Board of directors
The Board of directors is responsible for corporate governance, for establishing policies and objectives and for the stewardship of the Group's resources.
Allan Cook CBE, Chairman
Allan Cook was appointed a non-executive director of WS Atkins in September 2009, taking up the post of chairman on 1 February 2010. He is a chartered engineer with more than 30 years’ international experience in the automotive, aerospace and defence industries. He was chief executive of Cobham plc until the end of December 2009. Prior to this he held senior roles at GEC-Marconi, BAE Systems and Hughes Aircraft. He is deputy chairman of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Limited and a member of the operating executive board of J.F. Lehman & Company. He is chairman of the Skills & Jobs Retention Group, chairman of the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA). He is also lead non-executive member of the Departmental Board for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and was chairman of UK Trade & Investment’s Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board until October 2013. He was chairman of Finmeccanica UK Limited and chairman of Selex ES Ltd until the end of December 2014. He was past president of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and past president of the Society of British Aerospace and Defence Companies (SBAC). He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2008. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering where he is Vice President and serves as a trustee for the Academy. He also chairs the Academy’s employer-focused Diversity Leadership Group, part of the BIS STEM Diversity Programme.
Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, Chief executive officer
Prof Dr Uwe Krueger was appointed an executive director in June 2011, taking up the post of chief executive officer in August 2011. He is a physicist who studied at the University of Frankfurt, graduating with a PhD in complex system theory. He also studied at Columbia University (New York), the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and at Harvard (Boston). He holds an Honorary Professorship in Physics from the University of Frankfurt am Main and an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University awarded for his exemplary entrepreneurial leadership and contributions to the application of science, engineering and technology to business and industry across the globe.
Uwe has spent the majority of his career leading engineering and consulting organisations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. He began his career at international strategy consulting firm, A. T. Kearney, followed by leadership positions at Hochtief AG, an international provider of construction services, including chief executive officer of central and eastern Europe, and senior vice president and chairman of Turner International based in Dallas, USA.
More recently he was chief executive officer of Swiss company, Oerlikon, one of the world’s leading high-tech industrial companies specialising in machine and plant engineering. He joined Atkins from Texas Pacific Group, a private equity investment firm based in London and San Francisco and Cleantech Switzerland, a trade promotion organisation in the area of sustainability which operates on behalf of the Swiss Federal Government. He is currently on the boards of Aggreko plc (Glasgow, UK), ONTEX S.A. (Zele, Belgium) and SUSI Partners AG (Zurich, Switzerland).
Fiona Clutterbuck, Non-executive director
Fiona Clutterbuck was appointed a non-executive director in March 2007. She has substantial experience in all areas of corporate finance, including a particular focus on the financial institutions sector, gained during 15 years at Hill Samuel and HSBC and seven years at ABN AMRO. Fiona is head of strategy, corporate development and communications at the Phoenix Group and is a non-executive director of The Paragon Group of Companies PLC. She has a LLB (Hons) from the University of London and qualified as a barrister in 1980. She is the senior independent director and a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
James Cullens, Group HR director
James Cullens was appointed an executive director in July 2014, taking up the post of Group HR director from 30 July 2014. He has significant senior leadership experience gained both in the UK and internationally. James was previously Group HR director for Hays plc, having held similar positions previously with Linde AG, The BOC Group plc and PA Consulting Group. A graduate of Cambridge University, James is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a non-executive director of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board, Open University Business School.
Heath Drewett, Group finance director
Heath Drewett was appointed an executive director in June 2009 when he joined Atkins as Group finance director. A graduate in mathematics from Peterhouse, Cambridge, he started his career at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) where he qualified as a chartered accountant. He has held a variety of senior finance and corporate development roles at British Airways Plc (BA) and The Morgan Crucible Company plc. He spent seven years in BA’s finance team, latterly holding the position of head of business performance.
Allister Langlands, Non-executive director
Allister Langlands was appointed a non-executive director in September 2013. He recently retired from international energy services company, John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”). He had worked for Wood Group since 1991, serving as Chairman, CEO, deputy CEO and Group finance director. Prior to joining Wood Group, he was a partner with international accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). He is a non-executive director of the venture capital trust Maven Income and Growth VCT 5 PLC, Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust plc and is also the senior independent non-executive director of Exova Group plc. Allister is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He holds a MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He is chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.
Thomas Leppert, Non-executive director
Thomas Leppert was appointed a non-executive director in October 2013. He is the chief executive officer at Kaplan, Inc., the global educational services company. His professional work has spanned leadership positions both in the public and private sectors including construction, financial services and real estate. He was the elected Mayor of Dallas from 2007 to 2011, Texas. Prior to this Tom was the chairman and chief executive officer of the Turner Corporation, the largest general builder in the United States, vice chairman of Pacific Century Financial Corporation and its major subsidiary the Bank of Hawaii, president and chief executive officer of Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc., and national partner of Trammell Crow Company. Tom began his career at McKinsey & Co. where he was elected a principal. He holds a MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Nomination Committee.
Dr Raj Rajagopal, Non-executive director
Dr Raj Rajagopal was appointed a non-executive director in June 2008. He held several positions at BOC Edwards before being appointed chief executive, a position he held until November 2006. He was an executive director of The BOC Group plc until November 2006 and is a non-executive director of Bodycote plc, e2v Technologies plc, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc and Porvair plc. He is also chairman of HHV Pumps Private Ltd and The University of Manchester I3 Limited. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Management and the Institute of Directors. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Business Research of Cambridge University. He was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by Cranfield University in 2004 and the IET’s IEE Eric Mensforth International Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to manufacturing technology and management in 2003. He is chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.