Sir Gareth Rhys Williams

Gareth Rhys WilliamsGareth Rhys Williams is CEO of PHS Group plc, the leading workplace services provider

Before joining PHS, Gareth was CEO of Charter International, the FTSE 250 engineering group, until its successful sale to Colfax Corporation in 2012. Prior to that, he was CEO of Capital Safety Group Ltd, since sold to KKR, and CEO of Vitec Group plc, the supplier of broadcast and photographic equipment and services.

Originally trained as an engineer, his early career was in operations management at STC and Lucas. Gareth gained his MBA from INSEAD in 1989, following which he joined Bowater (now Rexam) for his first managing director roles. After a spell in the US, he joined BPB as Director of Central Europe in 1996.

Gareth is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is on the Council of FFI, the world’s oldest international conservation organisation.

Gareth grew up in South Wales, just ten miles from the PHS Group, which he joined as CEO in May 2012. He is married with three children.