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Leadership team

VolkerSmart Techologies is managed by a team of individuals with extensive industry knowledge and experience. The senior management team is responsible for the leadership, development and execution behind the company's strategy.

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Alistair Thompson – Managing Director

Alistair joined VolkerHighways in October 2015 having previously worked at VolkerFitzpatrick since 1994 in various roles, leading major schemes and directing large multi-disciplinary teams. His most recent position prior to joining VolkerHighways was pre-construction director, where he worked across VolkerFitzpatrick's civils and rail divisions as well as highways.

Alistair has over 30 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry and has extensive experience of the highways, airports and rail sectors, bringing strong operational and commercial focus with HSEQ leadership.

Whilst at VolkerFitzpatrick, Alistair was instrumental in the development of their graduate engineering training programme developing both the workforce and management to allow for future growth of the business. Alistair is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers as well as a reviewer and a member of the CIHT.

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David Easton - Operations Director

David joined VolkerHighways in April 2007, bringing extensive street lighting experience. Throughout his time with VolkerHighways, he has led our lighting team through a period of technical change in the sector, helping to secure our place as a leading street lighting service provider.

With over 30 years’ experience in the street lighting industry, David brings strong operational and technical knowledge as well as HSEQ leadership.

He has developed solutions that have helped VolkerHighways become a leading installer of LED lighting. David has also been instrumental in the development of our VolkerSmart Technologies business, by building collaborative relationships with key technology providers.

David is passionate and committed to supporting our clients by providing a high-level street lighting service, that embraces SMART technology, minimises consumption and reduces carbon footprint.

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Greg Kurnikov – Operations Director

Greg joined VolkerHighways in March 2021 following an exciting career in the telecommunications industry, working for network operators and their contract partners across the UK.

Greg brings with him years of solid operational and commercial experience - leading successful, diversified teams, covering all aspects of modern telecom businesses.

With 17 years of experience within the industry, his skills also include HSEQS assurance, business process development, procurement, training and continuous improvement. His approach to team development is to use collaborative and co-operative change management, whilst developing processes and systems which increase an organisation’s value and brand.

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Bob Pizzey – Business Development Director

Bob brings with him over 40 years’ experience in highways infrastructure, leading business development for our bid and technical teams, and supporting with the development of solutions for many of the national and regional government highways initiatives.

He has responsibility for promoting improvements and development in UK highways maintenance and responding to industry needs for the sustainable communities of the future, with a focus on asset management and the customer journey.

Bob has been actively involved in setting up and growing our VolkerSmart Technologies business. He works with our clients to develop joint policies and strategies for the design, build, connection and maintenance of EVCP, and communication networks, including fibre and wider smart city infrastructure.