20 MAR 2017

BakerHicks appoints James Howles as Sector Director for Rail

BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering business, has appointed James Howles as sector director for Rail.

James, who has held senior positions within the rail sector for the last 14 years, is tasked with further expanding and diversifying the company’s rail portfolio, which includes some the UK’s largest and most complex overground and underground rail projects, including the upgrade of Whitechapel Station.

James joins BakerHicks from SNC-Lavalin (formerly Interfleet), where he was director for rail infrastructure with a particular focus on the electrification market. He has been working in the rail industry since joining AMEC-Spie (now Colas Rail) in 2003, subsequently going on to deliver a number of complex, high value rail projects for White Young Green and AECOM, both in the UK and Europe.

He brings with him invaluable expertise gained on the Great Western Electrification, Midland Mainline Electrification, and North West Power Supply Upgrade programmes. His portfolio also includes significant projects for Network Rail, London Underground, contractors and consultants involving stations, route works, gauging and safety critical surveys. He has also led two successful professional services framework bids for HS2 Ltd.

Commenting on his appointment, James said: 

“The cross-sector capability of the team and the wider Group, plus the breadth of experience within it is something that attracted me to BakerHicks. The role provides a unique opportunity in the market, with potential to operate both as a stand-alone design house and offer a design and build solution to clients with our Morgan Sindall Group colleagues. 
“My recent experience in electrification and rail systems complements BakerHicks’ proven capability in stations. With continued investment in the sector and major schemes such as HS2 and further electrification works planned for the coming years, it’s an exciting future for Rail at BakerHicks.”

Martin Lubieniecki, managing director of BakerHicks, added: 

“James’ appointment confirms our investment in best-in-class talent to continue to support our rail customers in meeting their key objectives. His experience working with contractors and consultants, as well as his particular knowledge of the electrification market will help us to explore new avenues within the sector and to continue driving the business forward.”