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John Cox

Position: Managing Director 

John joined the business in 2021, having previously been managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s rail and infrastructure division since 2014. Prior to this, John worked for VolkerRail as projects director from 2012-2014. John graduated as a civil engineer from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1987. Having previously worked for Laing O'Rourke for ten years, John, a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers has a wealth of experience on a number of complex and multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects in marine, rail, energy, utilities and airports.

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Gavin Hancock

Position: Commercial Director

Gavin joined VolkerStevin in 2018 initially as a senior commercial manager before taking on the role as commercial director for the Environment and Water business. He started his career with Birse as a trainee quantity surveyor before moving to Alfred McAlpine (who became Carillion) holding positions from quantity surveyor right through to senior commercial manager. 

In nearly 30 years of working in construction, Gavin has gained extensive commercial and risk management experience, he has worked with major clients such as Scottish Water, Highways England, Sellafield and the Ministry of Defence, delivering high profile projects and frameworks, with values in excess of £250m in value.

Gavin’s experience of working on large value complex individual projects and frameworks, enables him to diligently manage large scale teams of people, negotiate and agree work packages and deliver in line with both the clients and company values. 

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Nicola O’Keeffe

Position: Finance Director

Nicola is a commercially focused financial director and a chartered accountant with extensive knowledge and experience of leading and transforming finance teams. She is an inspirational leader with experience in transformational change, system implementations, business improvement and mergers and acquisitions.  

She began her career with Ernst & Young after securing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Modern Languages and Accounting. Since then she has gained over 25 years of experience in financial management at major engineering companies operating across Europe in the nuclear, energy, oil, gas and civil engineering sectors.  

Nicola is an honorary treasurer for the Nuclear Institute, responsible for financial review, governance and oversight.

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