Paul Raby, group HR director, Balfour Beatty
Raby has been group HRD for Balfour Beatty, an international infrastructure group, since 2005
The group employs more than 30,000 people across three continents and is the UK’s biggest contractor. Raby is responsible for the group’s people strategy and practice, including reward, succession, leadership development, talent management and capability development. He helps ensure that policies are aligned to support the business in achieving its vision and goals through attracting and developing the people to deliver on iconic projects.
Raby has been at the heart of delivering the Build to Last transformation programme, introduced to the business in 2015 following a period of under-performance. Build to Last is creating sustainable measurable change across the group and is widely credited for its achievements as the group returns to financial strength. It works by focusing and engaging all people on four goals: Lean, Expert, Trusted and Safe.
Raby also oversees the company’s health, safety, environment and sustainability function in the UK and has developed a keen interest in pensions and social value activities. He has acted as a trustee of a number of large pension schemes, and is also a trustee of the Balfour Beatty charitable foundation Building Better Futures. He sits on The Prince's Trust Built Environment leadership group and is a member of the Construction Leadership Council’s skills forum.
Before joining Balfour Beatty, Raby held a number of HR positions in Alstom, Massey Ferguson and United Biscuits.