Bachy Soletanche employees are different

We are curious, questioning, and innovative.
We work together, not in silos.

We encourage debate and challenge the norm with a goal of providing outstanding service for our customers. We believe that successful outcomes are based on collaboration, mutual respect and well-resourced teamwork. Bachy Soletanche share a common drive to lead innovation in the Geotechnical sector, with a passion for great design solutions.

Our team is made up of a variety of industry professionals, who have developed their experience and careers with us throughout the years. Our designers, engineers, project managers and workforce all work collaboratively with you to protect your best interests. People remain at the heart of our business, meet just a few of our team who help drive excellence and value throughout our projects, innovations and services.

Steve Ako
Steve AkoPlant Research and Engineering Manager
A Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, Steve learnt his trade as a fabrication welder. With a passion for engineering and problem solving, he has developed his knowledge and experience with Bachy Soletanche. Steve is responsible for research and development programmes, along with engineering innovations. He particularly enjoys motivating other engineers to further develop their careers and push boundaries.
Dafyyd Belshaw
Dafyyd BelshawQuality, Sustainability and Environmental Manager
Since joining Bachy Soletanche in 2019, Dafydd has been responsible for developing and maintaining corporate management systems relating to quality of operations and environmental management in accordance with relevant accreditations. Dafydd has played a key role in implementing sustainable practices within Bachy Soletanche and brings over 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility and sustainability roles.
Read: Dafydd’s blog on Breaking The Stigma On Same-Sex Parenting
Boris Caro Vargas
Boris Caro VargasManaging Director
Boris joined Bachy Soletanche as Managing Director at the beginning of 2021 and is passionate about helping the company grow in a sustainable way with a special focus on innovation, digitalisation, diversity and the environment. Boris has been in the specialist construction industry since graduating university almost 20 years ago, working across seven different countries and three of the Group business lines, between Europe and the Americas. He also speaks 5 different languages. When he is not busy working, Boris enjoys cooking international dishes, playing 11 and 5-A-Side football, scuba diving and spending time with his wife and three children.
Read: Boris’s blog on The Importance Of A Diverse Workforce
Ana Carvalho
Ana CarvalhoDesign Manager
Ana joined Bachy Soletanche in 2014 after moving from her home country of Portugal and is currently leading and developing the Core Business Design team. Ana has over 25 years’ experience as a civil engineer where she has taken on a variety of roles, including design, research, teaching and management. Her career has involved projects across Europe, Africa and South America. In the UK, as a designer or managing design teams, Ana has contributed to prestigious projects including Royal Mint Gardens, King’s Cross and Thames Tideway East. As a mother of three teenagers, Ana enjoys travelling with her family, swimming and running.
Read: Ana’s Insider Update On Life At Bachy Soletanche
Richard Coles
Richard ColesGroup Financial Controller
Since qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2003, Richard has worked across a number of different industries including chemicals, laboratory testing, manufacturing and construction. He joined Bachy Soletanche in 2016 and is responsible for managing the finance team, providing accurate and timely reporting of our financial performance. Richard likes to keep fit through long distance running and in 2018 he completed the Dublin Marathon.
Alan D'Urban-Jackson
Alan D'Urban-JacksonCore Business Commercial Manager
Alan joined the team in 2012 and has over 24 years’ experience in the civil and ground engineering industry working across the UK and South Africa. Alan is responsible for leading and developing the Commercial team within the Core Business. When the sun is out, he enjoys a round of golf, running and the general outdoors.
Ken Gailey
Ken GaileyCore Business Director
Ken has over 30 year’s experience in the construction sector, working on major engineering projects for contractors across the UK and Asia. He is responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of Bachy Soletanche’s operations, with a key focus on implementing innovative solutions and driving value throughout the schemes. Ken is a keen cricketer, passionate rugby fan and enjoys traveling and reading.
Rob Gold
Rob GoldUK Plant Manager
Rob has over ten years’ experience in the geotechnical sector and has worked on many prestigious projects in the UK throughout his time, including Ilona Rose House in Tottenham Court Road. Today Rob heads up the Plant Department based in Lancashire, overseeing BSL’s ancillary support services which include Maintenance, Engineering and Innovation, Fabrication, Procurement and Logistics. Outside the yard, he enjoys exercising, reading, listening to music, and spending time with his family.
David Hard
David HardChief Engineer
Having started as a student on a years placement in Paris, David is now approaching 30 years within the Group. In addition to his time in Paris, David spent 5 years in the Far East before returning to the UK design team. In his role, he is responsible for the design teams and technical side of the company, which includes ensuring that Bachy Soletanche maintain their reputation with clients and peers for technical ability. Outside work David can be found travelling the world to indulge in his love of white water rafting.
Philip Hines
Philip HinesUK Group Managing Director
Approaching 35 years in the industry, Phil is responsible for the Soletanche Bachy Group of companies in the UK. He began his career, whilst studying at the University of Surrey, with an industrial year in France learning about and designing diaphragm walls,. Today, Phil still has the same enthusiasm for learning and helping to develop others. A keen but infrequent golfer he is also active outside of work, raising money for charities, walking long distances and climbing mountains.
Kieron Lynch
Kieron LynchBusiness Development and Senior Estimator
In 2021, Kieron joined our Major Projects team, which manages our most extensive and technical contracts. He is an accomplished estimating professional with experience taking a project from conceptual estimation through to completion. Kieron has been building up his expertise in the industry over the last eight years and has worked for a number of geotechnical contractors throughout his career. When he’s not helping shape our Major Projects, Kieron enjoys making use of his private pilot’s license to take in some of the most beautiful sights around the UK and Europe.
Malcolm Mearns
Malcolm MearnsHealth & Safety Manager (UK)
With over 20 years’ experience, Malcolm has a passion for driving Health and Safety excellence. During his five years with Bachy Soletanche, he’s played an integral role in helping the company achieve ISO 45001, along with winning the British Safety Council International Safety Award and five RoSPA gold awards. When not keeping everyone safe, Malcolm enjoys watching and playing football, walking and spending time with family and friends.
Read: Mal’s blog on Targeting A Zero Injury Workplace
Chris Merridew
Chris MerridewMajor Projects Director
Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the construction sector and has worked on some of the UK’s most prestigious projects. He has a passion for driving the business forward and is well respected across the industry. When away from the office Chris enjoys outdoor pursuits such as walking, sailing and gardening, along with a keen interest in restoring vintage motorcycles.
David Parker
David ParkerEstimating Manager
With a natural flair for maths and science, David has always had an interest in civil engineering and has acquired over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. Since his entry into the industry, David has progressed from Contracts Engineer to Estimating Manager, working on a variety of high-profile projects, including the Kings Cross Central redevelopment. He believes that early contractor involvement and having a strong understanding of a client’s requirements are key to delivering a value-engineered solution. When not running around after his children, David enjoys cycling, racketball and renovating his home.
Read: David’s Insider Update On His Role In Estimating
Louise Pugh
Louise PughGroup Human Resources Manager
Louise joined Bachy Soletanche in 2002 and is currently responsible for all aspects of HR including recruitment, employee relations, training and development, and people management. She particularly enjoys incorporating teams during mergers and acquisitions, ensuring all employees are integrated into the business.
Matt Rose
Matt RoseProject Manager
Matt has been with Bachy Soletanche since 2016, managing a variety of piling projects around the UK. He is responsible for coordinating piling works on site, ensuring tight collaboration with the client’s team, and making sure that all work is carried out safely and efficiently to a high standard. Matt’s portfolio of work includes Facebook’s offices at Kings Cross P2 and the M4 Smart Motorway. In his free time, Matt enjoys mountain biking, fishing and kayaking.
Sivilay Sayavong
Sivilay Sayavong Technical Manager
Sivilay has been in the construction industry for 15 years and is currently working as Technical Manager on the flagship HS2 project as part of the SB3 joint venture. Other notable projects she has worked on include the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Thames Water Lee Tunnel. Sivilay grew up in France and always had a passion for STEM subjects. Her other interests include horse-riding and travelling.
Read: Sivilay’s Insider Update On Her Career Journey
Martin Stanley
Martin StanleyCore Operations Manager
Martin Stanley is a Chartered Civil Engineer & Fellow of the Geological Society with 15 years’ experience working with Bachy Soletanche since his graduation from Imperial College London in 2005. Most recently, Martin has spent the last 5 years leading the Geotechnical team on our JV project; Tideway London, and now heads up the Core Operations team. Martin enjoys hockey and mountain biking alongside spending time with his young family, producing miniature recreations of our works using Lego.
Graham Trafford
Graham TraffordGroup Finance Director
Graham joined the company shortly after qualifying as Chartered Certified Accountant in 1997. His role ensures the robustness and integrity of our financial reporting processes, along with responsibilities for IT, procurement and fleet. Graham has a passion for food, cooking and travel, along with leading an active lifestyle through distance running.
Richard Totty
Richard TottyTechnical Manager for Compensation Grouting, Euston Approaches
Richard joined the company in 2003, starting off in the design team and then on to operations, where he specialised in grouting and worked on the King’s Cross Underground Station redevelopment, followed by a secondment in Vietnam, Hong Kong and Kentucky, USA. Upon returning to the UK, Richard became Senior Technical Engineer on Crossrail 510 and then Project Manager on the Bond Street Station upgrade, before moving to his current role of Senior Design Engineer. Alongside his busy schedule, Richard is a STEM ambassador and has played a key role in promoting Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) within the workplace.
Read: Richard’s Blog On Driving Change Through Inclusivity
Andy West
Andy WestCommercial Manager
With nearly 40 years in the construction industry, Andy is an experienced and respected employee of Bachy Soletanche. During his 27 years with the business, Andy has been responsible for the contractual relationships we hold with our clients, subcontractors and suppliers. Key to the success of his role, is being able to amicably resolve contract negotiations for the benefit of all parties. A keen football fan, Andy is an ever-optimistic supporter of Plymouth Argyle.
Read: Andy’s Insider Update On His Career
Sophie Vicard
Sophie VicardGeotechnical Project Manager
Born in the French Alps, Sophie came over to the UK to complete an internship for her Geotechnical Engineering Master’s degree in 2013 and has been here ever since. With eight years in the industry, Sophie has been involved in core business and major projects, including recently leading the geotechnical works at the Thames Tideway Tunnel and as a Site Engineer on the Lee Tunnel project. Sophie is a self-confessed hard worker, but when she does give herself a break, she enjoys travelling, hiking, and reading on her balcony with a nice glass of wine.
Read: Sophie’s Blog On Gender Balance In Construction
Ruth Webster
Ruth WebsterSenior Contract Engineer
Starting off her career as a receptionist at Bachy Soletanche, Ruth has worked her way up through the company to her current role of Senior Contract Engineer, which she began in 2017. Ruth discovered her love for engineering after securing a contract engineering apprenticeship at the company in 2007. She is also regularly invited to speak to university students to offer advice on getting into the industry. When Ruth is not busy overseeing projects, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Read: Ruth’s Blog On Her Pathway To Success

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