The Board of Directors
The role of the Board of Bazalgette Tunnel Limited is to govern the Company and hence the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project, such that the company delivers on its objectives, including the successful delivery of the Project.
The Board is collectively responsible for the long-term success of the Company and delivery of sustainable value to shareholders. It sets the strategy and risk appetite for the Company and approves and monitors plans presented by management for the achievement of the Company’s strategic objectives and targets.
The Board is composed of 12 directors, nine of which are non-executive, with five being independent non-executives in compliance with the UK Code on Governance and as required by Ofwat, the regulator.
Sir Neville Simms FREng is a Chartered Civil Engineer. He is currently Chairman of Tideway, a Bazalgette Tunnel Limited company. He was previously Chairman of International Power plc for ten years, until the combination of the group with the international power generation assets of GDF Suez early in 2011, at which time he became Deputy Chairman of GDFSuez Energy International. Until May 2005, Sir Neville was Chairman of Carillion plc, after the demerger, in 1999, of the company from Tarmac plc, where he had worked for 35 years; including as Group CEO and Deputy Chairman for the last eight years. He was, for the final three years of the project, joint Chairman of TML, the Channel Tunnel contractor's consortium. Sir Neville has chaired a number of Construction Industry bodies and the Regional Leadership Teams for Business in the Community in the West Midlands and the Solent Region of the UK. He was a founder member of the UK Government's Private Finance Panel, Chairman of the Government's Sustainable Procurement Task Force, Deputy Chairman of Ashridge Management College, Chairman of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Trust for ten years and a member of the Presidents Committee of the CBI until 2015, he also served for seven years on the Court of the Bank of England.
John is the Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow Airport Holdings. Prior to joining Heathrow in 2009 he held a number of executive roles at Taylor Wimpey and Bass.
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE is the President of the British Chambers of Commerce. She also chairs the Air Operators Association, is a Non-Executive Director at the Department of Education and Senior Adviser at Mace Group. She was made a life peer in the House of Lords in 2015. Previously, she was Chief Executive of MITIE Group plc from 2007 to 2016. She is one of a small number of women who have held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman in the UK to have been appointed to this position.
Richard is an investment banker with more than 25 years' experience of infrastructure and energy transactions, having been head of energy and infrastructure corporate advisory teams at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Goldman Sachs International and Greenhill International. Richard is currently a partner at Opus Corporate Finance and Chairman of John Laing Environmental Assets Group.
Mike is a non-executive director of Southern Water Services; Network Rail & ARCADIS, the global design & cost consultancy business. He was President and CEO of Skanska UK plc from October 2009 until May 2017. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President and a main Board Director for Skanska UK plc from June 2001 to September 2009, where he was responsible for leading the infrastructure and then building construction businesses.
Michael is currently Chief Executive of Aquilys Investment Management Ltd, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of PA Consulting, Non-Executive Director of Coller Capital, a member of the Advisory Board of CKGSB (a Beijing based Business School) and a Member of the Council at the University of Surrey where he is also President of Surrey 100, a Business Angel Group attached to the University.
Non-Executive Shareholder Directors
Andrew joined Allianz Capital Partners in 2016. He is responsible for all asset management activities for the direct infrastructure investment portfolio. Prior to joining Allianz, Andrew was a Senior Principal Investor and Asset Manager for 3i in its infrastructure team for nearly ten years, where he worked on a variety of infrastructure transactions, including 3i’s investments in Anglian Water, Elenia Heat, Cross London Trains and Wireless Infrastructure Group. Previously he worked at Ambac and Schroders. Andrew has an MA in History from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Alistair is leading the Dalmore team on Tideway. His career started as a graduate at British Linen Bank, working in the infrastructure team. Following this, he held the position of director at Edison Capital, Noble Group and 3i where he was one of the founding members of the infrastructure team and involved in a number of transactions, including the acquisition of Anglian Water and purchase by 3iN of stakes in Oiltanking GMBH.
Javier is a Director at DIF where he is responsible for the asset management of a number of UK and Irish investments. Prior to joining DIF in 2016, Javier worked for Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management and then as a director at 3i, where he was involved in the origination and execution of new equity investment opportunities and the asset management of exiting investments across infrastructure and energy sectors. Javier has a first class degree in Mathematics and Computation from Loughborough University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Chris was formally appointed to the Tideway Board in September 2021 as a shareholder director representing Amber Infrastructure. He has been at Amber Infrastructure since 2012 where he is responsible for managing various infrastructure investments as well as leading the financial modelling and valuations team. Prior to joining Amber Infrastructure, Chris worked at Deloitte where he provided advice to clients in connection with corporate transactions. Chris has a first class degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southampton and is an Associate Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Executive Directors (also part of Executive Committee)
Andy Mitchell FREng took the role as CEO after leaving his post as Programme Director and Board Member at Crossrail in summer 2014. Andy has managed a number of high profile projects both in the United Kingdom and overseas. After 12 years working in the United Arab Emirates, France and South Africa, and on major developments such as Hong Kong Airport and the Hong Kong West Rail, he joined Network Rail in 2001. He was Project Director for Network Rail's Southern Power Upgrade project, and was also the Senior Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme. Mr Mitchell is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chairman of the IUK Infrastructure Client Group and a visiting professor at Leeds University.
Mathew joined Tideway in November 2018 following his role at Crossrail as Finance Director for the last three years. Prior to this, Mathew has gained extensive experience in the infrastructure, construction and services sectors primarily through Balfour Beatty where he worked for 15 years in a number of senior financial and general management roles. Mathew is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of CPA Australia.
Roger was appointed to the board in October 2021 having worked on the project since 2012. His appointment strengthens the board’s commissioning and technical focus as the project moves towards the completion and handover stages. In the early part of the project’s development he was instrumental in defining the project requirements and agreeing the technical interaction between the Tideway asset and the existing Thames Water sewer network. Roger is a chartered civil engineer with more than 30 years' experience in the planning, design and construction of complex infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally.
Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Association for Project Management. He joined Tideway in 2015 from Crossrail where he was Project Manager for construction of all tunnelling work in the West area of Crossrail. Andy has previously been responsible for the design of the LU Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade, and DLR Extensions to London City Airport and Woolwich.
Celia joined the project in September 2013 having previously held the role of General Counsel at the Olympic Delivery Authority. She has over 20 years' experience advising on major infrastructure projects and their financing.
Steve joined Tideway in June 2016 from his previous role at Crossrail. He has more than 20 years’ experience managing health and safety in the construction industry and is a Chartered Member of IOSH.
Julie joined Tideway in October 2013. Her corporate career started over 25 years ago with IBM where she was Head of HR for Global Services in the UK before moving to Citibank Private Bank where she was VP HR EMEA in Geneva and London. Since 2003 Julie has focused on major Outsourcing, Organisation Design and Change projects for companies including Serco, Mouchel, D&B, Centrica and Balfour Beatty.
Lucy has held a number of senior communications roles in the transport, housing and regeneration sectors. She spent six years at Transport for London and also worked on the preparation phases, including planning and land assembly, for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Lucy joined Tideway in September 2016 from Metropolitan, a large housing provider.
Matt joined the project in 2011 to focus on the funding of the Tideway project through its development and delivery phases and to establish its approach to legacy. Prior to this, he was a Director at a management consultancy where he advised governments, regulators, companies and investors in the utility and infrastructure sectors. Before moving into consultancy, Matt held various positions at Ofwat.
Richard joined the project in 2015 in the Project Sponsor team taking on the role of Asset Ownership Director in 2020. He has over 25 years’ experience in the water and chemical process industries, both supporting operational assets and delivering complex projects. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Member of the Project Management Institute.