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Rob Coupe

Position: Managing Director

Rob is a Chartered Civil Engineer with more than 35 years’ construction industry experience leading major schemes and directing large multi-disciplinary teams. He has led VolkerStevin in the UK since early 2010 and previously held leadership positions at other major contractors. He has broad experience of working with major clients including central government departments and private blue-chip companies.

Rob is a strong advocate of collaborative working and has an excellent track record of forming successful teams. He has led joint venture arrangements across multi-industry sectors and continues to champion the key principles of collaboration throughout the business. He has extensive design and build knowledge and brings strong operational focus and HSE leadership.

Rob is a VolkerWessels executive board member (c£1bn turnover) and holds executive responsibility for championing our ’Engineering Excellence’ programme.  


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Richard Towse

Position: Commercial Director

Richard was appointed as commercial director for VolkerStevin in August 2012.  He comes with 25 years' experience in civil engineering, which includes working in the water, nuclear, power, rail, road, building and general civil engineering sectors.

Before joining VolkerStevin, Richard was commercial director for a major civil engineering business in a national capacity. Prior to this he was regional commercial director with Alfred McAlpine Civil Engineering and consequently brings to the business a depth of knowledge in relation to various traditional, design and build, target cost and early contractor involvement contracts. Richard believes partnering and working closely with our customers and supply chain, as being key to a successful business and actively promotes this within his teams.

In addition to his primary commercial role Richard is responsible for the VolkerStevin subsidary, VolkerBrooks, and is also involved in the groups IT and systems development.


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Eddie Tattersall

Position: Business Development Director

Eddie joined VolkerStevin in January 2012 as business development director. As a civil engineer with over 30 years' experience in the sector, he began his career in an operational capacity working throughout the UK but since 2000, has focussed entirely on business development and work winning.

As well as VolkerStevin, Eddie has held previous successful business development roles for other major contractors with responsibility for securing new business, key account management and customer satisfaction across a wide range of markets.

Eddie is an enthusiastic and results driven individual who is committed to providing the highest level of service through developing and maintaining trusted customer relationships.