Directors and Advisers

John Dodds
John Dodds
Non-Executive Chairman

John Dodds joined the Company as a non-executive director in October 2010 and became Chairman on 1st September 2011.
He retired in March 2010 from Kier Group plc, the construction and property services group, after serving for seven years as Group Chief Executive.
He worked for Kier, both in the UK and overseas, for nearly 40 years and held a main board position through the employee buy-out process in 1992 and the subsequent flotation of the group on the London Stock Exchange in 1996.
John is a non-executive director of Newbury Racecourse PLC and Lagan Construction Holdings Limited.



Ian Lawson
Ian Lawson
Chief Executive Officer

Ian Lawson joined the Company on 1 November 2013 as Chief Executive Officer and was previously a main Board Director of Kier Group plc, where he enjoyed a 13-year career.
He was appointed to the Board of Kier Group plc as Executive Director in 2005 with responsibility initially for its Services division and later he also assumed responsibility for the Property division.
Prior to this, he was a Director of Kier Regional, the Group’s regional construction business.
Before joining Kier Regional, Ian was Managing Director of Kier Investments which he joined in 2000 following a successful career at Bickerton Group plc where he was Managing Director.
Ian, who is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, has a wide range of skills and experience from working within the construction industry for over 35 years.



Ian Cochrane
Ian R S Cochrane
Chief Operating Officer

Ian Cochrane joined the Group in 2007, following the acquisition of Fisher Engineering. Ian worked at Fisher Engineering for 26 years, starting in the drawing office and progressing to project management. He was appointed Project Director in January 2004 and Managing Director in October 2007.
In March 2013, Ian was appointed as Group Operations Director, and subsequently, in June 2013, as the Group's Chief Operating Officer having overall responsibility for all operational aspects of the Group.
Ian has a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the business and has been involved in many major projects in the UK and Ireland, representing a range of market sectors.



Alan Dunsmore
Alan Dunsmore
Finance Director

Alan Dunsmore joined the Company in March 2010 from Smiths Group Plc.
Alan joined Smiths Group Medical Division in 1995, holding various positions throughout the business and from 2004 was Director of Finance for Smiths Detection.
Prior to joining Smiths, he was with Coopers and Lybrand in Glasgow, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992.



Derek Randall
Derek Randall  MBA, DBA
Executive Director
Managing Director of JSW Severfield Structures Ltd

Derek Randall was appointed Executive Director, Business Development in May 208, and joined the Plc Board in February 2011.
He is a Master of Business Administration (Warwick Business School), a Doctor of Business Administration (Nottingham Business School) and is the Visiting Professor of International Management and Development at Birmingham City University's Business School.
Before joining the Group, most of his career was with Corus Group (the steel company which is part of Tata) where his last position was as Commercial Director of Long Products Division, responsible for a sales portfolio of circa £5 billion.
Derek has held a number of international Board positions with Corus and served on the Executive Council of The Steel Construction Institute.



Keith Elliott
J Keith Elliott BSc MIChE
Senior Non-Executive Director

J Keith Elliott was appointed a non-executive director of the Company on 21 October 1998. He retired in July 1998 from Bechtel, the international engineering and construction group, where he was a partner in Bechtel Corporation and Senior Vice-President responsible for its petroleum and chemical business.
He is a graduate chemical engineer and serves as non-executive Chairman for the Keltbray Group.



Toby Hayward
Toby J L Hayward ACA
Non-Executive Director

Toby Hayward was appointed as a non-executive director of the Company in September 2008.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche in 1984 and became an Investment Banker.
He was a Director of Corporate Finance at Singer & Friedlander Ltd and Henry Ansbacher & Co. Ltd before working in the Equity Capital Markets team at Canaccord Capital Ltd.
He joined Jefferies International Ltd as Managing Director in 2005 with responsibility for UK Corporate Broking and left Jefferies in June 2008 to concentrate on Consultancy and Non Executive work.



Chris Holt
Chris Holt BSc, CIMA, MBA
Non-Executive Director

Chris Holt joined the Company as a Non-executive Director in November 2011.
He retired in September 2010 from MJ Gleeson Group plc after serving 2 years as Chief Executive, and prior to that 3 years as Group Finance Director.
Chris's experience also includes 17 years with Foster Wheeler Ltd as Finance Director and Deputy Chairman of the UK subsidiary company and 12 years with Bechtel Corporation.
Chris is a graduate of Leeds University, a qualified accountant and has an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.


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