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 in September 2009, taking up the post of chairman in 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 chairman of SELEX ES Ltd, Finmeccanica UK Limited, deputy chairman of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Limited and a member of the operating executive board of J.F. Lehman & Company. He is also chairman of the UK Government Skills & Jobs Retention Group, UK Trade & Investment’s Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board and the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA), past president of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), past president of the Society of British Aerospace and Defence Companies (SBAC) and director of Baker Dearing Educational Trust. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2008 for services to the defence and aerospace industries and is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2014 he became non-executive director of the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). He is chairman of the Nomination Committee.
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), at Harvard (Boston) and he holds an Honorary Professorship in Physics from the University of Frankfurt am Main. 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 Board of ONTEX S.A. (Zele, Belgium) and SUSI Partners AG (Zurich, Switzerland).
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 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.
Alun Griffiths, Group HR director
Alun Griffiths joined Atkins in 1986, was appointed Group HR director in 2003 and was appointed as an executive director in March 2007. He has a background in human resources management and management consultancy. He has worked in a number of business management and corporate roles, including HR strategy and marketing. In his management consultancy career, he has led a wide range of projects in the areas of restructuring, organisational development and privatisation in the UK and worldwide. He is an economics graduate and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Alun is a non-executive director of the UKRC Community Interest Company, trading as WISE (Women in science and engineering), and a non-executive director of The McLean Partnership Limited.
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.
Allister Langlands, Non-executive director
Allister Langlands was appointed a non-executive director in September 2013. He is chairman of John Wood Group PLC, an international energy services company based in Aberdeen. He has worked for Wood Group since 1991, formerly serving as 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 Allister is a chartered accountant with 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 president and chief operating 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, Texas. Prior to this Tom was the Chairman and CEO 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 & CEO 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 an 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 and Spirax-Sarco Engineering 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.
Rodney Slater, Non-executive director
Rodney Slater was appointed a non-executive director in September 2011. A lawyer by profession, he is currently a partner at law firm Patton Boggs LLP (Washington DC, USA), where he is a leader of its transportation practice, working on projects related to transportation infrastructure. Prior to this he was secretary of transportation under president Bill Clinton between 1997 and 2001. He served as administrator of the United States Federal Highway Administration from 1993 to 1996 and was assistant attorney general for the State of Arkansas earlier in his career. In his tenure as secretary of transportation, one of his notable achievements was the successful passing of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. He is a non-executive director of Verizon Communications, Inc. (USA), Kansas City Southern (USA) and the Transurban Group (Australia). He is also a member of the Congressional Awards Foundation’s non-profit Board as well as that of United Way Worldwide. He is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.