Geoff French CBE
Geoff French CBE joined the Board as non-executive Chairman in January 2016. Geoff, who is a civil engineering graduate, began his career at Scott Wilson in 1968. He was Chairman from 2002 until 2010 during which time he oversaw the Group’s successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange and its sale to URS. Geoff has been Chairman of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (‘LEP’) since it was established in 2011. He was formerly President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (2013 to 2014), President of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (2011 to 2013) and Chairman of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering in 2009.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike Morris has led the Group through a period of significant growth since the management buy-out in 1999 working closely with 3i Group plc. Mike is an entrepreneur, business leader and keen start-up investor with over 25 years’ experience within the civil engineering and infrastructure services industry. The catalyst and driving force behind the continued success of the business, Mike is passionate about continuous improvement at a business and personal level. He holds a BSc degree in Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Alan Martin was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Group in September 2015. Alan, a Chartered Accountant, was previously Chief Financial Officer of housebuilder and strategic land specialist MJ Gleeson plc from 2009 – 2015, having joined in 2006 as Group Financial Controller, during which time he played an important role in the repositioning and revitalisation of the Group. Prior to this, he held senior roles at Psion plc and PwC.
Richard is a chartered civil engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Educated in South Africa, he has a BSc degree in civil engineering. He has held a number of senior positions in construction and private equity and also has specific experience of property development, business process outsourcing and healthcare. He was a partner at 3i Group plc where he was involved in significant investments in Asia, the USA and Europe. Richard also serves as non-executive Chairman of private equity backed SHS Integrated Services Ltd and spent five years (including a year as acting Chairman) as a non- executive Director of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
An electrical engineer by profession, Richard has been an influential figure in the utilities industry for over 30 years, working in business strategy and development, change management, operations and commercial roles. He was executive director at a large electricity distribution company, and subsequently a business consultant advising a number of utility organisations on major commercial projects and general business development.
He joined TriConnex in 2012 as Managing Director, leading the company just after start-up, into its continuous growth phase and helping to establish it as a recognised leading service provider in the utility connections market. During this period he oversaw the company expansion into upstream services (e.g. feasibility studies), the provision of water connections, in addition to electricity and gas and, more recently, fibre-to-the- home connections.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Alex Wiseman has significant experience within the utility sector, specialising in regulation and strategy. He is currently Non-Executive Director at the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and has previously held directorships across both public and private sector organisations, including Open4Energy, Xoserve and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Alex was previously Regulation Director at Northern Gas Networks and Head of Strategic Planning at United Utilities. Educated at Cambridge University, he holds an MA degree in Mathematics and an MBA, and is a qualified management accountant.
Dawn Hillman joined the Group in 1985 and has a unique and deep knowledge of the business. In addition to her duties as Company Secretary, she also serves as Finance Director of the Group’s wholly owned subsidiaries Tamdown and TriConnex, and oversees the Group IT function. Dawn is also a Trustee of the Tamdown (Charitable) Foundation.