Our Board

Our plc board is highly-experienced in corporate governance, providing a high level of scrutiny and accountability while shaping our culture to ensure we create value for our stakeholders over the long-term.

Our board ensures our business is progressive and innovative while maintaining its commercial focus and a robust approach to risk management.

Directors

Peter Ventress

Non-Executive Chairman

Chair of the Nomination Committee

Member of the Remuneration Committee

Peter Ventress joined the Board on 30 April 2015. On 1 June 2019, Peter was appointed as a Non-executive Director and Chairman designate of Bunzl plc, the specialist international distribution and services Group. On 1 June 2019, Peter was appointed as a Non-executive Director of Bunzl plc, the specialist international distribution and services group. He assumed the role of Chairman of the Board at the conclusion of Bunzl plc’s AGM in April 2020. He was formerly a Non-executive Director of Softcat plc, Premier Farnell plc and Staples Solutions NV and was Chief Executive Officer of Berendsen plc from 2010 to 2016. Prior to this he held several senior executive roles including International President of Staples Inc and Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Express NV. In 2008 he was appointed head of all Staples’ activities outside the United States and Canada. Aged 59.

Bill Hocking

Chief Executive

Executive Director and member of the Executive Board

Bill Hocking was appointed to Galliford Try’s Board as Chief Executive on 3 January 2020 following the sale of the Group’s housing businesses. Prior to that, Bill was Chief Executive of Construction & Investments from 1 August 2016, having joined Galliford Try as Managing Director of Construction in September 2015. He joined the Group from Skanska UK plc, where he held the position of Executive Vice President on the Executive Management Team of Skanska UK from 2008, having initially joined the company in 1990. Age 56.

Andrew Duxbury

Group Finance Director

Executive Director and member of the Executive Board

Andrew Duxbury was appointed Group Finance Director in March 2019. Andrew joined Galliford Try in March 2012 as Group Financial Controller and from 2016, held a number of operational finance roles, including Finance Director of Linden Homes. Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and, prior to joining Galliford Try, he worked for PwC. Aged 45.

Terry Miller

Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Member of the Audit

Nomination and Remuneration Committees

Terry Miller was appointed to the Board on 1 February 2014. Terry is a Non-executive Director of Goldman Sachs International and Goldman Sachs International Bank, part of the multinational investment bank and financial services company Goldman Sachs Group. She is also a Non-executive Director of insurance company Rothesay Life.

Terry was also a Trustee of the Invictus Games Foundation. She was previously General Counsel for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Prior to her LOCOG appointment, Terry was International General Counsel for Goldman Sachs, having spent 17 years with Goldman Sachs based in London. Aged 68.

Gavin Slark

Non-executive Director

Member of the Audit

Nomination and Remuneration Committees

Gavin Slark joined the Board on 13 May 2015. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Grafton Group plc, an independent company operating in the merchanting, DIY retailing and mortar manufacturing markets in Britain, Ireland and Belgium. He joined Grafton Group in April 2011 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2011. He was previously Group Chief Executive of BSS Group plc, a leading UK distributor to specialist trades including the plumbing, heating and construction sectors. Aged 54.

Jeremy Townsend

Non-executive Director

Chair of the Audit Committee

Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees

Jeremy Townsend was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2017. Jeremy is currently Chief Financial Officer of Rentokil Initial plc following his appointment in August 2010. He was appointed as a Non-executive Director of PZ Cussons plc, a leading consumer products group, with effect from 1 April 2020. Following appointment, Jeremy assumed the role as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee on 31 May 2020. Jeremy was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC on 6 July 2020. He will be appointed as Chair of the Audit Committee with effect from 10 September 2020. Previously, Jeremy was Finance Director at Mitchells & Butlers Plc and prior to that held various finance roles at J Sainsbury plc including Corporate Finance Director. Jeremy began his career in audit and corporate finance at Ernst & Young and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Aged 56.

Marisa Cassoni

Non-executive Director

Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Member of the Audit and Nomination Committees

Marisa Cassoni was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2018.

Marisa is a chartered accountant with more than 40 years’ experience as a finance professional. Her previous roles include Group Finance Director of the John Lewis Partnership, Royal Mail Group, Britannic Assurance Group and Prudential UK Group. Marisa has more than 20 years’ experience as an Executive Board member and is currently a Non-executive Director of World plc. Marisa was also formerly a Non-executive Director of Skipton Building Society and and Ei Group plc. Aged 68.

Executive Board Members

Kevin Corbett CEng MICE MIStructE

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Member of the Executive Board

Kevin Corbett joined the Executive Board of Galliford Try plc on 1 February 2012 and was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary on 1 March 2012. Kevin was previously Chief Counsel Global for AECOM. Aged 60.

Ian Jubb

Managing Director, Building

Member of the Executive Board

Ian Jubb was appointed to the Executive Board of Galliford Try on 3 January 2020. He joined the Group as Managing Director for the North and Scotland Building Division on the acquisition of Miller Construction in July 2014, subsequently taking responsibility for all Building operations in May 2019. He has more than 37 years’ experience in the construction industry, with the last 20 including senior positions with Miller Construction and Taylor Woodrow. Age 55.

Vikki Skene

HR Director

Member of the Executive Board

Vikki Skene joined the Executive Board of Galliford Try on 3 January 2020, having initially joined the Group in June 2016 as HR Director of its Construction & Investments business. She has more than 20 years’ experience in both construction and HR and was previously UK Employee Relations Director at Balfour Beatty, where she held a number of senior HR roles. Age 52.

Mark Baxter

Managing Director, Specialist Services

Member of the Executive Board

Mark Baxter was appointed to the Executive Board of Galliford Try on 3 January 2020. He joined the Group in February 2014 from Miller Construction, taking on responsibility for the Group’s Investments Division. In March 2018, Mark additionally took on responsibility for the FM Division and, in 2019, the specialist businesses Rock and Alluvium and Oak Dry Lining. With more than 20 years of industry and PPP experience, he has held a number of senior roles including Director for all PPP activities at Miller Construction. Age 47.