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Hammond gets transport brief

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Philip Hammond has been

named as the new transport secretary under the Conservative/ Lib Dem coalition.

First elected in 1997, the Tory

MP for Runnymede and Weybridge has held the shadow cabinet posts of secretary of state for work and pensions and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury.

Before becoming an MP,

Hammond, 55, was a director of a company supplying medical equipment.

The son of a civil engineer, Hammond grew up in Essex and went on to do a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford. He is married with three children.

Theresa Villiers, who held the post of shadow transport secretary until the election, has taken a step down to the role of minister of state for transport. Working with them as parliamentary under secretaries will be Mike Penning (Con) and Norman Baker (Lib Dem).

Three new managers for Wabtec Rail

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Wabtec Rail has appointed three new

senior staff. Giles Brown

is the new finance director,

Jackie Spendlove is the

HR manager and Dave Brennen is Webtec’s new engineering director. Brown, 34, who

Jackie Spendlove

replaces Bob Johnson on his retirement, joins Wabtec Rail from Porterbrook Leasing where he was the senior finance manager for six years. Spendlove,

Giles Brown

49, who replaces

Janet Hailes following

her retirement, has come from MTL Group, an engineering and metals processing company in Sheffield, where she was HR manager for five years. Brennen, 39,

who started his rail career as an apprentice with British Rail, joined Wabtec Rail in January 2009 as engineering manager and subsequently became head of engineering following a re- organisation.

Dave Brennen

Stephen Hammond, the long-

standing shadow transport minister, has not been given a post in the new government.

Theresa Villiers

Jarvis Cocker promotes Eurostar arts offer

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Eurostar has recruited Jarvis Cocker as its cultural

ambassador for a project called Culture Connect, a partnership of 15 major museums and galleries in London, Paris and Brussels. Eurostar passengers get two-for-

one prices to all paying exhibitions on their inbound journeys if they use Culture Connect, exposing them to some of the finest museums and galleries in the world.

FirstGroup PA wins award

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A PA at FirstGroup has been voted European Management

Assistants’ PA of the Year. Sheila Anderson, PA to Paul

Moore, director of communications and public affairs for First, said: ‘It’s one of the highlights of my career. Moore added: ‘It comes as no

surprise that Sheila is so respected by her peers. Her enthusiasm and commitment to the job are exceptional whilst her planning and organisational skills are second to none.’

Anderson, 52, works

Paul Moore and Sheila Anderson

at First’s Manchester office.

The 46-year-old singer and radio

presenter said: ‘Spending time in another country definitely broadens your horizons and enriches your life. It seems to me that more and more people are taking advantage of the ease of travel between the cities to immerse themselves in another culture. As ambassador for Culture Connect I’m encouraging everyone to get on a train and explore the culture of another country.’

Colin is Fullalove for new role

Colin Fullalove

Cubic Transportation Systems has

recruited Colin

Fullalove as its new business development director, taking

responsibility for building long-term relationships at senior levels, among both Cubic’s existing customer base and in its new markets. Fullalove, 47, joins Cubic from the international development team at Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems.

Halcrow announces new board members

Yaver Abidi, Alasdair Coates and Michael Della Rocca have joined

Halcrow’s board. Chairman Tony Pryor said: ‘Yaver,

Alasdair and Michael will provide Halcrow’s board with the additional experience we need to help us deal with the many challenges we face as we work towards the achievement of Halcrow’s long-term goals.’

O’Toole leaves National Express board

Ray O’Toole, chief operating officer of National Express Group, is to retire.

He joined the board in 1999 as chief operating officer, becoming chief executive of the UK Division in 2008 and, following the resignation of Richard Bowker last year, supported the board until Dean Finch’s arrival.

Lockhead is new CILT president

Sir Moir Lockhead OBE, chief

executive and deputy chairman of FirstGroup, will be president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for the next 12 months.

G4S announces new director

G4S Transport and Borders has

appointed Elaine Morley as

business development director, with responsibility for the continued expansion of the UK transport security business.

Crossfield takes reins at Invensys

Signalling provider Invensys has

appointed Nick Crossfield as

managing director of its Northern Europe division. He succeeds Mark Wild, who has been acting MD since November 2009. Crossfield was previously a director at Network Rail, where he worked on commercial operations.

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