Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Ron Marsh was appointed to the Board on 28 March 2014 as the Senior Independent Director and became Independent Non-Executive Chairman on 27 May 2015. Ron is currently a Non-Executive Director of R.Faerch Plast A/S, the Senior Independent Director of Walstead Group Limited and was, from 1989 until 2013, Chief Executive of RPC Group. Ron is also Chairman of the UK-based Packaging Federation and the Alliance for European Polymers which was established under the auspices of EuPC (European Plastic Converters) in 2015. Ron has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Oxford University and is Chair of the Nomination Committee.
Chief Executive Officer
Martin Payne is our Chief Executive Officer, having joined the Board in May 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining the Group, Martin served as Group Finance Director at Norcros plc, a leading supplier of branded showers, taps, bathroom accessories, tiles and adhesives. His previous experience includes holding senior financial positions at JCB, the construction equipment manufacturer, and at IMI plc, the British based engineering company. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chairman of the Board of the Construction Products Association, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Durham University.
Chief Financial Officer
Before joining the Board, Paul served as Group Financial Controller of Dixons Carphone plc, and prior to this role held the position of Group Financial Controller and Treasury Director of Inchcape plc and senior financial positions at British American Tobacco plc. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Edinburgh University.
Chief Operating Officer
Our Chief Operating Officer, Glen Sabin, has over 40 years’ experience in the construction Industry having started as an engineer with George Wimpey before moving into a commercial career, initially with Redland plc, followed by 22 years with Marshalls plc. Glen joined the Group in November 2004 as Managing Director of our UK Civils business before becoming Managing Director of our Building Products business in 2013, with additional overall responsibility for Civils and Building Services. He was Managing Director of the Plumbing and Drainage Division from 2016 to October 2017.
Senior Independent Director
Mark Hammond’s executive career spanned over 25 years in banking and private equity, most recently as Deputy Managing Partner of Caird Capital LLP at the time it led the IPO of Polypipe in 2014. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland since 1991 and was previously a Director of David Lloyd Leisure Limited and Tuffnell Parcels Express. Mark is currently a Director of Chaffin Holdings Limited and serves as Chair of Governors of Beechwood Park School, Markyate, Hertfordshire. Mark was appointed Senior Independent Director on 22 June 2020.
Louise has over 25 years’ experience in the construction sector, including working for Laing O’Rourke as Infrastructure Director within CLM, the consortium delivery partner for the Olympic Delivery Authority for the London 2012 Olympics. She has also worked at Bechtel Limited, AECOM and London Underground Limited, and is a Non-Executive Director of Crest Nicholson Plc, Sirius Minerals plc and Severfield plc as well as Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, a non-departmental public body. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Warwick and is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Louise is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
Kevin has extensive listed plc experience in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, and brings a strong combination of financial, strategic and multi-organisational expertise to the Board. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of global engineering group Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc and prior to that Chief Financial Officer of Oxford Instruments plc and Radstone Technology plc. Kevin is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and the Audit Committee Chair of EMIS Group plc and a Non-Executive director of Bodycote plc. Kevin is Chair of the Audit Committee.
Lisa has over 20 years’ business experience working at executive director level in large private and publicly listed multinational corporations with a strong background in strategic and financial business change, with her most recent executive role being with the Morgan Sindall Group as Managing Director of MS Investments. Prior to this, she held executive roles with Laing O’Rourke, Stockland Group and Westfield Group in Australia. She is a non-executive director of Cromwell Property Group, an Australian listed company. Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Louise has extensive expertise of the property, construction and infrastructure industry, being an experienced property and planning advisor, past Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She was formerly a partner at Arcadis LLP and is currently Global Development and Strategic Planning Advisor for Consilio Strategic Consultancy Limited. She is currently a Governing Board member of Birmingham City University, Chair of the Board of All We Can (International Relief & Development Agency), a regional Board member of the CBI, a Board Trustee of The Land Trust and a Trustee of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Louise holds a Bachelor of Science from the Sheffield Hallam University and an honorary doctorate, and is a Freeman of the City of London. Louise is our nominated workforce engagement NED.
Group Legal Counsel and Company Secretary
Emma Versluys is our Group Legal Counsel and Company Secretary and is Secretary to the Board and its three Committees. Before joining the Group, Ms Versluys was Deputy Company Secretary at Provident Financial plc, and has also held company secretarial roles at Serco plc and Alliance UniChem plc. She is an Associate of The Chartered Governance Institute and is also a solicitor.