David Williams appointed Chairman of Shepherd Group

David Williams has been appointed Chairman of Shepherd Group.  Mr Williams joined the Shepherd Group Board of Directors in March as part of a planned succession to Alan Fletcher, who has stepped down after almost 13 years as  Chairman.

Mr Fletcher joined the Board in 1994 and was appointed Deputy Chairman two years later, becoming Chairman in 2001. He will remain on the Group Board as a Non-Executive Director but will not stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting in October and will leave the Group at that time.

Deputy Chairman, Patrick Shepherd, paid tribute to Alan Fletcher’s contribution to the Group’s success. He said: “Shepherd Group has made significant progress over the past two decades thanks to Alan’s vision and sound judgment. His inspirational leadership leaves a strong legacy. I would like to thank him for his unstinting dedication in ensuring a bright outlook for the Group.”   

Mr Fletcher commented: “I am proud to have played a part in Shepherd Group’s development over the past 20 years and in helping to secure its future success with the appointment of David Williams. I know I will be passing the baton to a safe pair of hands; David has a wealth of experience in relevant sectors and has quickly won the respect and confidence of colleagues. It has been a privilege to lead a business with an acknowledged reputation for quality and integrity and which consistently demonstrates excellence in its people, its products and its services. I wish everyone at the company well for the future.”

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, David Williams began his career with the British Ship Research Association (BSRA) as a naval architect, working on a Swan Hunter project.

He later gained experience of engineering and construction with WS Atkins and Taylor Woodrow before a period in the private equity industry with 3i, where he rose to the position of Regional Managing Director.

More recently, his international experience has been reinforced with roles as CEO at Serimax SAS of France and at Logstor AS of Denmark.  These are service and manufacturing businesses in the oil, gas and district heating infrastructure industries, both of which enjoyed considerable global growth and development under his leadership.

He is currently Chairman of Frog Capital, a family business investment vehicle based in London and Ramco Services, which services the oil industry and is based in Aberdeen.

Mr Williams is also a graduate of the London Business School. He is married with two grown up children and is a keen motorcyclist and a fluent French speaker.


  1. The Shepherd business was founded in 1890 in York, where its head offices remain today. It is one of the largest and most successful family owned businesses in the UK, employing over 3,200 people.
  2. The Group’s operations in national and international markets include substantial companies in the built environment, engineering and manufacturing sectors. They comprise the following three Divisions:

Portakabin Group

Portakabin, Yorkon, Paton Plant, Allspace, Konstructa, Foremans and Oecon

Shepherd Group Built Environment

Shepherd Construction, SES, SES PRISM, Shepherd FM and Shepherd Homes

Shepherd Group Engineering

Portasilo Bulk Handling Systems and Portastor

Shepherd Group Contact:

Kurt Calder, Group Corporate Relations Manager

01904 650719 (Direct Dial) or email kurt.calder@shepherd-group.com.