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) and a Non-Executive Director at Johnson Matthey PLC.

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 an MA in Engineering, an MBA and is a Chartered Engineer. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of EDF Energy Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, with effect from 1st November 2017 and is Non-Executive Chairman at Renewi PLC.

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