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Meet our leadership team and learn more about their role, responsibilities and careers to date.

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Richard Offord, CEO

Richard Offord

Chief Executive Officer

Richard is a chartered engineer with over 25 years of experience in the civil engineering industry.  He joined VolkerFitzpatrick in March 1990, progressing steadily through the ranks, from an engineer to managing director.  He was appointed to the role of chief operating officer of VolkerWessels UK, before taking up his current role as chief executive officer on 1 August 2022.


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Anita Harris

Chief Financial Officer

Anita has over 20 years of industry experience and was appointed CFO in 2023, after previously occupying the role of Finance Director at VolkerFitzpatrick. Anita has experience in a wide range of finance roles, specifically in the construction and infrastructure sector, as well as taking responsibility for functions such as procurement and IT.

A member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Anita joined the business from Kier, where she gained experience across a number of large-scale projects such as Crossrail, HS2 and international projects such as Dubai’s EXPO and Bluewater projects.



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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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Jonathan Suckling


Jonathan has been with the VolkerWessels group since 1997. He has undertaken a number of Director roles across the group, in both the UK and the Netherlands, before being appointed as Director - VolkerWessels UK.

Jonathan is a chartered member of the RICS, with over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry. He has worked on projects acrossthe building, energy and infrastructure sectors, including leading roles in major joint ventures and frameworks.

Jonathan is a strong advocate of working collaboratively, driving the right behaviours and relationships, between project teams, clients, and the supply chain, to deliver projects with certainty.



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.





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John Cox

Managing Director - VolkerStevin 

John joined VolkerStevin in 2021, having previously been managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s rail and infrastructure division since 2014. Prior to this, John worked for VolkerRail as projects director from 2012-2014. John graduated as a civil engineer from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1987. Having previously worked for Laing O'Rourke for ten years, John, a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers has a wealth of experience on a number of complex and multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects in marine, rail, energy, utilities and airports.



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James Hindes

VolkerFitzpatrick Managing Director

James joined VolkerFitzpatrick in November 2022 as managing director. James has a major projects background and is experienced in both Public and Private sector work spanning the UK. With over 30 years of industry experience, James has held a variety of business leadership positions, with particular experience in Defence, Aviation, Custodial, Health, Science, Education, Residential and Commercial sector work.



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