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The VolkerWessels UK management board is made up of:

Alan Robertson

Alan Robertson

Chief Executive Officer

Alan joined VolkerWessels UK in September 2008, and has 30 years experience in the UK construction and infrastructure sectors. Since joining VolkerWessels UK, Alan has led the strategic development and growth of the group. This includes the rebranding and restructuring of the business, implementation of robust governance structures, driving operational improvements, reinforcing the safety culture and leading on the development of corporate responsibility. Previously, Alan held a number of senior industry roles, including Chief Executive of Peterhouse Group Plc and Eve Group Plc, and heading up the Alfred McAlpine Infrastructure Services Division whilst on the board of Alfred McAlpine Plc.

Naomi Connell

Naomi Connell

Chief Finance Officer

Naomi joined VolkerWessels UK in January 2010, bringing over 20 years experience in focussed financial management.  Naomi is responsible for back office services including Finance, HR, and ICT. Since joining VolkerWessels UK, she has led the implementation of shared services, improving systems and processes, treasury management, leading teams across the back office to deliver a quality service with a lower overhead cost base for  the group. Naomi qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross and was previously Director of Finance at London Underground.

Matt Woods

Matt Woods

Group Commercial Director

Bringing over 25 years of international and varied construction experience, Matt became the VolkerWessels UK Commercial Director in 2009 having joined Fitzpatrick Contractors in 2002. Matt leads on all commercial aspects across VolkerWessels UK and has developed strong risk management and client focused pragmatic solutions to contracting. Previously, Matt worked for Taylor Woodrow, Amey, Costain and Kier in various positions both in the UK and overseas.

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Richard Offord

Managing Director - VolkerFitzpatrick

Richard joined VolkerFitzpatrick in March 1990, progressing steadily through the ranks from an engineer to his current position as managing director. Richard is a chartered engineer with over 25 years of experience in the civil engineering industry.


Steve Cocliff

Steve Cocliff

Managing Director - VolkerRail

Steve joined VolkerRail as the chief operating officer in October 2009 and was appointed managing director in early 2010. Steve, who is a civil engineer, has a wealth of experience from a number of different sectors including rail. Before joining VolkerRail, Steve worked for Carillion as the managing director of Utility Services. Steve has also held a number of other senior positions including managing director of Alfred McAlpine Utility Service, managing director of First Engineering Power and Civil and managing director of Jackson Civil Engineering.


Rob Coupe

Managing Director - VolkerStevin

Rob is a Chartered Civil Engineer with more than 30 years’ construction industry experience leading major schemes and directing large multi-disciplinary teams. He has led VolkerStevin in the UK since early 2010 and previously held leadership positions at Alfred McAlpine and Carillion. He has broad experience of working with major clients including central government departments and private blue-chip companies.

Rob is a strong advocate of collaborative working and has an excellent track record of forming successful teams. He has led joint venture arrangements across multi-industry sectors and continues to champion the key principles of collaboration throughout the business. He has extensive design and build knowledge and brings strong operational focus and HSE leadership.

In addition to being Managing Director of VolkerStevin, Rob is a member of the VolkerWessels UK executive team (c£850million turnover) and holds executive responsibility for championing our ’Engineering Excellence’ programme.