Chief Executive / Founder
Darren founded Carnell in 1992. The business was at first involved in the installation of high voltage electricity cables, diversifying into the provision of communication services for the Highways sector.
Darren has led the business’ development through innovation and customer focused service. With his entrepreneurial spirit, and willingness to invest in technology he has developed a range of specialist products and services, which include the patented STONEmaster and STABLEdrain processes.
The business’ commitment to Health and Safety excellence is driven by Darren’s hands on approach and passionate commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
Darren continues to be the driving force behind the Carnell brand.
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 MD and Main Board 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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
A key part of his newly created board level role at Carnell will be 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.”
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.
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.”
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.