Harvey Francis, executive vice president, Skanska UK


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Francis is a board member of Skanska UK and a member of the executive management team

He has functional leadership responsibility for human resources and communications across 6,000 employees. He is also chairman of the Skanska pension trustee board and a member of Skanska’s ethics committee and project tender review board.

Skanska has won Construction News’ Employer of the Year Award and Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award, was a finalist for the HR magazine Excellence Awards' HR Team of the Year, and was highly commended for HR Team of the Year at the 2015 CIPD Awards.

Francis spent the early part of his career in retail management before moving into HR, working for House of Fraser, Virgin Group, BT and Pfizer before joining Skanska in 2007.

He was listed on HR magazine’s ‘Most Influential’ for the construction sector in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and was a previous finalist for HR magazine Excellence Awards' HR Director of the Year. He was a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment’s enquiry into driving modernisation and training in the built environment post-Brexit, and is a member of Construction Manager magazine's editorial advisory board.

In his role at Skanska Francis has driven significant change; including the development of organisational culture, values and structure, business ethics, and the introduction of a people strategy to guide the organisation through the recession and post-recession economic cycles. His specialties include business transformation, organisation development, culture change, people strategy, HR transformation, and talent management.

He is currently the executive lead for the design and delivery of Skanska UK’s ‘laser focus’ business transformation plan.

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