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Exclusive | Motts chair Keith Howells to retire

Keith Howells

Mott MacDonald chairman Keith Howells is to retire in June after being in the position since January 2011.

Howells announced the news at the company’s annual general meeting to company shareholders at the weekend.

The Motts veteran has worked at the company for 40 years and has worked on projects in over 20 different countries. Before taking on the position of chairman, Howells served as managing director for six years.  

Howells said on graduating, he had had four job offers, but decided to join Sir Murdoch MacDonald and Partners (now Motts MacDonald) because they specialised in water which he said interested him. Howells said the opportunity to work overseas, and its headquarters in Cambridge were also major draws.

A successor has not yet been announced, but it is rumoured to be current group managing director Mike Haigh.

Outside of Mott MacDonald, Howells was elected Chairman of the UK’s Association for Consultancy and Engineering for its centenary year in 2013.

In the same year he was also appointed to the UK government’s National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum and the Construction Industrial Strategy Advisory Council.

Howells is also a member of the CBI’s Construction Council and sits on the Cranfield School of Management advisory board. 

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