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Management

Appointment

May 2016

Skills and experience

Paul Golby was appointed as chair of Costain in May 2016. A fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Paul has held a variety of roles within the engineering and energy industries. Following an early career with Dunlop Holdings plc and BTR plc he joined Clayhithe plc, becoming an executive director in 1992. In 1998, Paul joined East Midlands Electricity plc and following its acquisition by PowerGen (subsequently E.ON UK plc) was appointed executive director, UK operations. In 2002, Paul became chief executive and later executive chair, stepping down from the E.ON Board in 2011. Paul was also non-executive chair of AEA Technology Group plc (2009–2012), chair of Engineering UK (2010–2016) and pro chancellor and chair of council of Aston University (2009–2017). He was a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (2010–2019), non-executive director of National Grid plc (2012-2021) and also chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2012–2018).

External appointments

Board member of the ERA Foundation and chair of the National Air Traffic Services (NATS Holdings Ltd).

Appointment

May 2019

Skills and experience

Alex Vaughan was appointed CEO in May 2019. Prior to this he was managing director of the Natural Resources division with responsibility for Costain’s services to water, oil and gas and power clients as well as the development of client facing technology solutions across the Group. He held this position from 2013. Alex is qualified as a chartered quantity surveyor. He has worked on infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally, as well as having held a number of corporate roles including Group HR director and corporate development director. In 2009 he completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP). Alex was chair of the CBI regional council from 2019-2021.

Chief Financial Officer

Helen Willis
ACA, BSc

Appointment

November 2020

Skills and experience

Helen Willis was appointed CFO in November 2020. She has significant experience in senior finance roles, including most recently as chief financial officer of De La Rue. Prior to this, Helen worked at Premier Farnell between 2014 and 2017, including as chief financial officer from 2015. She has also held senior finance roles at Pelican Rouge, AZ Electronic Materials, and HSS Hire.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jacqueline de Rojas
CBE

Appointment

November 2017

Skills and experience

Jacqueline de Rojas was appointed as a non-executive director in November 2017. As president of techUK she is a leader in the UK technology sector and an experienced non-executive director who has held executive positions at global blue-chip software companies such as Citrix Systems, CA Technologies, McAfee and Novell. Jacqueline was previously a non-executive director of AO World Plc and Home Retail Group. She is the co-chair at the Institute of Coding and advises the board of accelerateHER to address the under-representation of women in technology. Jacqueline also lends her support to the Girlguiding Association and is an executive mentor at Merryck & Co. She was awarded a CBE for services to international trade in technology in the 2018 New Year Honours list.

External appointments

Non-executive director and senior independent director at Rightmove plc and non-executive director at FDM Group (Holdings) plc. President of techUK, chair of Metapraxis Ltd and nonexecutive director of IFS.

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Bishoy Azmy
MBA, BSc

Appointment

June 2020

Skills and experience

Bishoy Azmy was appointed as a non-executive director in June 2020. Bishoy is the designated Board representative of ASGC, a construction conglomerate with its headquarters in Dubai, UAE, and which is a shareholder of Costain. Bishoy has been responsible for developing ASGC’s expansion strategies, overseeing the group’s digital transformation and optimising operations across diverse construction sectors.

Bishoy is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Bishoy graduated from the American University in Cairo with a BSc in Construction Engineering (2002). He is a PMI Project Management Professional (2006) and also holds a masters in international construction management from the University of Bath, UK (2007) and an MBA from London Business School, UK (2013).

Senior Independent Director

Tony Quinlan
ACA, BSc

Appointment

February 2021

Skills and experience

Tony Quinlan was appointed as an independent non-executive director in February 2021, became audit committee chair in May 2021 and senior independent director in January 2022. He is a chartered accountant, an experienced non-executive director and audit committee chair with experience as a public company chief executive and finance director. He was previously chief financial officer (2015) and chief executive officer (2016) of Laird PLC, chief financial officer of Drax Group plc (2008-2015) and held senior finance roles at Marks & Spencer plc (1992-2008). Tony was also previously senior independent director and chair of the audit committee for the Port of London Authority.

External appointments

Non-executive director and senior independent director of Hill & Smith Holdings PLC and non-executive director of Associated British Ports. Advisor to Laird.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Neil Crockett
BA

Appointment

October 2021

Skills and experience

Neil Crockett was appointed as an independent non-executive director in October 2021. Neil was chief digital officer at Rolls-Royce from 2016-2018 where, in partnership with business unit leaders, he accelerated the development of the group’s digital strategy. Before that, Neil gained strong experience of the wider UK digital innovation community and from 2013 to 2016 was the founding CEO of Digital Catapult, a UK Government-funded digital innovation organisation. Neil previously held several global, European and UK leadership positions with Cisco Systems (1998-2012). He is non-executive director of Catalyst, a not-for-profit organisation accelerating innovation and growth in the Northern Ireland knowledge economy. Neil is also a member of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Innovation category panel.

External appointments

Trustee board member and chair of risk committee at Barnado’s and non-executive director of Catalyst.

Independent Non - Executive Director

Fiona MacAulay

Appointment

April 2022

Skills and experience

Fiona MacAulay was appointed as an independent non-executive director in April 2022 and has chaired the Remuneration Committee since May 2022. Fiona is an experienced public company director with deep knowledge of executive remuneration and ESG matters. Prior to transitioning in 2018 to a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles within the resources and industrial sectors, Fiona, with over 35 years’ experience in operations, large programme management, global supply chain and stakeholder management, held senior roles and board positions in the upstream oil and gas sector across a number of large and small cap companies. These included BG Group, Mobil and latterly as COO of Rockhopper Exploration plc (2013-2017) and CEO of Echo Energy PLC (2017-2019). Fiona was also until recently a non-executive director of Coro Energy PLC (2017-2022) at which she was also HSE committee chair and remuneration committee chair. She was a member of the Exploration Advisory Board of Cairn India Ltd (2019-2021) and is past President of American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Europe, receiving an Honorary Membership Award in 2021. Fiona is a member of the Geological Society of London Investment Committee and a scrutineer for its Chartership Programme.

External appointments

Non-executive chair and chair of the remuneration committee of IOG plc, senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee of Ferrexpo plc, and non-executive director of Chemring Group PLC and EPI Group Limited.

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Nicole Geoghegan

Appointment

July 2022

Skills and experience

Nicole is a highly experienced General Counsel and Company Secretary with an extensive background in major/mega projects and infrastructure, covering the full asset lifecycle. Nicole spent six years on the HS2 project as General Counsel and Company Secretary prior to joining Costain. She has significant international experience in rail/transport, engineering and project services and is an expert in public sector procurement, fit-for-purpose governance and effective risk management.