Keltbray, the leading specialist engineering and construction group, has announced further enhancements to the company’s corporate governance structure, effective 1st November 2020, as part of its early adoption of the Wates Corporate Governance Principles for large privately owned companies.


These changes follow a review of the organisation to support the Group’s strategy for sustained growth, by increasing focus on serving customers’ needs for more integrated engineering solutions within selective growth sectors. These new operating entities are complemented by a series of senior appointments to the Executive Board, the governance body responsible for driving strategy implementation.


The major changes are:

  1. Keltbray Built Environment Limited is the new operating business for the demolition, civil engineering, remediation, environmental, piling, structures and decommissioning trading activities, providing our customers with a complete end-to-end delivery capability for projects within the built environment.
  2. Keltbray Rail Limited (formerly Keltbray Aspire Limited), is the operating business responsible for the delivery all rail civil engineering and electrification activities.
  3. Keltbray Energy Limited is the new operating business for the power distribution, transmission and renewables operating businesses. The energy sector, fuelled by national de-carbonisation imperatives, is a major growth target following the successful acquisition of the core distribution and transmission business in 2018.


All business development opportunities tendered from the 1st November 2020 will be under these new sector-focused business entities, supported by the full balance sheet of new Keltbray Holdings Limited. All current contracts will continue to be honoured by the existing business entities.


The major leadership changes to the Executive Board in support of the new sector-focused structure include the following:

  • Michael O’Hagan is appointed Managing Director, Keltbray Built Environment Limited, reporting to Vince Corrigan, Chief Operating Officer. Michael is responsible for leading the Group’s core engineering and construction activities across the buildings and social infrastructure sectors.
  • Martin Brown is confirmed as Managing Director of Keltbray Rail Limited reporting to Phill Price, Managing Director, Infrastructure.
  • Mike Snee is appointed Managing Director, Keltbray Energy Limited, reporting to Phill Price, Managing Director, Infrastructure, and joins the Executive Board.


All other Executive Board positions remain unaffected by these changes:

  • Darren James – Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Executive Board
  • Peter Burnside – Chief Financial Officer
  • Vince Corrigan – Chief Operating Officer
  • Phill Price – Managing Director, Infrastructure
  • John Price – Managing Director, High Speed Rail
  • Paul Deacy – Managing Director, Demolition and Civil Engineering
  • Tim Bowen – Managing Director, Strategic Development
  • Kyla Farmer – Group People Director
  • Peter Suchy – Group Commercial Director


Commenting on the appointments, Darren James, chief executive officer said:

“To ensure customers are front and centre of everything we do, they will be serviced by a corporate structure and leadership focus designed to meet their needs from a fully integrated, specialist, self-delivery engineering company. By realigning our organisational structure with our key sectors in this way, it will allow us to unleash our potential to improve our services, build greater scale, profitability and business resilience.

I’m very much looking forward to working with my colleagues to drive the implementation of our strategy over the next growth period.”




For further information, please contact Keltbray Group Proposals and Communications Director, Philip Pashley on [email protected]


Notes to Editors

The objectives of today’s announcement:

  • Rationalise the organisational structure to make it more customer-focused
  •  Increase levels of Corporate Governance and control
  • Strengthen the Main and Executive Boards’ membership
  • Align the business with Keltbray’s strategy for sustained growth

This is the second of two announcements today by Keltbray on Corporate Governance. Please also see the company statement, entitled: Keltbray announces streamlined organisation and new Board appointments to strengthen governance and increase focus on key customers


About Keltbray

Keltbray is a leading UK specialist engineering and construction services business, offering a unique self-delivery capability spanning key phases of the construction value chain – civil engineering, geotechnical, asbestos management, demolition, piling and reinforced concrete structures, decommissioning, remediation, rail, power distribution and transmission, and environmental services.

The company was founded in 1976 and is privately owned, directly employs over 1,700 people, and is a key delivery partner to blue-chip public and private sector customers, contributing to the development and maintenance of Britain’s rapidly changing economic infrastructure and built environment.

Keltbray provides certainty of delivery to meet the needs of diverse and complex projects. Its professionally trained employees take pride in delivering safely and sustainably, on time and to budget, and with care for the environment and our communities. Keltbray has successfully completed a range of high profile construction projects on schemes, including recent examples: Earls Court, Battersea Power Station Redevelopment, Ferrybridge Power Station decommissioning, High Speed 2, Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade and major frameworks for the principal Distribution Network Operators in the UK.