Steer Davies Gleave hires Michael Colella as an Associate Director in the firm’s London Advisory team and Scott Dickinson as an Associate within the firm’s new Economic Development business also in London. Colella joins from Transport for London and Dickinson formerly worked for himself.
Prior to joining Steer Davies Gleave, Michael Colella worked at Transport for London (TfL) as its HS2 Interface Sponsor for four years, leading a team at looking into- and providing input to the new planned High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project. Previously, he held various other roles at TfL going back to 2005, including Lead Commercial Sponsor, Head of Business Planning and Principal Business Performance Manager. Earlier in his career, Colella was a Senior Affordability Manager at the Strategic Rail Authority, Senior Financial Analyst at the Stagecoach Group, Director at ICF SH&E, Principal Consultant at Portland, and Senior Business Analyst Port Authority of NY & NJ.
Colella holds a Master of Public Administration in Transport Planning & Management from Rutgers University – Newark.
Colella joins Steer Davies Gleave as an Associate Director in the firm’s London Advisory team. He takes responsibility for the growth and development of the firm’s global business objectives, with keen focus on of rail related projects and services.
Jim Richards, Head of Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave, says, “Michael has a wealth of experience in the rail industry and has gained credibility with senior figures. His strategic and commercial insight to complex projects such as Crossrail and HS2 will be of great value to enhance the team’s existing capabilities and skills.”
Prior to joining Steer Davies Gleave, Scott Dickinson worked as the Director of his own company, Scott Dickinson and Company Limited, for five years. Previously, between 2005 and 2011, he worked in various roles at SQW, most recently as an Associate Director. Earlier in his career, Dickinson worked as a Senior Fellow at the Office for Public Management, Senior Manager at the Audit Commission, External Funding & Partnerships Manager at the West London Training & Enterprise Council, Head of European Funding at the Birmingham City Council, European Liaison Officer at the City of Bradford Metropolitan Council, Assistant European Liaison Officer and Business Investment Assistant at Wakefield MDC, and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Leeds.
Dickinson holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Economic from the University of Leeds.
Dickinson takes on the role of Associate within Steer Davies Gleave’s new Economic Development business. He brings in more than 25 years of experience to the role, across design, appraisal, delivery, and evaluation of public policies, programmes, and projects. In his new role, his responsibilities includes supporting clients navigate the possibilities created by the referendum result.
Simon Pringle, Director at Steer Davies Gleave says that he is “delighted” to welcome Scott to the tea, adding, “He brings a wealth of experience, perspective, and understanding of what makes effective economic development. I look forward to working with him as we build our team, and work with clients to navigate the new economic landscape.”