Board of Directors

Dr Neil Cross
Non-executive Chairman


Neil Cross was appointed a non-executive Director in 1997 and Chairman in 2006. He is Chairman of the Investment and Nominations Sub-Committees, a member of the Remuneration Sub-Committee and a Trustee of BMT’s Employee Benefit Trust.


Neil had 27 years’ experience with 3i Group Plc, latterly as Group International Director, and now holds a number of non-executive directorships and trustee positions. He is a past Chairman of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce and of the European Venture Capital Association.


Peter French
Chief Executive


Peter French was appointed Chief Executive in 2005. A maritime civil engineer by profession, he joined BMT in 1990, before which he was a partner in Peter Fraenkel & Partners.


Peter is also Chairman of the Society of Maritime Industries and of the International Transport Intermediaries Club, Vice President of the Association of Independent Research & Technology Organisations and of European Co-operation in Maritime Research, a member of the Business Advisory Board of Living With Environmental Change. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow and currently President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.


David McSweeney
Finance Director


With over 27 years' experience as a chartered accountant, David McSweeney was appointed Finance Director in 2001.


David enjoyed a successful accountancy career as a senior audit and corporate finance partner at Baker Tilly. He has helped many different types of business andspecialised in people businesses within the design, engineering and technology and property sectors, both as a trusted adviser and as a non-executive Director. His extensive experience of corporate finance and treasury matters has ranged from small owner managed businesses to large public listed companies in the FTSE 100 and on NASDAQ. David was a finalist in the Institute of Directors' 2012 "Director of the Year - large company section". He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and served as a member of its Technical and Practical Auditing Committee providing guidance to the profession.


Wendy Barnes
Non-executive Director


Wendy Barnes was appointed a non-executive Director in 2013 and is a member of the Audit Sub-Committee.


Wendy is presently a non-executive Director of OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water industry in England and Wales, of Foreign & Commonwealth Office Services and the Met Office. She is an external advisor to Templar Executives, who provide cyber security consultancy and training. Wendy was Interim Chief Operating Officer for the UK Government's Department of Energy & Climate Change and was previously a non-executive Director of the Board of the Ministry of Defence's Defence Equipment and Support organisation (DE&S) and a non-executive Director of two Government security departments. Prior to this Wendy spent eleven years with United Utilities and ten years with British Nuclear Fuels.


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