Duncan was appointed to his current role in the Wates family office (owners of the £1Bn turnover construction group which bears their name) in April 2008, and was recruited to work very closely with family members to help create the infrastructure and support for an actively engaged owners group. A major part of the role has been to help complete a highly successful transfer of ownership between 3rd and 4th generations of family owners.
He had previously been Chief Operating Officer for South East England Development Agency (SEEDA). In this role he had responsibility for the Development and Infrastructure Division of the Agency as well as Finance, HR, IT and Performance Development.
Before joining SEEDA, he was Commercial Director on the NHS LIFT program for Carillion plc, and was involved in other PFI/PPP initiatives. Prior to that, from 1997 to 2002 he was Managing Director of Hong Kong Land Infrastructure, during which period he built a new team to conduct this business, and completed a number of investments in major transportation, power, water, telecoms and logistics projects.
Duncan serves on Whiteley’s Audit and Compliance and Strategy and Development Committees.