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Corporate governance

At Costain we take corporate governance very seriously and are committed to robust corporate governance practices and accountability.

The Board considers that the principles set out in the UK Corporate Governance Code (the “Code”) are central to the effective management of the business and to maintaining the confidence of investors.

The Board as a whole is responsible for providing strong leadership to the Costain Group and effective leadership is realised through collaboration between the Board and the executive management team. The non-executive directors use their experience to assist with the development of the Group’s strategy and both support and constructively challenge the executive directors in the operation of the business. Costain’s Chairman is responsible for promoting good governance, ensuring that the experience and knowledge of the Board is harnessed and for driving a culture of continual improvement in standards, decision-making, policies and accountability.

A key strength of the Board lies in its diversity across a range of measures, including skills, experience, gender and nationality. The Board sets the tone for the Costain Group by conducting itself in an ethical manner, embodying the important values of trust, integrity and independence. The Board is ultimately responsible for the success of Costain and the directors are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance to enable Costain to achieve its vision of being one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers.

The Governance section within the Group’s Annual Report & Accounts sets out Costain’s procedures for applying the principles of corporate governance and the extent to which it has complied with the provisions of the Code.

David McManus - Section 430 (2B) of the Companies Act 2006

The following information is provided in accordance with Section 430 (2B) of the Companies Act 2006.

As announced on 6 February 2020, David McManus has stepped down from the Board and ceased to be a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting held on 19 June 2020.

David will receive his annual fee of £47,048 per annum (reduced by 30% with effect from 1 April 2020 as announced on 31 March 2020 as a result of measures taken to mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic), on a pro-rata basis up until 19 June 2020 (less deductions for tax and national insurance). No other remuneration payment or payment for loss of office will be made.

The Company’s Directors Remuneration Report for the financial year ending 31 December 2020 will include details of the fees earned by David during the relevant period.

19 June 2020


Audit Committee

  • Jane Lodge (Chair)
  • Alison Wood
  • Jacqueline de Rojas

Nomination Committee

  • Dr Paul Golby (Chair)
  • Jane Lodge
  • Bishoy Azmy
  • Alison Wood
  • Jacqueline de Rojas

Remuneration Committee

  • Alison Wood (Chair)
  • Jane Lodge
  • Jacqueline de Rojas