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Meet the team

Meet the team


Mark Cutler

Mark Cutler, Chief Executive Officer

Mark is a chartered civil engineer with more than 25 years' experience in the infrastructure, construction and utility sectors, holding senior leadership roles with major UK contractors. Previously Managing Director of Morgan Est, Chief Executive of Barhale and Managing Director of the Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture for High Speed 2, Mark joined Van Elle in August 2018.



Paul Pearson

Paul Pearson, Chief Financial Officer

Paul is an FCCA qualified accountant with over 30 years' experience within finance. Mr. Pearson joined the Group in 2013 following senior finance roles with Yorkshire Electricity Group Plc. and May Gurney Limited (now part of Kier Group plc.).



John Foster

John Foster, Group Commercial Director

John is an accomplished leader operating in the Construction industry for 26 years. He started his career as a Quantity Surveyor and has held various Senior Management roles. He joins Van Elle after 6 years in Saint-Gobain as Commercial Director, responsible for the growth and development of the groups Building Façade Contracting interests



Peter Handley

Peter Handley, Strategy and Business Improvement Director

Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the UK piling and foundations industry, working in estimating, design, operations and plant management. Having previously held a Divisional Director’s role at Van Elle, Peter is now responsible for our strategic development, business improvement and innovation programmes.



Mick Mason

Mick Mason, Senior Group Director

Mick Mason is a chartered member of IOSH and has been a Board Director of Van Elle of since 2004. Mick joined Van Elle in 1995 and is now in charge of health and safety, quality, personnel and training



Ian Jones

Ian Jones, Operations Director

Ian joined Van Elle in 1987 starting as a piling operative. Ian has held several roles in over 30 years with the company and is now operations director with responsibility for ensuring efficient and effective project delivery and compliance with company policies and procedures.



Dave Warner

Dave Warner, Construction Director

Dave is a chartered civil engineer with extensive experience across the construction sector. Dave joined Van Elle in 2001 and has been divisional director for several of Van Elle’s divisions. Dave is now group construction director responsible for major projects and key client relationships.



Ashley Gierth

Ashley Gierth, Divisional Director Rail

Ashley is a chartered engineer and manager with more than 20 years’ experience in the rail, infrastructure, and construction sectors. Ashley has held a number of senior management roles with major UK companies, including Balfour Beatty, AMCO, Carillion and John Laing Plc. Ashley joined Van Elle in March 2018.



Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston, Divisional Director, Geotechnical Services

Andrew is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Registered Ground Engineering Professional with more than 25 years' experience in the Ground Investigation and Piling sectors. Joining VE in 1998 Andrew introduced Ground Investigation and Pile Testing to the group, building the Geotechnical Services Division (Strata Geotechnics) into one of leading GI suppliers in the UK.



Jonathan Bullock

Jonathan Bullock, Divisional Director, Specialist Piling

Jonathan has over 20 years of experience within the onshore and offshore piling industries. Jonathan initially spent 15 years with Van Elle across a range of estimating and commercial roles. Following a six year period working in the oil and gas sector in south east Asia Jonathan re-joined Van Elle in November 2017 as divisional director



Antonio Pontiero

Antonio Pontiero, Divisional Director, Housing

Antonio joined Van Elle in 2014, developing Van Elle's Scottish operations leading to the opening of the Scottish regional office. Antonio joined Van Elle following sales and marketing roles within the modular building sector in the UK and mainland Europe. Antonio leads Van Elle's Housing Division across the UK.