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Systra has appointed a new managing director and management team to leads its consultancy team in the UK & Ireland.

Former operations director Alan James has been made managing director and will lead a team of almost 400 transport planners, engineers, economists and modellers.

Joining him in the new leadership team is: ex-commercial director Richard Hancox as operations director; Chris Pownall as business director for London & the South; and Steve Pickard as business director for the Midlands and the North.

Following the retirement of John Milligan after 20 years with Systra, Kelvin Clarke has been promoted to business director for Scotland.

Elsewhere, Richard Stacey heads a newly combined development and infrastructure sector, while Neill Birch will lead rail and other public transport work.

Alan James, the new managing director of Systra's UK & Ireland consultancy business. Photo: Systra.
Alan James, the new managing director of Systra’s UK & Ireland consultancy business. Photo: Systra.

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The transport planning, modelling & appraisal and international sectors continue to be led by Annette Smith, John Allan and Nick Benbow, respectively.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Systra said that the new appointments provide a platform for the company’s ambitious plans for growth.

New managing director Alan James added: “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.

“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.”

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