Moves round-up: Prout handed HS2 role

News that the senior Department for Communities and Local Government civil servant responsible for localism is to move to a new role at the Department for Transport to take charge of the HS2 project features in our moves round-up.

High-speed: DfT appoints director-general to deliver HS2 project (picture: Network Rail)
High-speed: DfT appoints director-general to deliver HS2 project (picture: Network Rail)
The Department for Transport announced this week that DCLG director-general David Prout will join from the DCLG in the New Year to take a newly-created director-general post with responsibility for the delivery of HS2.

Law firm Pinsent Masons has recruited Mike Pocock as a partner, based in Manchester. Pocock has nine years’ experience of the Manchester market and arrives from DLA Piper, where he was head of the firm’s Sheffield planning team.

Planning consultancy Turley Associates has promoted Claire Cope to associate director. Cope is also head of the firm’s community engagement service, Plan to Engage.

Planning consultancy Adams Hendry has announced the appointments of Geoff Bryant, who joins as a principal planner, and Matthew Barron as a planning assistant.

Consultancy WYG has appointed of Glen Thorn as head of its UK region. Thorn joined WYG earlier this year as managing director of buildings & infrastructure. He has 30 years’ experience of delivering major projects in the UK and internationally.

Housebuilder Martin Grant Homes has announced the appointment of Haydn Payne as strategic planner and land manager in the company’s strategic land team. Payne has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic land, town planning and development and joins Martin Grant Homes from Alliance Planning. Payne will be responsible for identifying new sites as well as bringing forward planning applications on existing projects. He is both a chartered surveyor and a chartered town planner.

Consultancy Alliance Planning has announced the arrival of both Sarah Butterfield and Dawn Adams at its Birmingham Office. The two join from Colliers International.

Property consultancy Carter Jonas has appointed two masterplanners from design, environment and energy consultancy LDA Design in London. Rebecca Sanders and John Phillipps will join Carter Jonas’ national planning and development team. Sanders will lead the masterplanning team at Carter Jonas and Phillipps will act as a consultant to it.

WSP has appointed Edward O’Loughlin as associate director, rail planning. O’Loughlin has thirteen years of experience in the UK rail industry. He joins WSP from Steer Davies Gleave where he led the company’s work in the French rail sector.

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