Costain appoints new MD to head up natural resources division


Costain has appointed Sam White as managing director for its natural resources division, effective from January 2022

Sam White will replace current managing director Maxine Mayhew, who has held the position since 2019.

He will be responsible for managing the water, energy and defence sectors as well as Costain’s consultancy proposition.

White joins from Babcock International Group, where he held various leadership roles over the past nine years, most recently as managing director for defence.

Prior to this role, White was managing director for Babcock Networks and Equipment Support, responsible for engineering services across the rail, power, aviation and automotive sectors in the UK, Europe, North America and South America.

Before joining Babcock, he worked for BAE Systems in a number of commercial, strategy and programme delivery roles.

‘Developing strategic client relationships’

Alex Vaughan, chief executive officer at Costain, said: “Sam brings a wealth of experience across defence, energy and engineering services and has a strong track record in developing strategic client relationships and delivering enhanced business performance and growth.

“I am delighted to welcome him to our team. Maxine leaves us after four years and I would like to thank her for her hard work and support and wish her well for the future.”

Sam White commented: “I’m excited and proud to be joining a company with the heritage and pedigree of Costain.

“At a time when customers are driving transformational change to meet the UK’s ambitious sustainability commitments, I’m looking forward to working with the natural resources team to build stronger market positions and accelerate growth across water, energy and defence”


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