Management

Appointment

September 2005

Skills and experience

Andrew Wyllie was appointed chief executive in September 2005. He was previously managing director of Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd (2001-2005) and a member of the Taylor Woodrow plc executive committee. Andrew joined Taylor Woodrow in 1984 and worked on major contracts in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the UK.

Andrew has a MBA from the London Business School. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, senior vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a fellow of the Institute of Directors and the British American Project. He is also a member of the CBI Infrastructure Board and a companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He held the position of non-executive director of Scottish Water from April 2009 until March 2017. Andrew was awarded a CBE for services to engineering and construction in the 2015 New Year's Honours list.

External appointments

Non-executive director of Yorkshire Water Services Limited.

Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Bickerstaff
FCCA

Appointment

June 2006

Skills and experience

Tony Bickerstaff was appointed chief financial officer in June 2006. Tony has extensive knowledge of the infrastructure and support services sectors both in the UK and overseas. He is responsible for all aspects of the financial management of the Group as well as playing a major role in the Group’s strategic and operational development. Previously, Tony was with the Taylor Woodrow Group, which he joined in 1982. He held a number of senior management and financial positions in Taylor Woodrow including finance director of Taylor Woodrow Construction Limited. Prior to becoming finance director, he was divisional operations director in charge of Taylor Woodrow Group’s PFI projects.

External appointments

Non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Low Carbon Contracts Company Limited and Electricity Settlements Company Limited.

Group Financial Controller

Martin Hunter
BA, ACA

Appointment

April 1999

Skills and experience

Martin Hunter holds the position of financial controller and held a number of head office finance positions since 1984. Previously, Martin worked for Stoy Hayward, a London based firm of chartered accountants. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Managing Director, Infrastructure

Darren James
BEng (Hons), CEng, FICE, FCIHT, FIoD

Appointment

September 2008

Skills and experience

Darren James has held the position of managing director of the Infrastructure division since 2008. He initially joined as an industrial placement student during his undergraduate studies at the University of Surrey, where he obtained a degree in civil engineering. He has held a number of positions in the Group. In his current role Darren has profit and loss responsibility for the division which provides services to customers in the rail, highways and nuclear sectors. Additionally Darren has Group‑wide responsibility for health safety and environment.

External appointments

Non-executive director of the Port of London Authority. Director of the Rail Industry Association.

Managing Director, Natural Resources

Alex Vaughan
BSc (Hons) MRICS, Dip IoD, FIoD

Appointment

October 2006

Skills and experience

Alex Vaughan is managing director of the Natural Resources division, where he is responsible for our services to water, oil & gas and power clients. He has held this position since 2013. He is qualified as a chartered quantity surveyor and has worked on infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally, as 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 AMP. Alex is a member of the CBI regional council, and is currently also responsible for the development of client facing technology solutions across the Group.

Legal Director and Company Secretary

Tracey Wood
LLB

Appointment

July 2008

Skills and experience

Tracey Wood joined the Company in February 2006 as head of legal. She has a construction and commercial law background and was formerly a partner at Hammonds. She has had a number of senior roles and was appointed to the Executive Board as HR director in July 2008. She became legal director and company secretary in June 2010 and currently also has responsibility for human resources across the Group. Tracey is a director of The Costain Charitable Foundation.

External appointments

Non-executive director and chair of remuneration committee of Bristol Water PLC.

Group Commercial Director

David Taylor
FRICS, FIoD, ACIOB

Appointment

January 2015

Skills and experience

David Taylor joined the Company in 2009 and was appointed Group commercial director in January 2015. He has held a number of senior leadership roles within the business and is currently responsible for the commercial, supply chain and design management functions. Prior to joining Costain, David acquired more than 25 years’ experience with Taylor Woodrow where he held the position of commercial director for its UK operations.

Appointment

July 2015

Skills and experience

Sally Austin joined Costain in 2005 and is currently Group HR director. She began her career with BAE Systems, moving to Eaton Corporation in 2000 where she held a number of HR management roles supporting US, EMEA and European facilities. In her current role she holds responsibility for executive remuneration, Group-wide HR operations, recruitment, learning & development, HR shared services and pensions. Sally holds a BSc(Hons) in psychology and is a fellow of the CIPD.

External appointments

Non-executive director of Warwick Independent Schools Foundation

Consulting & Advisory Services Director

Nigel Curry
CEng, BEng, MBA

Appointment

August 2015

Skills and experience

Nigel is an Executive Board director responsible for Group capability including technology, consultancy, complex delivery and asset optimisation. He is a qualified chartered mechanical engineer with an executive MBA and has attended Harvard and INSEAD on their director programmes. Nigel was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 2008 and has been a trustee of IGEM. Nigel has extensive experience managing the construction of complex programmes in the energy, power and defence sectors. He joined Costain when it acquired the Rhead Group in 2015.

Group Strategy and Risk Director

Matthew Harris
BSc, FCA

Appointment

December 2016

Skills and experience

Matthew Harris was appointed Group strategy and risk
director in 2016. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, achieved a BSc in management science at the University of Warwick and qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. Matthew gained finance and management experience with BMW, Thames Water, American Water and Hanson. He joined Costain in 2012 as finance director for the Natural Resources division and has led a number of Group-wide projects since then.

In 2017, Matthew was named Director of the Year (Large Company) by the Institute of Director’s London and South East Region.