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Whatever the project challenge, Novum’s international team has qualified and trained experts in sales, design, materials, engineering, quality, project management, fabrication, packaging, sourcing and constructing. You have the very best in-house team at your service.

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Executive Team

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Global Team

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Manufacturing Team

Executive Team

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Ian Collins

CEO and President

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Alan Bridger

COO - Novum International

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Travis Loften

COO – North America

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Terry Peterson

Vice President of Sales

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Soeren Stephan

Director of Engineering

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Richard Mattocks

Managing Director UK

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Mathias Noatzsch

General Manager - Technical

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Bryan McWherter

Director of Fabrication and Product Supply

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Ben Johnsen

Finance Director - International

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Thomas Pohl

General Manager - Commercial – Novum Membranes GmbH

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Tom Churchyard

Sales Director UK

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Chad Page

Project Director UK

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Tamas Katona

Director of Project Management & Field Services

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Steve Duthie

General Manager Middle East

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Andrew Spottiswoode

Engineering Manager South Africa

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Masarat Bashir

General Manager India

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Michael Chen

Supply Manager China

Michael Chen

Supply Manager China

Michael Chen is Supply Manager for Novum Structures China and responsible for procurement and quality control of local products to the entire Novum group. He manages a strong local team of sourcing, inspectors and quality assurance experts, ensuring on-time delivery of quality products to international standards.

Prior to joining Novum, Michael was Asia Senior Sourcing Manager for a large wholesale distribution company and responsible for structuring and implementing sourcing strategies for both direct and indirect material, as well as providing market data to two plants in China and six business units in Europe.

Michael received a Master in Business Administration from Shanghai Jiao tong University and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Hefei University of Technology in China.

Masarat Bashir

General Manager India

Masarat Bashir is General Manager for Novum Structures India. In addition to project oversite, he is responsible for the coordination between international entities including intercompany activities and sales, management of statutory compilations for government and tax authority, vendor negotiations, exported goods, administration, purchase orders, information technology and human resources.

Prior to joining Novum, Masarat worked as an independent director for a media house for 11 years. In 2006, he was the Regional Manager for Mark Constructions, a leading construction company in Bangalore, specializing in curtain walls and facades. Masarat joined Novum in 2009 and was appointed Director in 2014.

Masarat graduated with a management degree from the University of Kashmir and earned his certification in Human Resource Management from HR House in Bangladore, India, in 2008.

Andrew Spottiswoode

Engineering Manager South Africa

Andrew Spottiswoode is the Engineering Manager and Representative Director of Novum Structures South Africa. He is responsible for the preconstruction engineering of projects in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the management of operations in our South Africa division which includes procurement, project management and construction.

Andrew worked for Murray and Roberts Construction in South Africa prior to joining Novum in the USA. As Preconstruction Engineer, he specialized in glazed steel structures and was involved in training engineers. Andrew returned to Johannesburg to open and operate a Novum office there. Several notable projects have been built including the Mall of Africa, the largest skylight on the continent featuring ETFE pillows and freeform structure.

Andrew completed a Bachelor in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and completed a Master of Structural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Steve Duthie

General Manager Middle East

Steve Duthie is General Manager of Novum Structures Middle East. He is responsible for overseeing business development initiatives as well as the management of project and construction operations in Novum’s regional office in UAE which covers the Gulf States.

Prior to joining Novum, Steve was Operations Manager for a worldwide leader in the engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems sector. He brings over 20 years’ experience in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East managing complex projects across various business sectors.

Tamas Katona

Director of Project Management & Field Services

Tamas Katona is the Director of Project Management and Field Services for Novum Structures LLC. He is responsible for the oversight of project management and field operations throughout North America with an emphasis on client satisfaction via quality and on-time performance.

Tamas’ experience with specialty glazed structures spans over 15 years of working with some of the industry’s larger companies. Prior to joining Novum, Tamas was Vice President of Operations at one of North America’s leading building envelope contractors with employees situated in 28 offices throughout the US and Canada. During this time, Tamas was responsible for the development and successful growth of a unitized curtain wall business. His role included oversight and leadership of departments from business development, engineering and manufacturing; through project management and field operations. Tamas also brings several years of valuable experience on the general contracting side which he gained through time with Clark Construction Group and Hensel Phelps.

Chad Page

Project Director UK

Chad Page is Project Director for Novum Structures UK. He is responsible for the project management, commercial and engineering departments from contract award, through design, procurement, manufacture and installation. Chad ensures that all projects are successfully completed on time with quality and is a key point of contact for Novum’s clients.  He has ensured performance on UK projects as the company has undergone significant growth.

Chad has over 32 years of experience in the construction industry and has worked on numerous prestigious projects.  Prior to joining Novum, Chad was Senior Surveyor at Bell Project Ltd., where he was responsible for all surveying duties on new-build and refurbishment projects.

Chad holds a BTEC National Diploma in Building and Civil Engineering and a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Building Studies. He is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Building, November 1998.

Tom Churchyard

Sales Director UK

Tom Churchyard is Sales Director and Co. Secretary for Novum Structures UK. He is responsible for the sales and business development activities of Novum System Products in the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe. Tom oversees the sales team, develops market strategies and client communication with support from pre-construction and estimating teams in the UK. His team oversees and manages all project enquiries, tenders and cost analyses. Importantly, the team recommends effective solutions determining functional needs, rational fabrication and buildability at all stages of design and development.

Prior to joining Novum in 2008, Tom was Construction Director of an internationally recognized ETFE and membrane installation company that worked globally on many prestigious projects. This company was acquired and then combined to become Novum Structures UK.

Thomas Pohl

General Manager - Commercial – Novum Membranes GmbH

Thomas Pohl is General Manager – Commercial for Novum Membranes GmbH and responsible for all finance and sales activities. His sales responsibilities include the development of customer relations, prospecting new market segments and providing support to other Novum entities as it relates to sales of membrane products. Thomas is also responsible for regulatory accounting, bank and procurement to ensure cash flow and commercial security.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a degree in Controlling from the Hochschule Nordhausen – University of Applied Sciences in Thuringia, Germany.

Ben Johnsen

Finance Director - International

Ben Johnsen is Finance Director – International and responsible for the company’s financial position in all Novum entities except North America and China. Ben’s role is to manage and monitor the financial health of these businesses and report the results both internally and externally.  This includes budgeting, commercial banking, foreign exchange, lines of credit, cash management, taxes and financial statements.

Ben has worked in various finance roles for the past 15 years in major private and public organizations. He joined Novum UK in January 2012 as Financial Controller for the UK. He increasingly became responsible for the financial management and reporting of European business units, and in 2018, was appointed Finance Director for Novum’s International entities. Ben’s role encompasses Finance and HR.

Ben is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American & English History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England and spent a year at the University of Richmond, Virginia.

Bryan McWherter

Director of Fabrication and Product Supply

Bryan McWherter is the Director of Fabrication and Product Supply for Novum Structures LLC. He is responsible for scheduling, planning and managing the weekly output of his team as well as implementing the strategic plans for Novum’s North American architectural steel fabrication and warehouse operations. In addition to production, he oversees purchasing, quality assurance and the logistics of product supply including glass and glazing accessories for all North American projects as well as the export of fabricated steelwork to Novum entities.

Prior to joining Novum, Bryan owned and operated an established Chicago-based AISC certified structural steel fabrication company for over 15 years. He brings 26 years of professional experience in the structural steel and field installation industry.

Bryan earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Art/Computer Graphics at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.

Mathias Noatzsch

General Manager - Technical

Mathias Noatzsch is General Manager – Technical of Novum Membranes GmbH. His role is multifaceted encompassing Engineering, Research & Development, Sales Support and the improvement of equipment, processes and plant efficiency at our advanced membrane production facility.

Mathias is a leading figure in the industry for the design of architectural ETFE. He developed proprietary form-finding patterning which analytically predicts wrinkle potential in ETFE membranes and adjusts the patterning to compensate. Mathias is currently working in the development of integrated PV cells, energy efficient systems and enhanced perimeter design.

Mathias earned a degree as a German Diplom-Ingenieur from the Technical University of Dresden and has spent his entire career in the technical aspects of the design, production and construction of architectural membranes of the highest quality.

Richard Mattocks

Managing Director UK

Richard Mattocks is the Managing Director for Novum Structures UK. He is responsible for the management and implementation of Novum’s strategic plans for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia. Richard is also responsible for having successfully implemented a European team dedicated to facilities management as well as for growing a substantial presence in the UK glazing sector to go with an established membrane capability.

Prior to joining Novum in 2008, Richard was instrumental in establishing and operating a well-known ETFE supply and build company in the UK. He also owned and operated a successful construction company which installed ETFE pillows and fabric structures throughout Europe, China and Saudi Arabia. These companies were acquired and then combined to become Novum UK.

Richard has a technical education in Construction Industry Management Methods and his early career was spent on offshore platforms which propelled him into specializing in the safe installation of complex structures.

Soeren Stephan

Director of Engineering

Soeren Stephan is the Director of Engineering for Novum Structures LLC. He is responsible for managing the in-house global engineering and design teams which are in multiple locations. Soeren is also responsible for the development of Novum’s proprietary systems and components as well as corresponding design software.

Prior to joining Novum, Soeren served as Chief Design Engineer for NOELL GmbH in Wuerzburg, Germany. In 1997, Soeren joined MERO GmbH, Germany, as a technical director in the company’s construction system division. After a brief stint with the Waagner Biro AG steel & glass division in Vienna, Austria, Soeren joined the Novum team in May 2005.

Soeren holds a degree as a graduated engineer (Dipl.-Ing.) and a Master of Science from the Technical University St. Petersburg. Soeren has written extensively about the engineering behind complex steel and glass structures and has been published in a number of technical journals, most notably “Der Stahlbau.”

Terry Peterson

Vice President of Sales

Terry C. Peterson is the Vice President of Sales for Novum Structures LLC. He is responsible for bringing integrated glazed + membrane structure solutions to architects, general contractors and building owners across North America.

Prior to joining Novum, Terry served as Regional Manager for Weyerhauser selling wood roof systems to general contractors and owners. Before that, he served as Sales Engineer for Inryco Steel Products where he promoted and sold metal panels and curtain walls to architects and general contractors.

Terry has successfully managed a professional sales & estimating team at Novum for over 25 years. His team’s interpersonal consultation style places heavy emphasis on client satisfaction, resulting in consistent growth for the organization and significant repeat business. Terry’s successful implementation of a “designer assist” program has resulted in industry leading collaboration to meet client design and financial goals.

Terry earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural emphasis from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Master in Marketing from the University of San Francisco.

Travis Loften

COO – North America

Travis Loften is COO – North America for Novum Structures LLC. In relation to global activities, he is responsible for the financial and regulatory oversite of Novum’s domestic and international entities. These responsibilities include budgeting, banking, foreign exchange operations, insurance, taxes, capital expenditures and financial statements.

For North America, Travis provides the overall oversight and direction for Sales, Project Management, Field Services, Production, Quality and Administration.

Prior to joining Novum, Travis served as the Chief Financial Officer at a Wisconsin based design-build firm and was also a Senior Tax Associate at Grant Thornton LLP. Travis is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Alan Bridger

COO - Novum International

Alan Bridger is COO – Novum International with full commercial responsibility for Novum entities in the UK, Germany, Turkey, UAE, South Africa and India.

Alan began his career as an Airframe Systems Engineer at British Aerospace.  In 1990, he joined Pilkington Glass as an Engineer working on Planar Systems, and in 1995, became Pilkington’s Regional Head for non-European business.  In 1999, Alan moved to Singapore as the MD of Kalzip Asia where he transformed the business into the leading Aluminum Standing Seam company in Asia before moving to Hong Kong in 2010 to become the Regional Director for Tata Steel Asia. In 2015, Alan returned to Europe where he took up the role of Regional Market Director for Tata Steel Europe before joining Novum Structures as COO – Novum International in 2017.

Alan earned a honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business from Manchester University.

Ian Collins

CEO and President

Dr. Ian Collins is the CEO and President of Novum Structures LLC. Ian leads the strategic direction and oversight of the diverse Novum group and is engaged in establishing sustainable market growth globally.  He is responsible for executive management of the company’s total performance.

Ian joined the company in 1988 when he was hired by German-based MERO GmbH to serve as President of its US Company. In June 2004, Ian, along with key MERO Structures management and a Milwaukee-based investment group, purchased the US business. International expansion began in 2005 as did expansion into the architectural membranes business to complement the existing structure and glazing expertise.  The entity was rebranded in 2006 as Novum Structures LLC and is a leader in the systems approach to architectural steel + cladding.

Ian obtained his doctorate in structural engineering from the University of Surrey, Space Structures Research Centre in England in 1981.  His early career included developing structural system products, together with integrated 3-D analysis/design software and project engineering.

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Manufacturing Team

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