Meet the team

Meet the change-makers.

Our team of highly experienced engineers, operations specialists, world-class designers and strategic masterminds have their sights set on total transformation for social housing. Together we can develop innovative, sustainable communities where individuals and families can thrive.

Mark Powell

Managing Director

Tony Williams

Business Development Director

Nick Towe

Commercial Director

Peter Lewis

Programme Director

Richard Weeks

Technical Director

John Judge

Operations Director

Sue Foster

Campaign & Event Director

Sam Mathias

Campaign & Event Manager

Elizabeth Moore

Finance Director

Jill Given

QSSE Business Partner

Alice Brooks

Legal Counsel

Ruth Vasse

HR Business Partner

Harry Townley

Business Development

Mike McNicholas

Atkins, Infrastructure Managing Director & EDAROTH sponsor

Ayesha Ghazli

Key Account Management Co-ordinator

Mark Powell

Managing Director, EDAROTH

Tell us about your role in EDAROTH.

I’ve been with EDAROTH from the beginning and am now Managing Director of the business, which is a subsidiary of Atkins. It’s been my role to set up EDAROTH as a development arm to tackle the social and affordable housing crisis.

What’s your background?

Originally from an architectural background, I’ve had successful roles as Harrods Group’s Development Director, Selfridges’ Property Director and Dunnhumby’s (a Tesco subsidiary) Global Property Director, as well as managing the London Stock Exchange’s property portfolio.

My most recent role was as Atkins’ Development Director in the Cities and Development Market team. There I was responsible for engaging with Atkins’ public – and private-sector clients, advising on their development strategies and delivery plans.

Do you have a ‘stand-out’ moment at EDAROTH?

Establishing EDAROTH as a viable solution and competitor in the social and affordable housing market has been a big part of my role. It’s great to see this coming to fruition.

Tony Williams

Business Development Director, EDAROTH

Tell us about your role in EDAROTH.

It’s my role to lead the business in establishing and building strategic relationships with a diverse range of central and local government, private, and third-sector stakeholders and clients. My team finds and delivers solutions for their changing strategic and operational requirements in fast-moving and challenging political and economic climates.

What’s your background?

I’ve led operational business units in a wide range of services, including multidisciplinary design and FM, as well as heading up multi-service strategic outsourcing partnerships with a number of local authority clients. So it might be surprising to learn that my early career was as an officer in the Royal Engineers!

What’s been your biggest career challenge?

Working with the MoD’s Defence Procurement Agency in the 90s was a big challenge, which is just the nature of working for a high-profile public body. Incredibly rewarding though.

Do you have a ‘stand-out’ moment at EDAROTH?

It’s been a fast-paced year since I joined in 2019. So I’d say all of it was ‘stand out’ so far.

Nick Towe

Commercial Director, EDAROTH

Tell us about your role in EDAROTH.

I have significant experience in residential and mixed-use development across the UK, from market and social house building to the development of primary care infrastructure through NHS LIFT. At EDAROTH, I’m responsible for all aspects of development management, commercial contracts and funding.

What’s your background?

My career started in land acquisition and planning with the Berkeley Group, before establishing the Midlands regional office for Charles Church and then moving to Miller Homes. I joined Atkins from Morgan Sindall Investments, where I established several development joint ventures. My biggest was the roll out of an exemplar form of supported-living social housing for vulnerable adults, which included the building of over 1000 homes.

What’s been your biggest career challenge?

It has to be advising the top levels of our government on housing benefit policy for vulnerable people. Using my experience to have a positive impact on society and on those in need was a career high for me. It’s something I also hope to do at EDAROTH.

Peter Lewis

Programme Director, EDAROTH

Tell us about your role in EDAROTH.

Within Atkins, I’ve specialised in the delivery of portfolios of building and infrastructure projects across the aviation, rail and residential sectors. I’m now the Programme Manager for EDAROTH, a subsidiary of Atkins. Which means I’m responsible for managing the business’s programme of works.

What’s your background?

A civil engineer by background, I have diverse experience in project management, construction and design of engineering projects as both a contractor and consultant. My technical experience comes from roles as a Chartered Civil Engineer in the mining, transportation and infrastructure sectors.

What’s been your biggest career challenge?

I’ve designed and managed projects that have been delivered in Australia, West Africa and the UK. The scope of these works was huge, covering the engineering life cycle from feasibility through approvals, design, construction and handover.

Do you have a ‘stand-out’ moment at EDAROTH?

Most recently I’ve helped enable the establishment of EDAROTH. Notably the design and accreditation of EDAROTH’s off-site-manufactured housing product range.

Richard Weeks

Technical Director, EDAROTH

Tell us about your role in EDAROTH.

As Technical Director for EDAROTH, I’m responsible for all design and technical management relating to both the development of our off-site-manufactured housing product and the delivery of individual schemes.

What’s your background?

I’m a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers. I have design and technical experience in a range of market sectors across the UK, including the residential sector.

My particular expertise is in the advancement and implementation of modern methods of construction, as well as complex over-site residential and commercial development. In fact, I had successfully delivered off-site-manufactured solutions into the residential, retail and aviation sectors before I joined EDAROTH.

What’s been your biggest career challenge?

In recent years I’ve led a technical and design practice at Atkins that’s supported public-sector landowners to unlock thousands of homes on complex and constrained land assets. This has meant working closely with high-profile clients, including Transport for London.

Do you have a ‘stand-out’ moment at EDAROTH?

I’ve been involved in the direction and creation of EDAROTH from its inception. And I’ve genuinely enjoyed working with those who share my passion for delivering affordable, high-quality homes to people who need them.

John Judge

Operations Director, EDAROTH

Tell us about your role in EDAROTH.

I’ve been a long-standing commercial and operational advisor to Atkins. So it’s great to now be Operations Director of EDAROTH, a subsidiary of Atkins.

What’s your background?

Previous to EDAROTH I was in private practice for 15 years. Here I built a reputation for disciplined project direction, often in extremely challenging environments, to meet the requirements and demands of delivering social housing market at scale. Prior to that, I had a successful role as Director of the engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald, and was a Senior Manager in a number of Tier 1 contractors in the UK and Overseas Infrastructure sectors.

What’s been your biggest career challenge?

I’m not sure it’s a challenge, but working internationally in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States has given me a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience to draw on in my current role.

Do you have a ‘stand-out’ moment at EDAROTH?

Using my industry knowledge and commercial acumen to enhance the offering of EDAROTH, so that we can help to solve the social and affordable housing crisis.

Sue Foster

Campaign & Event Director, EDAROTH

Sam Mathias

Campaign & Event Manager, EDAROTH

Elizabeth Moore

Finance Director, EDAROTH

Jill Given

QSSE Business Partner, EDAROTH

Alice Brooks

Legal Counsel, EDAROTH

Ruth Vasse

HR Business Partner, EDAROTH

Harry Townley

Business Development, EDAROTH

Mike McNicholas

Atkins, Infrastructure Managing Director & EDAROTH sponsor, EDAROTH

Ayesha Ghazli

Key Account Management Co-ordinator, EDAROTH