The Ramboll Foundation was set up in 1972 with the purpose of establishing a self-owned firm, an enterprise that should be governed by its employees. Or to put it metaphorically, a company owned not by external financial capitalists but by the internal, intellectual capital. The Ramboll Foundation is an independent Danish enterprise foundation with philanthropic obligations. It represents the majority ownership of the Ramboll Group.
Specifically, the Ramboll Group structure consists of three impartial and unprejudiced governance levels:
- The Foundation Board (Trustees)
- The Group Board of Directors (Non-Executive Directors)
- The Group Executive Board (Executive Directors)
Two-tiered board system
The Group Board of Directors and the Group Executive Board represent the two-tiered board system responsible for the operation of the business as independent bodies. The boards have different roles according to the Nordic tradition for enterprise governance and leadership:
- The Group Board of Directors has the overall responsibility for the management of Ramboll.
- The Group Executive Board is responsible for the daily organisation, operation and development of Ramboll.
Group leadership team
The Group Leadership Team comprises our Group Executive Board and Managing Directors of Ramboll's principal business units. The Group Leadership Team is the coordinating body of the Ramboll Group.
Corporate Management comprises the leaders of the Ramboll Group’s strategic and operational functions.
UK Leadership team
Managing Director, UK – Mathew Riley
Executive Director, Transport – Dan Harvey
Executive Director, Buildings – Andrew Henderson
Executive Director, Finance & IT – Neil Sansbury
Managing Principal, Environment & Health – Phillipa Spence
Director, Energy – Mike Wheeler
HR Director – Dan Forbes-Pepitone
Ensuring professionalism, independence and external input
The Foundation Board has decided that Trustees should serve on neither the Group Board of Directors nor the Group Executive Board. To ensure professionalism, independence and external input into Ramboll’s operation, the Group Board of Directors elected by the owners must primarily be composed of externally recruited professionals from different industries and institutions. These professionals will be selected so that they represent a proper diversity both regarding seniority and gender as well as the commercial and international nature of our business.