British engineering firm Magway has appointed Anna Daroy, former board member and CEO of the Institute of Directors (IoD), as managing director.

The company is responsible for developing a ground-breaking, sustainable delivery network of underground pipes for the future transportation of billions of parcels and goods.

Daroy’s primary responsibilities will include ensuring and delivering Magway’s strategy for growth, closure of funding rounds and operationalisation of the business.

Her passion for working with companies that have strong clean tech credentials, combine technology with infrastructure and create exciting opportunities to deliver real change in society, are key reasons she chose to work with Magway.

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“Having spent over 20 years in senior public and private sector roles, successfully leading organisations across the world through complex change, mergers and acquisitions, I decided to join what I believe to be a truly groundbreaking British startup.

“Magway has big ideas, and big ideas are exactly what are needed right now to help move the UK closer to providing a lower-carbon, less congested and safer transport infrastructure, capable of dealing with the huge growth in ecommerce deliveries.

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“This will be fundamental in developing economic growth both regionally across the UK and internationally with smart city hubs across the world,” said Daroy.

Prior to working for the IoD, Daroy was Executive Director for Strategy and Planning at Highways England, leading the strategic planning of large-scale projects such as the UK Roads Investment Strategy 2, Future Transport Strategy, Transport for the North (TfN) Board and HS2 Phase 1.

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She has also led green-technology, big data and infrastructure projects for IBM’s Smart-City Construction Consortia.

Daroy’s previous experience also includes becoming COO for the Government of Jersey as part of a turnaround and helping to improve the island’s digital agenda.

She has held senior positions as COO Office of Fair Trading, Consulting Partner Ernst Young, MD IBM EMEA and as Vice President Mercer Consulting.