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Aidan Clarke
Managing Director

Aidan joined Carnell in 1995, and his drive and commitment has been fundamental to the significant growth of the business since then. He has held various management positions within Carnell and he continues to lead the business to further growth as Managing Director.

Aidan has a wealth of experience within highways, especially the Technology and Infrastructure sectors and is committed to delivering value to our Customers through innovation and best practice

“At Carnell we strive to improve service delivery on a daily basis through our rigorous H&S culture and constantly review costs to demonstrate best value to our customers.”

Aidan is a Fellow of the CIHT and due to his commitment to safety, was awarded the inaugural RoSPA Guardian Angel award in 2014.

Andrew Sharp
Deputy Managing Director

Andrew became Deputy MD in May 2021 after Aidan announced he was stepping down. Andrew will take on the full role on 1 October.

Andrew joined the Carnell team in 2019 bringing a rich vein of Tier 1 experience, having worked directly for Highways England 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 Highways England’s new Asset Delivery model, Andrew brings fresh experience, value and energy to the Board. This will help reinforce our position as one of Highways England’s 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.

Andy Jamieson

Andy Jamieson
Strategic Director

Andy brings over 30 years of industry experience to his role with Carnell, including an outstanding track record as Managing Director at A-one+, one of Highways England’s most successful Managing Agent Contractors.

Andy is the Strategic Director with Carnell, looking to build further on the close relationships with the tier one service providers that the company supports.

Andy said, “Having worked with Carnell for 8 years I was always impressed with their commitment to innovation and safety. I will help align our goals with our clients’ as they assist Highways England’s investment programme.”

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, and James has fitted in well with the team, 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 customer value whilst minimising waste.”

David Foster
SHEQ Director

David joined the business in early 2017 as SHEQ Director. David has over 30 years of health and safety management experience across highways, construction, utilities, facilities maintenance and government sectors.  He has previously worked for Balfour Beatty and for Enterprise and Merseyrail at board level.

Upon joining the business, David commented “I have had the pleasure of being able to observe Carnell’s development over the years and have been impressed with their attitude and commitment to health and safety and the investment that they make in relation to innovation to improve the quality of their service delivery and to improve the safety of employees.  Moving forwards I aim to build on the excellent SHEQ foundations that the company has achieved and ensure that Carnell continue to be seen as an industry leader and ensure that the company’s SHEQ systems and associated risks control measures are maintained 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 Highways England 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”.

Lucie Clarke
HR Director

Lucie has been with Carnell for a total of 11 years, originally joining in 2009 as part of the Plant & Transport team, generating a grass roots knowledge of what was required for the work we undertake. In 2011, Lucie moved into the Performance team to gain experience and understanding of how performance measures impact our business and how measuring KPI’s has a positive effect not just throughout our business but also for our clients. Lucie then joined the Commercial team which proved excellent experience for future roles on bids and work winning. In 2016 Lucie joined our HR team. People are the greatest asset of any successful business, and there is of course no element of the business that operates without people. This role helped Lucie foster an understanding and gain experience of all aspects and all departments of the business, and a greater depth of respect for the greatest resource we have, our ‘human resource’.

On her promotion to the Board, Lucie commented “I am looking forward to this new challenge and taking on my new role as HR Director, becoming part of the Operational Board. I will continue to put our employees first as they are the most important asset we have, and I will continue to ensure we are a responsible employer and that all our employees remain happy and valued working at Carnell.”

Rodney Robb
Water Management Director

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.”