Paul Lester, a resident of the United Kingdom, was appointed non-executive Chairman of Knight Square in April 2012 and has also been appointed Chairman of Essentra. He is a member of the Government’s Major Project Review Group and was chief executive of VT Group plc, the support services company, from July 2002 until its acquisition by Babcock International in July 2010.
Mr Lester was group managing director of Balfour Beatty plc, the international engineering, construction and services group, from 1997 to 2002, and chief executive of Graseby plc from 1990 to 1997. He has held senior management positions at Schlumberger and the Dowty Group plc.
Mr Lester is a former president of the Society of Maritime Industries.