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Leadership team

VolkerHighways is managed by a team of individuals with extensive industry knowledge and experience. The senior management team is responsible for the leadership, development and execution behind the company's strategy.

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Alistair Thompson, Managing Director

Alistair joined VolkerHighways in 2015, following more than 20 years leading major schemes and directing large multi-disciplinary teams with sister company, VolkerFitzpatrick. Alistair has over 30 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry and has extensive operational and commercial experience of the highways, airports and rail sectors. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, as well as a reviewer and a member of the CIHT.

Andrew Wilbram, Commercial Director

Andrew has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, including 17 years working in the VolkerWessels UK group. He is responsible for all commercial matters across VolkerHighways and ensures robust and effective commercial leadership and processes for existing and future projects.

Simon Groom, Finance Director

Simon joined VolkerHighways’ senior management team in 2023, having spent nine years working with sister business unit, VolkerFitzpatrick. As a chartered accountant, he has over 15 years’ experience leading and developing finance teams in large corporate organisations. In his previous role at VolkerFitzpatrick, Simon was responsible for all aspects of financial management for the business, working closely with the board and gaining valuable insight into major civil engineering projects, such as HS2.

Bob Pizzey, Business Development Director

Bob brings with him over 40 years’ experience in highways infrastructure, leading business development for our bid and technical teams, and supporting with the development of solutions for many of the national and regional government highways initiatives. He has responsibility for promoting improvements and development in UK highways maintenance and responding to industry needs for the sustainable communities of the future, with a focus on asset management and the customer journey.

Susan Brant, Head of Preconstruction

Susan has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, coming from a background in quantity surveying and project management. She achieved MRICS status in 2005, before moving from client-side consultancy to contractor delivery. Susan’s experience across major building, defence and infrastructure sectors presents a comprehensive methodology to understanding, mobilising, and delivering new contracts efficiently, while focussing on performance improvement and innovation.

Jerry Pert, Operations Director, highways term maintenance

Jerry brings with him over 30 years’ experience in the contracting environment and in highway maintenance. Jerry has considerable experience in managing the bidding, mobilisation and delivery of local authority highway term maintenance contracts and has a strong operational and commercial background.

Kunle Kolaru, Operations Director, highways term maintenance

Kunle joined VolkerHighways in 2013 as managing director of our central London joint venture, CVU. In 2017, he took on a wider role in VolkerHighways as operations director. With nearly 30 years of civil engineering experience, his skills include directing infrastructure maintenance, major construction projects, and the mobilisation and delivery of central and local government contracts.

David Easton, Operations Director, street lighting and VolkerSmart Technologies

David joined VolkerHighways in 2007. He has over 30 years’ experience in street lighting and has led our lighting team through a period of technical change, helping to secure our place as a leading street lighting service provider. David has also been instrumental in the development of our VolkerSmart Technologies business, and in particular our electric vehicle charge point division, by building collaborative relationships with key technology providers.

Greg Kunikov, Operations Director, telecoms

Greg joined VolkerHighways in March 2021 following a career in the telecommunications industry. He has 17 years of experience in the industry, bringing solid operational and commercial expertise. His skills also include HSEQS assurance, business process development, procurement, training and continuous improvement.