Richard Howson

Chief Executive, 
Richard John Howson, Chief Executive, Carillion plc

Richard was appointed Chief Executive of Carillion plc in January 2012, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer from September 2010, with direct responsibility for all of the Group’s business units and for the Group’s Health and Safety and Sustainability programmes. He was appointed to the Board on 10 December 2009 as Executive Director.

Richard started his career working as an engineer for Balfour Beatty. Upon graduation in 1990 he joined Bovis, working across a number of sectors, before moving to Tarmac in 1995 to work on public, private partnering projects. He ensured financial close and the turnkey delivery of the first privately financed prison in Fazakerly, Liverpool.

In 1999 Richard was appointed Operations Director for Carillion Building business responsible for delivering the construction portfolio in London. During this time he led the successful delivery of a number of technically and logistically difficult city centre developments, including the new Marks and Spencer’s headquarters building in Paddington.

In March 2004 he was appointed as the National Construction Director on the Carillion Building senior management team, responsible for the delivery of construction portfolio development of all people and deployment of values “on the ground”. From 2006 to 2007, Richard was MD of Carillion Rail and subsequently from 2007 to 2010 MD of Carillion’s Middle East and North African operations.

This combination of experience has given Richard excellent engineering, project, commercial and safety management leadership skills. Richard combines them with strong leadership, excellent interpersonal ability, high levels of energy and great enthusiasm.