Highways England has announced the appointment of Lawrence Gosden as a non-executive director to its board.
Mr Gosden (pictured), who is currently director of strategy and asset management at Southern Water, will take up his post on 1 April.
The government-owned company said he brings with him a wealth of leadership experience from a career centred on asset management, capital delivery and operations, primarily in the utilities sector. He has a wide range of experience in managing large scale infrastructure and complex transformation programmes, creating alliances and shaping multi-billion capital investment programmes.
Highways England chairman Dipesh J Shah said: ‘Now, more than ever, our infrastructure schemes have an important and perhaps unique role to play in helping our economy to recover.
‘Lawrence’s extensive experience will help us on our journey to transform how we work with our supply chain, how we deliver our net zero carbon and how we realise our digitalisation ambitions. His commitment to diversity and championing women in engineering and construction will help us continue to build an inclusive and diverse business.’
Mr Gosden said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the board at such an exciting time. Highways England has an important role to play in helping the economy to recover in a post-Covid and Brexit environment. We have an opportunity to engage with our customers about all our exciting future plans.
‘I am looking forward to seeing how we can connect our customers with the great things we do including how digital technology will improve our road networks. I am also looking forward to helping the board and the business work with our supply chain to meet these exciting challenges.’