Sweett Group announces John Dodds as Non-Executive Chairman and Alan Lovell as Senior Independent Director

– UK, London – Sweett Group (AIM: CSG.L), the global provider of professional services for the construction and management of building and infrastructure projects, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Dodds as Non-Executive Chairman with effect from the conclusion of the Company’s Annual General Meeting which is due to be held on 29 August 2014 (“AGM”).  John will join the Board of Sweett on 21 July 2014 as a Non-Executive Director and will replace Michael Henderson who after 16 years on the Board, including the last 4 years as Chairman, is retiring at the conclusion of the AGM as previously disclosed.

John Dodds is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Severfield plc and a Non-Executive Director of Newbury Racecourse plc and Lagan Group Construction Holdings Limited.  Prior to this, John served for 40 years at Kier Group plc where he was responsible for Major Projects, Mining and International Contracting before serving as the Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until his retirement in 2010.

Sweett Group is also pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Lovell as Senior Independent Director with effect from the conclusion of the AGM.  Alan will also join the Board on 21 July 2014 as a Non-Executive Director and will replace Nicholas Woollacott as Senior Independent Director who, after 7 years’ service on the Board, is retiring at the conclusion of the AGM.

Alan Lovell is Chairman of Tamar Energy Limited, and a Non-Executive Director at Progressive Energy Limited and TidalStream Limited. Alan was previously Chief Executive of Infinis Limited, Jarvis plc, Dunlop Slazenger Group plc and Costain plc. He is also on the Council of Lloyd’s, a specialist adviser to PwC and a Trustee of the Mary Rose and Winchester Cathedral. 

Commenting on the appointments, Dean Webster, CEO of Sweett Group said: “I am very pleased that John has agreed to join Sweett Group as Chairman. He is an industry heavyweight with broad experience and is highly respected by both the construction sector and the investment community.  I very much look forward to working with him and benefitting from his experience. I welcome Alan too, whose expertise will add another dimension to what is a very strong Board.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both Mike and Nick for their support and guidance over the many years they have been involved with Sweett Group and particularly the last six years which has seen the Group become far more diverse both geographically and from a sector perspective.  I speak for everyone at Sweett Group in wishing them both well for the future.”

John Dodds, Non-Executive Chairman Designate of Sweett Group said: “I am delighted to be joining Sweett Group at this time and much look forward to working with the Executive team to maximise opportunities that exist in a strengthening home market, whilst continuing to leverage the very significant benefits of the global network. We will be building on a strong platform.”

About Sweett Group

Sweett Group is a global provider of professional services for the construction and management of building and infrastructure projects.

We have an integrated network of 58 offices in 18 countries across five continents offering cost consulting and project management.  Our service supports clients through every stage of the project life cycle based upon our international expertise and local knowledge. Our strength is our people’s world-class talent and expertise through which, we have time and again delivered exceptional results.  The strategy builds on these key strengths.

A modern, progressive company, Sweett Group sets itself apart through people, culture and aptitude to change. By collaborative practices and innovative thinking – supported at all levels – our clients receive an offering that is constantly evolving and improving in response to project needs.

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