Meet the Team

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.


Graeme Campbell, Chief Financial Officer

Graeme joined us in February 2020 from Severfield plc where he was Group financial controller. Prior to that he was with ASX listed engineering services company Engenco in Australia, where he was CFO and Company Secretary for four years. Prior to this Graeme held senior financial roles at Shepherd Group and Premier Farnell. A chartered accountant and FCA qualified, he trained with PWC and is a mathematics graduate of Imperial College, London.


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, Specialist Piling 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. He now heads up the Specialist Piling division.


Malcolm O’Sullivan

Malcolm O’Sullivan, Piling Director

Malcolm joined Van Elle in June 2019 and has 20 years’ experience in ground engineering and deep foundation construction in the UK, since joining Stent Foundations as a Graduate Engineer in 1997. Having worked for Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering as Managing Director since 2013, Malcolm has detailed knowledge and skills in piling and exceptional operational and customer-focused credentials. He is responsible for leading our largest division and will add value across the Group with his vast industry experience.


David Buckley

David Buckley, Rail Director

David is a rail engineering specialist and has spent many years working on high profile projects in the sector. David has previously led Balfour Beatty’s Omnicom business, delivering work across the UK and internationally. David is responsible for all our rail activity, offering expert insight and knowledge as we look to grow and expand our client offer in this area.


Hayley Smith

Hayley Smith, Head of HR

Hayley joined Van Elle in February 2020 from Balfour Beatty Rail & Utilities where she was HR manager for various business units including power, rail and technical services over an 11-year period. Prior to that Hayley was with National Express East Midlands Trains.


Andy Riggott

Andy Riggott, Commercial Director

Andy is a legally trained chartered Quantity Surveyor who has worked for contractors, consultants and employers in civil engineering, general construction and industrial engineering in the UK and internationally.

He has worked in many sectors including new build projects, FM and maintenance, infrastructure, rail, nuclear, oil and gas, other power, technical services, commercial buildings, accommodation and ground engineering.

Andy has a vast breadth and depth of experience as a QS and commercial manager in corporate management and delivery of construction and engineering projects. Having joined the team in 2021, Andy is responsible for the commercial function throughout our divisions pre and post contract.


Hayley Smith

Brandon Ferreira, Business Development Director

Brandon leads the business development and marketing activities across the Group and is responsible for leading the pursuit of strategic opportunities, coordinating our work winning activities and developing and maintaining key customer relationships.

Brandon is a highly experienced geotechnical engineering professional, with more than 30 years’ of operational and business development experience encompassing all aspects of general management, project execution and customer engagement.

Prior to joining Van Elle, Brandon was previously the Managing Director of Volker Ground Engineering and has held various senior operational and business development roles in Cementation and with Frankipile in South Africa. Brandon joined Van Elle in August 2020.


Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston, Divisional Director, STRATA Geotechnics

Andrew is a chartered civil engineer and registered ground engineering professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the ground investigation (GI) and piling sectors. Having joined Van Elle 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.


Dan Dye

Dan Dye, ScrewFast Managing Director

Dan joined Van Elle in 2021 when the group acquired ScrewFast Foundations Limited. With more than 17 years’ experience, Dan has delivered helical piling solutions for projects as diverse as the North Sea Observatory, M6, Royal Free Hospital Hampshire and both the London 2012 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.


Colin Williams

Colin Williams, Head of HSQE

Joining the team in 2021, Colin brings 32 years’ experience in the piling and construction sectors and over 20 years in the management of health, safety and environmental systems and teams. Colin joins Van Elle from the HS2 project, here he led the HSQE teams for Bachy Soletanche and Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering.