Personal Profile – Staffan Engstrom

Staffan has a background in construction and support services, working in Tarmac, Carillion, and Arup, with 20 years senior executive experience in general management, strategy and corporate development.

Staffan’s career began for Tarmac in 1984 in major project delivery in both building and civil engineering.  From 1993, he was MD for a succession of businesses with responsibility for over a thousand people and up to £170m of sales.

He was MD when Wimpey and Tarmac executed the historic asset-swap in 1995, delivering the integration of their two substantial plant businesses, and played a key role in the de-merger that formed Carillion from Tarmac in 1999.

As Strategy Director for Carillion Plc from 2001 he led M&A, leading to the transformational acquisitions and integrations of Mowlem in 2006 and Alfred McAlpine in 2008, increasing the size of the business from £2bn to £5bn sales.

Professional Experience

  • Fellow of ICE
  • Corporate development
  • Business management
  • Operational delivery

Sector Experience

  • Public sector
  • Private sector
  • Construction & Services
  • UK & International

Personal Strengths

  • Clear strategic thinker
  • Workshop facilitation
  • People engagement
  • Getting things done

2001 to 2013: Strategy Director, Carillion Plc

Reporting to the Group Chief Executive. Responsible for up to 200 staff in central functions. Engaged in all aspects of corporate life of a £5bn group.

1999 to 2001 – Managing Director, Carillion Contract Housing

Business sales of £100m per annum in social housing refurbishment and maintenance repairs. Responsible for 500 employees and many subcontractors.

1998 to 2001 – Managing Director, Tarmac Professional Services

Business sales of £70m pa including subsidiaries. Responsible for 1000 staff over dozens of offices and 4 countries.

1996 to 1998 – Managing Director, Castle Plant Services

£60m pa sales, responsible for 900 staff and operatives over 12 offices and depots.

1993 to 1995 – Director and General Manager, Neslo

£12m pa sales, responsible for 40 staff and 200 operatives over 5 offices.

1992 to 1993 – Assistant to Chief Executive, Tarmac Construction

A tremendous learning experience, working on many corporate issues and programmes.

1984 to 1992 – Engineer and Section Manager at Tarmac

Working on construction projects across the UK, including 1 year design experience at Arup.