Leadership Team

The Hargreaves Services plc Board of Directors leads the organisation - and the Group Executive team is responsible for the operational management of the company.

Board of Directors

Hargreaves Services Roger McDowell Non-Executive Chairman Joined 2018

Previously: After university, Roger spent his executive career in his family’s business, pipeline products distributor Oliver Ashworth. He was Managing Director for eighteen years, leading the business through dramatic growth (£1m to £100m turnover), main market listing and ultimate sale to St Gobain. Thereafter he took on Chairman or Non-executive roles in private-equity backed and listed businesses in a variety of sectors: engineering, manufacturing, waste management, renewable energy, financial services, IT and telecoms.

Currently: Roger currently serves as Chairman of Avingtrans plc, Flowtech Fluidpower plc and Brand Architekts Group plc. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Tribal Group plc, Proteome Sciences plc, Augean plc and British Smaller Companies VCT2 plc.

Hargreaves Services John Samuel Group Finance Director & Company Secretary Joined 2018

John is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with Deloitte & Co in 1981.

He became a partner with Baker Tilly in 1986, leaving that firm to join a client, Filtronic plc in 1991, leading its flotation in 1994.

John has served as finance director of a number of public companies subsequently, notably since 2006 at Renew Holdings plc.


Group Finance Director Filtronic plc, Chief Financial Officer Zetex PLC, Group Finance Director Renew Holdings plc.

Hargreaves Services David Anderson Group Property Director Joined 2018

David joined in 2018 as Group Property Director. Previously he was Managing Director of Henry Boot Developments, the property development subsidiary of Henry Boot Plc, which he joined in 1990, where he oversaw the expansion of the Company’s property development activities from a small regional commercial developer to a nationwide operation involved in virtually every property sector with an annual turnover of over £200 million.

Hargreaves Services Nick Mills Non-Executive Director Joined 2020

Nick joined in 2020 as Non-Executive Director. He has been employed by Harwood Capital LLP since 2019 after spending 5 years at Gabelli Asset Management in New York. He acted primarily as a Research Analyst covering the multi-industrial space and also gained experience in Merger Arbitrage strategies and marketing Closed End Funds. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Currently: Nick’s current directorships are Harwood Capital Management (Gibraltar) Limited and Growth Financial Services Limited.

Hargreaves Services Gordon Banham Group Chief Executive Joined 2001

Gordon joined Hargreaves in 2001, and was subsequently appointed as Group Chief Executive.

He led a management buyout in 2004, and the company’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange in the following year.

He has since guided a series of major acquisitions for the company.

Previously: Managing Director, F Banham Ltd (until 1994), General Manager, Charrington Fuels Ltd (1995), Distribution Director, CPL Group (1995-2001).

Hargreaves Services Nigel Halkes Non-Executive Director Joined 2015

Nigel read economics at Bristol University. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and was made a partner in 1988 at the age of 32.

Previously: He served 25 years as a partner, rising to become Managing Partner Markets for the UK & Ireland, responsible for the firm’s growth strategy, relationship with major clients and the business development function. He served some of the firm’s largest clients, including auditing British Coal in the period up to privatisation. He served three years as an elected member of the CBI London Council. He retired from Ernst & Young at the end of 2013 to pursue a portfolio non-executive career spanning the public, private & charitable sectors.

Currently: Sits on the board of Visit England and Tribal Group plc.

Hargreaves Services Chris Jones Non-Executive Director Joined 2020

Chris joined in 2020. He is a property consultant and chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ direct experience working with a broad range of organisations within the UK investment and development sectors of the commercial property market. As a founding partner of his investment practice - Christopher Dee, based in Manchester, he has provided advice to a range of private and institutional clients on all aspects of commercial property investment, development and funding work. Chris retains a role within Christopher Dee to manage a UK wide unit linked property investment fund, where he reports directly to their board on all strategic matters.

Currently: Chris’ current directorships/partnerships are with Christopher Dee LLP, The Creative Property Group Ltd, Doon Villa Holdings Ltd, Witton Street Nominee 1 Limited and Witton Street Nominee 2 Limited.