Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – has appointed Colette Carroll as Market Director for Strategic Rail, responsible for leading its significant portfolio in the UK rail sector.
Colette – who joins from HS2 where she held roles including the Land and Property Director and the Delivery Director for Phase 2a – brings 20 years’ experience in major programmes and contracts, with a strong track record in programme initiation, turnaround and delivery.
Prior to HS2, Colette held various senior roles in Government, including leading a £7bn+ rail franchise portfolio, and spent five years working on rail planning and infrastructure development for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to the rail industry.
Colette, who started her new role on 1 September, will now oversee Atkins’ comprehensive offering to the UK rail market – which ranges from strategic advisory services to the delivery of large, complex engineering projects – and lead the development of its long-term growth strategy.
Jason Pavey, interim Managing Director of Atkins’ Transportation division, said: “Colette joins us at a pivotal time as the sector undergoes structural change, while maintaining its focus on improving the passenger experience, meeting net-zero targets and accelerating its digital transformation.
“As such, her experience will be invaluable as we look to support and help shape the future of rail in the UK.”
Atkins is currently delivering services on a number of high-profile rail projects, including East West Rail, the Central Rail Systems Alliance and the East Coast Digital Programme.