Arup hires rail expert

Consultancy Arup has appointed a former UK Department for Transport (DfT) leader to become its major programmes director.

The firm has hired David Hughes, who was previously accountable for leadership and oversight of DfT's portfolio of major rail investment projects. 

Based in London, his new role will focus on supporting and accelerating the firm’s delivery of significant national infrastructure and strategic change programmes, both in the UK and internationally.

Prior to his time at the government department, Hughes was the director of investment delivery planning at Transport for London, where he held senior leadership roles on projects including Crossrail, the Northern Line Extension, and the Tube upgrades. He has also worked at the Ministry of Defence and Deloitte over the course of his career.

“David brings outstanding experience of enabling the largest capital projects and delivering significant public capital investment in a complex political environment,” said Rob Jones, Arup’s advisory services leader in the UK, India, Middle East and Africa.

“His appointment builds on our existing capability in this area and his expertise will enable us to further support and drive major priority programmes with clients across energy, transport and the broader built environment globally.”