England was brought in in February as a six month interim appointment after former major projects boss Keith Miller was axed in response Mike Nichols' damning verdict of Highways Agency's major projects delivery. England has chosen not to take the post on full-time and instead is joining Network Rail to become director of civil engineering.
Agency chief executive Archie Robertson is now recruiting for a major projects director with signifcant commercial project management expertise, most likely with a contracting background. "The post of director for major projects is an important senior appointment for the Highways Agency as we move forward with our roads programme. We are determined to secure the right person for the role," he said.
Clarke currently heads the Highways Agency's Safety, Standards and Research (SSR) directorate and its procurement directorate.
Hilary Chipping, the Agency's Network Strategy Director, will have board responsibility for procurement in addition to her continuing leadership of the Network Strategy Directorate.
Alan Pickett, currently a divisional director in SSR, will join the Highways Agency Board on a temporary basis as director for Safety, Standards and Research.