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New Van Elle boss shakes up leadership team

Van Elle chief executive Mark Cutler (pictured) has revamped the firm’s leadership team with a raft of senior appointments.

John Foster has joined from Saint-Gobain as commercial director and Peter Handley has been appointed from Cementation Skanska as strategy and business improvement director.

As commercial director Mr Foster will be responsible for all commercial activity in the group as well as business development, estimating and procurement.

Mr Handley, a former divisional director at Van Elle, re-joins the firm from Cementation Skanska, where he held a number of cross-company responsibilities.

He will lead Van Elle’s strategic development, business improvement and innovation programmes.

Both Mr Foster and Mr Handley will begin their roles in early January.

Meanwhile, group construction director David Warner has been named interim director of Van Elle’s general piling division, the firm’s largest business unit.

Mr Warner replaces the outgoing Steve Johnson, who will be leaving the firm at the end of the month.

This follows the appointment of former eastern director Steve Bursnell as contracts director last month. 

The appointments are the first under new chief executive Mr Cutler, who has streamlined the operational structure of the £100m-turnover AIM-listed group into five divisions.

Mr Cutler took on his new role in August, having been appointed in May.

Commenting on the changes, Mr Cutler said: “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 newly strengthened leadership team and streamlined divisional structure allows us to accelerate our improvement, more clearly focus on our customers’ needs and better integrate our specialist capabilities across all the sectors we operate in.”

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