Mr. Cole has over 40 years of experience in the engineering and consulting services fields. He is a Chartered Engineer who joined WSP as a partner at its inception, becoming Managing Director in 1987. Under his leadership, WSP was the first engineering consultant firm to become a fully-listed public company in 1990, growing organically and through acquisitions from a single discipline U.K. consultant firm of 200 people to a 9,000-strong multi-disciplinary global player with two-thirds of its business outside the U.K. prior to the historic 2012 merger with Genivar. He has chaired the Board of WSP Global since that merger.
He also served as non-executive Chairman of Ashtead Group plc from March 2007, stepping down in September 2018 after 11 successful years. In 2014, he became non-executive Chairman of Applus Services SA and he is also currently the non-executive Chairman of Tracsis plc.