New leadership team for decommissioning specialist

Decommissioning consultancy RVA Group has strengthened its management board with two employee promotions and the appointment of four additional members of staff.

Long-standing colleague Matthew Waller has taken on the role of operations director, following 10 years with the company. Having joined as project manager but more recently responsible for group EHS (environmental, health and safety) excellence – as well as the delivery of engineering projects worldwide – he will now oversee the entire front end of the business.

Also appointed to the board is Mark Taylor as engineering consultancy director – an extensively qualified civil engineer responsible for the management and quality control of RVA’s global consultancy projects. He joined RVA as a project manager back in 2006.

With their continuing roles on the senior leadership team, Matthew and Mark will also contribute to the strategic direction of the company, as RVA prepares for its next phase of growth.

Commenting on the organisational restructure, founder and managing director Richard Vann explained: “In November 2017, RVA was acquired by Energetický a průmyslový holding (EPH), via its wholly owned subsidiary EP UK Investments Ltd. The news came in the month that we celebrated 25 years in business, and it marked the latest chapter in preparing a company fit for the future.

“This next generation of leadership has injected an added level of dynamism into the organisation. Matthew and Mark are experienced, technically astute and likeable team members, who are extremely embracing of change – all are important qualities as we head into our next quarter of a century.”

The promotions coincide with the appointment of three other highly-qualified engineering professionals.

Adam O’Neill is a commercially aware project manager who has spent his career working in the power generation, nuclear, construction and building services. He is joined by fellow project managers Carl Fawkes, with a background in subsea engineering and decommissioning; and Chris Donnelly who has eight years’ demolition project management experience.

With further roles potentially on the horizon, Richard elaborated “We invest continuously in the development of our people, because such ongoing learning is crucial in our inherently high-hazard world. But the welcoming of ‘new blood’ – to complement our existing talent – is also important.

“It means we’re now well equipped to tackle even more UK and international projects in 2019 and beyond.”

Headquartered in London – and with experience working in the global chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, power, energy, oil, gas and heavy manufacturing industries – RVA’s multi-disciplined engineering team has completed more than 770 large-scale and complex projects worldwide. Other members of the management board include Ian Wharton who takes on the responsibility of strategic development director, and business manager Lilia Russell.