Our People

James Roy

James Roy is finding our open and supportive learning culture invaluable as he settles into his new role as Sustainability Manager.

James Roy

“It’s a very friendly atmosphere”

Having studied marine biology at university, James Roy is finding our open and supportive learning culture invaluable as he settles into his new role as Sustainability Manager.

James joined us in September following work experience on 33 Grosvenor Street in London in June.

The placement opened James’s eyes to the many career opportunities the industry has to offer and to the multi-faceted nature of a modern construction project.

Since coming on board James has found the mentoring and support he has received from colleagues both on site and across the company a real bonus.

“Everyone on site is really helpful, because they understand that even if you’ve done an engineering degree, it’s not the same as working on a job.

“And it’s reassuring that if you don’t know something there are hundreds of people you can ask. Not just your line manager or the people on your site; there are people right across the business you can contact.”


Meet the team

  1. Max Hacon

    Max Hacon

    After graduating in Civil Engineering at Bristol University, Max joined us in January 2018. We caught up with him to find out more about the start of his career with us.

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  2. Ella Mills

    Ella Mills

    Ella is undertaking a Planning Apprenticeship, whilst studying Construction Management at London Southbank Uni. We caught up with Ella to learn about her experiences so far.

    Read more about Ella Mills
  3. Luigi Pettinato

    Luigi Pettinato

    Luigi completed his studies and started out on his engineering career in his home country of Italy. We were pleased to welcome him to our team in May 2018, after he had relocated to the UK. We spoke to him about the move and his experiences with us.

    Read more about Luigi Pettinato
  4. Jack Arnold

    Jack Arnold

    Jack joined the business in 2014 after two placements with us during his degree in Construction Engineering Management at Loughborough University. We caught up with him to get his take on working at Sir Robert McAlpine.

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  5. Peter Vlaar

    Peter Vlaar

    After studying Building Engineering in the Netherlands, Peter started his career as a 3D modeller in 2008, then joined a large Dutch contractor as a BIM Specialist in 2011 – before joining us in 2017. We spoke to Peter about his decision to join us and what it’s like to work here.

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  6. Placement Student Sam Davey

    Sam Davey

    Sam is one of the undergraduate students we are sponsoring through their studies. As he is currently on his Industrial Placement year with us, we took the opportunity to chat to him about his experiences and plans for the future.

    Read more about Sam Davey
  7. Stuart Pendleton

    Stuart Pendleton

    Stuart had worked in construction management on both the client-side and contractor-side before he joined us in summer 2018 as a Bid Manager. We spoke to him about his move and his first impressions of the company.

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  8. Charmaine Myers

    Karla Jiggins

    Karla is one of many members of our team who’ve achieved over ten years’ service at Sir Robert McAlpine. Unusually for a Quantity Surveyor, she initially graduated and worked in Human Resources. We spoke to her about her switch and her career here.

    Read more about Karla Jiggins
  9. Helen Denham

    Helen started her career as a Veterinary Nurse and went on to work in Wildlife Conservation and Land Management. After achieving an Open University Human Geography Degree at 38, she joined the construction industry.

    Read more about Helen Denham