Board of Directors

The Keltbray Group Board is responsible for setting and delivering our strategy – using their extensive experience to ensure we remain at the forefront of our industry and continuously find new and better ways of servicing our clients.

Our Executive Board is supported by an Operational Board. This consists of the heads of our business units and the managers of our Group service functions, such as health and safety, quality and environment, human resources and training and development. The Operational Board is responsible for implementing our strategy and specific departmental activities, such as day-to-day operational matters.

  • Tony Douglas

    Chairman
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  • Tony Douglas,
    Chairman

    Tony Douglas joined the Keltbray Group Board in 2010 before rising to Chairman in 2015. He is currently Chief Executive of Defence Equipment and Support for the Ministry of Defence.

    Tony started his career as an apprentice toolmaker at General Motors in 1979, and joined British Aerospace in their regional jet production facilities in 1990. He became manufacturing and logistics director at Kenwood plc in 1996, and joined BAA plc in 1998 to take up the positon of Group Supply Chain Director. He then rose to Group Technical Director and Managing Director of Heathrow Terminal 5, before becoming Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport.

    Tony went on to be Chief Operating Officer at Laing O'Rourke in 2007 before taking up position as Chief Executive of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company in June 2010, and Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Airports Company in 2013.

    He was appointed to his current role of Chief Executive of Defence Equipment and Support for the Ministry of Defence in September 2015.

  • Brendan Kerr

    Owner & Chief Executive Officer
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  • Brendan Kerr,
    Owner & Chief Executive Officer

    Brendan joined Keltbray in 1989 and has held the role of Chief Executive since 2003. Since then, Brendan has taken what was a £22 million demolition company and developed it into a £350+ million Group, which makes up the UK's leading specialist engineering, construction, decommissioning and environmental services business.

    From his humble beginnings in Northern Ireland, where he left school at 15 without any O levels to train as a carpenter. He joined McGee as a Contracts Manager in 1986 before taking up a position with Berkeley Homes as Contracts Manager in 1988. He joined Keltbray as Project Manager in 1989 before rising to Operations Director in 1994 and Managing Director in 1999.

    Brendan has been instrumental in raising the standards of the demolition and deconstruction sector, and transformed the industry's reputation from a 'let's knock things down' mentality. Under Brendan's leadership Keltbray has also developed into a company that takes sustainability seriously by maximising recycling opportunities, which regularly exceed 95%, and preserving heritage through complex engineering schemes.

    Keltbray's success has been built on a Brendan's innovation, technical leadership and commitment to health and safety and consideration for quality and the environment. His focus on customer service and tailor-made solutions has also facilitated long term relationships and a large proportion of repeat business from Keltbray clients.

    Having left school to take up an apprenticeship in Belfast, Brendan sees great benefits in getting people started in the industry early. He has always been an avid supporter of apprenticeships and training, and has used Keltbray as a vehicle to demonstrate the benefits of this philosophy. For Brendan, the employment of one apprentice or intern to every 18 employees at Keltbray and investing £2 million per annum in training is about improving the reputation of the industry and securing the future of the business.

    Personal accolades:
    2017: Construction News names Brendan as one of 16 industry leaders to watch in 2017
    2016: Brendan wins Roll of Honour Award at the Construction News Awards
    2013: Brendan becomes Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
    2011: Brendan wins London & South East Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    2007: Brendan wins Building Specialist Awards ‘Personality of the Year'
    2007: Brendan wins City of London Terence Hines Award for Raising Construction Standards

    Brendan is a lifetime Fellow of The HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award World Fellowship and a generous supporter of The Prince's Trust and UNICEF

  • John Keehan

    Deputy CEO & Group Financial Director
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  • John Keehan,
    Deputy CEO & Group Financial Director

    John has over 30 years of experience within the construction industry holding roles of significant responsibility within Skanska and Keltbray Group.

    John joined Keltbray in 2005 when the business had a £40 million turnover. He introduced new management controls and reporting to ensure controlled organic growth.

    He has also overseen and supported the Group's diversifications and played a key role in overseeing and accessing funding for a number of Group acquisitions.

  • John Price

    Group Managing Director Specialist Contracting Services
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  • John Price,
    Group Managing Director
    Specialist Contracting Services

    John has more than 35 years of experience within the construction industry holding roles of significant responsibility within Costain PLC and Keltbray Group.

    Since joining Keltbray in 2006 as Managing Director, and more recently Group Managing Director for Keltbray Specialist Contracting Services, John has seen his responsibilities grow as turnover increases and the business has made some significant acquisitions.

    John brings his leadership skills, fostered in environments such as Crossrail and the 2012 Olympics, to support the development of highly effective cross functional / cross business teams.

  • Peter Suchy

    Group Commercial Director Operational
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  • Peter Suchy,
    Group Commercial Director
    Operational

    Peter has more than 30 years of experience within the construction industry in roles of significant responsibility within Costain PLC and Keltbray Group.

    He joined Keltbray as Commercial Director in 2003 and has seen his responsibilities grow in line with Keltbray's turnover. As the Commercial Manager Peter oversees administration of the commercial function.

    Since joining Keltbray Peter has established commercial arrangements with complex supply chains, and helped to deliver challenging construction, materials management and rail projects for Keltbray. These have been high profile projects, located in highly regulated environments that have required careful management of contractual relationships to promote long term client and supply chain satisfaction and partnerships.

    Peter also works closely with the Group Finance Director regarding Keltbray's acquisition of new businesses to ensure a smooth and efficient integration.

  • Vince Corrigan

    Group Managing Director Commercial - Strategic
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  • Vince Corrigan,
    Group Managing Director
    Commercial - Strategic

    Vince joined Keltbray as Group Board Director in 2015 and has nearly 40 years' worth of experience in the construction industry.

    He joined Keltbray from Sir Robert McAlpine's, where he had a long and distinguished career spanning more than 30 years; most recently as a Director and Regional Manager of the firm's London and South-east business.

    Over the years, Vince has had personal involvement in the establishment and delivery a number of the UK's largest developments in both public and private sectors. Highlights include The Jubilee Line Extension, New Colchester Garrison, Arsenal Emirates Stadium, London 2012 Olympic Stadium, ExCel Docklands, The London O2 Arena, and major city centre (retail-lead) regeneration schemes such as the New Bullring Birmingham, Cabot's Circus Bristol, Bath Southgate and New Shires Leicester.

  • Phill Price

    Group Managing Director Rail & Infrastructure
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  • Phill Price,
    Group Managing Director
    Rail & Infrastructure

    Phill joined Keltbray in 2010 and was previously Managing Director of Laing O'Rourke's £500m Infrastructure business which undertook major projects across Utilities, Transport and Energy sectors in the UK. Phill was also a member of Laing O'Rourke's £2.5bn European Board.

    He was also previously a plc Board member of Alfred McAlpine and Managing Director of the £300m Infrastructure business operating across Utility and Transport sectors.

    Prior to this Phill was the Commercial Director and Board Member at Yorkshire Electricity's Distribution Company, a £350m electricity utility business serving 2.5m customers across Yorkshire and Humberside.

    Phill has extensive experience at project and executive levels on major collaborative and partnering projects across Energy, Transport and Utility sectors. With key roles on steering groups on major projects such as St Pancras Railway Station, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Eon Partnering Frameworks.

    Phill brings a wealth of experience on the practicalities of ensuring projects deliver against their key objectives.

  • Paul Deacy

    Managing Director, Demolition & Civil Engineering
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  • Paul Deacy,
    Managing Director, Demolition & Civil Engineering

    Paul has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years. He is a proactive manager with a firm belief in teamwork and has successfully delivered some of Keltbray's largest projects in the last 10 years.

    Paul joined Keltbray in 2002 and is responsible for the operational delivery of several major current projects and assists with strategic forward planning for key clients. He was promoted to Managing Director for Keltbray Demolition & Civil Engineering in 2013, and made a Group Board Director in 2015.

    Paul's strength lies in his ability to deliver even the most complex projects in as efficient and cost effective manner as possible, always placing onus on Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality issues.

    Paul was awarded a Gold Award by the City of London Considerate Contractors Scheme in 2011.

  • Andy McClafferty

    Director Keltbray Structures
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  • Andy McClafferty,
    Director Keltbray
    Structures

    Andy has been working in the construction industry for almost 25 years. Having joined Keltbray in 1995, Andy has been instrumental in the development of the company to what it has become today and has been responsible for delivering some of the most complex scheme's that Keltbray have undertaken during that period.

    Providing a proactive and flexible approach to managing our clients aspirations, Andy is instrumental in all aspects of our project delivery strategy and is responsible for all aspects of delivery on projects ranging from planning & estimating through to on-site delivery management.

    Andy's strength is his extensive knowledge of all facets of the construction process and his ability to manage the integrated delivery approach that Keltbray now offer our client's in respect of the complete solution from demolition through to basement box construction and beyond.

  • Darren Wickins

    Managing Director Keltbray Environmental Solutions and Director, Decommissioning
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  • Darren Wickins,
    Managing Director Keltbray Environmental Solutions and Director, Decommissioning

    Darren has more than 20 years' experience working in the specialist environmental support services sector specialising in asbestos management asbestos management industry.

    He has been heading up Keltbray Environmental Solutions since 2012, and rose to Group Executive Board Director for Keltbray Environmental Solutions in 2015. In July 2016 his remit was expanded to also take responsibility for Keltbray Decommissioning at Keltbray Group Board level.

    Prior to joining Keltbray in 2012, Darren was Estimating Director for Silverdell. His previous experience also includes working for Clifford Devlin and Keltbray.

    Darren has experience in delivering £50 million plus contracts in the defence, banking, transport, nuclear, leisure and public sectors for clients such as Skanska, Bovis & Lend Lease, Sir Robert McAlpine, Land Securities, Mace, Costain and Carillion, to mention but a few.

    He has also been Governing Council Member of The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA), which is the UK's leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated asbestos businesses, since 2012.

  • Joseph Goldberg

    Group Investment Director
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  • Joseph Goldberg,
    Group Investment Director

    Joseph Goldberg joined Keltbray as Group Investment Director in 2017.

    At the time, this was a newly created role which aims to maximise Keltbray’s investment opportunities, including the development of a framework and structure for the Group’s long term growth, as well as a medium term strategic plan to identify potential markets for future development.

    Mr Goldberg works with all of Keltbray’s business units to optimise opportunities for expansion, and joined Keltbray from Santander UK plc where he was a Relationship Director responsible for corporate trading businesses located in London and the South East of England in the construction, house building and property sectors, including Keltbray.

    Joseph Goldberg is based at Keltbray’s head office in Esher. He reports to Keltbray CEO Brendan Kerr and the Group’s Finance Director, John Keehan.