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Business Leaders

Our business leaders report to Chief Executive Andy Steele and work alongside Andy and Group Finance Director Stuart Hammond. This team leads our contracting activities and is comprised of our operating business managing directors and the group directors of our corporate functions. In addition, we have a dedicated managing director for Property Development & Investment and a managing director for our off-site construction specialist Innovaré Systems, who both also report to the Chief Executive.

David Sarson – Managing Director Property Development and Investment

David joined Osborne in 1998 and has held subsidiary Board posts during that time. He has managed a broad range of investments in Industrial, Health and Commercial Property, including PFI and LIFT. David leads Osborne’s Investments and Developments activity as Managing Director. His energy and ambition has also now established Osborne as a significant solution provider for partnerships in the student accommodation sector.  David’s collaborative skills and detail knowledge of the developments market place provides trusted advice by linking potential locations with the needs of investors and end user organisations.

John Dowsett – Managing Director Infrastructure

Resolute that everyone in our industry should go home safe every day; John has championed our STOP Think! Behavioural Change Programme with the aim of achieving this not only within our own organisation but across the wider industry, with participation from many of our customers and suppliers.  John is also a member of the Southern Shield Senior Leadership Team Safety Forum, working with other like-minded organisation and customers to openly share safety learning and best practice for the benefit of all our customers and their end users.

John is Board Sponsor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) across our business.  He is passionate that as an industry we attract talent from a much wider pool of people that might have traditionally chosen alternative industries to showcase their skills.  John is working to ensure that across our business we provide a nurturing environment that allows all our people to develop and that people from all backgrounds and beliefs feel valued and respected and want to remain and progress rewarding careers in our industry.

A specialist in integrated delivery partnerships John now leads our Rail and Highways activities within Infrastructure.  A Chartered Civil Engineer, John joined Osborne as a graduate trainee in 1996 and has gained extensive experience driving continuous improvements in long term collaborative customer programmes.

John Craig – Managing Director Built Environment

John joined Osborne in May 2011, initially as Director for Education, having held a number of senior roles in both public and private sector organisations. He has been responsible for the delivery of projects ranging in value from £1m to £1bn, and also involved a number of joint ventures initiatives, particularly in the Health and Education sectors. He is passionate about creating long-term customer partnerships on both a project and programme basis, and took over as Managing Director of Construction in May 2015.

Pete Blunt – Managing Director Innovaré Systems

Pete joined Innovaré Systems as a Director in 2007 and was appointed Managing Director in 2011. Prior to joining Innovaré Systems Pete was a specialist consultant in Off-Site Construction with Mtech Consult Limited. Pete is passionate about driving innovation and simplifying the offsite manufacture and construction process for customers. Pete leads an in-house team dedicated to reducing on-site construction time and creating more energy efficient buildings that significantly reduce whole life operational and maintenance costs.

Sarah Taylor – Group People Director

Recognising the increasing pace of change and the critical role a learning organisation culture has on impactful continuous improvement, Sarah is leading our People Strategy, ensuring that we have the calibre of skills and resources necessary to deliver the promises we make to our customers.  Her innovative resourcing strategies are designed to attract and retain  a more inclusive and diverse talent; an approach that is proven to create higher performing teams that both mirror our customers’ goals and reflect the communities in which we work.

Sarah has invested in an enhanced “Learning Management System” to ensure that we can efficiently maintain our existing competencies and importantly develop the crucial new skills necessary to meet emerging customer needs.  Providing well qualified, engaged and highly motivated people that embrace the ideals of a Learning Organisation helps us to guarantee the quality of our services, products and aftercare to our customers.

With over 20 years of experience as an international human resources leader, Sarah joined Osborne in 2015 to align our people strategies to our business performance and enhance our service delivery.  Sarah has previously worked with global brands as diverse as Warner Brothers, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson and GE Captial and is an Accredited Ashridge Executive Coach.

Richard King – Group Marketing & Communications Director

Richard is a member of the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Industry Steering Group. Through participation in this forum, Richard along with key customers and like-minded organisations, seeks to make our industry a more attractive and safe place to work for people from every background.

As a former chairman and current director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Southern), Richard strives to encourage greater cross industry collaboration to more openly share industry learning and best practice. Richard is passionate about creating an environment where our industry can attract the very best talent, whilst also being recognised for improving the lives and opportunities for the end users of the projects and infrastructure that our Industry delivers.

With over 35 years’ dedicated service to Osborne, Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Marketer. As a Non-Executive Director of Innovaré Systems from 2010 to 2015, Richard retains a keen interest in the economic and environmental benefits of off-site construction. Richard was appointed as a group director in 2016 and now specialises in marketing, value propositions and customer strategies.

Mark Taylor – Group Commercial Director

Representing Build UK on a number of Government Committees, Mark is determined to challenge and improve the way the industry operates in terms of commercial agreement and fair reward. Within Osborne Mark is introducing a number of working practices directed at providing certainty of outcomes for our customers.

Mark is leading our Supply Chain Strategy and has introduced the initiative of an early payment facility to ease the cash burden on our suppliers’ activities. Under Mark’s guidance we have also jointly developed a web based platform simplifying contract administration and payment applications for our supplier chain.

Mark ensures that our governance and assurance protocols are structured to meet customers’ specific needs and where appropriate he will proactively highlight where potential risk and exposure may exist for our customers through the procurement options and terms adopted.

Mark is also working with our insurers to explore different ways of reducing the total cost of project insurance, to help reduce the financial burden of insurance on the supply chain and our customers.

Mark is a Fellow of the RICS, and a Member of the CIOB.

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