Executive Management Team

Bob Holt OBE

Executive Chairman

Bob was appointed as a Director and Executive Chairman of Lakehouse plc in July 2016. He is a member of the Nomination Committee. Bob is an experienced manager and developer of service businesses. In a career in the service sector spanning over 35 years he has an extensive track record of growing businesses and turning around underperforming companies. Bob provides experienced executive leadership to navigate the business through challenging market conditions whilst setting a clear strategic direction for the Group for the medium term. Bob is chairman of Mears Group PLC, a company in which he acquired a controlling interest in 1996. Mears Group floated on AIM in 1996 and moved to the Main Market in 2008. As well as his continued involvement with Mears Group, Bob also currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of DX (Group) Limited and Totally plc. Bob was awarded an OBE in January 2016.

Jeremy Simpson

Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy joined Lakehouse in April 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. Jeremy has broad finance experience and has held senior financial positions with a number of other public companies. Prior to joining Lakehouse, Jeremy was Group Corporate Development Director and UK Finance Director at Shanks Group plc between 2011 and 2014. Prior to that Jeremy held a number of senior roles at Hunting plc, Avery Dennison and Smiths Group. Jeremy is a qualified chartered accountant, having trained at Ernst & Young LLP. Jeremy is a trustee and treasurer of the single parent charity, Gingerbread.

Michael McMahon

Chief Operating Officer

Michael joined the Group in April 2014 following its acquisition of Everwarm. Michael has significant experience in the Energy Services sector and was a founding director of Everwarm. Michael has responsibility for the operational performance of the Group. Michael has significant experience in the Energy Services sector and was a founding director of Everwarm in 2011, which grew to become a profitable company with turnover of over £45.0m by the time of its acquisition by Lakehouse in April 2014. Prior to founding Everwarm, Michael was Group Operations Director at Eaga plc, leaving it shortly before it was acquired by Carillion plc.

John Lewthwaite

Managing Director, Compliance

John joined the Group in 2011 as operations director, and was appointed Business Improvement Director in 2013, and then Managing Director of Lakehouse Compliance in 2016. John has extensive experience as both an operational director and change director managing strategic change programmes. Prior to joining the Group, John worked with MITIE between 2010 and 2011. Between 2006 and 2010, John was Regional Director and Group Change Director at Connaught. Between 1988 and 2005, John worked at Mouchel. John is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. John has an MBA from Cranfield University.

Tony Rogers

Director, Property Services

Tony started his career working in his family’s roofing business before becoming a qualified bricklayer and then starting and managing his own construction business. Tony has over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry and 20 years in the social housing sector.

Garvan Foan

Divisional Director, Foster

Garvan started work as a Quantity Surveyor for Oxbury and Co in 1999,  undertaking a 5 year day release degree in Quantity Surveying.  He went on to work with the likes of Skanska, David Langdon and Hill Partnerships delivering schools, pharmaceutical laboratories, sports grounds, inner city developments, care homes but mainly housing.  Garvan joined Foster in 2012 as Commercial Manager, becoming Divisional Director in 2016.

Dean Ball

Managing Director, Construction

Dean joined the Group in February 1998 as a Contract Manager. Dean was appointed as Operations Director in October 2006 and has subsequently held the roles of Construction Director and latterly Managing Director, Construction. Dean is a building surveyor by background and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building. Prior to joining the Group, Dean held a senior building surveying role for 10 years with the London Borough of Newham and trained with Ashby and Horner.

Phil Tidmarsh

Group Commercial Director

Phil joined the Group in April 2009 as Estimating Director and in 2011 was appointed Pre-Construction Director. In April 2014, Phil became Group Commercial Director providing pre- and post-contract support to all Group companies. Between 1991 and 2009, Phil worked for Connaught, including as Estimating Director. Prior to this, Phil worked for the social housing refurbishment contractor, Edsa Industrial Coatings, and also for the International Division of HSBC. Phil is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and attended Brighton University where he obtained a number of Construction-related qualifications.

Simon Howell

Group Company Secretary

Simon joined Lakehouse in June 2014 as Group Company Secretary. Simon is an experienced company secretarial and legal professional, having held a number of such positions in quoted and private companies, including in the support services sector. Simon was Company Secretary and Head of Legal at May Gurney Integrated Services plc between 2009 and 2013. Prior to joining May Gurney, Simon was Company Secretary of UBC Media Group plc between 2000 and 2009. Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.