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Our leadership approach reflects and demonstrates Altrad’s mission, vision and values.

Our team has a drive to deliver excellence and be the most trusted and valued support services company.

Padraig Somers

CEO of Altrad UK, Ireland & Nordics

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Padraig Somers

Padraig Somers joined Altrad in April 2002 and was appointed CEO of Altrad UK, Ireland & Nordics in June 2019.

Padraig has held numerous operational and leadership roles since joining Hertel UK & Ireland (now a subsidiary company of Altrad), most recently with Altrad Holdings, overseeing the integration of acquisitions to form the new Altrad Services businesses in the UK and in Asia Pacific.

With 25 years‘ experience in managing businesses operating in the oil and gas, nuclear, power generation, steel and heavy process industries, Padraig is well positioned to lead the growth driven agenda at Altrad.

Padraig also sits on the engineering construction industry training board (ECITB) Management Board a public body organisation that works with employers and training providers to give the engineering construction industry workforce the skills it needs to meet the challenges of the future.

John Walsh

Finance Director

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Padraig Somers

John Walsh joined Altrad in August 2017.

John is responsible for Altrad’s finance and business support services teams including; corporate and operational finance, accounts payable and receivable, procurement, fleet, and the enterprise resource platform (ERP).

John has been the architect of Altrad‘s ERP system development, which provides market leading financial management and cost reporting information.

Moreover, John has led the evolution of Altrad‘s corporate structure to streamline the cost base whilst managing risk and developing the controls and processes to provide strong governance in a cost-efficient manner.

Prior to joining Altrad, John held similar positions at KPMG between 1988-1993 and Balfour Beatty between 1993-2017, five years of which, were based overseas in the USA.

Peter Hughes

Director of Business Development & Strategy

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Peter Hughes joined Altrad in January 2020.

Peter is responsible for Altrad’s future strategy, its business development activities and all internal and external communications. In addition to his role at Altrad, Peter also sits on the Management Board of the Engineering Construction Industry Association (ECIA).

A seasoned professional with over 30 years’ experience across the oil & gas, petrochemical, nuclear and conventional and renewable power generation markets, with extensive experience of driving a strategic growth agenda at Board level.

Prior to joining Altrad, Peter was part of the leadership team of Black & Veatch, an international engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company, for whom he worked for five and a half years, whilst also holding a Board position for MBV (a Black & Veatch Joint Venture company) and an Advisory Board position for POWERGEN-Europe.

During his career Peter has held several other high-profile business development roles including the Group Business Development Director role for Cape PLC (now a subsidiary company of Altrad).

David Fitzsimons

Managing Director

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David Fitzsimons joined Altrad in April 1997.

David has multiple areas of responsibility for Altrad‘s operations across the UK & Ireland. He has day to day responsibility for Altrad‘s specialist services businesses; Altrad Motherwell Bridge and Altrad York Linings. David also has functional responsibility for Altrad‘s technical authorities, rope access, access design and company assets.

In addition, David is also the executive committee (EXCO) focal point for health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) – supporting the business unit directors with HSEQ strategic direction, guidance and support.

An accomplished professional with over 30 years’ experience across the oil & gas, petrochemical, nuclear and conventional and renewable power generation markets.

Prior to his current role at Altrad, David held the position of Managing Director of Hertel UK & Ireland (now a subsidiary company of Altrad).

Tony Jester

Managing Director

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Tony Jester joined Altrad in May 2017.

Tony is responsible for supporting the UK operational business units in delivering its commitments to clients and ensuring operational excellence in the services provided.

Tony works with all Altrad’s operations and functional support teams to deliver their strategic objectives, positioning the business to deliver extraordinary outcomes for our clients. Tony is also responsible for leading the digital transformation activities within the business.

In addition to his role at Altrad, Tony is a member of the institute of engineering and technology (IET) and works as a coach for the Cranfield Trust – a charitable foundation attached to Cranfield University working to support local charities who need professional leadership, mentoring and support.

Prior to joining Altrad, Tony started his career with ICI as an electrical apprentice moving through several roles before joining the Kvaerner Group as Vice President of Operations for the UK business.

Alex Spence

Human Resources Director

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Alex Spence joined Altrad in September 2007.

The true value of Altrad resides within our people and Alex is responsible for delivering Altrad’s people strategy. Alex oversees a range of human resources (HR) functions including; the central HR department, regional HR business partners, payroll, recruitment and learning & development.

Alex has over 25 years’ experience across the oil & gas, petrochemical, nuclear and conventional and renewable power generation markets.

Prior to joining Altrad, Alex held a variety of HR leadership roles at Amec, Aker Kvaerner and Cape PLC (now a subsidiary company of Altrad). Alex has also spent time overseas – he was based in Singapore for two years as the HR Director for Asia Pacific and Australia.

Alex is also a member of the Law Society and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD).

Steve Turner

UK Commercial Director

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Steve Turner joined Altrad in April 2008.

Steve is responsible for Altrad’s commercial strategy for the UK & Ireland and ensuring the implementation of robust commercial controls to secure the appropriate financial returns and mitigating risk for the business.

Steve’s responsibilities extend to supporting the business with its work winning activities, developing novel commercial models and contractual arrangements that align with the precise needs of our clients.

Steve has a background in civil engineering, having worked for several major UK civil contractors including Balfour Beatty and Henry Boot. In addition, he also worked in the social housing maintenance sector for a period with Wilmott Dixon.

In his previous role as Commercial Director for Cape PLC (now a subsidiary company of Altrad), Steve’s role required extensive travel to the regional businesses in the Middle East, Far East, Australia and Azerbaijan.

During his career Steve has held several other high-profile board level roles for Ship Support Services Limited (a joint venture company of Cape and Wood) and SOCARCAPE (a joint venture company of SOCAR and Cape).

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