Jim O’Sullivan, who has a broad range of experience working on safety critical transport projects, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Highways England.
Mr O’Sullivan will lead the government-owned company which is responsible for delivering £11bn of improvements to England’s motorways and major A roads by 2020.
He will take over as chief executive from Graham Dalton who announced his departure in January after seven years leading Highways England’s predecessor, the Highways Agency.
Jim O’Sullivan is an experienced engineer whose career includes spells with world-renowned businesses including British Airways and Heathrow Airport Holdings.
As managing director of the Airports Division at Heathrow Airport Holdings (BAA), he was responsible for all the group’s airports outside Heathrow. He was previously managing director at Edinburgh Airport, and technical standards and assurance director at Heathrow Airport Holdings (BAA).
Patrick McLoughlin, secretary of state for transport, said: “Jim’s experience of leading world-class infrastructure companies means I can be confident he will ensure that the benefits of the record investment this government is making in our roads delivers for drivers and businesses across the whole of the UK on time and on budget.”
Jim O’Sullivan will join Highways England on 22 June, before formally taking over from Graham Dalton on 1 July.