DM Roads has appointed Ritchie Taylor to the position of General Manager, effective 1 November 2020.

Ritchie will assume responsibility from Marcus Stephens who has been appointed to the position of General Manager – Tasmania. Marcus will transition into the role in late November.

As General Manager, Ritchie will be responsible for driving the direction of the DM Roads business and contributing to the growth and development of the Australian roads business. Ritchie also joins the Road Services Senior Leadership Team.

“Ritchie’s career history has been intertwined with Downer since the commencement of our road network management joint venture, DownerMouchel from 2014,” said Dante Cremasco, Executive General Manager of Downer’s Road Services.

“I look forward with great interest and welcome the addition of Ritchie to the Roads Senior Leadership Team. With fresh eyes and new perspective, our continued ability to approach cross-business collaboration will strengthen and evolve for our 2025 Strategy.”

Ritchie Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. He has most recently shared his extensive expertise to bid and tendering approaches, working predominantly on the recently awarded NorthConnex Tunnel Maintenance contract in NSW and two DIT Modernising Road Maintenance contracts in SA.

“I’m looking forward to leading the DM Roads business and working with industry to develop better ways to deliver our services as we look towards where the maintenance industry will be ten years’ time,” says Ritchie.

“Our comprehensive service offering places us in a unique position. I want to continue to drive innovation in our business and challenge the way we work to continue to deliver excellent service for our clients – from policy to potholes.”

“Ultimately our people are the most important part of our business. They are the key to where we are going and our future success.”

Ritchie has 30 years’ experience in the roads industry. He began his career in 1990 as a Road and Bridge engineer in the UK before moving into Road Maintenance in 2003 and to Australia 7 years’ ago.

DM Roads is the name of Downer’s road network management and maintenance business in Australia, delivering road network management since 1997. As part of the Road Services business DM Roads delivers market-leading solutions in road network management, routine maintenance, intelligent transport systems and smart city infrastructure, that go beyond simply maintaining the road network today.

This expertise developed over more than 20 years has helped make DM Roads Australia’s largest road maintenance provider, managing 36,000kms of road across Australia – amounting to half of all managed road networks.