Philip Aiken

Philip S. Aiken (born 9 January 1949, in Sydney) is an Australian business executive.[1][4][5]

Philip S. Aiken
Born (1949-01-09) 9 January 1949[1]
ResidenceLondon, England[2] (Official)
Melbourne[2] (Personal)
Alma materUniversity of Sydney (BS)
OccupationChairman of Balfour Beatty plc (2015 to present) and AVEVA Group plc[3]
(2012 till present)
Board member ofNewcrest Mining
Children3 Sons[2]

He holds a B.E degree in chemical engineering from University of Sydney, and has attended the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.[5] Aiken was formerly Group President of BHP Billiton's energy business, and an executive director of BTR plc. He held a number of senior positions in BOC Group plc, and was also a senior advisor to Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited.[6] He also served as the chairman of Robert Walters plc from 2007 till 2012.

Early life and education

He was born in Sydney, Australia, on 9 January 1949. In 1970, he graduated with a B.E degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Sydney and later in 1989, attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.[5]


He started his career in 1970 with BOC Gases; where he served for nearly 26 years, holding several senior positions. In 1995, he was appointed executive director and Chief Executive of BTR Nylex (which later became Invensys plc). From 1997 until his retirement in 2006, he served in BHP Billiton; firstly as President of BHP Petroleum, and latterly as Group President of BHP Billiton's Energy business. From 2006 till 2009, he was a senior advisor at Macquarie Bank Ltd.[7]

He was appointed to the board of Robert Walters plc in July 2000, and as its chairman in May 2007.[8] On 24 May 2012, Aiken decided to step down from his role as Chairman of Robert Walters plc once the process of appointing a successor chairman has been completed.[9]

In April 2012, AVEVA Group plc announced that Aiken was appointed to its board, to succeed the outgoing chairman Nick Prest.[3] He commenced his duties as chairman after the shareholders approval in the AGM in 12 July 2012.

In April 2013,he joined the Board of Newcrest Mining Limited.[10]

In March 2015, he became Chairman of Balfour Beatty plc.[11]

He was also formerly a non-executive director of National Grid plc, copper mining company Kazakhmys plc, and Indian-focused energy company Essar Energy.[12]

Personal life

He lives in London with his wife, Fran and has a residence in Melbourne. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2013.[13]


  1. "Information on Candidates to the Board of MMC NORILSK NICKEL – Philip S. Aiken" (PDF). Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. "Britain is home now for the former head of BHP Petroleum". Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  3. "AVEVA announces a change of Chairman". 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  4. "Executive Bio – Philip S. Aiken". Forbes. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  5. "Bloomberg Businessweek Executive Bio – Philip S. Aiken". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  6. "Board of Kazakhmys plc – Philip S. Aiken". Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  7. "NGG.BA : Philip Aiken". Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  8. "Robert Walters plc Board". Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  9. "ESSR Director Declaration". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  10. "Aiken joins Newcrest board". The National. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  11. Paton, Elizabeth (11 February 2015). "Balfour Beatty selects Aveva's Philip Aiken as chairman". Retrieved 16 June 2016 via Financial Times.
  12. Gilbert, Simon (30 April 2017). "Who are Gerard Murphy and Philip Aiken? The Australians interested in Coventry City takeover". Retrieved 17 June 2018 via
  13. "OAA UK / Europe Newsletter" (PDF). Retrieved 26 February 2018.
Business positions
Preceded by
Nick Prest
Chairman of AVEVA Group plc
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Steve Marshall
Chairman of Balfour Beatty plc
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chairman of Robert Walters plc
Succeeded by
Leslie Van de Walle
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