Press Release (RNS)

Appointment of Non-Executive Director

19 December 2023


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that Robert MacLeod has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit & Risk Committee with effect from 8 March 2024.

Following the 2024 AGM, Robert will succeed Dr Stephen Billingham CBE as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, as Stephen steps down from the Board after his nine-year tenure as a Non-Executive Director.

Robert is a highly experienced CEO and CFO and brings strong strategic, financial, and commercial experience to the Board. A Chartered Accountant by background, Robert was formerly CEO of Johnson Matthey plc from 2014 to 2022 and CFO from 2009 to 2014.  Prior to this Robert worked at WS Atkins PLC, serving as CFO for six years. Robert was a Non-Executive Director of Aggreko plc from 2007 to 2016. Robert is currently a non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of RELX plc and a Non-Executive Director of Vesuvius plc.

Lord Charles Allen of Kensington, CBE and Chair of Balfour Beatty said: "I would like to thank Stephen for the significant contribution he has made to Balfour Beatty over his nine years as Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He has helped steer the business through an exceptional period of transformation.

“I am delighted that Robert has agreed to join us.  His leadership of large, complex international businesses and significant corporate and financial experience make him a strong addition to Balfour Beatty’s Board."

Commenting on his appointment, Robert MacLeod said: "I look forward to joining the Board of Balfour Beatty and leveraging my collective experience. Balfour Beatty’s importance to the infrastructure markets in which it operates, and its positive sustainability agenda attracted me to this role, and I look forward to supporting the Company in its continuing success."

No further information is required to be disclosed under LR 9.6.13 R(1)-(6).


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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group with 25,000 employees driving the delivery of powerful new solutions, shaping thinking, creating skylines and inspiring a new generation of talent to be the change-makers of tomorrow.
  • We finance, develop, build, maintain and operate the increasingly complex and critical infrastructure that supports national economies and deliver projects at the heart of local communities.
  • Over the last 114 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world. Currently, we are working to deliver Hinkley Point C, the first UK nuclear power station in a generation; constructing the world-class arts and cultural facility, the Lyric Theatre, in Hong Kong; and designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the Automated People Mover superstructure at the fifth busiest airport in the world, Los Angeles International Airport.

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Antonia Walton

Head of Corporate Communications