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Van Elle Strengthens Leadership Team and Streamlines Divisional Structure.

Van Elle, the UK’s largest independent ground engineering contractor has announced several changes to its leadership team.

These are the first key changes in personnel announced under new Chief Executive Mark Cutler who joined in August.

John Foster joins as Commercial Director from Saint Gobain’s glass and facade installations business. John will be responsible for all commercial activity in the Group as well as business development, estimating and procurement.

Peter Handley returns to Van Elle in the newly created role of Strategy and Business Improvement Director from Cementation. Peter has significant sector experience as a former divisional director in Van Elle prior to joining Cementation where he held various cross-company responsibilities. Peter will lead Van Elle’s strategic development, business improvement and innovation programmes.

John and Peter both commence in early January.

In Van Elle’s largest business unit, the General Piling division, director Steve Johnson leaves the Group at the end of November. He is replaced by Group Construction Director David Warner on an interim basis. This follows the appointment of former Eastern Director Steve Bursnell as Contracts Director last month.

Since joining, Cutler has streamlined the operational structure of the £100m turnover AIM listed Group to five divisions, with the new structure now comprising:

Commenting on the changes, Chief Executive Mark Cutler says “I am very pleased to welcome John Foster and Peter Handley to Van Elle at this important stage of our growth and wish to thank Steve Johnson for his contribution. The company has been through a lot of change over the last couple of years but the new strengthened leadership team and streamlined divisional structure allows us to accelerate our improvement, more clearly focus on our customer’s needs and better integrate our specialist capabilities across all the sectors we operate in”.