Board and executive

The non-executive directors, all of whom the Company regard as independent, bring considerable international experience to the Board across a number of sectors. They play a full role in constructively challenging and developing strategic proposals, as well as chairing and being members of Board committees. The executive directors implement Board strategy, most recently having reorganised the Group divisional structure to align operating businesses more closely with customers, to deliver synergies and accelerate growth.

The Board
Colin Matthews, CBE, FREng Group Chairman

Skills and experience: Colin currently chairs Highways England Company Limited, formerly the Highways Agency. In his executive career he has been Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow Airport, Hays plc and Severn Trent plc. He has also been Managing Director of Transco and Engineering Director of British Airways. Earlier he worked in the motor industry in Japan and the UK, in strategy consulting and for General Electric in the UK, France and Canada. He has also served as a non-executive director for Mondi plc and Severn Trent plc. Colin is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded the CBE in 2014 for his services to aviation. Colin is a Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey Plc.
Colin is considered by the Board to be independent.

Peter Dilnot, B.Eng Group Chief Executive

Skills and experience: Prior to joining Shanks, Peter was a senior executive at Danaher Corporation, a leading global industrial business listed on the NYSE. He held a number of progressive general management roles including President Danaher Middle East, Group President Emerging Markets, and President EMEA and Asia of its Gilbarco Veeder-Root subsidiary. Before Danaher, Peter spent seven years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in London and Chicago, working with industrial and pharmaceutical clients and was a leader in BCG’s global Sales & Marketing Practice. Peter’s earlier career, after graduating from RMA Sandhurst, was spent as an officer in the British Armed Forces. He originally trained as an Army helicopter pilot and saw active service with both NATO and the UN.

Toby Woolrych, MA, ACA Group Finance Director

Skills and experience: Toby began his career at Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a chartered accountant before becoming Finance Director of Medicom International Ltd, a medical publishing company, in 1992. He joined Johnson Matthey plc as Corporate Development Manager in 1997, going on to become Divisional Finance Director and then Managing Director of one of Johnson Matthey’s global speciality chemicals business units. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Acta SpA, a renewable energy company, before joining Consort Medical plc as Group Finance Director.

Eric van Amerongen Senior Independent Director

Skills and experience: Eric has wide-ranging European business experience, including in the telecoms, defence and publishing sectors. He holds a number of non‑executive and advisory positions. Until January 2008 Eric was a non-executive director of Corus Group plc, a position he held for seven years. Eric is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of BT Nederland BV and Thales Nederlands BV and also a Supervisory Board Member of ANWB BV, Royal Wegener NV and Essent NV.
Eric is considered by the Board to be independent.

Jacques Petry, MBA Non-executive Director

Skills and experience: Jacques is currently Chairman of energy provider Albioma, having held the position of both Chairman and CEO until 1 June 2016. He was Chairman and Chief Executive of SITA and its parent company, Suez Environnement. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Executive of Sodexo Continental Europe and South America. Since 2007 he has advised corporate and financial sponsors, specialising in Infrastructure and Environmental Services investments worldwide. He has extensive international non-executive and executive experience.
Jacques is considered by the Board to be independent.

Stephen Riley, B.Eng, PhD Non-executive Director

Skills and experience: Stephen is a chartered engineer, having graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Liverpool University before completing a PhD. He joined International Power in 1985 as a graduate, before going on to hold senior positions in two UK power stations. In 2000 he was appointed Managing Director of their Australian operations. From January 2004 to February 2011, he was a director of International Power plc, resigning from that Board following the amalgamation of International Power and GDF SUEZ, now ENGIE. Stephen remained as CEO and President of GDF SUEZ Energy UK-Turkey, following his resignation, where he was responsible for plant operations, finance, energy trading and business development until his retirement at the end of 2015.
Stephen is considered by the Board to be independent.

Marina Wyatt, MA, FCA Non-executive Director

Skills and experience: Marina is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at UBM Plc. Following nine years with Arthur Andersen in London and the US, she then joined Psion Plc as its Group Controller and became Group Finance Director in 1996. In 2002 she was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Colt Telecom Plc and joined TomTom as its Chief Financial Officer in September 2005, where she remained until taking up her current position at UBM Plc in September 2015. Marina is a Member of the Supervisory Board at Lucas Bols NV.
Marina is considered by the Board to be independent.

Allard Castelein Non-executive Director

Allard currently holds the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam, having been appointed in 2014. He initially qualified as a medical doctor before persuing a career in the Energy sector, holding a number of senior positions at Shell. Over more than 25 years he amassed extensive experience within the industry, culminating in becoming the Vice President Environment for Royal Dutch Shell in 2009. Allard also holds a number of Supervisory Board positions including Isala Klinieken, Rotterdam Partners, Sohar Industrial Port Company, Ronald McDonald House Sophia Rotterdam. He is also a senior member of a number of Dutch trade organisations including Logistiek Nederland, Economische Programmaraad Zuidvleugel and the General Council of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers.
Allard is considered by the Board to be independent.

Executive team
Peter Dilnot, B.Eng Group Chief Executive

Skills and experience: Prior to joining Shanks, Peter was a senior executive at Danaher Corporation, a leading global industrial business listed on the NYSE. He held a number of progressive general management roles including President Danaher Middle East, Group President Emerging Markets, and President EMEA and Asia of its Gilbarco Veeder-Root subsidiary. Before Danaher, Peter spent seven years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in London and Chicago, working with industrial and pharmaceutical clients and was a leader in BCG’s global Sales & Marketing Practice. Peter’s earlier career, after graduating from RMA Sandhurst, was spent as an officer in the British Armed Forces. He originally trained as an Army helicopter pilot and saw active service with both NATO and the UN.

Toby Woolrych, MA, ACA Group Finance Director

Skills and experience: Toby began his career at Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a chartered accountant before becoming Finance Director of Medicom International Ltd, a medical publishing company, in 1992. He joined Johnson Matthey plc as Corporate Development Manager in 1997, going on to become Divisional Finance Director and then Managing Director of one of Johnson Matthey’s global speciality chemicals business units. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Acta SpA, a renewable energy company, before joining Consort Medical plc as Group Finance Director.

Sandra van Halderen Group HR Director

Skills and experience: Sandra joined Shanks in December 2014 as HR Director of our Benelux Solid Waste Division. After an internal restructure, she was appointed as HR Director of our Commercial Waste Division in the Netherlands. In addition to her deep knowledge of our business, our values, our processes and our ways of operating, Sandra has a wealth of experience in the HR domain. Prior to her time at Shanks, Sandra held the position of Group HR Director at the international retailer, Action Holdings BV. In this role she was responsible for 14,500 employees across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. Prior to her time at Action Holdings, Sandra spent eight years progressing through various HR Director, IT, Legal and Finance roles at Compass Group plc and has also held positions at ISS Nederland.  

Michael van Hulst Managing Director – Netherlands Commercial

Skills and experience: Michael has been working for Shanks for almost 20 years and was appointed Managing Director of Shanks Benelux in July 2012, having previously been Managing Director of Shanks Netherlands since April 2008. After obtaining a degree in law, Michael started his career at Klok Containers where he gained 5 years extensive experience as Operations Manager. In 1997, Michael continued his career in waste management in Michigan, USA as General Manager at WM International Lansing. Returning to The Netherlands in 1998, Michael became Operations Manager at Icova – the largest of the Shanks Dutch companies. By 2000 he was appointed Managing Director of Icova, leading its development during the past decade.

Patrick Laevers, MBA, PhD Managing Director – Belgium Commercial

Skills and experience: Patrick joined the company in May 2013 as Regional Director of Shanks’ Flanders operations in Belgium. He has over 10 years of experience in the international waste management industry, progressing through various multi-site managerial roles. Prior to his appointment at Shanks, Patrick was a Board Member and Executive Director of waste management and construction company, Group Machiels. He has also held positions at Corus and Tenneco Automotive and has an MBA and a PhD in Engineering.

Jonny Kappen Managing Director – Hazardous

Skills and experience: Jonny has been working for Shanks since 2000 when Shanks took over operations from WMI. He was later appointed Managing Director of Shanks Netherland's Hazardous Waste Division in 2007. Jonny started his career as a civil engineer working for Reym in 1979 as a field engineer and he was promoted firstly to Operations Director in 1994 and then to Managing Director in 1997. Jonny is also Chairman of the Industrial Cleaning Foundation – a Benelux Safety Foundation.

James Priestley, MBA Managing Director - Municipal

Skills and experience: James was appointed as Managing Director of the Municipal Division and to the Executive Committee in November 2016. He has a wide range of experience running and improving businesses in Europe and America. Prior to joining Shanks he was interim President Americas for Britax Child Safety and before this President Europe for RGIS, an inventory services company owned by Blackstone. After starting his career at ICI he moved on to gain extensive management experience at Ford, British Airways and Tesco and consulting with Alix Partners. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.

George Slade Group Information Director

Skills and experience: George joined Shanks as Group IT Director in 2013 to focus on improving the Group’s IT landscape and developing technology to support and grow the business. In his time at Shanks, he has lead a number of key projects across the business including Commercial Effectiveness and the implementation of a Group-wide collaboration platform. George has a wide range of experience in strategy, M&A, technology, restructuring, process re-engineering and innovation in his years working for a number of blue-chip companies. He has previously held a number of executive positions at IMI plc, BGL Group, Cable and Wireless, Ericsson and Level(3).