Ken Lever joined the Board in November 2016 as Group Chairman.
Ken is a Chartered Accountant and his previous experience includes spells as Finance Director of Alfred McAlpine Plc, Albright and Wilson Plc and Tomkins Plc. Prior to that he was a partner at Arthur Andersen. He was Chief Executive of XChanging Plc between 2010 and 2015 and currently holds non-executive positions at Biffa Plc, Blue Prism Group Plc, Gresham House Strategic Plc and Vertu Motors Plc.
Ken is Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Dr Alan S Hearne
Alan Hearne holds a degree in economics and a doctorate in environmental planning. Following a period of academic research into environmental planning he joined RPS in 1978, became a Director in 1979 and Chief Executive in 1981.
Alan Hearne was the Plc Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001, was made a Companion of the Institute of Management in 2002, a member of the Board of the Companions in 2007, a fellow of Aston Business School in 2006 and an honorary Doctor of the University of Kent in 2011.
Chief Executive Designate
John Douglas joined the Board on 1 June 2017. John is Chief Executive Designate and following a period of transition will assume the role of Chief Executive in August 2017.
John was previously Chief Executive of Coffey International Limited, a business listed on the Australian Stock Exchange which operated in markets similar to RPS. Prior to that he worked with Boral, an International Building Material Group, latterly as Divisional Managing Director. John had previously worked as a consultant with Boston Consulting Group as well as for a number of engineering companies. John is a civil engineer from Adelaide University and has a MBA from London Business School.
Gary Young graduated from Southampton University in 1982 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 with Price Waterhouse. Before joining RPS he held a number of finance director roles including positions within Rutland Trust plc and AT&T Capital.
He joined RPS in September 2000 and was appointed to the Board in November of that year.
Louise was appointed to the Board in 2008 and is serving a third three-year term. She is Vice-Chairman of Brunswick Group LLP, the international corporate communications group of which she was a co-founder. Louise also serves on the Board of Brunswick Arts, an international strategic communications consultancy specialising in the cultural sector and Merchant Cantos, a leading creative communications agency. She has also served as a Director and Trustee of the Natural History Museum. She is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Robert Miller Bakewell
Senior Independent Non-Executive
Robert joined the Board in May 2010 and is serving a second three year term. Robert was a Senior Director of Investment Research at Merrill Lynch from 1998 to 2008 and prior to this worked as an investment analyst with NatWest Markets and its predecessor companies.
Over the previous twenty years his focus was on analysing and advising water, waste, transport and environmental infrastructure companies both in the UK and internationally. He is also a member of OFWAT’s Future Regulation Panel. Robert is the Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees as well as being Senior Independent Director and a member of the Audit Committee.
Allison was appointed to the Board on 1 June 2017 and is serving an initial three year term. She is the Group Finance Director of Vp plc (“Vp”), a quoted specialist in the equipment rental business serving international markets including rail, water, construction, civil engineering, house building and oil and gas. Prior to that she was Finance Director at Yorkshire Water and Kelda Group, having initially trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Allison graduated in economics from Birmingham University and went on to take an MA in economics at Leeds University. Allison is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.
Nick Rowe joined RPS as Company Secretary in September 2008.
He read economics and politics at Oxford, from where he graduated in 1981. He qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 1985 and also holds a degree in business law. He has previously held positions within Exxon Mobil and British Airways, as well as being Group Company Secretary at C.E. Heath plc and Acal plc.