HomePeopleAppointmentsKevin Whiteman to be next chairman of Severfield

Kevin Whiteman to be next chairman of Severfield


Severfield, the structural steel group that has made a number of major bridges for the rail network, including the Ordsall Chord in Manchester, has announced the appointment of Kevin Whiteman as non-executive chairman with effect from 3 September 2020, after the retirement of the current chairman, John Dodds.

Severfield built the bridge for the Ordsall Chord in Manchester.
John Dodds, Severfield.

John will be stepping down at this year’s AGM after ten years on the board, including nine years as chairman.  During that period, he acted as executive chairman on an interim basis on two occasions, including for a period of ten months after the group’s rights issue in 2013.

Kevin has a wide range of experience across different sectors including, for the last seven years, chairman of N G Bailey, a leading mechanical and electrical subcontractor that also works in the rail sector. He has been on the Severfield board since 2014 and is the current senior independent director.

Alan Dunsmore, Severfield.

Alan Dunsmore, Severfield chief executive officer, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank John for his invaluable contribution to the Group over the past decade.

“He was instrumental in securing the future of the Group through the rights issue in 2013 and the subsequent recovery and strengthening of the Group over the past seven years.

“Following the completion of a comprehensive selection and appointment process, I am delighted that Kevin has agreed to become Chairman and to lead the Board in its continued support of the execution of the Group’s strategy.”

Kevin Whiteman, Severfield.

Kevin Whiteman, non-executive director and chairman elect, added: “I am delighted to be taking over as chairman and look forward to leading the board as the group moves into the next phase of its development.

“Whilst the COVID-19 crisis is presenting some new and unique challenges, the group remains in a strong position to navigate through it.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Fatal rail accident in Montana, USA

On Saturday 25 September, Amtrak’s Empire Builder train 7/27, operating a service between Chicago and Seattle/Portland, Oregon, derailed at around 16:00 local time near...

One of the worst staff incidents in UK rail history remembered 100 years on

Sunday marked the centenary of one of the most fatal trackside incidents in the history of UK rail. The incident saw five killed and another...

Rail engineers strike gold in sustainability school

Multidisciplinary engineering business Dyer & Butler has earned Gold level status from the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS). This is the highest level of membership...
- Advertisement -

More news

Tunnel operation takes flight with help from a helicopter

Essential work on a tunnel in the Peak District got some help from high places. Helicopters helped airlift construction materials into position as part of...

Island Line to re-open this autumn

South Western Railway has said that the Island Line is set to reopen on 1 November. The upgraded line’s reopening is subject to a final...

Rail review author calls for rail fares reform

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail white paper, has urged for fares reform – arguing there has never been a better...