Willmott Dixon announces new chairman and CEO


Willmott Dixon has announced changes to its main board to kick off the new year.  

Graham Dundas (left) and Rick Willmott. Credit: Willmott Dixon.

Group chief executive Rick Willmott is to become the company’s new executive chairman following the retirement of Colin Enticknap at the end of 2023. 

And chief financial officer (CFO) Graham Dundas has been promoted to CEO. 

Dundas joined Willmott Dixon as a management trainee in 1998. He went on to be named Trainee of the Year in 2000 and eventually joined the main board in 2018. 

Roger Forsdyke, chief operating officer (COO) for Willmott Dixon Interiors, and Chris Tredget, COO for Fortem, the company’s repairs and maintenance arm, have also joined the main board alongside current members John Waterman, COO for Willmott Dixon Construction, Hugh Raven, general counsel, Wendy McWilliams, company secretary, Julia Barrett, chief sustainability officer, and non-executive directors Julia Hirigoyen and Juliette Stacey. 

Executive chairman Rick Willmott said: “Firstly, I want to take this opportunity to thank Colin for his enormous contribution over almost four decades with our company. Colin’s leadership, dedication and acumen has been more than instrumental in shaping the company we are today, and I am immensely grateful for his support as a main board colleague of thirty years. 

“Looking to the future, I’m delighted that Graham’s progression through our company has now seen him promoted to chief executive and I look forward to working with him in our new roles. With the addition of Chris and Roger to the main board, it strengthens our senior leadership team across the full range of our services in the built environment, and further supports our ability to help customers achieve their long-term growth priorities. 

“As we start 2024, our new-look main board reflects our ambition for continued growth while maintaining important continuity, stability and cultural consistency. It also reflects our ethos of promoting from within where possible.” 

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