Henry Boot announces that Simon Carr of Henry Boot Construction (HBC) and Giles Boot of Banner Plant (BP) will be retiring from their roles as Managing Director (MD) on the 30 June 2021 following long and successful careers with the Group.


In their current roles, Simon delivered over a billion pounds of construction activity and increased statutory profit tenfold, with Giles repositioning BP client base and order book from an internal hire supplier to a business generating 94% of its turnover from the open market. Henry Boot thank them for both their hard work and significant contribution to the Group and wish them well in their well-deserved retirement.


After undertaking a thorough recruitment process for both roles, including internal and external candidates, the Group is delighted to announce that Tony Shaw - current Director of Henry Boot Construction will be promoted to the position of Managing Director and Jonathan Fisher will join the Group as the new Managing Director of Banner Plant. Both will become members of the Group’s Executive Committee.


Tony joined HBC as an apprentice in 1985, before working his way up to his current position as Director. As part of the succession planning, Tony has had increasing day to day responsibility for the senior leadership team at HBC and has led the recent refresh of HBC’s strategy. Tony will continue to lead on the evolution and development of a more focused, progressive strategy for HBC.


Jonathan joins the Group as the new MD of BP from Elliot, part of the Modulaire Group Company. Jonathan has extensive industry experience from his previous position as the UK Sales Director and will be tasked to continue leading on progressing the digitalisation of BP sales systems and growing its strong position within plant hire.


Simon and Giles are working to ensure there is a smooth transitional period before Tony and Jonathan take up their roles on 1 July 2021. Henry Boot is pleased to welcome Jonathan to the Group and wishes them both every success in their new roles.


Tim Roberts, CEO of Henry Boot PLC, said:
“In my relatively short time at Henry Boot, it has been a real pleasure working with Simon and Giles. Their contribution, over a long period of time, has been very significant. Aptly, we have a good mix of home grown, and fresh talent for these two important positions. I look forward to working with Tony and Jonathan as they take up their new roles.”


Simon Carr, Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction, said:
“It has been an honour to lead Henry Boot Construction as Managing Director, a culmination of a career spanning 33 years with the Company, where I have overseen both considerable growth and industry leading profit margins.


I also wish to place on record my thanks to all at Henry Boot for their immense talent, hard work, support and friendship, and am confident that, under the stewardship of Tony Shaw, the business will continue to go from strength to strength.”


Giles Boot, Managing Director of Banner Plant said:
‘I’m proud of the evolution and growth I’ve overseen at Banner Plant, as we’ve transitioned from an internal supply company to a commercially successful Plant Hire business.


As I leave the Company in great shape to face future challenges, my thanks and respect go to all the loyal members of my team who have contributed so much over the years.’