Richard Adam sold £776,000 worth of shares within six months of retiring

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The parliamentary inquiry into Carillion’s collapse has accused former finance director Richard Adam of “dumping” his shares at the “first possible moment”.

The comments from the co-chair of the inquiry Frank Field come after the publication of letters from former finance directors Adam and Zafar Khan.

Field, who chairs the work and pensions committee, said: “Mr Adam presided over Carillion’s finances for a decade. He, more than anyone else, ought to know the merits of Carillion shares as a long term investment in the light of his lengthy and lucrative tenure.

“His assessment? Dumping the last of his shares at the first possible moment because he is – with his own money at least – ‘risk averse’. What conclusions are we to draw from that?”

Adam (pictured) retired from his position at Carillion on 31 December 2016.

On 1 March 2017 he sold his entire existing shareholding for £534,000, including performance awards for 2013-2015 of £277,000 which vested on his retirement.

He then sold his long term incentive plan awards for 2014 on 8 May 2017, the day they vested, for £242,000.

In total, he sold shares worth almost £776,000 within six months of retiring from the failed contractor.

The company’s shock profit warning of £845m – which had to be revised up from an original £695m by interim chief executive Keith Cochrane – was announced on 10 July last year.

Richard Adam’s Carillion share sales following his retirement    
  Shares Value, £
Shareholding 122,014 £256,286
Share bonuses for 2013, 2014, 2015 performance (vested 31/12/16) 93,472 £196,335
LEAP long term incentive plan for 2013 (vested “on or around retirement”) 38,594 £81,065
Total on 1 March 2017 254,080 £533,687
Sold for £2.15 per share on 8 May 2017    
LEAP long term incentive plan for 2014 (vested on 8 May 2017) 112,416 £242,234
Overall total March-May 2017 366,496 £775,921