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Keith Clarke

Keith Clarke
Chair
Future Cities Catapult

Keith trained as an architect in Brighton and received a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He worked for the New York City government in economic development, primarily on low income and minority employment issues.

After ten years, Keith returned to the UK to work for Olympia & York as VP Planning on Phase 2 of Canary Wharf and Heron Quay.
In 1992 Keith joined Trafalgar House to run their construction companies worldwide.

In 1996, Trafalgar House was taken over by Kvaerner and Keith continued to work for them as a senior executive team member responsible for construction activities in the UK, Poland, Czech Republic, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, China and the Middle East.

In 2000 Kvaerner Construction was acquired by Skanska AB and Keith took on the role of Executive Vice President within company’s Senior Executive Team taking responsibility for all the business activities of Skanska in the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic.

In 2003, Keith joined WS Atkins, as Chief Executive, retiring in August 2011.

Keith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011 for services to the engineering and construction industry.

Today he continues to use the experience he has gained during a career spanning over 40 years to work with a number of businesses and organisations in a non-executive or advisory position.

Current positions include:

  • Chair – Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc
  • Chair – Tidal Lagoon Plc
  • Chair – Forum for the Future
  • Chair – Future Cities Catapult
  • Non-Executive Director – Sirius Minerals plc
  • Visiting Professor for Sustainable Design, Aston University
  • Advisory Board Member- Environmental Change Institute, Oxford
  • Chair of Advisory Panel – ICIF (International Centre for Infrastructure Futures) at UCL.

Past Positions include:

  • Adviser to Qatari Government 2011-2014
  • Chief Executive, W S Atkins Plc 2003-2011
  • Non Exec Director, British Standards Institute 2011-2014 and Chair of Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit Committee
  • Adviser, Pell Frischmann
  • Chaired Low Carbon Construction, Innovation & Growth Team (until Chief Construction Adviser was appointed)
  • Member CBI Climate Change Panel
  • Chairman Construction Industry Council (previously chair of CIC Health and Safety Committee)
  • Chairman, Major Contractors Group
  • President Lighthouse Club (construction industry charity)
  • Member, National Employment Panel
  • Governor, Strand on the Green Junior and Infant Schools (chair of finance committee)
  • Adviser – Infrastructure UK
  • Member Remuneration Committee – Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Vice President (Learned Society) – Institute of Civil Engineers

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