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Christopher (Chris) Cole

Christopher (Chris) Cole, Independent Non-Executive Director

Chris co-founded WSP Group plc in 1974, growing the business into an international engineering and design consultancy business focused on the built environment, and driving its merger with Toronto listed Genivar Inc. Chris was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the enlarged group, WSP Global Inc., in 2012 and he was Non-Executive Chairman at Ashtead Group plc, stepping down in September 2018, where he had served as a Senior Independent Director since 2007 and latterly as Non-Executive Chairman.

Since 2014, Chris has also held Non-Executive Chairman roles at: Redcentric plc, a managed services provider; Applus Services S.A., a testing, inspection and certification business; and Tracsis plc, a provider of software and services for the transport sector.

Chris has a degree in Environmental Engineering from London South Bank University and is a UK qualified Chartered Engineer.