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Roy Franklin


Roy brings to the Board more than 47 years experience as a senior executive in the oil & gas industry including extensive experience in chairing boards of listed companies. Such combined experience enables him to steer the Board’s focus, promoting open and productive debate and contributes to the Board’s practical understanding of good governance. He has an outstanding track record and has demonstrated consistent and valuable leadership.

Roy is currently a member of the advisory board of Kerogen Capital LLC, a board director of Kosmos Energy and an independent non-executive director of Energean plc.  Roy initially spent 18 years at BP, latterly as head of M&A, BP Exploration, after which he was group MD of Clyde Petroleum and then CEO of Paladin Resources until its acquisition by Talisman Energy in 2005.  Since then Roy has served on a number of international energy boards in non-executive roles, including Amec Foster Wheeler plc.  Until July 2016 he was chairman of the Keller Group PLC, until June 2019 he was deputy chairman of Equinor A/S, until 25 February 2021 was chairman of privately-held Energean Israel Ltd and until 31 March 2021 was chairman of Premier Oil PLC.

Robin Watson

Chief executive, Wood

Robin has a thorough understanding of the Company and a clear strategic mindset. He has extensive leadership and management experience, with a well established track record of implementing strategic change and operational delivery. His contribution and clear strategic vision is invaluable as we continue to re-position the business across the energy transition and deliver long-term growth, in a continually changing environment.

Robin was responsible for the creation of Wood when he led the acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler in 2017. Robin has previously been Chief Operating Officer and an executive member of the Wood Group Board since January 2013 and CEO of Wood Group’s PSN division since 2012.  Prior to joining Wood Group in 2010, he worked for Petrofac and Mobil Oil in the UK and internationally.

Robin has more than 35 years’ engineering and industry experience, being actively engaged with various industry and governmental representative bodies. In August 2021 he was appointed as a non-executive director of the Institute of Directors, a UK professional organisation for company directors, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs. He is also a member of the UK Investment Council and the Scottish Business Climate Collaboration Board, and personally committed to the Scottish Leaders Mentoring Scheme, driving better senior and executive level gender diversity across Scotland’s business sector. He was previously a board member of OGUK, and between 2011 and 2015, on the Scottish Business Board, a cross-industry advisory group to the UK Government.

Robin has received a variety of prestigious business awards recognizing his leadership, innovation and entrepreneurism, most recently being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2020, in recognition of his services to international trade.   He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Offshore & Mechanical Engineering. Robin is also a Visiting Professor at the Robert Gordon University.

David Kemp

CFO, Wood

David is an experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with a strong track record of delivering excellence. His extensive knowledge of the debt and equity markets and the wider financial and service sectors is integral to the Company’s objectives of resilience and a strong balance sheet.

Group CFO since May 2015 and was previously CFO of Wood Group PSN having joined Wood Group in 2013. David is currently a non-executive director of Craneware plc and a director and governor of Albyn School Limited. Prior to joining Wood Group, he served in executive roles at Trap Oil Group, Technip, Simmons & Company International and Hess Corporation, working across Finance, M&A and Operations. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Thomas Botts

Non-executive director

Thomas has almost four decades of international business and senior management experience. He has strong leadership skills and wide-ranging experience within the industry. His proven track record and performance brings extensive practical and business knowledge to the Board’s discussions and makes him a valuable member of the Board.

Thomas is a non-executive director of EnPro Industries, is co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force at the University of Wyoming, chairman of the University of Wyoming Foundation and is a long-standing member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Thomas was formerly with Shell for 35 years, latterly as global head of Shell’s manufacturing business.

Birgitte Brinch Madsen, Non-Executive Director

Birgitte Brinch Madsen

Non-executive Director

Birgitte brings extensive, global experience of engineering and consulting projects in both the energy sector and the built environment and her knowledge and understanding of green energy technologies adds real value as Wood continues to strengthen its expertise within renewable energy. Her contribution adds to the balance of skills and diversity of views on the Board.

Birgitte is currently non-executive director of the Danish based road contractor, Arkil Holding A/S, a position she has held since April 2019. She is also non-executive director at the Danish fund companies Danske Invest and Danske Invest Select. Birgitte previously held executive positions as Chief Technical Officer with Maersk FPSO’s, a Business Unit of international logistics company A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S, and as BU Director of the Energy and Industry business of the Danish international engineering consultancy COWI A/S. Birgitte holds a Masters in Economics and Finance from the University of Copenhagen.

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Jacqui Ferguson

Non-executive director

Jacqui contributes to both strategic and operational matters and her diverse outlook and broad industry related technology experience from multiple sectors including telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, travel & transportation, energy and government is an important element enabling the Board to deliver its strategy and long-term growth.

Jacqui is currently a non-executive director of Tesco Bank and Croda International plc. She is Deputy Chair of Engineering UK and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Jacqui was previously a founding member of the Scottish First Minister’s Advisory Board for Women and Girls and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services in the UK and Ireland, Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa and Israel.

Adrian Marsh

Non-executive director

Adrian has a wealth of financial expertise in large multi-national companies. His background and proven track record in financial, strategic and commercial roles contributes to the Board’s understanding of the financial aspects of the Company’s business and operations.

Adrian has been Group Finance Director of DS Smith plc since September 2013. He was previously Head of Tax, Treasury and Corporate Finance at Tesco plc and has also held divisional CFO positions at both AstraZeneca PLC and Pilkington PLC.

Nigel Mills

Non-executive director and senior independent director

Nigel has extensive financial, commercial and investor relations skills and experience, advising some of the UK’s largest companies across a broad range of end markets. Such experience contributes to and strengthens the Board.

Nigel is currently Senior Independent Director of Persimmon plc and was, until the end of April 2020, a Senior Adviser at Citigroup Global Markets. He was previously Chairman of Corporate Broking at Citi between 2005-2015 and Chief Executive at Hoare Govett between 1995-2005.

Brenda Reichelderfer

Non-executive director

Brenda is a skilled engineer and business leader and brings considerable global engineering and operational experience from multiple industries to the Board together with invaluable independent advice.

Brenda is a director of Moog, Inc., and of Federal Signal Corporation. She was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of TriVista, Inc. a global consulting firm from 2008 through 2019. Between 2011 and 2017 she was non-executive director of Meggitt plc. Before her retirement in 2008 she was Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Engineering of ITT Corporation. She also held the position of Group President in two of ITT’s four Operating Divisions during her 28-year tenure there. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University.

Susan Steele

Non-executive director

Susan has extensive engineering and construction industry, programme management and supply chain performance experience.  Her global expertise across a range of end markets will significantly strengthen our Board.

Susan is the Chief Executive Officer of Steele & Partners. She is also an independent director of Hill International, Inc. and was until May 2021 a director of Harvard Bioscience, Inc. She has extensive experience in the engineering and construction industry, including at Jacobs Engineering where she was Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management and at CHM2 Hill where she held a number of roles including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President, Manufacturing & Life Sciences.  Susan holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Miami, FL, and a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University, AL.