Board of Directors

Jim Meredith Executive Chairman
Jim has considerable experience in the waste sector (since circa 1997) and has also worked within manufacturing, having held several senior roles within these sectors. He has been Chairman of RiverRidge Recycling since September 2016, an investment supported by the Business Growth Fund, and a Non-executive Director of Mar City Homes, since July 2016. He was CEO of the UK business of FCC, a leading Spanish construction business, following its acquisition of Waste Recycling Group (WRG) in 2006 from TerraFirma Capital Partners whom Jim worked with from 2003 during their initial acquisition of WRG. Jim was an Executive Director of Shanks plc and also CEO of SCAID Capital, whose main business was Willerby Holiday Homes, a manufacturer of holiday homes for the leisure sector.  

Jim has been Executive Chairman of Augean PLC since October 2017, having previously been Non-executive Chairman from June 2012 and a member of the Board from December 2010.

Mark Fryer Executive Director and Group Finance Director
Mark joined Augean in December 2016, bringing a significant breadth of financial expertise across a broad range of both listed and private companies, having been Group Finance Director of Dialight PLC from 2010 to 2014, an innovative LED technology company, and previously of Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC from 2002 to 2010, the company that built London taxis.  

Prior to joining Augean, Mark had been Interim Chief Finance Officer of two private equity owned businesses, Bridon International Ltd, the global technology leader in the manufacture of wire and fibre rope, and Nualight Limited, a specialist LED technology company. Before this, Mark held senior finance positions at GKN plc and Cable & Wireless plc after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 1991. Whilst at GKN plc, Mark gained specialist waste experience, having been Finance Director for GKN Industrial Services division which included Cleanaway waste management.  

He was appointed to the Board and became Group Finance Director on 14 December 2016.  

John Grant Independent Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
John has significant experience across a number of sectors, including working for Ford for 25 years, where he held a number of senior positions including Director of corporate strategy in the USA, and then Executive Deputy Chairman at Jaguar after it was purchased by Ford in 1990. John later joined Lucas Industries plc from 1992 to 1996 as Group Finance Director and was Chief Executive of Ascot plc from 1997 to 2000. He was, until May 2017, Senior Independent Director of Melrose Industries plc, a FTSE 350 acquisitive international engineering group and is currently Senior Independent Director of MHP SE, a UKlisted Ukrainian agro-industrial group, and Chairman of the British Racing Drivers Club Limited. 

He was appointed to the Board in August 2015, became Senior Independent Director in November 2015 and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in June 2016. 

Rod Holdsworth Independent Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
Rod has a significant breadth of financial expertise with more than 20 years’ of board level experience gained in the support services, construction, manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Rod is currently Interim Chief Financial Officer of The Wates Group, the leading privately-owned UK construction, property services and development company, having been appointed in November 2017. Before this, Rod was Global Chief Financial Officer of OCS Group, a privately-owned, international facilities management business. He previously served as Finance Director at Morrison plc, the construction and support services group owned by Anglian Water Group plc, and has also held senior financial positions at Alfred McAlpine plc and Smiths Industries plc. Rod trained as a Civil Engineer before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1990. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. 

He was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and became Chairman of the Audit Committee in June 2016. 

Roger McDowell Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Nominations Committee
Roger returned to Augean having previously been a Board member of the Group for 11 years between November 2004 and June 2015. Roger brings valuable experience as a successful businessman and entrepreneur, with a strong record of driving shareholder value and serving on the boards of public companies across a range of sectors. During his previous tenure on Augean’s Board, Roger held the position of Interim CEO from 2006 to 2007 and Interim Chairman from 2010 to 2012. Roger was Managing Director of Oliver Ashworth for 18 years before its sale to St. Gobain and he is currently serving as Non-executive Chairman of Avingtrans plc and is also a Non-executive Director of ThinkSmart plc, Tribal Group plc, Proteome Sciences plc, D4t4 Solutions plc and Swallowfield plc. 

Roger was appointed to the Board in October 2017 and became Chairman of the Nominations Committee in January 2018. 

Christopher Mills Non-executive Director
Christopher founded Harwood Capital Management Group in 2011 and was the Chief Investment Officer of its former parent company J O Hambro Capital Management, which he co-founded in 1993. He is Investment Manager of North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and Non-executive Chairman of EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc. He is also a Non-executive Director of several publicly quoted companies, including Bioquell plc and Goals Soccer Centres plc. Christopher was a Director of Invesco MIM, where he was head of North American investments and venture capital, and of Samuel Montagu International. 

Christopher joined the Board in October 2017. 

Andrew Bryce Non-executive Director
Andrew has had a long career and established reputation as a leading UK environmental lawyer and until very recently ran his own law firm, Andrew Bryce & Co, which specialised in regulatory defence. He now runs his own consultancy providing board level advice on environmental strategy and compliance. Andrew has extensive experience in both regulatory and transactional work and was previously an equity partner and head of environmental services at City law firm Cameron Markby Hewitt (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna). A Founder Member of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and its Chairman for three years Andrew is now an Honorary Life Member. He is Co-Chair of its Brexit Task Force. 

He was originally appointed to the Board of Augean in June 2005, before stepping down and being reappointed, and until recently was Chairman of the Nominations Committee.