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Directors' Biographies


 Will Samuel, Chairman Designate  

Will Samuel - Chairman

Will joined John Laing in December 2017 and took over as Chairman in May 2018. Will is also Chairman of Tilney Group Limited. Prior to this he was Chairman of TSB Bank plc, which he took through IPO after its de-merger from Lloyds Bank plc, 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 66.

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 53.

 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 61.

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.


Andrea Abt - Independent Non-Executive Director

Andrea joined John Laing in May 2018. She has an extensive background in a variety of roles, including sales, finance, procurement and logistics. Andrea joined Siemens in 1997 and held various leadership roles, including Head of Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer for Infrastructure & Cities from 2011 to 2014. Since leaving Siemens, Andrea has concentrated on Non-Executive Director roles. She is currently a Non- Executive Director of SIG plc and Petrofac Ltd, a Member of the Supervisory Board of Gerresheimer AG and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Brammer plc. Age 58.

 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 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 65.

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 46.

 Executive Committee Members


Chris Waples CDir FloD, Group Managing Director - International Projects

Chris joined John Laing in 2007. He is responsible for the Group’s large divestments, complex project delivery and information technology. Chris represents John Laing around the world, with particular focus in exploring and understanding new countries and asset classes. He is a trustee of the John Laing Charitable Trust. Chris formerly held senior management positions with Amey plc, Scottish Power plc and Blue Circle plc.


Mark Westbrook, Chief Risk Officer

Mark joined John Laing in April 2007 and was appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2018. He was previously a Managing Director in the Group’s Primary Investment business. He has served on the Group Investment Committee since 2015.
Mark previously worked for international contractors in the design, construction, financing and maintenance of infrastructure projects including ALSTOM (10-years) and United Group (4-years).
Mark holds Bachelor of Engineer and Bachelor of Science degrees (UNSW), a Master of Commerce (UNSW) and a Masters of Applied Finance (Macquarie University). He is a Senior Certified Finance and Treasury Professional (FTA) and a member of Engineers Australia.


Justin Bailey, Regional Managing Director - Asia Pacific

Justin joined John Laing in 2011 when the Group first established an investment team in the region and in 2014 took over responsibility for the Group’s primary investment activities. Justin was recently appointed as the Managing Director Asia Pacific and is responsible for all the Group’s activities in the region. Justin is an infrastructure development professional with 18 years’ experience in infrastructure investment. Prior to joining John Laing, Justin held senior positions with ABN AMRO, Babcock & Brown and KPMG Corporate Finance focussed on the infrastructure sector. Justin graduated with Bachelor of Commerce (Hons in Finance) from the University of Melbourne.


Anthony Phillips, Regional Managing Director – North America

Anthony is responsible for the Group’s activities 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


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.