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Five facts about... Les Hawker

1 Les Hawker has joined TRL as its head of Infrastructure, after a long career with the Highways Agency. He is also a member of the board.

2 He will be managing the research and consultancy programme within TRL's Infrastructure division, some 400 projects in total. He will be particularly involved in ensuring TRL continues to deliver research and its application that fully meets customer needs and expectations, with particular emphasis on Asset Management and non-disruptive condition assessment techniques.

3 Hawker's extensive experience of policy and the operational management of large road asset was a great influence on the Highways Agency's approach to asset management.

4 At the Highways Agency, Hawker was responsible for the leadership and delivery of a programme of 400 Research and Consultancy transport infrastructure projects, 60 staff and a return on the £8M budget.

5 He played a key role in initiating, developing and implementing the provision of summary indicators for the structural, functional and safety condition of the Agency's 10,000 km network.

Going Places

Junior housing and planning minister Ian Wright has announced seven new appointments to the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC), which provides strategic and technical guidance to the government on standards for the design and construction of buildings. They are: Tracey Aarons, building control manager, Mendip District Council; Ziba Adrangi, director, PRP Architects; Professor Keith Bright, access consultant and chartered building surveyor; Nicholas Cullen, research and development partner, Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers; Trevor Haynes, building control manager, Birmingham City Council; Adrian Levett, consultant in change management; and Andrew Shipley, policy manager, equality and human rights.

Renata Drinkwater has cemented her links with Capita Symonds by becoming an associate director in its sport, leisure and culture consulting practice.

Andrew Spittlehouse has joined Atkins from Wakefield Council, where he was team leader for transport strategy for three years. Andrew’s speciality is in the development and use of transport models as well as the interpretation and evaluation of their output.

Charlotte Simmonds, environment manager for Tube Lines, has been shortlisted for the Business Woman of the Future category in the Women of the Future Awards. Simmonds joined Tube Lines as its first corporate environmental adviser in 2004 and within a year and a half of her appointment was promoted to Tube Lines’ 100-strong senior management team, with responsibility for setting the company’s environmental direction and delivering continuous environmental improvement.

Buro Happold Associate Sandy Halliday has recently joined the Glasgow office. He is leading the new infrastructure team.

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