VolkerWessels appoints new chief executive

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VolkerWessels UK has promoted Richard Offord to the relation of main enforcement aft a 32-year vocation astatine the infrastructure specialist.

Offord joined predecessor institution Fitzpatrick arsenic an technologist successful 1990, earlier the steadfast joined the VolkerWessels radical successful 2004.

He has worked successful respective roles, astir precocious arsenic managing manager of VolkerFitzpatrick and main operating serviceman of the wider group.

Offord volition go VolkerWessels’ UK main enforcement connected 1 August, replacing Alan Robertson, who volition determination into the recently created relation of president of the business.

Robertson has been astatine the helm of the radical for 14 years, during which its gross astir doubled from £576m successful 2009 to £1.1bn successful 2020.

VolkerWessels UK said Robertson had driven operational improvements, implemented robust absorption and governance structures, reinforced a beardown information culture, and spearheaded programmes to beforehand and enactment sustainability, societal value, equality and diversity, and integer operation and innovation.

Robertson said that starring the concern had been “an implicit privilege”.

“I americium arrogant to accidental that VolkerWessels UK has gone from spot to spot – not least, weathering the challenges of the pandemic implicit the past mates of years,” helium said.

“I americium hugely arrogant of our radical and teams moving crossed the business, successful each roles and astatine each levels, whom I judge are 2nd to nary successful our sector. VolkerWessels UK has a unsocial civilization and a phenomenal level of enactment from our shareholders.”

Robertson said the firm’s equilibrium expanse and “robust” bid publication meant it had a “strong future”, and helium described handing the reins to Offord arsenic “a pleasure”.

Offord said helium was “proud” to person the accidental to caput up the business.

“Alan and I person worked intimately unneurotic for the past 14 years, and successful peculiar for the past year, since I took connected the relation of main operating officer,” helium said.

“I look guardant to starring the concern into the future, delivering ongoing excellence for each our clients, and providing a safe, unafraid and forward-thinking business, which values its radical and so each of our stakeholder relationships.”

Alfred Vos, main enforcement serviceman of Dutch genitor institution Royal VolkerWessels, said VolkerWessels UK had go a “strong and well-respected business” nether Robertson.

“As Alan takes this adjacent measurement and moves to the relation of chairman, I americium delighted that the radical volition clasp his cognition and guidance, and I americium arsenic pleased that we tin walk the day-to-day enactment to idiosyncratic with the acquisition and manufacture cognition that Richard Offord brings,” Vos added.

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