.

Alan James has been appointed Managing Director of SYSTRA’s UK & Ireland consultancy business, leading a team of nearly 400 transport planners, engineers, economists and modellers. He has more than 25 years’ industry experience and was previously Operations Director.

Richard Hancox is now the Operations Director.  He was previously Commercial Director and has more than 26 years’ industry experience.

Other new Business Director level appointments are: Chris Pownall for London & South, Steve Pickard for Midlands & North, and Kelvin Clarke for Scotland.  Kelvin takes on the Scottish role following the retirement of John Milligan after 20 years with SYSTRA and 35 years in the transport industry. Ian Byrne remains Business Director for Ireland.

Richard Stacey heads a newly combined Development & Infrastructure sector, while Neill Birch will lead rail and other public transport work.  The Transport Planning, Modelling & Appraisal and International sectors continue to be led by Annette Smith, John Allan and Nick Benbow respectively.

Alan James said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce these new appointments, which have allowed our staff to build on their skills and experience. I’m very much looking forward to taking the business forward with my new team. We all look forward to working with existing and new clients on a broad range of interesting transport challenges. With colleagues based in offices in 11 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland, we have the scale and structure to be able to provide a local service to our clients, backed up by industry-leading knowledge and specialist expertise.”

The new appointments follow a series of contracts wins for SYSTRA, including providing transport advice for the proposed International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland, a public realm masterplan for the Snow Hill area of Birmingham, work to promote sustainable travel to employment on the Isle of Wight, and on-going transport modelling support for the Irish National Transport Authority.