Growing Highways business bolsters senior leadership team

Topic Highways, People

Date 10 May 2023

Galliford Try, one of the UK’s leading construction groups, has appointed Julie Crawford to the role of National Highways Director, responsible for the Group’s strategic relationship with National Highways.

In her new role, Julie will focus on deepening the Group’s key strategic relationship with National Highways and ensuring alignment with their key priorities and objectives.

Julie brings with her more than 15 years’ experience in overseeing programme management operations as well as developing and implementing strategic policies, plans and roadmaps to drive organisational performance, and meeting customer needs. She joins the Group from HS2, and has previously held senior roles at National Highways under its former banner of Highways England.

The appointment comes as the Galliford Try’s Highways business broadens its offering within three streams comprising National Highways, Local Authorities and Major Projects, the latter of which forms the delivery route for large-scale projects exceeding £100m, such as the recently announced project to design and build the £140m Carlisle Southern Link Road.

David Lowery, Managing Director of Galliford Try’s Highways business, said: “This is a really exciting period for our Highways business, and I am delighted to welcome Julie, with her extensive client-side experience, to our team. We have a high-quality order book, bolstered by number of recent opportunities and I look forward to working with Julie and her counterparts in Local Authorities and Major Projects, as we deliver on our ambition.”

Julie becomes the fourth woman to sit on the Highways business’s Senior Leadership team, joining Local Authority Director Liz Bell, Pre-Construction Director Alison Chippington and HR Lead Martha Splevings, reflecting Galliford Try’s culture, approach and commitment to increasing the representation of women in construction.