Sir John Hood KNZM
Sir John Hood KNZM joined BMT Group Ltd as Chairman in October 2015, following the retirement of Dr Neil Cross. Sir John is a non-executive Director of BG Group plc and WPP plc, Chairman of Matakina Ltd, and Study Group Ltd; President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation; and Chair of the Rhodes Trust and Teach For All.
For five years Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and, before that, as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland after a successful career at Fletcher Challenge, New Zealand’s largest industrial conglomerate.
With a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland, Sir John was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford where he read for an MPhil in Management Studies. He was appointed a Knight Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014.
Ian Davies was appointed a non-executive Director in 2006 and Deputy Chairman in 2010. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Sub-Committee, a member of the Audit Sub-Committee and Chairman of BMT’s Employee Benefit Trust.
Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held a number of non-executive Director and Chairman positions. He was previously a Visiting Fellow of the Department of Strategy at Cranfield University School of Management and a partner at Coopers & Lyband. He is currently a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at ASK Europe Plc and Harvey Nash Plc.
Wendy Barnes was appointed a non-executive Director in 2013. She is presently a non-executive Director of OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water industry in England and Wales, of Foreign & Commonwealth Office Services and the Met Office. She is an external advisor to Templar Executives, who provide cyber security consultancy and training.
Wendy was Interim Chief Operating Officer for the UK Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change from September 2011 to December 2012 and was previously a non-executive Director of the Board of the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation (DE&S) and a non-executive Director of two Government security departments.
Prior to this Wendy spent eleven years with United Utilities and ten years with British Nuclear Fuels in a wide range of roles including customer service, marketing and business development.
Peter French was appointed Chief Executive in 2005. A maritime civil engineer by profession, he joined BMT in 1990, before which he was a partner in Peter Fraenkel & Partners.
Peter is also Chairman of the Society of Maritime Industries and of the International Transport Intermediaries Club, Vice President of the Association of Innovation, Research & Technology Organisations and of the European Co-operation in Maritime Research, a Director of Maritime London and a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the School of Marine Science &Technology at Newcastle University. He is a Fellow and past President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
With over 27 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, David McSweeney was appointed Finance Director in 2001. David enjoyed a successful accountancy career as a senior audit and corporate finance partner at Baker Tilly. He has helped many different types of business and specialised in people businesses within the design, engineering and technology and property sectors, both as a trusted advisor and as a non-executive Director.
His extensive experience of corporate finance and treasury matters has ranged from small owner managed businesses to large public listed companies in the FTSE 100 and on NASDAQ. David was a finalist in the Institute of Directors’ 2012 “Director of the Year – large company section” and is pursuing his 3rd Dan black belt in karate.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and served as a member of the Technical and Practical Auditing Committee providing guidance to the profession.
Charles Packshaw was appointed a non-executive Director in 2014.
Charles has thirty years’ experience working with financial institutions in the City of London and is currently Head of UK Advisory at HSBC Bank. He was previously Managing Director of Lazard’s Corporate Finance Division.
Charles is a non-executive Director of Diploma PLC and a member of its Audit and Remuneration Committee. He has formerly been a non-executive Director of The Restaurant Group, where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee, and of Diagonal PLC and a trustee of the Lazard Directors Pension Scheme. He has recently been appointed as Chairman of Prostate Cancer UK.
Professor Minoo Patel
Minoo Patel was appointed a non-executive Director in 2010. He is a member of the Audit Sub-Committee and is Chairman of the Innovation Board.
Minoo is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Development in the School of Engineering at Cranfield University, an independent Director of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, a Director of BPP Technical Services Ltd and of BPP Cables Ltd. He has worked since 1976 on the engineering of offshore oil and gas exploration and production structures and the associated subsea systems, with the application of this experience to maritime renewable energy in recent years.
Qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1982, Richard has a wealth of financial acumen, M&A and international business experience, having served as Finance Director of private and listed businesses for nearly thirty years.
From 2007 until retiring in 2016 he was Group Finance Director of Carillion plc and previously, he held the same role at Associated British Ports Holdings plc for seven years.Richard currently serves as a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Countryside Properties plc, Countrywide plc and FirstGroup plc.