Rennicks, the sign manufacturing company, has announced that Andy Campbell has been appointed as managing director. The company says that the appointment is “key to positioning Rennicks at the forefront in spearheading the development of Ireland’s ‘smart’ road network”.
Campbell’s appointment, it says, will “underpin Rennicks’ focus on developing a road network that can communicate with drivers by using interactive lights, smart energy and road signs that adapt to specific traffic situations”. This shift in strategic direction matches the National Roads Authority’s stated objective to invest in new technologies to aid the efficient movement and monitoring of traffic through Ireland’s roads network.
“Until now, innovation and advances in technology have focused upon developing the ‘smart’ car,” said Campbell. “However, while we have had intelligent cars for some time, roads should be able to communicate and interact with their drivers in order to promote not only traffic safety, but traffic efficiency.”
A civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience, and having worked in Ireland, the UK, United Arab Emirates and Australia, Campbell brings with him a wealth of knowledge in project management, business development and leadership.
He previously worked as an associate director with Amey, a UK provider of infrastructure and public services, and was responsible for the company’s Highways Consulting business in the Midlands (UK) and Ireland. His role saw him responsible for an annual turnover in excess of £30 million and the management of over 400 staff.
Prior to this, Campbell was director for Mouchel, an international infrastructure and business services group. He worked for the company for 22 years in the UK, Dubai and Australia. During this period, he rose from an entry-level employee to become a board member charged with delivering key sector strategies for this £250 million business.
While mainly based in the UK during this time, in 2006 he moved to Ireland as director of Mouchel Ireland. In four years, he transformed Mouchel’s reputation for delivery with the National Roads Authority and Northern Ireland Roads Service, while winning work worth over £62 million.
Campbell holds a BSc (Hons) in civil engineering and is a chartered engineer and PRINCE2 practitioner.
His key areas of expertise include consulting, project management, business development, business improvement, operational management, strategy development, change management, profit and loss responsibility and lean manufacturing.