Severfield, the structural steel group that has made a number of major bridges for the rail network, including the Ordsall Chord in Manchester, has announced the appointment of Kevin Whiteman as non-executive chairman with effect from 3 September 2020, after the retirement of the current chairman, John Dodds.
John will be stepping down at this year’s AGM after ten years on the board, including nine years as chairman. During that period, he acted as executive chairman on an interim basis on two occasions, including for a period of ten months after the group’s rights issue in 2013.
Kevin has a wide range of experience across different sectors including, for the last seven years, chairman of N G Bailey, a leading mechanical and electrical subcontractor that also works in the rail sector. He has been on the Severfield board since 2014 and is the current senior independent director.
Alan Dunsmore, Severfield chief executive officer, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank John for his invaluable contribution to the Group over the past decade.
“He was instrumental in securing the future of the Group through the rights issue in 2013 and the subsequent recovery and strengthening of the Group over the past seven years.
“Following the completion of a comprehensive selection and appointment process, I am delighted that Kevin has agreed to become Chairman and to lead the Board in its continued support of the execution of the Group’s strategy.”
Kevin Whiteman, non-executive director and chairman elect, added: “I am delighted to be taking over as chairman and look forward to leading the board as the group moves into the next phase of its development.
“Whilst the COVID-19 crisis is presenting some new and unique challenges, the group remains in a strong position to navigate through it.”