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GRS Group Board

Martin Hill – Chairman, GRS Group
Martin joined the original Galliford Road Stone business in 1985 as a Sales Co-ordinator. He quickly moved on to become Sales Representative for Northamptonshire and then Field Sales Manager before taking up a role as Board Director for the Midlands region within five years. He led the 1997 management buy-out that established GRS and was Managing Director until 2012 when he became Chairman.

Jon Fisher – Chief Executive Officer, GRS Group
Jon joined GRS during its formation in 1997 as a Sales Co-ordinator for East London based at Kings Cross. He then moved up to become Sales Representative for the same area before being appointed to the role of Regional Manager for London and South East. He was promoted to the GRS Board in 2007 as Southern Regional Director and, after leading a management buyout in 2012, took up the role of Group CEO.

Antony Beamish –  Managing Director, GRS Trading
Antony joined the company in 2002 as a Sales Co-ordinator for Hertfordshire based at Houghton Regis. He then progressed through several positions responsible for regional sales and business development. In 2008 he was appointed Regional Manager for London and South East, and joined the GRS Board in 2012 as Regional Director before taking on the MD role for GRS Trading.

Lee Hudson – Managing Director, GRS Building Products
Lee joined the business in 1999 as an internal sales co-ordinator for the GRS merchants’ division. He worked closely with the senior management team over the years developing the GRS loose aggregates and packed products businesses. In 2014 he was appointed to the board, becoming responsible commercially for GRS Bagging, and more recently took on responsibility for production and logistics.

Joe Gifford – Managing Director, Walsh
Joe has 25 years in the construction industry with particular expertise in earthmoving and civil engineering. After holding key roles with two well-known companies in the groundworks sector, Joe then set up his own business NEA Contracts in 2013 and worked alongside GRS on a number of projects in London and the Home Counties. In 2018 Joe joined the GRS Group to head up Walsh (following GRS’s acquisition of Walsh at the end of 2017) and became a Board Director in 2020.

Martin Reid  Group Chief Finance Officer
Martin has over 25 years' experience in the building materials sector. After starting his career with two major accounting firms followed by a stint with Rolls Royce, he joined Lafarge in 1996. He held senior positions in finance, strategy and business development, including three years as a JV Director of GRS Bagging. From 2010 he took up international roles with Lafarge in France, the Philippines then UAE, before returning to the UK to join GRS as Group CFO in 2016.

Liam Charalambou – Group General Counsel
Liam is is a solicitor and member of the Law Society who spent the first part of his career in private practice with Pinsent Masons LLP before moving into construction materials in 2011 with Aggregate Industries (part of Holcim). Whilst at AI he was instrumental in numerous deals including the Rail Freight Services joint venture with GRS (where he sat on the RFS Board). He joined GRS in 2018, bringing with him strong commercial acumen, and is responsible for legal affairs, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, company secretarial and insurance.

Martin Riley – Senior Vice President, CRH and Non-Executive Director
Martin has 30 years' experience in the heavy materials industry. He started his career at Tilcon, where he held several management positions. When Tilcon became part of leading materials group Tarmac, Martin took on senior roles including general manager then executive director of Tarmac’s aggregates and asphalt businesses. After Tarmac was acquired by the CRH Group in 2015, he was appointed to lead the business and more recently became Senior Vice President for Performance (Strategic Operations) for CRH.

Dyfrig James – Non-Executive Director
Dyfrig joined Redland in 1994 where he served in several senior positions and, after Lafarge's takeover in 1998, became MD for Aggregates in 2003. He was then Regional President for Northern & Central Europe from 2007 to 2011, responsible for business in 10 countries with a turnover of €1.4bn. From 2012 as CEO of Lafarge UK he was instrumental in the formation of Lafarge-Tarmac . He has been involved with GRS for 30 years and joined the board in 2014 to support its ambitious growth plans. Dyfrig is a strong advocate of improving health and safety and a passionate believer in the construction industry's contribution to a sustainable world.

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