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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 as managing director 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 December 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 chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2012–2018) and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (2010–2019).

External appointments

Non-executive director and chair of the safety, environment and health committee of National Grid plc, 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 since 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).

External appointments

Chair of the CBI regional council.

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.

Senior Independent Director

Alison Wood
MBA, BA

Appointment

February 2014

Skills and experience

Alison Wood was appointed as a non-executive director with effect from 1 February 2014, as chair of the Remuneration Committee from the beginning of April 2014 and as senior independent director with effect from 6 May 2021. Alison is the former global director of strategy and corporate development at National Grid plc (2008–2013). Before that, Alison spent nearly 20 years in a number of strategy and leadership roles at BAE Systems plc including group strategic development director. Alison has also held non-executive director positions at BTG plc (2004–2008), Thus Group plc (2007–2008), Cobham plc (2011-2020) and e2v technologies plc (2013–2017) where she was senior independent director.

External appointments

Non-executive director and chair of the Remuneration Committee at TT Electronics plc, Cairn Energy PLC, Oxford Instruments plc and the British Standards Institute (a non-listed entity).

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jacqueline de Rojas
CBE

Appointment

November 2017

Skills and experience

Jacqueline de Rojas was appointed as a non-executive director with effect from 20 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 prior to the divestment of this group. She is the co-chair at the Institute of Coding and advises the board of accelerateHER to address the underrepresentation 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 and board member responsible for employee voice at FDM Group (Holdings) plc. President of techUK, chair of Metapraxis Ltd and non-executive 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 CEO of ASGC, a construction conglomerate with its headquarters in Dubai, UAE. As CEO and a member of the ASGC Executive Board, he 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).

External appointments

CEO of ASGC, a shareholder of Costain Group PLC.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tony Quinlan
ACA, BSc

Appointment

February 2021

Skills and experience

Tony Quinlan was appointed as an independent non-executive director in February 2021. He is a chartered accountant, an experienced non-executive director and audit 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.

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Sharon Harris
LLB

Appointment

September 2020

Skills and experience

Sharon Harris trained as a solicitor at Norton Rose Fulbright and worked as a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons. She is a general counsel and company secretary with listed company experience gained in multiple sectors, including energy and defence. She has considerable international and domestic experience of legal, commercial and governance matters.