Mike Brown MVO, the former Transport Commissioner for London, has been appointed by Mott MacDonald as an independent member of its shareholders’ committee.
As part of this 20-strong committee, comprised of senior Mott MacDonald employee shareholders, Mike will provide support, oversight and challenge to the executive board. With extensive experience of infrastructure industry leadership, he will also advise on strategies and key issues, endorsing significant decisions and actions.
As Commissioner for Transport for London, Mike was responsible for all public transport in the capital and oversaw one of Europe’s largest and most complex major investment programmes. Most recently, he led the transport network’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that critical workers were able to get to and from work. He also led the negotiations with Government for emergency funding necessary for the continued operation of services.
Before becoming Commissioner, Mike was managing director of London Underground and London Rail for five years. Prior to this he was managing director of Heathrow Airport.
Mike was recently appointed as the chair of the Restoration & Renewal Delivery Authority for the Houses of Parliament. This project will see the Palace of Westminster modernised and made more accessible. Passionate about the skills agenda, he led the UK Government’s Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce, which seeks to address challenges by creating new, high quality apprenticeships, improving diversity in the transport sector and working across industry to promote transport careers to young people and their influencers.
Commenting on his appointment, Mike Brown said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Mott MacDonald’s shareholders’ committee of as one of the independent members. The organisation has a unique ownership model with an ethos based on working collaboratively with clients across many sectors in a way that really stimulates fresh thinking and adds strategic value. This is especially relevant as a model in the strange times we are living in. I very much look forward to meeting new colleagues across the business in the months ahead and continuing connections with those I already know.”
Mike Haigh, Mott MacDonald executive chair, said: “We’ve known Mike for many years, having worked very closely together on many of London’s recent major projects, and I’m thrilled to be continuing our long association. Mike’s insights, knowledge and passion for infrastructure as a means to improving society, will be invaluable to us, as we seek to enhance the social outcomes of our work and make the communities in which we live and work better. I know our colleagues will be excited by what we will learn from Mike.”