Serco Group plc Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is chaired by the Chief Executive and also comprises the Group Chief Financial Officer, Divisional Chief Executives and other selected corporate function heads.
Rupert Soames Group Chief Executive Officer
Rupert joined Serco as Group Chief Executive on 1 May 2014, tasked with turning around what was, at the time, a troubled business. Since then, Serco has been transformed into a specialist supplier of services to Government in Health, Defence, Transport, and Justice and Immigration. He joined Serco from Aggreko plc, the temporary power business, where he served 11 years as Chief Executive. During his tenure at Aggreko, the market capitalisation of the business increased from £450 million to over £5 billion.
Prior to Aggreko, he was with the software company Misys plc for five years, latterly as Chief Executive of its Banking and Securities Division. He spent the first 16 years of his career at GEC plc. He studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University and was President of the Oxford Union.
Rupert is currently senior independent director and a member of the audit, nomination and remuneration committees of DS Smith plc. He was also previously senior independent director of Electro components plc and a member of the remuneration, nomination and audit committees.
Rupert is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.
Angus Cockburn Group Chief Financial Officer
Angus joined Serco as Group Chief Financial Officer in October 2014. He was previously Chief Financial Ofﬁcer and Interim Chief Executive at Aggreko plc, Managing Director at Pringle of Scotland, and held senior finance positions at PepsiCo Inc. including Regional Finance Director for Central Europe.
Angus was also previously Senior Independent Director of GKN plc and a Non-Executive Director of Howden Joinery.
Angus is currently a Senior Independent Director and the Chair of the Audit Committee of Ashtead Group plc, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh.
Anthony Kirby Group Human Resources Director
Anthony has a wealth of experience from over 17 years at Compass Group Plc; he was most recently Group Workforce and Organisation Director, responsible for supporting over 40 countries and prior to this he was the HR Director for Europe and Japan. Additionally, Anthony has held other roles at Compass Group including Director of Group Labour Strategy as well as being responsible for shared services and operational HR Director roles across a number of sectors in the UK.
Anthony is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and holds Masters Degrees in both Strategic Human Resources and Employment Law & Industrial Relations.
Anthony is responsible for all elements of People Services across the Serco Group, as well as Group Transformation and Corporate Shared Services.
Mark Irwin Chief Executive Officer, Serco Asia Pacific
Mark was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Serco Asia Pacific in April 2013 following his appointment as Chief Operating Officer in January 2013.
He has extensive international experience in business and operations management, holding numerous senior leadership positions in state-owned, public and private equity business environments.
Prior to joining Serco, Mark was Chief Operating Officer for the China National Bluestar Group based in Beijing. In this role he was responsible for leading the operations of subsidiary companies in the group's $8 billion business portfolio. Prior to working in China, Mark spent 8 years in the United States working on multinational companies including General Electric, after commencing with GE in Australia.
Mark's formal education stems from Applied Science and Business, and includes a Master of Business Administration from the Victoria University.
David Dacquino Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Serco Americas
David (Dave) J. Dacquino serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Serco Inc., a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services to every branch of the U.S. military, numerous U.S. federal civilian agencies, the intelligence community, the Government of Canada, state and local governments, and commercial clients.
Dave oversees the $1 billion business with approximately 6,000 employees providing support in the areas of defense, transportation, citizen services, and health services. Dave brings to Serco more than 30 years of experience in the defense, aeronautics and technical services industry.
In his previous role at Serco, Dave served as Senior Vice President of the Defense Services business unit and oversaw the Company's work in the areas of ship and shore/base modernization, hardware integration, acquisition and program management, logistics support, and personnel readiness.
Before Serco, Dave served as President and CEO of SkyLink, a leading aviation and logistics service provider with international operations in over 60 countries. Previous roles included: CEO for the North America operations of VT Group, a technology integrator with a strong focus on C4ISR, transportation, logistics and facilities management; Vice President and lead executive of Raytheon Technical Services Company's integrated support solutions division; and an extensive career at Lockheed Martin, where he ultimately held the position of Vice President and General Manager of logistic services and oversaw more than 3,500 personnel at 75 locations worldwide.
Kevin Craven Chief Executive Officer, Serco UK and Europe
Born in Zimbabwe, Kevin was educated at St George’s College, Salisbury. After completing National Service, he studied at the University of Witwatersrand for a BSc Electrical Engineering.
His part time job at university, training and supplying students for the South African hospitality industry, became a full-time business in catering. This included a successful restaurant, food production company, and location catering division (mostly for television but including films such as Cry Freedom, and Red Scorpion.)
In 1991 Kevin, who is British, moved to the UK and ran a large leisure centre before moving into contract catering with Gardner Merchant in 1994. By 1997 he was Divisional Managing Director for Citation South, running a large portfolio of blue chip corporates, before heading up Sodexho Travel.
Kevin moved to ARAMARK in 2002 to head up Specialist Markets, supporting mainly public sector areas of Healthcare, Education, Defence, and Criminal Justice.
From 2006 he ran Balfour Beatty WorkPlace, the FM arm of the Group. After significant growth there, Kevin was promoted to CEO of the newly-formed Support Services division in January 2011.
Phil Malem Chief Executive Officer, Serco Middle East
Phil joined Serco Middle East in April 2019, as Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible in leading Serco's business in the Middle East region.
He joined Serco from Atkins where he most recently held the position of Managing Director of Engineering and Design in the Middle East & Africa (MEA). Phil was with Atkins for nine years, during which he also led the Transport and Infrastructure business, based in the Middle East, and previously the global Power Division.
Phil has over 25 years' experience in industry including significant leadership and operations in the energy sector, where he was a Nuclear Site Director in the UK.
David Eveleigh Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
David joined Serco in November 2015 as the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.
He leads on legal and commercial activities, the company secretarial function and on governance and compliance matters.
He has extensive experience in the IT and services businesses having held roles as General Counsel of the BT Global Services division of BT plc as well as senior counsel of DuPont de Nemours. David started his career in private practice at Ashurst the leading City law firm and he is a qualified solicitor. He attended Southampton University and he is a non-executive director of the Legal Services Board, the independent body responsible for overseeing the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales and a member of its Audit Committee.
Kate Steadman Group Strategy and Communications Director
Kate Steadman joined Serco as Group Strategy and Communications Director in February 2016. She is responsible for the further development of our strategy, as well as Marketing, Internal Communications, and leading our efforts to further develop Serco’s reputation as a valued and respected source of innovative thinking about the delivery of public services. Kate was previously Senior Vice President for Strategy for the Global Government & Agencies business of Sodexo Group, with a footprint across 80 countries.
Prior to this Kate was responsible for Strategy and Public Sector Development for Sodexo in the UK and Ireland. Until 2010, Kate was an adviser to senior politicians in the fields of Criminal Justice, Home Affairs, Legal Affairs, Prisons & Probation. She graduated from Cambridge University and was President of the Cambridge Union.