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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barry Osborn
Barry OsbornCore Operations Manager
Responsible for Core Operations, Barry has been in the industry for over 30 years, starting out at piling contractor in South Africa, during his university industrial year. His responsibilities include overall performance, operational excellence and health, safety and wellbeing of employees. Barry has a love of motorbiking and enjoys keeping fit playing squash.
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.
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.
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.

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