Lorne Stewart Group

Leading through partnership and collaboration

Our board

Possessing rich and diverse industry knowledge through the selection of the right people is key to keeping any business at the top of its game. Our board of directors has over 200 years of combined experience in the successful management of major organisations.

Tarek Abuzayyad

Tarek Abuzayyad

Group Chairman

Tarek joined the Board of Lorne Stewart Plc in 2006 as Chairman. He has over 20 years’ experience in M&A, private equity / venture capital and asset management for families and institutions. He was formerly a partner at Stanhope Capital for eight years, focusing on Merchant Banking as well as the Middle East Region and was also a Managing Director at Berggruen Holdings, a family office / private equity firm and a Director in M&A / Corporate Finance at Credit Suisse Group and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in both New York and London. Tarek is currently a director of Lorne Stewart, Smit Lamnalco, MH Luxe, Initial Capital and Orient Real Estate.

He is also a member of the advisory board of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

Tarek holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB Economics from Stanford University


Jacob Kurian

Group Director

Jacob Kurian joined the Board of Lorne Stewart Plc in 2009 as a Director. He has over 30 years experience in accounting and finance. Having worked for KPMG in the United Kingdom and subsequently with Dresdner Bank in Australia, he joined the Rezayat Group as CFO in 1992. He is a graduate in Accounting and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


P M Mathew

Vice Chairman

P M Mathew joined the Board of Lorne Stewart Plc in 2000 as Group Finance Director. He is professionally qualified and has over 35 years experience in accounting and finance. P M Mathew previously undertook a number of senior roles and gained broad experience working with other UK companies in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia/Kuwait/UAE/Qatar) namely BET Plc and Rentokil Initial Plc. In July 2016 he was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer.


Simon Roopchand

Group Chief Executive Officer

With over 26 years’ national and international experience in the Maintenance, Contracting and Energy Management industries, Simon brings foresight, creativity and innovation, to position LSG as the number one Engineering Support Services and Solutions provider in the UK.

Previously, Simon worked for global giant, Rezayat, as Executive General Manager of Facility Management & Energy Services, overseeing five successful Rezayat businesses in Saudi Arabia. He has the ability to respond and adapt flexibly and effectively to the rapid changes and opportunities within the industry, and brings expertise in sectors including Oil and Gas, Process, Power, Manufacturing and Building
Services.


Ramesh Krishnamurthy

Group Chief Financial Officer

Ramesh is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) with over 30 years of experience in related business and has held several senior positions during this period. Prior to joining Lorne Stewart, Ramesh worked as Financial Controller (Projects) with Aldar properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Aldar Properties PJSC is a real estate development, management and investment company with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with an annual revenue of £1.1bn.


Paul Hughes

Group Legal & Commercial Director

Paul joined the Board of Lorne Stewart Plc in 2012 having been with the group for over 10 years. Paul has acquired extensive commercial and legal experience in both Main Contracting and M&E Services having worked for some major construction companies. He is legally qualified and is a qualified arbitrator and adjudicator. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a fellow of the RICS, CIOB and CIArb.


Gary Worrall

CEO Lorne Stewart Engineering

Gary joined as an engineer and worked his way up to CEO of the Engineering Division of Lorne Stewart Plc, he has gained invaluable experience with over 30 years with the Company in both Regional and Divisional Management. Gary is a member of the Plc Board and currently leads a team of over 700 staff and operatives. He is enthusiastic and totally committed to playing a part in the future goals and aspirations of both Lorne Stewart and its Clients alike.


David Webb

Managing Director, Facilities Services

David's experience within Facilities Services spans 20 years and prior to this he served in the armed forces. More recently David was Director of Operations at SPIE Facilities Services, and before that, Operations Director at Imtech Inviron. In both roles, David had overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and growth of the Facilities Business and brings a wealth of experience with a credible track record of achieving results through highly effective teams.


Gary Heitmann

Managing Director, London & Midlands

Gary has a passion for technical and engineering solutions having spent his initial 13 years as a mechanically biased design engineer. Since then he has held both pre-construction and operational leadership positions. Gary now has 30 years’ experience in building services and joined Lorne Stewart in 2013, becoming a member of the PLC Board in 2017. Gary is currently Managing Director of Lorne Stewart Engineering offices in London and the Midlands.


Inbaraj Rajakumar

Group Company Secretary

Inbaraj Rajakumar joined Lorne Stewart Plc in 2001 as Corporate Financial Systems manager and became Company Secretary in 2011 handling Corporate Reporting, Taxation and Corporate Financial Systems. He has over 25 years’ experience in accounting, finance and systems. He started his career with Larsen and Tubro Ltd, Mumbai as Internal Auditor and joined a Middle East group in 1992 as Finance Manager. He holds a first class degree in Commerce and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (USA).