Costain appoints Kershaw as MD of transportation division


Costain has appointed Sue Kershaw as managing director of its transportation division

Kershaw, who is a member of the mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel, will be responsible for Costain’s work in the highways, rail and aviation sectors. She will join the group’s executive board and report to chief executive officer Alex Vaughan.

Before joining Costain, Kershaw was managing director of the Infrastructure Advisory Group at KPMG. Prior to that, she was UK infrastructure head of programme management for KPMG Major Projects Advisory.

A civil engineer who started her career with Taylor Woodrow, her other previous roles include director of rail for Europe at CH2M and deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Sue Kershaw is also the current president of the Association of Project Management and a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London.

Founded in Liverpool in 1865, Costain employs over 3,700 staff and has a turnover of around £1.4bn.

The company works across the rail, highways, energy networks and storage, water, nuclear, oil and gas, and defence sectors.

Costain COVID-19 response

On 17 March, Costain also announced the measures it had put in place to decrease coronavirus spreading.

In a statement, the company said: “We have robust, regularly tested business continuity procedures in place to cover all aspects of our operations in a scenario such as this.

“We are prepared to take quick action to deal with this situation as it changes and have formed a Coronavirus Steering Group which is guiding our response.”


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