Board of directors

Ken Lever

Ken Lever
Non-Executive Chairman

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.

John Douglas

John Douglas
Chief Executive

John Douglas joined the Board on 1 June 2017 and assumed the role of Chief Executive with effect from 1 September 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.

Judith Cottrell

Judith Cottrell
Group Finance Director

Judith joined the Board as Group Finance Director on 30 April 2020, previously having held the position of Group Strategy Director. Judith has over 20 years' experience in senior finance and operational roles, including acting CEO for RPS' Consulting UK & Ireland segment. Judith started her career qualifying as an accountant with KPMG before joining AEA, who were focused on Government work and providing environmental consultancy services. She then went on to hold senior finance and operational roles in Ricardo, a global strategic engineering and environmental consultancy that specialises in the transport, energy and scarce resources sectors, before joining RPS as CFO for Europe.

Allison Bainbridge

Allison Bainbridge
Independent Non-Executive

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.

Liz Peace

Liz Peace
Senior Independent Director

Liz Peace was appointed to the Board in July 2017. Liz was Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years until her retirement in 2014. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry.

Liz now has a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, at Howard de Walden Estates, RDI REIT, Holtby Turner, and the Churches Conservation Trust. She is Chairman of the Architectural Heritage Fund and Centre for London and President of the Property Litigation Association. She is a member of the Mayor of London's Homes for Londoners Board and chairs the Government Property Agency. In 2017 Liz was appointed Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and in 2018 she was appointed Chairman of the shadow Sponsor Board for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme. Liz was appointed Senior Independent Director in May 2019.

Liz is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Michael McKelvy

Michael McKelvy
Independent Non-Executive

Michael joined the Board on 1 May 2018. He is based in the USA and has extensive senior level experience of its construction, infrastructure and natural resource markets. In 2014 he became Chief Operating Officer of Gilbane a major family owned construction company, and was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Prior to that Michael spent twelve years with CH2M in a number of senior roles including President of firstly its Industrial Division and then its Government, Environmental and Infrastructure Division. Michael is an architect by certification, having spent the earlier part of his career in this area, including a period of fifteen years with Lockwood Greene which was acquired by CH2M in 2003.

Michael is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Karen Atterbury

Karen Atterbury
Company Secretary

Karen, a qualified Chartered Secretary, was appointed as Company Secretary in May 2022. Karen has over 20 years listed company secretarial experience including M&A, share plans, insurance, pension and intellectual property. She was previously Company Secretary of Headlam Group. Prior to that she held roles with Barratt Developments, Currys, Infinis Energy and Taylor Wimpey.