People & Careers roundup

Laing O’Rourke has appointed AECOM’s  building engineering leader Peter Williams as its new technical director for Europe.

New chief executive of Galliford Try is to be housebuilder and Taylor Wimpey south divisional chairman Peter Truscott. He takes over from current CEO Greg Fitzgerald in October. Fitzgerald will become non executive chairman of the business and construction division chief executive Ken Gillespie has been promoted to become chief operating officer while continuing to lead construction.

Amey technical director Christina Jackson has been awarded the ‘Lifetime achievement in engineering’ at the Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards. The accolade recognises her 37 years of dedication to civil engineering consultancy including her academic and technical success. The awards also highlighted her passion for raising the profile of civil engineering and her commitment to mentoring the next generation of engineers.

Capita’s property and infrastructure business has appointed Drew Ritchie as its new head of infrastructure. He joins Capita from running his own consultancy business, providing strategic and corporate development advice to a number of major civil engineering contractors. Ritchie has held positions for some of the UK’s most prominent engineering and infrastructure companies, including chief operating officer for Currie & Brown, major projects and programmes director (EuMENA) at Balfour Beatty, and head of rail for Amey. He has been responsible for a range of infrastructure and construction projects in the UK, including the construction of the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the redevelopment of King’s Cross Station for London Underground Limited.