Our leaders

Making complex easy for our clients and our people is what we do. Solving problems that matter confidently and pragmatically and using our deep expertise and global perspective to connect our people and clients. We are united in the belief that we are stronger together. Underlying everything we do is a winning mindset focused on absolute delivery for our people, clients and communities.

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Ken Lever Non-Executive Chairman

Chartered Accountant and former Chief Executive of Xchanging Plc, Ken is Group Chairman and Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Previously, he has been Finance Director at Alfred McAlpine Plc, Albright and Wilson Plc and Tomkins Plc. He is a former partner at Arthur Andersen and is currently Chairman of Biffa plc and holds non-executive positions at Blue Prism Plc, Gresham House Strategic Plc and Vertu Motors Plc.

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John Douglas Chief Executive

John is UK based and was appointed RPS Chief Executive in 2017. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Coffey International Limited, a global consultancy listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, for five years. John spent 15 years with a large Australian industrial, Boral Ltd where he was Managing Director of the largest Division. He has held consulting roles with Boston Consulting Group and with other engineering companies. John has a Civil Engineering degree from Adelaide University, an MBA from London Business School and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. John’s vision and drive is instrumental in taking RPS from being a conglomerate of small consulting and service businesses, to a truly global firm that delivers professional services around the world.

 

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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.

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Allison Bainbridge Independent Non-Executive Director

Chartered Accountant and Group Finance Director of Vp Plc, Allison is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. Allison has a strong background in economics and was previously Finance Director at Yorkshire Water and Kelda Group having qualified with Price Waterhouse.

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Catherine Glickman Independent Non-Executive Director

Catherine has extensive senior level executive experience in public companies, including Genus Plc, where she led an agenda on talent and leadership development; and at Tesco Plc. Catherine joined the Board’s Remuneration Committee in 2018 and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Marston's Plc, Renishaw Plc and TheWorks.co.uk Plc.

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David Gormley Company Secretary

David has over 20 years’ senior experience as a company secretary, starting his career with Guinness plc before working in continental europe for the Albert Fisher Group plc in Belgium, then as group company secretary for Sky plc. He has since worked with UK insurance firms Brit and Hiscox and infrastructure developer John Laing.

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Liz Peace Independent Non-Executive 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.

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Michael McKelvy Independent Non-Executive Director

US-based Michael is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Michael is CEO of construction firm Gilbane and has held Presidential roles with CH2M. He is a chartered architect and has extensive senior level experience of construction, infrastructure and natural resource markets.