Board of Directors
Chairman and Non-Executive Director
A qualified chartered accountant, Kevin spent two years in merchant banking before joining the UKs leading private equity business, 3i plc. In a 17 year career with 3i, Kevin built and developed several successful investment teams across the UK and led transactions in a wide range of sectors, many leading to profitable exits or successful stock exchange listings. He also held a number of leadership and management positions including latterly managing director, UK Private Equity. He left in 2004 and, in the last six years, he has served as an independent chairman or non-executive director on 14 boards. Of these, he has taken three to a public listing to raise capital or deliver an exit for shareholders, has sold eight in line with shareholder strategy and orchestrated a secondary MBO of two. Kevin is currently chairman of each of AIM-quoted Valiant Petroleum plc, and of Mono Global Group Limited. He also currently serves as an independent director of David Lloyd Leisure Group. He was chair of the audit 28 committee and senior independent director of Booker plc, a £3.5 billion revenue wholesale cash and carry business, when it floated on AIM in June 2007. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1982 and has attended Management and Business Development courses at INSEAD, IESE and Ashridge.
Steve founded the Group in 1995. Prior to starting the business, he spent 14 years with British Gas Transco (now NGT) working within the engineering function with specific responsibility for gas pipelines and meter assets. He then moved on to work for Shell UK as Commercial Manager (Scotland) responsible for all commercial aspects of the marketing of natural gas to consumers. Steve became the recognised expert on contract development under the Network Code regime and was also responsible for setting up systems and procedures for the management of gas connection projects. Steve is a professional engineer and also has a Masters Degree in Corporate Leadership, studying both at Emory University, Atlanta and Napier University, Edinburgh, graduating with distinction in 2006.
Chief Executive Officer
Alan has responsibility for business growth, client management and business operations. Prior to joining SMS in 2004, Alan worked for Scottish Power and in 1997, gained approval to establish its regulated gas transportation and metering business, SP Gas Ltd, which under his management grew to become a major iGT in the UK. He gained considerable experience in utility asset ownership, as well as supply and shipping activities. Working within very complex and regulated frameworks, his position required a full understanding of utility business activities such as customer recruitment, licensing, regulation, safety, commercial, IT, investment and financial policies. Prior to this Alan was a director of an international energy consultancy practice specialising in energy utilisation and design. In addition to adding valuable experience to the overall business, during his tenure with SMS Group Alan has successfully implemented a restructuring and systemising of the Group's activities, as well as successfully gaining and retaining new customers and contracts. A professionally qualified engineer, Alan places strong emphasis on safety, operational performance and financial accountability. He also places great importance on training of staff members to ensure they are receptive and adaptable to business needs and operate to a high level of efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Glen joined the SMS Group in 2009 as a business accountant prior to assuming his current role as Finance Director. A qualified Accountant and experienced financier, he provides the business with the structure and controls to diligently manage and report on all business activities. Glen has key responsibility for financial reporting, business plan modelling and business performance monitoring and reporting against the plan. Glen qualified with French Duncan in 1995 and in 1997 joined Shin-Etsu Handotia Europe as an accountant, with responsibilities including treasury management, budgetary control, monthly branch accounts and management accounting. He later joined Gilchrist & Company (which merged with Baker Tilly in May 2009) as a senior manager responsible for a team of five delivering accountancy, audit, corporate finance and VAT services.
Nigel has served in various management positions within corporate finance departments of investment banking firms. He began his career in 1976 at Kleinwort Benson, working in both London and New York. From 1985 to 1989, he was a managing director in the corporate finance department of S.G. Warburg, New York. Between 1989 and 1991, Nigel served as managing director of the corporate finance department of Kidder, Peabody International where he was responsible for overseeing European mergers and acquisitions. From 1991 to 1995, Nigel was a director of MacArthur & Co. Limited, following which he worked for Columbus Asset Management between 1995 and 1999 and Value Investing Partners, Inc. between 1999 and 2000. From 2000 to the present day, he has been a director of RP&C International, an investment banking firm providing specialist advisory services to public and private companies. Amongst other directorships, Nigel currently serves as chairman of AIM - quoted Maple Energy plc and is a member of Maple Energy plc's audit committee on which he acts as chairman. He graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.