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Tideway announces board changes as project reaches final tunnelling phase

Tideway announces board changes as project reaches final tunnelling phase

Roger Bailey

  • Chief Technical Officer Roger Bailey joins board
  • Chief Operating Officer Mark Sneesby to step down after seven years on the project

The company behind London’s new super sewer has announced changes to its board, reflecting the progress of the project. Underground construction works are nearing completion with 5km of the 25km sewer tunnel left to build.

Tideway’s Chief Technical Officer, Roger Bailey, joins the board having worked on the project since 2012. His appointment strengthens the board’s commissioning and technical focus as the project moves towards the completion and handover stages. In the early part of the project’s development he was instrumental in defining the project requirements and agreeing the technical interaction between the Tideway asset and the existing Thames Water sewer network. 

Commenting on his appointment, Roger said: “Joining the board of Tideway signals an exciting new phase as we look to the latter stages of the project, including commissioning and operational handover to Thames Water. Having been part of the team since the early project definition stage I am delighted to be joining the board and look forward to seeing the project through to completion.”

Tideway’s Chairman Sir Neville Simms commented: “Roger’s 40 years’ experience will bring even more depth to the Tideway board as we steer the project through the next critical phases. With his perspectives as a client, contractor, planner and designer, working in the UK and on projects around the world, I know he will be a great asset.”

As part of the changes Tideway has announced that Mark Sneesby, Tideway’s Chief Operating Officer, is to step down after seven years with the organisation. Mark joined Tideway in 2014 from Thames Water where he was Head of Major Projects and has played a critical role in leading the delivery of London’s new super sewer.

Mark said: “It has been a privilege to be part of Tideway and I am proud of what we have achieved over several years. Delivering a major new piece of infrastructure through the heart of a busy working city has been one of the greatest challenges of my career; with the project in good shape and the next phase in sight, it is the right time for me to move on. I wish the team every success in delivering the project to its conclusion and realising the legacy of a cleaner River Thames.”

Sir Neville Simms further commented: “Mark has been a highly valued member of the Tideway team from the very start and has influenced every aspect of the project from our commercial engagement to our strong health and safety culture. He has led the delivery of the project from mobilisation through to where we are today, with the complex underground construction phases nearing completion. On behalf of our board I would like to pay tribute to his skill, dedication and humanity and wish him the very best for his future career.

Mark will step down at the end of September.