Press Release

Balfour Beatty Directorate changes

10 May 2012


Balfour Beatty plc, the international infrastructure group, is pleased to announce the following changes in its Board composition, effective from the dates shown below:

Executive Directors

Andrew McNaughton

Further to the announcement on 22 March of the retirement of Anthony Rabin, Deputy Chief Executive which will be effective from the end of June 2012, the Board is delighted to announce that Andrew McNaughton will assume the role of Deputy Chief Executive.  Andrew, who has been Chief Operating Officer for the past three years, will also assume Anthony‘s responsibilities for the Group’s Infrastructure Investments Division.

Non-Executive Directors

Maureen Kempston Darkes

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Maureen Kempston Darkes as a Non-Executive Director with effect from July 2012.  Maureen joined General Motors in 1975 and held a number of increasingly senior roles during her time with the business, culminating in the role of Group Vice-President, General Motors Corporation and President, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.  A lawyer by training, she has a portfolio of Non Executive Directorships: Brookfield Asset Management Inc, Bridgepoint Health Foundation, Enbridge Inc, Canadian National Railway and Irving Oil Company.

Robert Walvis

Robert Walvis, Senior Independent Director, will retire from the Board on 31 December 2012 after over 10 years with the Group.  Iain Ferguson, currently Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, will additionally assume the role of Senior Independent Director, with immediate effect.

Steve Marshall, Chairman said; “On behalf of myself and my colleagues on the Board, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andrew McNaughton on his appointment and offer Robert Walvis our sincere thanks for the very significant contributions he has made during his tenure as a Non-Executive Director.  We are delighted to welcome Maureen Kempston Darkes to our Board.  Balfour Beatty has an increasing focus on vertical industry sectors and emerging markets and the considerable experience Maureen will bring to Board discussions in these areas will add further strength and depth as we move forward with the next phase of our strategic development.”

Neither Maureen Kempston Darkes nor her connected persons hold any interest in Balfour Beatty securities.  There are no other disclosures under Listing Rule 9.6.13.


Media enquiries:

Rebecca Salt
Balfour Beatty plc
Tel 020 7216 6865


Notes to Editors:

1. Balfour Beatty ( is a world-class infrastructure group with capabilities in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.

We work in partnership with our customers principally in the UK, continental Europe, the US, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East, who value the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise.

Key infrastructure markets include transportation (roads, rail and airports); social infrastructure (education, specialist healthcare, and various types of accommodation); utilities (water, gas and power transmission and generation) and commercial (offices, leisure and retail).

The Group delivers services essential to the development, creation and care of these infrastructure assets including project design, financing and management, engineering and construction, and facilities management services.

Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.