Our leadership team heads up a business of talented, experienced and committed professionals working together in a collaborative and entrepreneurial 'One Team' culture.
Chief Executive Officer Neil Penhall
Neil has been with the business since 1995 and is the Chief Executive of SLR Global Limited and a director of a number of its subsidiaries with overall responsibility for the strategic direction and management of the group. Prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2013, Neil was responsible for all international operations outside of the Americas (Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific). In addition to leading and directing the strategic growth, operations and diversification of the business, Neil had previously been Managing Director of the UK business from 2001 to 2009. Neil qualified as a mining engineer and has more than 30 years of experience in international environmental consultancy.
Chief Operating Officer Peter Skinner
Peter leads on operational management and growth in SLR, providing leadership and working closely with the Regional Managers and their service line and sector teams. He has been a consultant for 35 years in geotechnics and environment, and alongside his leadership roles he has significant experience in both project management and client development.
Chief Financial Officer Andy Bolter
Andy is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of SLR having joined the firm in May 2020. Previously Andy was the UK CFO of SOCOTEC, the environmental testing and inspection services group. He has also held senior financial leadership roles with Environmental Scientifics Group, where he was CFO, and Lafarge Tarmac.
Chairman Graham Elton
Graham joined SLR as Non-Executive Chairman in 2018. He ran Bain & Company’s EMEA Private Equity business from 2005-18 and is now Chairman. He is also Chairman of Pageant Media, Capital Economics and Lane, Clark and Peacock. Prior to joining Bain as a Partner he ran businesses for United Business Media and Pearson and worked at The Boston Consulting Group. Graham has a degree in Modern History from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Group Support Services Peter MacKellar
Peter joined the Board of SLR in January 2015 and is Group Support Services Director with responsibility for Health & Safety, Quality, Environment, Business Processes and Systems, IT, and Risk. Peter joined SLR from Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), part of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., where he was Chief Operating Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Peter gained a Civil and Structural Engineering honours degree at Sheffield University, holds a diploma with distinction in engineering management from Bristol University, and is a graduate of Insead Business School in France.
Chief HR Officer Helen Brown
Helen joined SLR in 2018 and moved onto the SLR Board in January 2020. She has executive responsibility for all aspects of the people agenda across the business globally. Helen has 30 years of experience in engineering, management consultancy and HR roles. Prior to joining SLR, Helen worked for Esso Petroleum, IBM and The Boston Consulting Group.
Helen has a Chemical Engineering degree from Imperial College, London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Strategic Development Director Jonathan Crane
Jonathan has responsibility for strategy development, M&A, business integration and marketing and is an executive member of the board. He joined SLR after 10 years at 3i Private Equity where he was a Partner, led the global Industrials sector and was on the boards of Element Materials Technology, MKM and Aspen Group. Prior to 3i, Jonny spent 11 years at Bain & Company in both London and San Francisco where he helped to develop and deliver strategies for a range of leading companies.
Regional Manager - US Jeanine Armstrong Gouin
Jeanine is SLR’s US Regional Manager and serves as President of SLR International Corporation in the US. Prior to its acquisition in 2020, Jeanine was Vice President and Managing Director of Milone & MacBroom, Inc., where she was a consultant for 26 years. In addition to her leadership roles, Jeanine’s technical background spans Water Resources Engineering, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, and Regulatory Compliance, including extensive flood mitigation and stream restoration. She has been a practising a licenced civil engineer for over 30 years.
Regional Manager - Europe Alan Edwards
Alan is the leader of SLR’s European Region and works closely with SLR’s Executive & European Management Teams to strategically develop and grow SLR’s operations in Europe. He has over 30 years’ experience as an environmental consultant, working across a variety of industries, and a hydrogeologist with particular experience and knowledge of karstic and peat environments. He has also held various senior leadership positions for the past 15 years.
Regional Manager - Canada Craig Johnston
Craig is responsible for the growth and operational management of SLR’s Canadian region. Over his 25+ year consulting career, Craig has held operational, technical and sector focused leadership roles within the environmental consulting sector. In addition to his leadership role, Craig’s technical background is in hydrogeology where he focuses on the areas of groundwater supply development and protection, contaminant hydrogeology, and impact assessment related to resource development projects.
Regional Manager - Asia-Pacific Paul Gardiner
Paul is SLR’s Asia-Pacific Regional Manager with over 30 years’ national and international experience across the private and public sectors. During his career, Paul has led and developed high performing teams globally as they venture into new markets growing businesses both organically and through mergers and acquisitions. Since joining SLR in late 2016, Paul has led the growth and diversification of the Asia-Pacific business through the addition of new technical disciplines and geographic locations to address changing market conditions and business development opportunities. Paul is also a member of Consult Australia’s Male Champions of Change group and is committed to actively promoting gender equality across SLR in the Asia-Pacific region and also more broadly in the consulting sector.
Regional Manager - Africa Rob Hounsome
Rob is SLR’s African Regional Manager and has more than 25 years’ experience as a leader responsible for consultancy teams across diverse engineering and scientific disciplines in multiple locations. In addition to his leadership roles, Rob has extensive experience in undertaking complex Environmental and Social Assessments, Due Diligence studies and fulfilling Environmental Technical Advisor roles for projects in their developmental or operational phases. His global experience includes leadership and project delivery in more than 30 countries mainly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has particular technical expertise is in the Industrial, Energy and Mining sectors and has led teams focused on the Infrastructure and Built Environment markets.
Non-Executive Director Robert Leeming
Robert is a partner at Charterhouse and was appointed to the SLR board in June 2018. He joined Charterhouse in 2007. He was formerly a partner at EPIC Private Equity, prior to which he worked on due diligence and strategy assignments at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Robert has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Non-Executive Director Chris Warren
Chris is a partner at Charterhouse and was appointed to the SLR board in June 2018. He joined Charterhouse in 2013 having previously spent ten years with ECI Partners where he completed a number of transactions across a wide range of sectors.
Prior to ECI, Chris worked at BC Partners and before that as a consultant with COBA in their Strategy and Private Equity group. Chris has a degree in PPE from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.