Dr Charles Berry



In 2013, Charles Berry joined the board of Weir Group and was appointed chairman in January 2014. Coincidentally, Charles’ first paid job was a two-month apprenticeship at the Weir Group’s pumps division in Cathcart.

After this, he went on to study electrical engineering before joining Barr & Stroud, an optical engineering firm which was later taken over by Pilkington. He was kept on and the company paid to put him through a Masters degree from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He moved back to the UK in 1983 and spent a further seven years at Pilkington in management positions.

He then spent two years as group development director at Norwest Holst, the UK division of the French-owned construction conglomerate now known as Vinci.

In 1991 he was offered a job with ScottishPower and was named chief executive of their UK Division in 2000. He was also named chairman of Thus, ScottishPower’s telecoms subsidiary, which had just floated on the stock exchange.

He left ScottishPower in 2005 and took up a post as non-executive chairman at Drax Group plc. He also accepted a non-executive director post at Securities Trust of Scotland plc, which he held until 2013. In 2006 he became non-executive director and chairman at Eaga plc until it was taken over by Carillion in 2011. From 2007 to 2013 he was non-executive director of Impax Environmental Markets Plc. In 2012 he became non-executive chairman of Senior plc.

Charles is chairman of the ‘Brick by Brick’ capital appeal for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.

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