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Senior Management Team

This thriving business is led by a group of dedicated industry leaders who bring together a wide range of skills and experience that provide clients with the peace of mind that their projects are in safe hands.

SMT 2020


Steve Cocliff - Managing Director
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.

Andrew Wilkins - Finance Director
Andrew joined as finance director in June 2010. Andrew brings a significant amount of experience gained from within the construction and contracting industries. He has held senior financial positions with a number of major companies including Alfred McAlpine Plc and Carillion Plc, where he was finance director for their utilities businesses. Andrew is a chartered accountant and a graduate in BA Honours Accounting. He spent the first twelve years of his career working in UK top 100 accountancy firms in various roles including partner.

Paul Nolan - Commercial Director
Paul was appointed as the company’s commercial director in November 2009 and is responsible for all commercial matters across the business. Paul previously worked for sister company VolkerFitzpatrick, which he first joined the group in 1990 as a site quantity surveyor. Paul worked on a variety of civils projects over the next seven years, ranging from lane rentals to a new by-pass.

Niall McCreanor - Specialist Businesses Director
Niall joined VolkerRail as director of Specialist Businesses in February 2020. He brings with him over 25 years' experience in the sector, contracting on a variety of civil engineering schemes.Before joining VolkerRail, Niall worked for TSP Projects as their chief commercial officer and prior to this their director of engineering and consultancy.

Stuart Birch - Major Projects Director
Stuart joined the company in September 2011 and is responsible for further developing VolkerRail's major projects expertise in the areas of track, signalling and electrification. Stuart has over 15 years experience in the railway industry and has delivered a number of high profile projects in the West Coast Main Line upgrade programme.

Paul Jones – Operations Director
Paul joined VolkerRail in February 2005 and has a contracting background in delivering major civil and transportation projects. Paul is a chartered civil engineer with over 25 years experience in the construction industry, 18 of which has been in the rail sector.

Paul Tichiaz - HR Director
Paul joined VolkerRail in October 2008 as the senior HR manager and was appointed HR director in June 2010. Paul has spent the last 15 years in HR positions, having worked in many different countries across the world such as North America, Australia, Mexico, and France. Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Stuart Webster-Spriggs - HSQE Director
Stuart joined VolkerRail from the automotive industry in 2001, as a quality assurance officer and progressed to his role as HSQE director. Stuart is responsible for further developing VolkerRail's safety and compliance capability whilst ensuring the provision of a professional occupational health and safety advisory service, including railway operational safety, engineering, quality and environmental management. Stuart is a member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health and holds a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering qualification.

Jacqui Kennedy - Commercial Director
Jacqui is commercial director for VolkerRail major projects division. She joined VolkerRail in May 2007 and has a contracting background in rail, mechanical and electrical services and structural glass. Jacqui is a chartered quantity surveyor with 25 years experience working in the construction and rail sectors in the UK and internationally, having previously worked at Balfour Kilpatrick Ltd, Taymech Ltd and Haran Glass Ltd.

Simon Gallagher - Commercial Director
Simon joined the company in 2014 as commercial director for our metros and rail, signalling, power and plant and welding divisions. Simon has over 40 years commercial experience, 15 of which has been within the rail industry.

David Mitchell – Pre-Contract Commercial Director
David joined VolkerRail in October 2009 and has a contracting background in both rail and construction sectors in the UK. David is a chartered quantity surveyor with over 30 years experience working in the industry, 20 of which has been in the rail sector and having previously worked at Babcock Group.