Archie Bethel

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Archie Bethel
BornArchibald Anderson Bethel
February 1953 (age 65)
High Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
EducationHamilton Academy
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde
TitleCEO, Babcock International
TermAugust 2016-
PredecessorPeter Rogers

Archibald Anderson Bethel CBE FREng FRSE (born February 1953) is a British businessman. He is CEO of Babcock International, and a main board director. He is president of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI), and vice-president and treasurer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Great Britain. He is a lay member of the Court of the University of Strathclyde. Bethel is the former president of Scottish Engineering, and former CEO of the Lanarkshire Development Agency.

Early life[edit]

Archie Bethel was born in February 1953,[1] in High Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, and was educated at High Blantyre primary school, Hamilton Academy, and the University of Strathclyde, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering.


Bethel entered the oil industry, joining Vetco Gray in Aberdeen before being transferred to Houston, Texas in the United States to become a design engineer. While in Houston, Bethel was appointed as the director of the research and development section, but then returned to the United Kingdom in 1985, where he was promoted to the position of managing director (also known as Chief Executive) of Vetco Gray's UK Operations.

In 1991, Bethel was appointed chief executive of the Lanarkshire Development Agency, part of the Scottish Enterprise network, a position he held until April 1996. He later accepted a post as chief operating officer at Motherwell Bridge, a major engineering firm located in Motherwell, Scotland. After leaving Motherwell Bridge in January 2004, Bethel became Chief Executive of Babcock Marine, which, with over 8,000 employees at the time, was the largest provider of engineering services to the Royal Navy.[citation needed] During his time at Babcock Marine, Bethel oversaw the building of two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, despite cutbacks that were announced in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.[citation needed] In April 2010, Bethel was appointed to the main board of directors of Babcock International Group PLC.[2][3]

In January 2016 it was announced that Peter Rogers, CEO of Babcock since 2003, will retire in August 2016, and be succeeded by Bethel, chief executive of Babcock's Marine & Technology division, who will become chief operating officer from April.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ "Archibald Anderson BETHEL - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ The Herald, article 9 April 2010 – Archie Bethel Retrieved 12 November 2010
  3. ^ a b Hamilton Advertiser - article, 19 November 2009 – Archie Bethel Retrieved 12 November 2010
  4. ^ "Babcock chief executive Peter Rogers to retire in August". Reuters. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b The Herald, article 15 June 1996 – Queen’s Birthday Honours List Retrieved 12 November 2010
  6. ^ Scottish Engineering – article, Archie Bethel Archived 14 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 12 November 2010
  7. ^ Royal Academy of Engineering – Fellows List Retrieved 12 November 2010
  8. ^ The Royal Society of Edinburgh – New Fellows List, 1 March 2010 Retrieved 12 November 2010

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