Sustainable development roles and responsibilities

Meet the boards and teams who guide our sustainability agenda

The Willmott Dixon Group Holdings Board

Retains overall responsibility for sustainable development. Paul Smith, Divisional CEO of Willmott Dixon Support Services is Group Director with responsibility for sustainable development, and also chairs the Wilmott Dixon Re-Thinking Board. Jonathon Porritt, former chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, Founder Director and Trustee of Forum for the Future is a Non-Executive Director on our Holdings, Re-Thinking and Foundation Boards. Sustainable Development performance is reported monthly to the Holdings Board.

The Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking Board

Drives change which helps the business address the risks and opportunities of a low-carbon and sustainable built environment, and position Willmott Dixon as an industry leader in sustainable development. It reports directly to the Willmott Dixon Group Holdings Board.

The Willmott Dixon Foundation Board

Sets the strategic direction for our community investment work and monitors progress against our targets. The Board is chaired by Group Chief Executive, Rick Willmott, and, like the Re-Thinking Board, reports directly to the Group Holdings Board.

The Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking team

Develops, advises and supports the Group's sustainable development work, ensuring that strategy, policy, process and delivery are consistent across the Group, and implemented in line with leading industry best practice.

Roles and responsibilities

At Holdings Board level, Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive, takes responsibility for Community, Marketplace, Health and Safety and Employee Development, Engagement and Wellbeing.

Divisional CEO, Paul Smith, is responsible for Environment and Human Rights.

The sustainable development governance structure across Willmott Dixon provides a defined approach to managing sustainable development. Each of the Local Company Office (LCO) Boards has a director with responsibility for sustainable development. The directors are required to report performance monthly to their Board.

We have a network of people across the business with responsibility for sustainability. They include:

Holdings Board

  • Group Director with responsibility for SD

Local Company Offices/Businesses

  • Board Director with responsibility for SD


  • Sustainable Development Managers

Environment Forum

  • Environmental Managers

Sustainability Forum

  • Sustainability Managers

Community Forum

  • Community Managers

Construction, Housing and Interiors

  • Sites Waste Champions
  • Sites Community Champions
  • Sites Carbon Champions


  • Branch SD Champions
  • Branch Carbon Champions
  • Branch Community Champions
  • Branch Waste Champions

Importantly, our structures provide a two-way communication which allows employees across the Group to influence the development of policies and procedures, and recommend improvements where required.

We also engage staff each year formally in sustainable development issues through our annual staff survey.