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Directors' Biographies

 Phil Nolan, Non-Executive Chairman


Phil Nolan Bsc, PHD, MBA – Chairman

Phil has been Chairman since joining John Laing in January 2010. He has a wealth of experience on the boards of many companies, private and public and in both an executive and non-executive capacity. He is non-executive Chairman of Affinity Water Limited, Chairman of Ulster Bank Ireland Limited and a non-executive director of Providence Resources Plc and EnQuest PLC. He was Chairman of Infinis, a then privately held, leading renewable energy generator between 2007 and 2010, Chairman of Sepura plc, a listed, global supplier of TETRA radios between 2007 and 2010 and CEO of Eircom, Ireland’s national telecommunications supplier from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as an Executive Director of BG Group plc and CEO of Transco plc from 1998 and in 2000, led the demerger of Transco as CEO of the Lattice Group. Age 64.

 Will Samuel, Chairman Designate  

Will Samuel
Chairman Designate

Will joined John Laing in December 2017 as non-executive Chairman Designate. Will is also Chairman of TSB Bank plc, which he took through IPO after its de-merger from Lloyds Bank plc, and Chairman of Tilney Group Limited. Prior to this he was Chairman of Howdens Joinery Group, Chairman of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc,  Chairman of H P Bulmer plc, Deputy Chairman of Inchcape plc, Senior Advisor to Lazard & Co Ltd and Senior Advisor to the Prudential Regulation Authority (formerly the Financial Services Authority), a director of Schroders plc, Co-Chief Executive Officer at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (a division of Citigroup Inc), a Non-Executive director of the Edinburgh Investment Trust plc and a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of International Alert.
Will is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry from Durham University and a Degree in Mathematics from the Open University. Age 65

Olivier Brousee, CEO


Olivier Brousse EP, ENPC - CEO

Olivier joined John Laing in March 2014 as Chief Executive Officer. Following graduation from École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France, he became Commercial Director of Unic Systems and then Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, both in France. In 1998, he moved to London as CEO of Connex South Eastern and then joined Veolia, first as CEO of Veolia Transportation Inc. in Washington DC and then as Deputy CEO of Veolia Transport Group, responsible for French and US businesses. From 2008 to 2014, he served as CEO and then Executive Chairman of Saur SA in France. In 2016, he was awarded the Légion d’Honneur by the French President François Hollande. Age 52.

 Patrick O'D Bourke, Group Finance Director

Patrick O'D Bourke MA, ACA - Group Finance Director

Patrick joined John Laing in 2011 as Group Finance Director. He graduated from Cambridge University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick (now KPMG) before spending nine years in investment banking with first Hill Samuel and then with Barclays de Zoete Wedd. In 1995, he joined Powergen plc where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions before becoming Group Treasurer. From 2000 to 2006, he was Group Finance Director of Viridian Group PLC, the Northern Ireland based energy group, becoming Group Chief Executive in 2007 after Viridian was taken private. He joined the Board of Affinity Water Limited in 2013 as a non-executive director. Age 60.

David Rough, Senior Independent Director 

David Rough BSc, Hons - Senior Independent Director

David joined John Laing in December 2014 as a non-executive director. He has spent his life working in the financial services sector predominantly in the investment management business. He joined Legal and General in 1988 and was made head of securities in 1989. In 1991, David was appointed to the group board as Group Director (Investments) responsible for the group’s investment operations. He retired from the business in 2002. During that time he also served as chairman of the Association of British Insurers’ Investment Committee. David has been a non-executive and senior independent director on a number of boards, including Land Securities, London Metal Exchange, Friends Provident and Xstrata. Since 2003, David is a non-executive director of Brown Shipley, a wealth management business. He was appointed as a non-executive director of Hansteen Holdings plc in October 2015. Age 67.

 Jeremy Beeton, Independent Non-Executive Director

Jeremy Beeton CB, B.Sc, C.Eng, FICE - Independent Non-executive Director

Jeremy joined John Laing in December 2014 as a non-executive director. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with 40 years of international experience in project and programme management over very large multi-site, multiple project operations portfolios for and within government, public companies and private companies. He is also currently an independent non-executive director of SSE plc, an independent non-executive director of WYG plc, an Advisory Board member of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Chairman of Merseylink Ltd. He has also been appointed as an independent non-executive director of OPG Power Ventures Plc. Additionally, Jeremy sits on the governing Court of Strathclyde University. He was Director General of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2007 until the Olympic Baton was passed on to Rio de Janeiro in 2012. For eight years prior to this, he was a Principal Vice President with Bechtel, responsible for their worldwide civil operations and has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. He was awarded CB in the 2013 New Year Honours and holds an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Napier University. Age 64.

Toby Hiscock, Independent Non-Executive Director 

Toby Hiscock MA (Oxon), FCA - Independent Non-Executive Director

Toby joined John Laing in June 2009 as a non-executive director. He is a qualified chartered accountant with 34 years’ experience as a finance professional. He was the Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of Henderson Group plc from 2003 until his retirement in 2009, and was responsible for all aspects of financial stewardship of the Henderson Group. Before Henderson, he was a senior manager at Midland Bank Group in London and from 1981 to 1988 worked for Binder Hamlyn, Chartered Accountants after graduating from Oxford University. Toby is also a non-executive director of and consultant to a number of other public and private institutions. Age 58.

Anne Wade, Independent Non-Executive Director


Anne Wade BA, MSc - Independent Non-Executive Director

Anne joined John Laing in December 2014 as a non-executive director. An asset manager by background, Anne has extensive experience in capital markets. From 1995 to 2012, she was Senior Vice President and Director of Capital International. Throughout her 17 year career with Capital, she was responsible for infrastructure-related investments. Anne is a non-executive director and member of the Governance and Strategy Committee of Holcim, based in Switzerland. Anne is also a director of the Heron Foundation in New York and Big Society Capital, in London, and an Associate with Leader’s Quest. She has a BA from Harvard and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Age 45.

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

 Carolyn Cattermole, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Carolyn Cattermole LLB - Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Carolyn joined John Laing in September 2012 as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Her previous roles were General Counsel and Company Secretary of DS Smith Plc, the international supplier of recycled packaging, for ten years, and Company Secretary of Courtaulds Textiles plc for three years. Prior to that, she was a senior legal adviser with Courtaulds plc, having qualified as a solicitor with Norton Rose. Age 57.


Executive Committee Members


Chris Waples CDir FloD, Group Managing Director - Asset Management

Chris joined John Laing in 2007. He is responsible for the Group’s asset management activities which cover the Group’s portfolio of primary and secondary investments. His responsibilities also cover information technology and health and safety. Chris formerly held senior management positions with Amey plc, Scottish Power plc and Blue Circle plc. He is a trustee of the John Laing Charitable Trust.


Anthony Phillips, Managing Director – Primary Investment North America

Anthony is responsible for the Group’s new investment activity in North America.  Anthony has over 15 years’ experience in Infrastructure Investment in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Anthony joined John Laing in 2005 and during this time has been based in London and Sydney where he successfully led John Laing’s entry into the Australia and New Zealand PPP markets prior to relocating to the USA in 2014.  Prior to joining John Laing, Anthony qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant and gained 8 years’ experience with KPMG and Grant Thornton. Anthony is on the board of The Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure.                                                                               


Blair Townsend, Managing Director - Primary Investments Asia Pacific

Blair joined John Laing in July 2013 and in 2016 was appointed to the position of Managing Director where he is responsible for the Group’s primary investment activities across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining John Laing Blair spent 6 years in investment banking with Macquarie Group and subsequently was a Director with KPMG Corporate Finance with these roles focussed on investments within the infrastructure sector. Blair graduated from the University of Auckland with a BCom in Finance and a MCom in Economics following which he spent several years with Citibank based in London.


Romina Dawson-Hall, Group Human Resources Director

Romina joined John Laing in January 2016 as Group Human Resources Director. She is responsible for the creation and delivery of John Laing’s Global HR strategy as well as day to day accountability of the HR function across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Romina’s background is in financial services, working for such institutions as HSBC, Millennium Capital Management, Lombard Odier Asset Management and Davidson Kempner.  She has lived and worked in Geneva, London and New York and has an MSc from Cranfield School of Management in International Human Resources Management.


Ross McArthur, Managing Director – Primary Investment Europe

Ross joined John Laing in 2007. He is responsible for the Group’s new investment activity across Europe having previously lead John Laing’s entry into the renewable energy sector. Ross has been involved in infrastructure projects throughout his career and as a sponsor and equity investor for over 10 years, working across the social, economic and energy sectors. He is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a graduate of Edinburgh University.