RPS finalises Group Leadership Team with three key appointments

16 November 2018

RPS, a leading multi-sector global professional services firm, today announces that it has finalised its Group Leadership Team ('GLT') with three key appointments. The GLT creates a flatter, more responsive, organisational structure combining new and existing leaders who together provide deep expertise, global perspective and strong functional support. The GLT will support the Group's CEO, John Douglas, in defining and implementing the Group's strategy and management of its global operations.

CEO for Consulting UK & Ireland, John Chubb

RPS is pleased to announce that John Chubb has been appointed as CEO for Consulting UK & Ireland and joined the Group this week. John has over 25 years' experience in a broad range of engineering management roles, and for the past eight years has held leadership positions in Consulting Engineering. After a successful stint as Managing Director of Grontmij UK, John's last role was as Managing Director of Sweco Denmark. During this period John served on both the Grontmij and latterly Sweco Executive Committees, whilst concurrently holding roles of Executive Chairman for Grontmij Sweden, and Grontmij UK. John's strong leadership and proven track-record in raising business performance and building forward-thinking strategies, will be invaluable in positioning the business to seize the opportunities that we know are there for the taking.

New position - Group Director of Strategy, Judith Cottrell

Judith Cottrell has been appointed as Group Director of Strategy. This is a new position on the GLT. Judith has over 20 years' experience in senior finance and operational roles, latterly as 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. Judith has been with RPS since 2015 and her in-house knowledge of the company, our business model, operating structure, clients and people, give her a unique perspective which is highly valued by the GLT. RPS is very pleased to be retaining Judith and further developing her career within the Group.

New position - Chief Information Officer, Kelly Olsen

As outlined in the Group's Q3 Trading Update, RPS has also appointed a new Chief Information Officer. Kelly Olsen started in the role on 29 October 2018. She also sits on the GLT. Kelly has over 30 years' experience in business operations and technology most recently serving as a Non-Executive Director at SMS plc where she chaired a newly created Information Technology Committee of the Board, with a remit to review and provide strategic guidance on the development of the Company's technology programmes. Before this, she was Chief Information Officer, Head of Corporate Programmes and Director at NHS Property Services Ltd. This appointment reinforces RPS' commitment and recognition of the importance of technology in the business today. It will ensure the Group fully leverages its digital capabilities to create greater competitive advantage. Kelly's extensive experience and skill in delivering business transformation and focus on operational excellence is a welcome and natural fit to complete our GLT.

16 November 2018


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RPS Group plc
John Douglas, Chief Executive
Gary Young, Finance Director
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Notes to Editors

Founded in 1970, RPS is a leading global professional services firm of 5,600 consultants and service providers. Located in 125 countries across all six continents RPS defines, designs and manages projects that create shared value for a complex, urbanising and resource scarce world.

The Group delivers a broad range of services in six sectors: property, energy, transport, water, defence & government services and resources. Services provided across RPS' six sectors cover twelve service clusters: project & programme management, design & development, water services, environment, advisory & management consulting, exploration & development, planning & approvals, heath, safety & risk, oceans & coastal, laboratories, training and communication & creative services.

RPS stands out for its clients by using its deep expertise to solve problems that matter, making them easy to understand. Making complex easy.

The final structure of the GLT is as follows:

  • John Douglas, Chief Executive
  • Gary Young, Finance Director
  • Paul Aitken, CEO, Services UK & NL
  • John Chubb, CEO, Consulting UK & Ireland
  • Judith Cottrell, Group Strategy Director
  • Peter Fearn, CEO, North America
  • Liza Kane, Group People Director
  • Halvard Kilde, CEO Norway
  • Chantalle Meijer, Group Marketing Director
  • Kelly Olsen, Chief Information Officer
  • Ross Thompson, CEO, Australia Asia Pacific
  • John Tompson, CEO, Energy

RPS' London Stock Exchange ticker is RPS.L. For further information, please visit www.rpsgroup.com.