Meet the Directors

Richard McCarthy
Chair / Non Executive Director

Member of the Audit Committee

 Richard McCarthy

Richard joined Capita's Local Government, Health and Property Division as Executive Director for Central Government in February 2012. Prior to this he was the Director General, Neighbourhoods, at the Department for Communities and Local Government and their lead official for housing, planning, regeneration, local economies, climate change, building standards and the European Regional Development Fund.

Richard was also the Chief Executive of the Peabody Trust from 1999-2003 and held senior positions at the Horizon Housing Group and the Hyde Housing Association. Richard was the Chair of the National Housing Federation from 2000-2003 and is a past member of the JRF Housing and Neighbourhoods Committee.

He received a CBE in the 2009 New Years Honours for his services to housing and planning.

 

William Rickett
Independent Director

Chairman of the Audit Committee

 William Rickett

William is a former top civil servant with experience of working in the private sector as a non executive director. He has change management experience in creating the Department for Transport and the Department of Energy & Climate Change and five years' experience of working direct to the Prime Minister (Thatcher and Blair).

He has fifteen years' Board level experience in five Departments focusing on energy and transport. William's last post was as Director General, Energy at DECC, where he was responsible for the UK Energy Paper of 2007, the UK Renewable Energy Strategy of 2008 and the UK Lower Carbon Transition Plan of 2009.

Since leaving the civil service in 2009, he has been Chairman of Cambridge Economic Policy Associates and a non-executive director of Eggborough Power Ltd, Helius Energy plc, the National Renewable Energy Centre Ltd, Impax Environmental Markets plc and Greencoat UK Wind plc, as well as an adviser to Which? and a member of the Advisory Board of the Energy Policy Research Group at Cambridge. He was awarded the CB in the New Year Honours 2010.

Phil Male
Independent Director

Member of the Audit Committee

Phil Male

Phil has 20 years' experience as an Executive Director within FTSE companies. He has an extensive background in telecoms, media and Internet. He has operated in small start-ups through to large global companies and high growth environments.

Phil is currently Operating Partner at Lyceum, HIG and Others, advising on TMT sector transactions. Previously, he has held a number of senior posts including Executive Director at Demon Internet, Chief Operating Officer at THUS Group plc and Executive at Cable & Wireless Worldwide. Early in his career he was one of two founding directors of Computer Newspaper Services (CNS) which pioneered electric content in the media industry.

Steve Sharp
Non Executive Director

Member of the Audit Committee

Steve Sharp

Steve was appointed to the Capita Executive Board in October 2011.

He currently runs the Integrated Services Division, one of ten Capita Divisions. This Division contains many of Capita's large central Government contracts including DCC and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, as well as Capita's Indian operations.

Steve has a background in programme management and operations. He has worked for Capita for the last 14 years and during that time he has fulfilled many roles across Capita's largest contracts. He has worked in numerous sectors including Central and Local Government, Health, Pensions, the Financial Sector and Contact Centres.

Jonathan Simcock
Managing Director

Jonathan Simcock

Jonathan is a senior executive with over 30 years' experience of successful delivery in the energy sector and deep insight into the delivery of very large public sector programmes.

His background includes Vice President - Strategy and Portfolio at Shell Gas LPG; Vice President - Programme Management for Shell 'Downstream One'. He has also held senior posts at the Office of Government Commerce and CRI/Criterion Inc.

David Brown
Finance and Commercial Director

David joined Smart DCC as Finance and Commercial Director in September 2016. He is an Executive member on the Smart DCC Board and attends Audit Committee meetings.

David has had more than 20 years in commercial finance and has significant board and audit committee experience developed in a number of sectors, particularly within public/private partnerships. Between 2012-16, David was the Chief Financial Officer at Viapath, one of the largest independent providers of pathology services to the NHS - owned Guy's and St Thomas' NHS foundation trust, King's College Hospital NHS foundation trust and Serco plc. Prior to this he was Finance Director at Eurostar, the international high speed train operator owned by SNCF, London & Continental Railways and SNCB. Previously, David held senior finance roles at BSkyB and PwC.

A qualified chartered accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, David obtained a BSc honours degree in Business Finance and Economics from the University of East Anglia. David is also a non-executive trustee and Audit Committee chair of Mental Health Matters, a major national charity supporting people with learning disabilities, drug/alcohol issues and other problems.