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, Mr. Davies 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. Mr. Davies 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, Mr. Kesterton 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 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 of Capita 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

Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in October 2015 and as senior independent director in March 2016. He 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. He 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 of James Fisher & Sons plc, a Non-Executive Director of Sirius Real Estate Limited 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

KIRSTY BASHFORTH

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in September 2014. Kirsty is Chief People and Communications Officer at Diaverum AB, a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee of Serco Group plc and a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of PZ Cussons plc.

Kirsty had a 24 year international career at BP culminating in the role of Group Head of Organisational Effectiveness where she led the global agenda on culture, diversity and change management. After leaving in 2015, she founded QuayFive, advising CEOs on change, culture and leadership. Kirsty has a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. 

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

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director on 29 March 2020. Mr. Watson 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 an and Senior Independent Director of Trifast plc.

He 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

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director on 29 March 2020. Dame Rabbatts has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in the local government, entertainment and sport sectors, in particular. 

Dame Rabbatts is currently the Chair of Soho Theatre Company and her recent 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

GENERAL COUNSEL AND COMPANY SECRETARY

HUGH RAVEN

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Joined the Group in April 2010, having previously worked for top City law firms, latterly as a Partner in Eversheds’ corporate department. He has significant experience of a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues, having advised a number of clients in the construction sector. He has responsibility for the Group’s legal affairs and is the company secretary.