Bilfinger GVA announces senior appointments in Liverpool

Friday, 04 September 2015

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Bilfinger GVA’s Patrick Whitby is taking on the role of leading the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) estate services contract. This is a substantial commission for Bilfinger GVA and its Energy and Natural Resources Business Unit. With 17 sites spread throughout the UK, this change in emphasis will provide a high level of client and business focus for the company.

Stephen Cowperthwaite will replace Patrick as regional senior director and head of the Liverpool office with effect from today, Tuesday 1st September.

Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in the property market specialising in the retail sector, advising major food retailers, large space occupiers, high street retailers and landlords on a broad spectrum of property related matters. Stephen has previously worked at GL Hearn, Mason Owen and the Valuation Office Agency.

His promotion will see him lead and strengthen the Liverpool team’s Northern offer which has seen significant growth. Bilfinger GVA has now been in Liverpool for over 10 years and has seen its turnover increase substantially over the last two years with a corresponding increase in staff numbers to the current level of thirty.

Malcolm Whetstone, managing director at Bilfinger GVA, said: “These changes will strengthen our business both with the NDA, a key national client, and also within the Merseyside region with Stephen taking on the role of office head. He is well-known locally and his proven leadership skills will enable further development and growth of the office."

Stephen said of his new role: "There are exciting times ahead for the Liverpool office and the wider Liverpool City Region. I am very much looking forward to guiding the team forward and further developing the profile of Bilfinger GVA."