Non-executive chairman

Colin Matthews CBE FREng


Appointed Chair of Highways England in December 2014.

Previously, Colin was appointed Chair of the Highways Agency in July 2014, he was also Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport (formerly BAA).

Colin’s employment record also includes: Chief Executive, Severn Trent Water PLC; Chief Executive, Hays PLC; Managing Director, Transco Ltd; Engineering Director, British Airways PLC.

He holds a MA in Engineering, an MBA and is a Chartered Engineer. He is also Non-Executive Director at Johnson Matthey PLC and at Shanks PLC and Non-Executive Chairman at Shanks PLC with effect from 1 April 2016.

Non-executive chairman

A non-executive chairman leads the Board, oversees relationships with the shareholder, provides advice and brings an external perspective to business.

Previous roles in government

  1. Non-executive chairman

    • 2014 to 2015