Former Atkins director heads to Balfour Beatty


Balfour Beatty has appointed a new non-executive director. 

Robert MacLeod. Credit: Balfour Beatty.

Robert MacLeod will succeed Dr Stephen Billingham as chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee from 8 March 2024, as Dr Billingham steps down from the board after his nine-year tenure. 

A chartered accountant by background, MacLeod was formerly CEO of chemicals company Johnson Matthey from 2014 to 2022 and CFO from 2009 to 2014.   

Prior to this he worked at engineering company Atkins, serving as CFO for six years.   

MacLeod was a non-executive director of equipment hire business Aggreko from 2007 to 2016.  

He is currently a non-executive director and chairman of the Remuneration Committee of analytics company RELX and a non-executive director of Vesuvius. 

“I look forward to joining the board of Balfour Beatty and leveraging my collective experience,” said MacLeod. “Balfour Beatty’s importance to the infrastructure markets in which it operates, and its positive sustainability agenda attracted me to this role, and I look forward to supporting the company in its continuing success.” 

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