Our People

Fundamental to maintaining the quality of service we provide to our customers and to secure our future success, is all down to our people and continuing to attract new talent to join us. Our culture is based on our core values which reflect the importance we place on working safely, mutual respect, good communications, team working and developing our people.


Abie, Divisional Manager, SWH Contracting - Exeter

How would you describe yourself in three words:

Open, honest, communicative.

Tell us about your career. What choices have you made to get where you are today?

I came into the industry in 2002 straight from university onto a national contractor’s graduate programme.

Over 10 years, I worked my way up from Assistant Site Manager to Contracts Manager. Then, after a career break when I had my first child, I returned to work with a cost consultancy as New Business Manager, working on strategic bids and work winning. As I needed a new challenge back in contracting, in July 2016 I became New Business Manager for Southwest Highways Ltd.

With the end of the Devon highways term contract, my job role changed to Pre-Construction Manager, leading the front end of the business. Amid yet more change, I was appointed Divisional Manager from 1 January 2019.

To date, what are your career success stories or high-points and why?

I think because I’m open, honest and communicative I’ve often been asked to resolve difficult situations. My defining moment as a Contracts Manager was taking over a failing project. The brief was to regain the client’s trust in my then employer to resolve the issues and complete the scheme.

It was by far my most stressful project, but we did turn it around and delivered what the client expected within the agreed timeframe and budget. Twelve years on I’m still in touch with that client team!

Do you have plans…what are your ‘next job’ goals?

My current task is to get my division through a tough recovery period while learning the role. The aim is to move from a largely TMC-based team to a fully formed Contracting division geared to win work and deliver projects safely and efficiently.

What career advice would you give to someone just joining the business?

Always ask questions and have an open mind!

What’s the best thing about working for Eurovia/Ringway?

My experience of Eurovia is very positive – a fully supportive team willing to develop their people. I recently attended the Graduate Conference – the Eurovia/Ringway programme is a cut above the one I followed as a grad. It’s brilliant, training and developing, but also creating a network for new minds entering the world of work.


Brian, Civil Engineering Degree Apprentice, SWH Contracting - Exeter

How would you describe yourself in three words:

Enthusiastic, hardworking, reliable.

Tell us about your career. What choices have you made to get where you are today?

I applied to study Civil Engineering at university. I found out about degree apprenticeships in the summer whilst waiting to go to university. I then applied to SWH and was offered the position along with two other individuals.

My role as a degree apprentice involves assisting project managers with the day to day running of sites including briefing the teams in the morning, inducting new personal, material/plant requisitions, delivering toolbox talks, Covid-19 register, site diary, safety monitoring through HAVs/equipment checks, quality inspections and keeping records. I also assist preconstruction managers and divisional managers with research onbusiness opportunities and help with reviewing our practices. Lastly, my other role is fulfilling my duty to spend 20% of my total employment time attending university and self-directed studies to be able to achieve the apprenticeship standard.

To date, what are your career success stories or high-points and why?

Since joining SWH my highest point has been completing my first academic year at university where I achieved a first class, just missed out on the Dean’s list whilst working fulltime. This is my highest point as I managed this with online lectures due to Covid-19 and my work responsibilities. Another high point was when I did the load takedowns, for a retaining wall, and modelled Anyhoe Park grade II listed buildings. It was a proud moment as I did the hand calculations following technical guidance notes for the first time.

Do you have plans…what are your ‘next job’ goals?

I plan on working with the digital team to get a better understanding of how we can utilise BIM, AVUS, drone deploy and other technologies to better plan, design and construct efficient infrastructure.

Upon completion of the apprentice program I plan on joining the Eurovia graduate scheme and experiencing the wider Eurovia business whilst enhancing my soft skills and knowledge of the industry and working towards chartered status.

What career advice would you give to someone just joining the business?

Keep an open mind as the business offers many opportunities to many people from different backgrounds. No question is a bad question therefore, if you have any concerns ask your colleagues and they will assist.

What’s the best thing about working for Eurovia/Ringway?

The best thing about working for Eurovia is the strong supporting culture and the time and money they invest in training and ensuring the workers are competent.


Shaun, Graduate Engineer, SWH Contracting - Rockbeare

How would you describe yourself in three words:

Integral, responsible, reliable.

Tell us about your career. What choices have you made to get where you are today?

I’ve just finished five years’ studying civil engineering at Southampton. Prior to this I had a part-time job at McDonalds.

During uni I’ve done a summer office admin job, site engineering work experience, a one-year placement on Island Roads, and finally, a summer placement on site with Ringway Wiltshire. This has led to my current job as a Graduate Engineer.

To date, what are your career success stories or high-points and why?

At Island Roads, planning remedial/snagging work to a series of upgraded traffic signal sites was one of the contractual milestones. The day-to-day running of EST Gripfibre, again, was successful.

For SWH, a key achievement was finishing pier repairs to Shaldon Bridge early and on budget. It was a very interesting job involving dive teams in a tidal river. I started the project as Site Engineer and moved onto Site Manager.

We’re about to finish preparation work for a road improvement at Morlaix Drive. As Project Manager, this was very challenging as it involved working collaboratively with the local ambulance centre.

Do you have plans…what are your ‘next job’ goals?

I think the role of Project or Contracts Manager would be the best way to continue doing the aspects of the job that I enjoy whilst also progressing.

What career advice would you give to someone just joining the business?

Always ask. I’ve not yet met anyone within the company that’s not happy to provide an answer or support when needed.

What’s the best thing about working for Eurovia/Ringway?

Responsibility and support. I’ve been given plenty of responsibility already but also the support to back it up when it’s been needed.

Also, there’s a lot of support for my professional development.


Steve, Operations Manager, SWH Term Services - Plymouth

How would you describe yourself in three words:

Honest, hardworking, conscientious.

Tell us about your career. What choices have you made to get where you are today?

After leaving school I started my working life on the roads in the West Midlands in May 1993. I learnt from the gangs I worked with, without gaining formal qualifications.

When I moved to Plymouth in 2001, I joined SWH, based in Ivybridge division on the Devon term maintenance contract.

Through my career with SWH, I’ve gained multiple qualifications, increased my skills and knowledge, and was soon running my own gangs. I was promoted to Agent in 2012, covering drainage, footways, surfacing, and patching, among other works. With my growing experience, I was able to cover the role of Works Manager when needed and helped in works validation and ordering.

With the end of the Devon TMC, I decided to stay with the company and had become Senior Agent when the Plymouth term contract went live in April 2017. We had a very successful mobilisation and I was promoted to Works Manager that August.

Since our integration into Ringway Infrastructure Services from October 2019, I’ve continued to raise my knowledge on all levels and gain more qualifications, covering the Divisional Manager’s position when needed. I was promoted to Operations Manager in September 2019.

To date, what are your career success stories or high-points and why?

I never expected to climb the ladder as I have. It wasn’t until I’d gained the position of Agent that I realised I could achieve more within the company. Since then – with hard work, determination and support – I’ve earned another three promotions. High points are looking back and seeing what I’ve achieved and how the Plymouth business has grown from 37 operatives at the start to more than 50 now, and we’re still recruiting, showing our strong business ethnic.

Do you have plans…what are your ‘next job’ goals?

Looking forward, who knows, but hopefully one day perhaps, Divisional Manager?

What career advice would you give to someone just joining the business?

I never looked forward enough to see what I could achieve until it landed on me. I would always say work hard, be honest, set yourself a goal, and opportunities will present themselves.

What’s the best thing about working for Eurovia/Ringway?

There’s lots of opportunity to grow within the business and choose different career paths, if desired.