Christopher Cole is the Non-Executive Chairman and founder of WSP Group Plc (‘WSP’), a leading global engineering and environmental consultancy. Chris held the post of Chief Executive Officer at WSP between 1987 and 2012, and in that time grew the Company both organically and by acquisition to become a market leader employing over 10,000 people across 40 countries. Most recently, Chris led the merger of WSP with Genivar Inc and has become the Chairman of the enlarged entity, now named WSP Global Inc. WSP Global now trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker WSP with turnover in excess of CAD $2bn.
Chris is also Non-Executive Chairman of Ashtead Group Plc (FTSE 100). He is a Chartered Engineer and Chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers.