Staff Directory: Board of Directors

Cecil Duckworth CBE

Executive Chairman

Cecil Duckworth CBE arrived in Worcester in 1958 and over the last half a century has become a key figure in transforming Worcester and in recent years Worcester Warriors. Mr Duckworth is a highly skilled and successful businessman who qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in 1961 and the following year founded Worcester Engineering. In 1970 he launched the gas fired Combi boiler which revolutionised the marketplace and put the city firmly on the global map. He helped Worcester Heat Systems grow year after year until the company was sold to Bosch of Germany in 1992. Mr Duckworth has always recognised that he built his success with the help of Worcester people and has since dedicated huge amounts of time, effort and his own money into helping to improve the quality of life of people across the county.

He served as a Governor of Worcester Sixth Form College, Worcester College of Technology and Chairman of South Worcestershire Community Healthcare NHS Trust. He helped bring Acorns Children's Hospice to the city as one of the original benefactors and has developed a top sporting club for the city to be proud of with his guidance as chairman helping Worcester Warriors establish themselves as one of the top 12 clubs in the country.

In 1998 he also founded The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, an environmental charity dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the natural and built environments of the county. Its aims include making Worcester a safer and cleaner city and also relieving poverty among the disadvantaged people of the county.

Mr Duckworth has previously been awarded the Pride of Worcestershire Trophy and an OBE in 2005 for services to rugby and the environment in Worcestershire. He was handed the distinguished honour of Freeman of the City of Worcester in 2008. Mr Duckworth has awarded an CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2013.

John Crabtree OBE


Formerly senior partner of Wragge & Co, the Birmingham based international law firm, John is non-executive chairman of Metalrax Group Plc, Claimar Care Group Plc, SLR Holdings Limited, Investbx Limited, TruckEast Limited, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, Sense, the international charity for the deafblind and the Midlands advisory board of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander.

He is also a director of Staffline Recruitment Plc and Advantage West Midlands, a former High Sheriff of the West Midlands and immediate past president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Anthony Glossop


Anthony Glossop a Cambridge law graduate, qualified as a solicitor in 1967 after a short spell in the Metropolitan Police.

He joined specialist engineers Molins Limited as Assistant Company Secretary in 1969 and moved to Redman Heenan International PLC, then a capital goods engineering group, as Company Secretary in 1972. He became its Chief Executive in 1982 in the depths of the engineering recession of that period and steered its transformation into a property group with its reverse takeover in 1986 of Clarke St. Modwen Properties Limited and change of name to St. Modwen Properties PLC.

In the following years, with Sir Stanley Clarke its Executive Chairman, he built St. Modwen to become the UK's leading regeneration specialist. He became Chairman in 2004 a position he still holds although now strictly in a non-executive capacity.

Roger Murray


Roger was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Midlands Electricity plc and over the past ten years or so has held a number of non-executive directorships mostly in the West Midlands. He is presently a director of Warm Zones cic, a Newcastle based company and chairman of Care Farming West Midlands Ltd. He has been a director of WFRC (Trading) Ltd and Worcester Players Ltd since their formation in 1995.

Before professional rugby, Roger was involved with Worcester Rugby Club and chaired the committee that successfully won £1.2 million from the Lottery Sports Fund to enable the construction of the new stadium, the indoor training centre and the new club house. Roger was President of Worcester Rugby from 1998 to 2000.

He is a past vice chairman of the University of Worcester Board of Governors and is now a Fellow of the University. He continues his involvement with University affairs by sitting on the Endowment Committee. Roger can lay no claim to have played rugby at the highest level but he did turn out for his school, Norwich Colts, Norwich A and College. While living in Kent he played very social brand of rugby for Medway until his body stopped mending.

Bill Bolsover CBE


A Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management, Bill began his construction career in 1970 working in mining in Australia and the Koolan Islands, before joining Tarmac in 1974. He gained extensive industry experience and commercial expertise working in the Readycrete, Roadstone, Topmix and Quarry Products divisions.

In 1992, as Managing Director, he was responsible for developing the business through major strategic reviews which restructured operations and the management team. As Group Executive Director, in addition to heading up the Quarry Products and Topmix divisions, he also demerged the Building Materials business.

In 2000, Bill became Managing Director of Aggregate Industries' UK and European operations before being promoted to the position of Group Chief Executive in 2006. He became Non Executive Chairman on 1 April 2010.

Bill is a Lt Colonel of the Royal Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps RE(v) and a member of the Institution of Royal Engineers, as well as Chairman of the Construction Products Association (CPA), Vice-President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, a board member and trustee of the UK Green Building Council, a member of the Worshipful Company of Paviors, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a Freeman of the City of London, among other notable positions.

In 2009 Bill was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Leicester and in the 2011 New Year Honours List he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to the construction industry.

Richard Colley

Finance Director

Richard Colley is a senior corporate finance specialist with wide commercial experience in blue chip and international SME businesses in a range of industries. Previously a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he has a dynamic track record of leading, changing and driving growth and profits in businesses and is an expert in commercial financial management, combined with analysis and strategy.

His recent roles include Group Commercial Finance Director at LINPAC Group Limited, Group Finance Director at Clearview Traffic Group Limited, CFO at TSEU Group, and served as a Non Executive Director at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. He is currently non Executive Chairman of Coeval Group.

Married with three daughters, he has strong family ties to Worcestershire, including an uncle who played a season for Worcester Rugby Club as an injury replacement.

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