Core Team


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Alexei has a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD. Prior to joining CP Holdings he worked for Bain & Company in London where he helped businesses develop corporate strategies and design & implement operational improvements.

Additionally he advised and performed intensive due diligence work for major Private Equity houses. Through this experience he has had exposure to a wide range of different industries, ranging from mining to hotels. He joined and was appointed director of CP Holdings in 2005.

Alexei has corporate responsibility for the Waystone operation.




Stuart is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the construction industry His early career involvedwork with John Laing Construction, Binnie & Partners and Lehane Mackenzie & Shand Limited. But in 1991, after the onset of coal privatization threatened the potential growth of the C.P. Holdings Ltd opencast business, Stuart set up joint company, Waystone Limited, with the support of Sir Bernard Schreier, the Chairman of C.P. Holdings. The purpose of this company was to carry out civil engineering and reclamation work, and Waystone now specialises in regeneration projects and development.

Working in partnership with Government agencies and local authorities, Waystone has been a pioneer in the redevelopment of large derelict and contaminated sites, such as Barlborough Links at J30 M1,Working in partnership with Government agencies and local authorities, Waystone has been a pioneer in the redevelopment of large derelict and contaminated sites, such as Barlborough Links at J30 M1, Glasshoughton at J32 M62, Riddochhill at J4 M8 and Stribro Garrison site in the Czech Republic.

Stuart plans to exploit this expertise and experience on large new sites at Hatfield and Stainforth, near Doncaster, Glasshoughton Stadium Business Park and Glasshoughton South extension, and on two new proposed sites in Derbyshire at Shipley Lakeside and Clowne.

Stuart has served as Chairman of the National Council of the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Midlands Region) and more recently has acted as Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Bradford University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Stuart continues his support of the Bradford School of Engineering, Design and Technology as a member of both the Professional Advisory Board to the school and the Advisory Board to the Civil Engineering Department. 




Helen is a fully qualified Architect and a member of The Royal Institute of British Architects with 20 years of experience in the building and construction industry. Upon qualification Helen joined Covell Matthews Histon in June 1990 employed full-time as an architect.  Helen became the Project Architect for a number of clients including, Waystone Limited, and prepared the Barlborough Links Development Master Plan of a 300 acre site consisting of mixed-use development on a former colliery and opencast coal site.

In October 1992, Helen moved to Waystone and became responsible for the master planning and design service associated with major regeneration proposals. These included projects which Waystone are now successfully developing at Barlborough and Glasshoughton.

In 1997 Helen was made responsible for the start-up and management of a Design and Build team offering bespoke buildings to commercial and industrial clients and she has also played a key role in developing the company's IT capabilities.

In 2003 Helen took on the role of Development Director and is now responsible for expanding Waystone’s Design & Build portfolio and co-ordinating the master planning and design parameters for Waystone’ s diversifying land bank.  She will also plan a key role in fine tuning the bespoke customer service which Waystone offer.



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Alistair holds an Honours Degree in Construction Management from Sheffield Hallam and in his early career spent a total of eight years with the Tarmac Group. Initially working as a site engineer he progressed through the Building Division to Contract Housing where he worked as a Site Manager responsible for all aspects of the projects.

In 1998 Alistair joined Waystone and assumed responsibility for the Kingsbury Link development, comprising some 41 acres of development land; initially managing a turnkey manufacturing and office project for Instarmac Ltd. Following completion he maintained the role of building manager, moving to the Barlborough development site. At this 300 acre mixed-use development site Alistair was responsible for the development of a number of new construction projects, including a £4.9 million bespoke office/research and development centre for Vesuvius UK and a £4 Million 2 phased hybrid office project for Lynx Technology. The Barlborough site continued to provide a number of other commercial development opportunities and culminated in the planning and construction of a new NHS £8.5 million diagnostic and treatment centre for Care UK, which was completed in 2005.

In 2006 Alistair relocated to Glasshoughton where he headed up the building teams on another large regeneration and development site. Here he was heavily involved in a successful two-stage tender process, resulting in the award of a £25 million design and build contract to construct a brand new further education campus for Wakefield College. Located on the North Western edge of the Site, this project consisted of approximately 120,000 sq ft of further education facility offering a mix of learning opportunities. Following the successful completion of the Wakefield College project Alistair’s focus has now shifted and he has been heavily involved in progressing the development opportunities that exist on a number of new sites, with particular emphasis being placed on the Hatfield Development site near Doncaster.




Adrian is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Builder, Chartered Environmentalist and Civil Engineer, with over 33 years experience in the construction and property industry.

In 2004 he joined Waystone Limited and was appointed new business development manager, a role which includes the appraisal of development sites, production of business plans to advice on viability, supporting submission proposals for site bids and mobilising projects.

In 2009, whilst pursuing and evaluating a number of sites, Waystone formed a subsidiary Waystone CZ s.r.o. in the Czech Republic, and signed an agreement with 

the Town of Stribro in Western Bohemia for the redevelopment of a former military garrison site comprising of 46 Ha on the edge of the town. Adrian was instrumental in developing the business plan for the venture and manages the Czech operation utilising a locally based team.

Adrian is currently Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIBO) East Midlands Branch, a Member of the East Midlands Construction Industry Council (2010 to present) and is active within the membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers (Affiliated Member) and the Concrete Society. He has also given seminars for the C& CA and Concrete Centre for concrete forming and economic methodology.



Charles is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 30 years experience in valuation, land management and development.

On qualifying in Valuation and Estate Management, he joined the NCB Opencast Executive ladter to become British Coal Opencast, as a Lands Officer working extensively throughout the Midlands and Yorkshire being based in Nottingham, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, Dewsbury and latterly Chapeltown, Sheffield where he headed up the estates team securing rights in land for  the extraction of coal through opencast means, the management of a substantial land holding, the restoration and aftercare of sites following coal extraction which has developed into specialisation. Many hundreds of acres of his work can be seen throughout the

Midlands. He was involved in the innovative move of Arkwright village in Derbyshire that had been blighted by methane which involved the relocation of the village, comprising of over 150 residential properties, a school, shops and community facilities to a new site.

In 1996 on the demise of British Coal he set up C.B. Land Consultancy specialising in restoration and aftercare of mineral workings, compensation claims and valuations, primarily in the agricultural field. From conception C.B. Land has carried out consultancy work for Waystone to secure rights in land for future projects of their increasing development portfolio, whilst still running C.B. Land Consultancy.



ASW PhotoSteve Watling holds a HNC in Civil Engineering and is an experienced Project Manager having worked on many opencast mining, construction sites over the years, progressing from Senior Engineer at Pugneys O.C.C.S. in Wakefield, Mine Manager at Coalfield O.C.C.S. in Leicestershire, to his present post as Project Manager at Barlborough Links.  

His early work experience involved engineering duties, control of earthmoving plant, administration, budgeting and planning and all aspects of running a site office and he now administers a variety of building and civil engineering work at Barlborough.

In 1982, Steve became Deputy Manager at Canal O.C.C.S. in Ilkeston, Derbyshire where he was responsible for the everyday management and planning of the site engineering finishing as Acting Manager during the final restoration.

In 1994 at the Coalfield Opencast Coal Site Steve was appointed Deputy Manager, initially to take control of and ensure the efficient running of two 1260W 160 tonne Draglines.  Later he went on to manage all earthmoving plant (moving 200,000 cm m/week) and became involved with budgeting, planning and administration of the project.

Steve was promoted to Mine Manager at Coalfield O.C.C.S. in 1997 and upon completion of the work was appointed as Project Manager with Waystone Limited at the Barlborough Links Development, a 300 acre site comprising mixed use development on a former colliery and opencast site.

Whilst still administering his duties as Project Manager at Barlborough Links Steve spent part of his time during 2010-2012 supervising a joint earthmoving project between Waystone Limited and Hall Construction in West Lothian, Scotland. The site was the old Riddochhill Colliery which covered 35Ha and involved the Movement and Consolidation of 1.5 Million cubic metres of Material whilst dealing with and treating the Burning Bing which existed.

During 2012-2013 Steve has been Co-ordinating the Ecological and Engineering Preliminary Site Investigation work required to obtain Planning,(as well as being responsible for all administration duties) on Waystone’s New Project Shipley Lakeside. The Site comprises approximately 45 hectares, of which 33 hectares is land and 12.5 hectares is Lake.


Jon Atkin smilingJonathan Atkin holds a BEng Civil and Structural Engineering Degree attained at the University of Sheffield and is a Graduate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  His early work experience as a Site Engineer/Agent with The Casey Group in Rochdale, Lancashire involved a wide range of duties of contracts of up to £1.5 million in value including management of labour, plant, materials and subcontractors, as well as responsibility for health and safety and the preparation of CDM safety plans. He has a BEng in Civil & Structural Engineering and a Graduate CSCS card.

The range of work experience included work on drainage, hard landscaping, sport facilities, major earthworks, irrigation, access roads, balancing lagoons and outfall structures over a four year period up to 1997.

He is familiar with the most up to date survey and setting out equipment for all types of construction work and has attended courses on Safety Awareness, Confined Space Entry (including escape breathing apparatus) and CITB Streetworks for Supervisors New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991.

Jonathan Atkin joined Waystone in 1997 as a Site Engineer and held various positions before being appointed Project Manager for the Glasshoughton Project in 2008. He has managed many construction projects at Glasshoughton, including major earthworks and reclamation, numerous road schemes, sewers & pumping stations, two bridges and the Glasshoughton Railway Station.

In addition to direct construction activities, Jonathan also manages the provision of infrastructure and procurement of utilities services for various developments, procures highway and sewer adoption agreements, undertakes new project appraisals and earthworks design. He liaises with various outside parties and joint venture partners and has day-to-day responsibility for the Glasshoughton site, including the Super G site.