EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

ANDREW DAVIES

Chief Executive

Appointed to the Board as Chief Executive with effect from 15 April 2019. From 2014 to 2018, Andrew was the Chief Executive Officer of Wates Group Limited, the construction, developments and property services group. Prior to leading Wates, Andrew spent over 28 years with BAE Systems plc, undertaking a range of senior operational and corporate roles, including Group Strategy Director and, latterly, Managing Director of the Maritime Division. Andrew is also a non-executive director of Chemring Group PLC.

SIMON KESTERTON

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer Designate on 26 August 2019 and as Chief Financial Officer on 27 September 2019. From 2013 to 31 July 2019, Simon was Group Finance Director at RPC Group plc. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Officer, Europe and also Chief Strategic Officer at IAC Group, where he worked from 2006 to 2012. During the early part of his career, Simon undertook a number of finance roles at Collins & Aikman and British Federal.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

MATTHEW LESTER

Chairman

Matthew Lester was appointed to the Board as Non-executive Chairman on 1 January 2020 and was independent on appointment. He is the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Matthew was Chief Financial Officer of Royal Mail Group from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that, he was Group Finance Director of ICAP plc from 2006 to 2010, and has held a range of senior finance roles at Diageo, including Group Financial Controller and Group Treasurer. Matthew is a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Capita plc and of Intermediate Capital Group plc.

He is a chartered accountant, qualifying with Arthur Andersen before spending the early part of his career with Kleinwort Benson.

JUSTIN ATKINSON

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Justin was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-executive Director in October 2015 and as senior independent director in March 2016.

Justin was the Chief Executive of Keller Group plc ("Keller") from April 2004 to May 2015. Previously, he had been Keller's Group Finance Director and its Chief Operating Officer.

Justin trained and qualified as an accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, now part of PwC, and spent the early part of his career with Thomson Reuters, before joining Keller in 1990. Justin is the Chairman of Forterra plc, a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of James Fisher & Sons plc and a member of the Audit Committee of The National Trust.

Committees:

  • Member of the Risk Management and Audit Committee
  • Member of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

ALISON ATKINSON

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-executive Director in December 2020. Alison is Chief Executive Officer of AWE plc and has significant operational experience in large scale national infrastructure

Alison has senior experience of oversight of civil engineering and contracting through her roles at AWE plc, and previously at Halcrow.

Committees:

  • Chair of the Safety, Health and Environment committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Risk Management and Audit Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

 

CLIVE WATSON

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-executive Director on 30 March 2020. Clive is currently the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Breedon Group plc, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of discoverIE Group plc and Senior Independent Director, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees of Trifast plc.

Clive was previously a non-executive director of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, where he was the Senior Independent Director and the Chair of the Audit Committee.

During his executive career, Mr. Watson was the Group Finance Director at Spectris plc from 2006-2019, having previously held a number of senior finance positions at Borealis, Thorn Lighting Group and The Black & Decker Corporation.

Committees:

  • Chair of the Risk Management and Audit Committee
  • Member of the Safety, Health and Environment committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

DAME HEATHER RABBATTS

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-executive Director on 30 March 2020. Dame Heather Rabbatts has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in the local government, entertainment and sport sectors, in particular. 

Dame Heather is currently the Chair of Soho Theatre Company and a non-executive director at Associated British Foods plc. Her recent other non-executive directorships include Crossrail, the Football Association, where she was a member of the Remuneration Committee, and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, where she was the Chair of the Audit Committee. 

Committees:

  • Chair of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Safety, Health and Environment committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Risk Management and Audit Committee