Board Retirement & appointment of successor

19 February 2020

RPS, a leading multi-sector global professional services firm, announces that after serving as Group Finance Director for 20 years, Gary Young has decided to retire from the Group. Gary will step down from the Board of Directors at the time of the Group’s AGM on 30 April 2020 and will not offer himself for re-election. He will remain available to the business to support with transition and will be succeeded by Judith Cottrell who will be appointed to the RPS Board effective from the date of the AGM.

Judith is currently RPS’ Group Director of Strategy and is a member of the Group’s Leadership Team.  Judith has over 20 years' experience in senior finance and operational roles, including as CEO for RPS' Consulting UK & Ireland segment. She started her career qualifying as an accountant with KPMG before joining AEA Plc, which was focused on government work and providing environmental consultancy services. At AEA Plc Judith held several senior finance roles, latterly as Group Finance Director. Judith has been with RPS since 2015 and has a deep in-house knowledge of the company, its business model, operating structure, clients and people.

John Douglas, Chief Executive Officer said:

“Gary has been with RPS as Group Finance Director for 20 years and, during that time, has been instrumental to the success and growth of the business. Since my appointment two years ago, Gary has provided much needed continuity and has been a trusted adviser over that time.

“We are pleased to announce that Gary will be succeeded by Judith Cottrell who has been promoted from RPS Group Strategy Director. Judith brings with her 20 years’ international professional finance and industry experience including five years at RPS. Her in-house knowledge of the company gives her a unique perspective which is highly-valued.”


In respect of Judith’s appointment there are no matters requiring disclosure pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13.

For further information:

RPS Group plc
John Douglas, Chief Executive Tel: +44 (0) 1235 863 206

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Notes to Editors

Founded in 1970, RPS is a leading global professional services firm of 5,000 consultants and service providers.  Having operated in 125 countries across six continents RPS defines, designs and manages projects that create shared value for a complex, urbanising and resource scarce world.

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

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