Mr Bowman, 59, is the chief executive of technology company Smiths Group and was briefly chief executive of Scottish Power in 2006/07.
Between 1999 and 2005 he was chief executive of Allied Domecq. Other previous board appointments include British Sky Broadcasting Group, Scottish & Newcastle and Bass. He has also been chairman of Liberty and Coral Eurobet.
Mr Bowman, an accountant by profession, was nicknamed ‘First Class Phil’ in 2008 after it was revealed that he had it written into his contract that he would travel only first class whenever the option was available.
Mr Bowman said: “I am delighted to join The Miller Group at a very exciting point in its development. Its financial strength has been transformed by the recent capital injection by GSO Capital Partners and The Blackstone Group. The Miller Group has a very successful track record of producing many fine buildings and developments and the outlook for the future is extremely positive.”
Group chief executive Keith Miller said: “Philip has had a wealth of experience at the helm of major international public companies. He has amply demonstrated his ability to take a leading role in building businesses. We are looking forward to welcoming Philip to the Miller team at a time when we will be focusing on the further development and expansion of the business.”