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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Andrew Sharp
Managing Director

Andrew became MD in October 2021 after a three month transition.

Andrew joined the Carnell team in 2019 bringing a rich vein of Tier 1 experience, having worked directly for National Highways during a 19 year spell in highway maintenance with A-one+ in Area 14 (North East) and Area 12 (Yorkshire and Humber).

As the business continues to evolve to meet the emerging demands and challenges of National Highways’ new Asset Delivery model, Andrew brings fresh experience, value and energy to the Board. This will help reinforce our position as one of National Highways’ leading suppliers.

Andrew is a trained lean champion and will continue to lead the Business Improvement Team, responsible for managing internal and external performance indicators, compiling future contract bids, maintaining our ISO44001 accreditation, writing award submissions, and creating innovative marketing and customer strategies. This runs alongside continuing to support the Operations teams with capturing and sharing best practice and using lean techniques to drive continual improvement across the services we deliver.

Conal Neafcy
Finance Director

Conal joined Carnell in July 2011 and as Finance Director is responsible for financial management and planning, insurance and risk management, and Human Resources management.

Conal graduated with a Law degree from Liverpool University before stints in commercial management and accountancy.

Prior to joining Carnell, Conal rose through the ranks at Enterprise as they grew from £30m to £1bn turnover during his 15 years there.  His final position was Finance Director, responsible for Highways & Rail contracts.

James Tyson
Commercial Director

Joining Carnell as Commercial Manager in January 2010, James has since been promoted to the position of Commercial Director, responsible for our team of Quantity Surveyors, Estimators and the Procurement function.

The bulk of his career has been spent in the Utilities sector, implementing more rigorous processes and procedures which will assist with the future development of the business.

James commented, “My objective is to help Carnell in our aim of becoming leaner, by maximising client value whilst minimising waste.”

Danny Pitcher
SHEQ Director

Danny joined Carnell in 2004 and has worked in all parts of the business initially starting on the tools and gradually moving into Operational Supervisory and Management positions. During this time he was able to gain a good knowledge and understanding of all parts of the business. Danny subsequently joined the SHEQ Team in January 2017 and was able to use his operational knowledge to enhance our risk controls.

On becoming SHEQ Director in October 2021 Danny said “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to lead SHEQ within the business and support Carnell and the Board moving forwards. We have an excellent health and safety culture and accident reduction legacy that I will build on over the coming years. I look forward to leading SHEQ throughout the business and will continue to ensure that our risk controls continue to develop in line with the evolving needs of the business.”

Peter McNulty
IT Director

Peter joined Carnell in 2009 and and has been a fundamental part of the IT development and the introduction of crucial systems across all business streams.

Prior to Carnell, Peter worked for Morgan Est in the Utilities sector as an IT Project Manager. During his 12 years there he managed a team of software developers and was responsible for the development and implementation of IT systems.

Helping to improve numerous processes he has been key to innovation and best practice, becoming a valued member of the organisation.

Lee Gill
Plant & Transport Director

Lee followed his father’s footsteps into the highways industry shortly after leaving school, gaining a wealth of knowledge before joining Carnell in 2003.

Originally a Site Manager for the original STONEmaster he helped to develop it into the success it is today. Later, Lee took up the role of Plant and Transport Manager and more recently Director. He is now responsible for the safe provision and maintenance of all company plant, equipment, and the fleet of vehicles. Lee ensures compliance and reliability whilst maintaining cost control and savings that can be passed on to our client base.

“I joined a company with an ambition that matched my own and it gives me great pride to still be involved with such an innovative and constantly evolving organisation like Carnell.”

Paul Swann
Operations Director

Paul joined the Carnell team at the end of 2019 from Costain / A-one+ and has 25 years industry experience, and a proven track record of delivering major highway infrastructure renewal and improvement projects for National Highways across Area 10 and Area 12. His focus on delivery while maintaining excellent safety practice and cost control is an excellent fit with the culture and behaviours we promote here at Carnell. Paul said “I’m delighted to be joining the team at Carnell, it’s a great opportunity to join an excellent forward-thinking company and I’m looking forward to delivering across all Areas during the key RIS2 period under the construction works framework contracts”.

Rodney Robb
Operations Director (Water and Drainage)

Rod has been with Carnell for over 12 years, initially starting on site as a Water Management supervisor in April 2008. He was quickly promoted to Contracts Manager in October the same year. Rod was instrumental with the growth of the Water Management division where considerable investment was made and we purchased our own CCTV fleet (c.£1.5m). This was closely followed by bringing the GIS/CCTV/CAD skill elements in-house, which is now the Technical Services Department. Water Management was now self-delivering drainage surveys, managing the data capture on site and the delivery of quality product for our clients. Rod is passionate about drainage and is a recognised leader in his field. Continuing to drive the division forward, he was promoted to Operations Manager in May 2015. Working in Highways, Major Projects, Rail, Water Industry, and Local Authorities, Water Management has now become a very diverse work orientated division within the company. Rod came to Carnell with strong management and leadership experience having served 22 years in the Army. He continued to develop his knowledge and experience with Carnell achieving an NVQ Level 7 Diploma in Construction Senior Management.

On joining the new Operations Board, Rod commented that “Since leaving the Army, Carnell has allowed me to keep learning, developing, and progressing through the company. I always look forward to the next challenge, and always continue to look forward and accept new responsibilities.”

Ady Oulds

Adrian Oulds
Business Director

Ady joined the team in 2021 from National Highways, where he most recently held the position of Interim Regional Director for the Midlands.

He is a chartered civil engineer with more than three decades of industry experience spanning both the public and private sector. During this time, he has worked for organisations such as Warwickshire County Council, Atkins, CH2M and National Highways, developing a wealth of knowledge in the design, commercial and delivery aspects of highway maintenance.

The relationships he has built over the years, particularly in the midlands, where he led the roll out of the inaugural Asset Delivery contract will be key to helping us capitalising on other new business opportunities around the country.

Adrian said: “I have worked with Carnell for many years and have admired their dedication and willingness to support the client organisations they work for. I am a firm believer that people make our success and I am relishing the opportunity to work alongside a great team at Carnell.”

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