Chief Executive Officer
John was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. He joined the business in 2003 as a civil engineer and developed a broad range of experience working across the company’s key sectors and capabilities.
John has worked on notable projects such the London power tunnels for the Olympic Park project in 2012, as well as the South Wales expansion pipeline for National Grid. Following his time on projects, he successfully led the Murphy business across the North of England as managing director, and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2017. He is a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers, and recently completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme. John is the grandson of our founder John Murphy and also represents the company on a number of joint venture boards both in the UK and abroad.
Chief Operating Officer
An experienced senior executive with a strong track record in transformational leadership, strategic business development and building high-performing teams, Peter joined Murphy in early 2017 as Managing Director (south).
January 2018 saw Peter become our Chief Operating Officer, drawing on more than 25 years’ experience in the construction and infrastructure industry both in the UK and overseas to focus on our winning and delivery of projects. He has successfully delivered many large and complex engineering and transportation projects throughout the UK, Australia, Far East, South America and Canada, becoming renowned for his ability to work collaboratively with clients to achieve best-for-project outcomes. Peter is also a statutory board director of J. Murphy & Sons Limited and is our senior executive representative on several industry Boards.
Chief Financial Officer
David is the Chief Financial Officer responsible for the financial management of the Group’s activities with particular focus on financial control, performance reporting, balance sheet management and information provision.
David is a qualified chartered accountant with 30 years’ experience in audit and operational finance. His early career saw him spend eight years at KPMG in London, before moving on to develop his blue chip experience at Citibank, Barclays and Serco Group. He joined Murphy from Serco in 2016, where he was he was Divisional Finance Director for the £1bn AMEAA region and the £1.6bn UK Central Government Division following its creation in 2014. David also has overseas experience having been on secondment to KPMG’s Sydney office for two years and spending four years in Delhi with Serco.
Company Secretary and GC
J P Murphy joined the business from private practice in June 1992 as the company’s sole in-house legal adviser. He is responsible for the legal, security and governance matters in the business and sits on the Group Executive Committee.
His career has evolved with the growth of the business over the last 27 years encompassing the major transactions that have underpinned its growth. This includes property acquisitions and business acquisitions in the UK and incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures in the UK, Australia and Canada. In his role as Company Secretary to the Board, he has assisted the Non-Executive Chairman in the establishing the corporate governance which now underpins the decision-making process in the business He also acts as secretary to the Audit, Risk and Opportunity and Remuneration Board Committees to support the non-executive directors’ oversight of the business.
Group Commercial Director
Chris brings over 35 years’ experience in commercial leadership to Murphy. He has a sharp commercial focus across the estimating and planning & project control functions across the business.
He has joined us from Capita Property and Infrastructure, leading and growing the business from start up to a top five UK property and infrastructure business. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveying and also sits on the Editorial Advisory Group for the RICS Construction Journal and regularly publishes articles.
Group Strategy & SHES Director
John has worked in various executive roles in the construction industry over the past ten years, and possesses strong credentials in strategy, business development, sustainability and governance.
At Murphy, John leads the Strategy and SHES functions across the business. He works with the CEO and other Executives to set and drive the medium to long-term strategies of the business and oversees our business development, work winning, and marketing and communications activities. With respect to SHES, this involves taking the lead for Safety, Health, Environmental, Sustainability and Quality Assurance, managing the SHES team, embedding SHES leadership in Murphy, setting SHES standards and expectations, and continuously monitoring performance. An experienced leader, John has a proven track record of driving change and delivering results in the infrastructure and energy markets. He is also a chartered civil engineer and health and safety professional.