Owner, Founder & ChairmanView bio
Owner, Founder & Chairman
Peter started Sanctus with the aim of providing smart solutions to highly technical issues delivered with great practicality and being commercially sensitive, delivering what the client wants and when.
The ethos is to employ the best people, train, nurture, reward and praise and make them part of the journey, this has created a culture of smart working, happy and loyal staff.
The business has grown through sustainable organic growth, never chasing sales and only undertaking the right contracts, this plan has seen the company grow steadily and always delivering an annual profit.
In May 2019, Peter took a step back due to personal circumstances and a planned handover to Shaun who became Managing Director, he is now Chairman and shares his time between the strategic overview of Sanctus and managing the sister company Sanctus Training, the property business Sanctus Group Holdings, the Lifestyle and Wine business Kingsthorne as well several other business interests.
Owner, Founder & ChairmanView bio
Shaun is Managing Director of Sanctus.
Shaun uniquely combines technical excellence, commercial drive and experience of practical delivery to help clients and partners unlock sites others think impossible.
Shaun has worked on some of the most important and industry defining remediation and ground engineering projects including redevelopment of the Richborough Power Station, the remediation of Wheathampstead Pesticide Factory and the high consequence demolition of Sharpness Docks.
Under Shaun’s leadership Sanctus continue to secure numerous national awards including being named 2020 Business Leaders Awards – Best Green Business and Best Place to Work in Gloucestershire in 2019 as well as a suite of specialist remediation, ground engineering and demolition awards.
Shaun has been at Sanctus from the outset and working alongside it’s founder Peter Cooke is proud to have grown Sanctus into the industry leader it is today.
Managing DirectorView bio
Alex Willison is our Contracts Director responsible for the operational, technical and commercial delivery of projects.
Alex believes in providing innovative and sustainable engineering solutions that prove beneficial both environmentally and commercially for our clients.
Alex has secured, supported and delivered many large scale projects working alongside various clients and organisations, utilising his wealth of experience to provide confident liaison with all project stakeholders.
Alex started in industry back in 1999, starting out within the mineral exploration & extraction and the oil & gas industry. He subsequently moved into the environmental regeneration sector and has over 18 years’ experience in enabling works, ground remediation, civil engineering and environmental enhancements in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
Alex holds a degree in Geology and numerous other industry accreditations.
Contracts DirectorView bio
Lewis is a Site Supervisor who works within Sanctus specialising in management of site personnel.
Lewis is experienced in the practical implementation and day to day on-site management of construction and contaminated land remediation schemes, specialising in asbestos supervision.
Lewis worked on the Award Winning Sharpness Docks project, working in very challenging circumstances to achieve incredible results.
Lewis started in the asbestos removal industry in 2014 and is an ARCA certified Asbestos Supervisor.
Site SupervisorView bio
Irek is an IT Manager who has worked for Sanctus since 2016.
He knows that IT is a vital aspect of the business affecting day to day management of the company and so must be run with the utmost care, attention and efficiency.
Irek is an IT professional working within IT from 1996, he graduated from Polytechnical University of Rzeszów.
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Piers is a Project Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in Environmental & Ground Remediation, Geotechnical Engineering, and the delivery of Environmental Works packages.
Piers feels that the works carried out by Sanctus have contributed to the environmental shift towards a ‘greener’ and more environmentally conscious mindset with regards to the UK’s wider infrastructure expansion. The relatively recent shift towards the procurement and development of ‘Brownfield’ sites over ‘Greenfield’, has gone a long way to minimising the destruction and depletion of valuable ecology and environment, as well as slowing the overall rate of urban sprawl; and Piers has been proud to be a part of it.
Over the years Piers has managed and delivered a number of Environmental and Enabling works packages, and has been at the helm on projects throughout some more challenging weather periods. Over the years he has gained experience in the field of enabling works & remediation, but has taken particular interest in the more technical aspects of those projects, favouring involvement in Geotechnical projects, as well as those projects requiring the varying degrees of surveying engineering often required.
More recently he has been involved with works that focus more on environmental and ecological improvement. Completing a recent project enabling the relocation and release of breeding beaver pairs in Derbyshire, as part of the UK’s wider Beaver Reintroduction Scheme.
Piers holds a MRes in Earth Sciences & Geophysics from Bristol University, and a BSc in Geography from Staffordshire University. He started in the industry in 2013 and holds a Level 6 Diploma in Construction Site Management, as well as being a fully Licensed Asbestos Supervisor.
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John Cossins- Price is a Site Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in environmental improvement and non-native invasive species treatment and eradication.
John enjoys and highly values the vital work that he carries out to improve Britain’s waterways, restoring the rivers and creating habitats in highly sensitive natural environments and urban water courses.
He was responsible for the project management and the delivery of the Severn Rivers Programme of river restoration, barrier removal and habitat creation along 20km stretch of the River Severn and its tributaries. This award-winning project saw seen Sanctus remove many historic industrial structures.
John started in the industry in 2007 and holds a multitude of relevant training certificates including SMSTS, NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides and various plant operative CPCS cards.
Site ManagerView bio
Lee Fawlk is a Site manager who works within Sanctus specialising running sites to the highest standards, particularly in the field of groundwork investigation.
Lee believes in the job being done correctly ensuring health and safety at any site is implemented and that work is carried out according to published method statements in a judicious and practical manner.
In the 5 years Lee has been at Sanctus he has worked on a variety of important projects. The most notable being –
Lee started at Sanctus 2016 and has been in the groundwork industry for the past 20 years.
Site ManagerView bio
Russell Crook is a Site Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in demolition, earthworks and remediation.
Russell has 30 years experience working in the industry so has a huge amount of knowledge and expertise across all areas of Sanctus’ works.
He can operate a wide variety of plant including 360 excavator, telehandler, forward tipping dumper and roller.
Site ManagerView bio
Georgia Honeyman carries out Administrative Support within Sanctus Limited and Sanctus Training Limited providing admin support to all areas of the company.
Georgia believes that administrative work is an important role as she provides support to all areas of the business and the Directors and also ensures that no matter how big or small the job is, that it is done on time, to an efficient and quality standard.
Georgia started in the industry in 2021. Her biggest life achievements are being a Senior corporal Army Cadet and completing a series of courses learning how to fire multiple different rifles.
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Bradley Winchle is a Site Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in remediation.
Bradley is proud of what Sanctus achieves on projects that he has worked on, that site is made to be safe and usable to the end user as well as impacting the environment as little as possible during the works.
Bradley has worked on some of Sanctus most prestigious and challenging projects. Richborough converter station, RCA Battersea and Kings quarter in Gloucester. Which has broadened his skills and knowledge while remediating power stations and petrol stations which contained a large spectrum of contamination and archaeological constraints.
Bradley started in the industry in 2004 and holds a NVQ level 6 in site management. He is also a CPCS competent operator for forward tipping dumper, slinger/signaller, 360 excavator (above and below 10tonnes( with lifting operations, crane/lifting operations supervisor and a vehicle marshal. Other achieved training FAW, ARCA licenced asbestos supervisor, confined spaces.
Site ManagerView bio
David Moreing is a Project Manager and works within the Sanctus Group specialising in Civil Engineering, Utilities and Ground Remediation.
David believes that the works Sanctus undertake on ‘Green’ and in particular ‘Brownfield’ sites through their specialised, innovative, and the more traditional remediation techniques, combined with offering and undertaking ‘Enabling works packages’ allow for a more cost effective, and ‘Site ready handover’ to the client and their chosen Main Contractor.
David has been involved in a number of differing projects, utilising his experience, knowledge and skills on a wide spectrum of projects ranging from:
• Exeter: Earthworks and Enabling works on a former landfill site for a new Solar Farm.
• Wokingham: Upgrading of Reservoir Dam & Installation of insitu reinforced concrete and precast concrete culvert sections within large cofferdam to form new Main and Auxiliary Spillways & Footpaths within a Country Park.
• Croydon: Installation of Concrete Retaining wall panels on mass fill (circa 3m-5m deep) and RC strip foundations. Forming of piling mat.
• Royal College of Arts, Battersea: Remediation and removal of Asbestos contaminated soils, bioremediation of Hydrocarbon impacted soils, Piling mat installation.
• Bristol: Demolition of existing warehouse buildings, including removal of Asbestos lagging, board and roof sheets. Diversion of mains utilities – HP & MP Gas, HV & LV Electric, Mains Water, Virgin Media and BT fibre optic cables. Construction of new highway section including foul and storm water diversions and connections to existing systems to adoptable standards. Pile mat preparation and installation of Auger pile foundations.
David started in the industry in 1985 gaining valuable experience at ground level before progressing to supervisory then site management roles. David has attended and passed several training courses to ensure he is able meet todays required standards for managing a site and personnel in a safe and productive manner.
Project ManagerView bio
Sebastian Taylor is an Environmental Engineer who works within Sanctus specialising in contaminated land, specifically the development of Conceptual Site Models and the implementation of sustainability within the remediation process.
Sebastian believes in the development of innovative solutions to maximise the potential of environmental programmes as well as contributing to the clean – up and regeneration of contaminated land.
Most recently, as part of his placement, Sebastian has been gaining exposure to both environmental and remediation schemes to broaden his experience which in his placement period have included:
Sebastian recently started with Sanctus in 2021 starting his career as part of the placement period during his Environmental Consultancy MSc programme at the University of Plymouth.
Sebastian currently holds a 2:1 in Geology (BSc) and is awaiting his degree mark for his Master’s programme.
Environmental EngineerView bio
Ben Tipping is a Commercial Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in Earthworks, Civil Engineering, Waste Management and Building Construction.
Ben believes in collaborative working as this enables the bringing together of diverse disciplines to drive efficiency and performance.
Ben has worked across multiple sectors on projects such as HS2, Hinckley Point C and Smart Motorways where collaboratively he was able to deliver significant value engineering solutions.
Ben started in the industry in 2004 and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Ben holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management from Reading University.
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Jake Hanham is a Technical Co-Ordinator who works within Sanctus specialising in the production of technical drawings & 2D/ 3D modelling.
Jake believes the outputs from his work allows for improved support relating to tendering practices, site based operations and client progress updates.
Jake provides support to almost every job that comes through the door since joining, ranging from large scale specialist Earthworks projects to small site investigations.
Jake started in the industry in 2013 and is a certified AutoCAD and LSS Operator.
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Matthew Hole is a Environmental Engineer, who works within Sanctus, specialising in on site remediation and licensed and non-licensed asbestos works and remediation.
Matt is committed to ensuring on site remediation is delivered to provide the best value to the client while improving the environment and leaving a legacy for generations to come while removing the hazards posed by asbestos and contamination on brownfield sites.
Matt has been involved with a number of asbestos and remediation schemes, ranging from small asbestos removal projects to multimillion remediation projects to deliver much needed education facilities in Portsmouth.
Matt joined Sanctus in 2018, starting his career in the industry following his undergraduate degree. Matt holds a upper second class degree in Geology from Plymouth University.
Environmental EngineerView bio
Senior Environmental Engineer
Thomas Levick is a Senior Geo-Environmental Engineer specialising in Risk Assessment and Technical Delivery, while championing Environmental Improvements and Sustainable Re-use of soils.
Tom is passionate about improving the environment today for generations to come tomorrow. He believes there to be good satisfaction in seeing improvements delivered facilitating growth and development particularly for brownfield legacy sites and actively mentors students and team members throughout their development.
Thomas has delivered a range of schemes with clients from Local Authorities, Defence, Waste Sectors to Wildlife Trusts and other Charitable Groups with project and input values ranging from thousands to tens of millions of pounds. Tom has had parts to play in various high profile infrastructure schemes including HS2, Smart Motorways and Transpennine Route Upgrades as well as Transport for Wales Schemes.
Tom started in the industry in 2010 and is a Chartered Environmentalist, Qualified Person and Registered Risk Assessor for Ground Gas, Controlled Waters and Human Health.
Tom holds an undergraduate degree in Earth Science from Durham University, which is supplemented by Post Graduate Qualifications in Environmental Hydrogeology from Cardiff University and Geotechnical Engineering and Management from the University of Birmingham.
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Senior Environmental Engineer
Jonathan is a Senior Environmental Engineer who works within Sanctus specialising in the investigation, assessment and remediation of Brownfield land.
Jonathan firmly believes that the remediation and subsequent use of Brownfield land for development should take precedence over the destruction of pre-existing and untouched greenfield sites.
Jonathan has worked on a multitude of varied remediation and enabling works projects, with industrial legacies including gas works, coking works, power stations, petrol filing station and many many more.
Jonathan holds a Masters in Contaminated Land and Groundwater from Reading University, and is a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Starting in the contaminated land industry in 2002 Jonathan remembers the first release of CLEA.
Jonathan is an award winning photographer having collected the award for two years running at the highly prestigious Brownfield Awards Ceremony.
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Debi Jones is the Accounts Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in the smooth running of the accounts department and providing up to date detailed information to the directors.
Debi believes that the relationship with our customers and suppliers is of utmost importance and this is reflected within our punctuality and accuracy of our processes.
Debi plays an active role from the day to day management of Sanctus’s jobs through to the completion of the relevant compliance work.
Debi started in the accounting industry in 1997 and became a fully qualified accountant in 2004 where she was dealing with a wide range of industries. Her valuable working knowledge has then been implemented within Sanctus.
Debi holds MAAT and FACCA certifications.
Accounts ManagerView bio
Adam is an Environmental Engineer who works within Sanctus specialising in site investigations and environmental risk assessments, including land contamination and human impacted riverine habitats.
He believes that the remediation and reuse of brownfield land and restoration of natural habitats is essential to protect the remaining green spaces and achieve the necessary sustainability targets to protect the environment and improve biodiversity, both locally and regionally.
Adam has worked on a wide range of large-scale and complex projects nationwide, from the remediation of historic landfills below school playing fields, to the rejuvenation of former power station sites, to the restoration of silted up ponds and the removal of historic weirs to improve the interconnectedness of river systems.
Adam started in the industry in 2014 and holds a Masters Degree in Applied Environmental Geology and a Bachelors degree in Environmental Geoscience from Cardiff University.
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Alexa started in the industry in 2006 and is now Sanctus’ Technical Manager specialising in bid management, accreditations and waste classification.
Alexa has enjoyed a variety of roles during her 15 years working for Sanctus helping her to gain valuable experience across all aspects of the business including technical site reviews, chemical analysis and tendering making her an important long standing member of the team.
Alexa has helped the company to achieve a number of invaluable accreditations during this time, ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO45001, CHAS, SafeContractor, Constructionline, to name a few, demonstrating the company’s dedication to quality, the environment and health and safety in all aspects of their works.
She holds a upper second class degree in Chemistry with Forensic Analysis BSc from Loughborough University.
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Health, Safety & Environmental Manager
Angie Shaw is a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in all matters relating to occupational health and safety and well-being; and compliance with International Standards for Quality, Environment, Safety and Competence Management, and safety systems in procurement awarding bodies.
Angie believes that a safe workplace promotes a high standard of worker engagement, reduces stress and promotes good mental health, which contributes to a high quality product and client confidence.
Angie supports projects, from input to tender through delivery, providing guidance and advice on site, including auditing and task specific training.
Angie started in the industry in 2004 and holds NEBOSH General and Construction qualifications, Arca (Asbestos) Contracts Manager and Site Management Safety Training Scheme certification.
Health, Safety & Environmental ManagerView bio
Melanie Reed is an Accounts Administrator who works within Sanctus specialising in the day to day running of the accounts department alongside the accountant, keeping suppliers paid promptly and dealing with their queries. She also pays the staff salaries and expenses.
Melanie is a positive member of the team who believes that good customer service is paramount and aims to reflect the professionalism of the company in all that she does.
Melanie started in the industry in 2006 and continues to enjoy being part of the Sanctus family.
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Chris is a Procurement Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in the hire of plant and equipment and subcontractors; the purchasing of aggregates, plant and materials; and the disposal of contaminated soils.
Chris knows that Sanctus’ reputation is reflected by the quality of our hiring and purchasing, and seeks to make relationships with companies and suppliers that offer exceptional standards of service and expertise.
Chris has worked on site in both engineering and site management roles, as well as in his current role supporting our operational sites with the hire and purchase of plant and equipment, pricing exercises and tender opportunities. Chris has significant site experience in the management of asbestos-contaminated soils and sub-surface demolition, having been involved in six separate contracts on the Slough Industrial Estate, helping to secure repeat business for Sanctus with the deliverance of quality work. In addition to this, Chris has worked up and down the country on former gasworks, hospitals, power stations, railway sidings and heavy industrial land use, which has provided a good background, experience and working knowledge for the procurement for our current sites and projects across the industry.
Chris started in the industry in 2007 and is an Engineer by trade, and still holds many industry related training and certificates, including plant tickets.
Chris holds a BSc in Geology, and MSc in Applied Environmental Geology from Cardiff University.
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Aiden is an Environmental Engineer who works within Sanctus specialising in ecology, sediment mitigation/control measures and regulatory liaising including supporting information for this process.
Aiden is driven by his passion for improving natural environments and allowing the integration of these into modern human society, giving the most benefit to both species present in these habitats and local residents who will be affected by the works.
Aiden has supported and worked on many of our environmental remediation works with the occasional support on our groundwork’s remediation packages. His most compelling work has been the involvement with two of our projects, Everards Meadows and Aylestone Meadows, which were nominated for both Brownfield Awards and Construction News Awards in 2021. One of his many tasks within these works was the welfare and instruction of our volunteers on site during rigorous tree planting and seeding regimes. This training of volunteers from the local community has contributed to our nomination for the community engagement award 2021.
Aiden started in the industry in December 2020 and holds a bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Reading.
Environmental EngineerView bio
Construction Design Manager
Rob Lucas is a Construction Design Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in all aspects of enabling works/ groundworks and temporary works including tendering, programming, design and value engineering through to managing the successful completion of the works on site.
Rob brings nearly 40 years of knowledge and first-hand practical experience from his Civil Engineering background and groundworks career built up from working hands-on as an engineer on highways, utility and drainage diversions, bulk excavation, façade retentions, insitu and pre-cast concrete structures and working for almost 20 years as a successful Contracts Manager. Rob has also worked as Site Manager and Projects Manager for larger building companies as a team member in planning and constructing schools, Ministry of Defence buildings, retail and private sector developments so also understands concrete, timber and steel frame construction through to, and including various forms of cladding, roofing, M&E, landscaping and soft finishes and recently diversified into river regeneration projects.
Rob has helped secure a number of remediation, demolition and construction projects for Sanctus including, but not limited to, Unity Street in Bristol which involved façade retentions, service diversions, asbestos removal before demolition of several warehouse buildings prior to overseeing archaeological investigation works, CFA piled foundations, sheet piled coffer dam and supporting structures to comply with adjoining party wall requirements, diversion and construction of an adoptable highway including liaison with utility landlords to reroute services and local council Highways departments for Section 50, TTRO and parking restrictions. He has also had a large involvement in the regeneration of Bath with the new bus and train station on Dorchester Street, new student accommodation on the Lower Bristol Road and more recently for Sanctus, the demolition and remediation at Saw Close for a new hotel and casino, service diversions, demolition and remediation for new accommodation over retail units at Roseberry Road and remediation and design and build contiguous piled retaining wall and capping beam with natural bath stone finishes for gas diversions and gas governor compound prior to development of the land at Windsor Bridge Road.
Rob started in the industry in 1982 during his school holidays so was learning how buildings were constructed from an early age which fuelled his enthusiasm in achieving a BEng (hons) degree in Civil Engineering. He graduated from Plymouth Polytechnic in 1989 before saving up and travelling around the world for a year prior to settling down to work as a Civil Engineer.
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Dan Ingram is the Asbestos Manager for Sanctus and is responsible for all asbestos operations and company / client compliance. He has a wide ranging skill set and specialises in asbestos assessment, removal and remediation.
Dan has set the standards within the company and has supported various working groups over many years with the aim of also raising standards across the industry. He believes that the key to successful and safe asbestos removal and remediation starts with task specific training, providing the relevant information and instruction to help personnel develop key skills and competencies over time.
Dan has successfully planned and implemented hundreds of projects, some which have required an extremely technical or forward thinking approach. He has been involved with award winning projects including Sharpness Docks and Leeds College of Arts. Some of the major projects include Project Nemo @ Richborough Power Station and remediation of The Mound @ Elstree Film Studios.
Dan started his career in 2005 as a removal operative and having developed skills, experience and competencies in various sectors of the industry is now an accredited UKATA trainer, approved face fit tester, BOHS certified asbestos surveyor, HSE senior licence holder and contract manager. In addition to this, Dan has also completed a wide range of health and safety, demolition and teacher/trainer qualifications.
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Senior Project Manager
Stephen McNally is a Senior Project Manager who works within Sanctus specialising in Remediation and Civil Engineering aspects of operations.
Stephen believes that the works Sanctus undertake are not only of great benefit to our clients but knows that our remediation and environmental works provide a huge benefit to the country and the environment/planet as a whole.
Stephen has managed many large remediation and environmental projects from large quarry infill works, to enable the construction of new local infrastructure and housing, important remediation contracts to ensure the safe clean-up of pesticide contaminated soils adjacent to an important chalk bed river and large river rewilding projects to remove traces of past industrialisation, returning the river to a more natural and safe condition.
Stephen started in the industry in 1982 joining the Royal Engineers of the British Army. Having travelled the world over 24 years of service, planning, designing and controlling numerous large civil engineering works, Stephen moved into the civilian Remediation and Civil Engineering industry bringing his military experience and ethos to ensure safe, accurate and efficient operations on all his works.
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