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Leadership team shake up at Van Elle

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Van Elle has announced several changes to its leadership team.

The first key changes in personnel announced under new chief executive Mark Cutler who joined in August, John Foster joins as commercial director and Peter Handley returns to Van Elle in the newly created role of strategy and business improvement director.

Foster joins as commercial director from Saint Gobain’s glass and facade installations business and will be responsible for all commercial activity in the group as well as business development, estimating and procurement.

Handley returns to Van Elle in the newly created role of strategy and business improvement director. Handley has sector experience as a former divisional director in Van Elle prior to joining Cementation where he held various cross-company responsibilities. He will lead Van Elle’s strategic development, business improvement and innovation programmes.

Both will commence in early January.

Read GE’s interview with Mark Cutler here.

In other moves, the firm’s general piling division director Steve Johnson will leave at the end of this month and be replaced by group construction director David Warner on an interim basis. This follows the appointment of former eastern director Steve Bursnell as contracts director last month.

Since joining, Cutler has streamlined the operational structure of the group to five divisions:

  • · General piling – open site driven, CFA and rotary piling
  • · Specialist piling – restricted access, low headroom and ground & slope stabilisation
  • · Housing – residential piling and modular foundation solutions
  • · Rail – foundation and trackbed solutions in the rail environment
  • · Geotechnical services (trading as Strata) – geotechnical investigations and testing

Commenting on the changes Cutler said “I am very pleased to welcome John Foster and Peter Handley to Van Elle at this important stage of our growth and wish to thank Steve Johnson for his contribution.

“The company has been through a lot of change over the last couple of years but the new strengthened leadership team and streamlined divisional structure allows us to accelerate our improvement, more clearly focus on our customer’s needs and better integrate our specialist capabilities across all the sectors we operate in”.

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