CRH is an international building materials company, which operates in 35 countries and employs approximately 76,000 people at 3,500 operating locations. Its shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Irish Stock Exchange and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange; CRH’s market value is EUR14.5bn (January 2014)(c. £12.0bn). Neil joined CRH in 1997 and prior to being appointed to his current role held the positions of Assistant Secretary and Deputy Secretary. He worked in KPMG, Dublin between 1993 and 1997 where he trained as a company secretary, qualifying in 1996. He is an ICSA Fellow and is a member of the ICSA Company Secretaries Forum (UK), the GC100 (the Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of the FTSE 100) and the Conference Board’s Council on Corporate Governance. He has represented Irish listed companies on a number of committees and industry working groups in relation to legal, governance and share registration issues.