Interserve appoints Alan Lovell as chairman

12 July 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Alan Lovell

Interserve Group has appointed Alan Lovell as its new chairman, succeeding Glyn Barker, who departs after leading the company since March 2016.

Interserve’s board was restructured in March last year, after Interserve Plc was delisted from the stock exchange and was put into a pre-pack administration, with the business sold to a newly incorporated company controlled by the group’s lenders.

At the time, Barker agreed to stay on as interim chairman until a successor was appointed, with the company appointing headhunters Heidrick & Struggles to lead the search.

Lovell has specialised in the construction and energy sectors during his career, working at Tamar Energy, Infinis, Jarvis, and Costain Group, and four years as national chair of the Consumer Council for Water.  Alan also brings valuable commercial and board experience. His other current roles include chairman of Safestyle UK and the senior independent director of insulation supplier SIG.

Debbie White, chief executive officer, Interserve Group, said: “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Glyn for his service as chairman of Interserve. His leadership of the board and valuable counsel has been vital during a period of significant challenge and change for the group.  

“We are delighted to welcome Alan to Interserve. He brings a wealth of experience and has a strong track record of business improvement and transformation.”

Alan Lovell said: “I am pleased to be joining Interserve at this exciting time. I look forward to working with the board, and with Debbie White and her executive team, to continue delivering Interserve’s transformation and to capitalise on the significant opportunities ahead for the group as a best-in-class partner to the public and private sector.

“It is a privilege to succeed Glyn, who during his time at Interserve has made a tremendous contribution to the group. I wish him the very best for the future."

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