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Ian Rothen

Managing Director

Ian is the heart of the business on which everything else revolves. He is leader of innovation, drive and knowledge and takes pride in the team delivering and achieving their best. Not shy from getting his hands dirty he loves nothing more than getting on site whether installing piles or sand bag walling to complex lifts and grinding boats, he leads from the front. Ian navigates by canals and his passion for restoring old workboats continues to grow.

Interesting fact: He loves playing the guitar and all things 60’s.

Charlotte Rothen


Charlotte has worked in the construction industry in her role as ecologist for over 20 years. She understands how important having a pragmatic and proactive approach to the industry is and compliments Ian’s passion and knowledge of the canals with experience in leadership and management in larger organisations.

Interesting fact: She’s a mean hockey player and still plays every Saturday with her club of 25years CNWHC.

Russell Sweet

Head of Workshop

Russ has worked alongside Ian on the canals and workboats since he was 9 and now heads up the workshop. He has grown into a highly skilled, practical marine mechanic, specialising in developing our crane boats. He now oversees all the mechanics in the workshop including our first apprentice as well as the fabricators. He is Ian’s right hand man of old and is Rothen Group to the core.

Interesting fact: Russ navigates by canals and the nearest bacon buttie bar!

Joe Kiteley

Head of Contracting & Aquatic Vegetation Management

Joe started with TRG in his early twenties and has proved himself to have an eye for detail and finishing. He has carried out all types of contracting works and mentors the contracting teams with developing their skills. He is now heading up the contracting and aquatic weed proving he can liaise with staff and clients alike whilst delivering excellent projects.

Interesting fact: his nickname is Nick Knowles from DIY SOS!

Dan Harding

Head of Marine Plant Hire


Dan’s background of managing waste recycling sites has given him an excellent skill set for heading up the plant hire. His hands on approach and ability to learn fast and think quick are integral to him delivering quality kit on time. Dan will always muck in and help the other teams, and this sees him respected by all and inspires team work.

Interesting fact: He loves working his drone but watch out for pigeons – he’s lost one to a pigeon!

Angela Cresswell

Head of Contracting & Aquatic Vegetation Management

Despite only being in the role and business for a short time Angela is a natural leader and has already earnt the respect of the contracting team and her peers. Her ability to multi task and quickly define a process results in highly efficient and organised projects being run to time and budget. Her and Joe compliment each other perfectly as Heads of and her willingness to go the extra mile will see her continue to grow and develop.

Interesting fact: Ange is a slave to sun salutations having run her own yoga business before joining us.

Kelly Graham

Senior Accounts Executive

Kelly’s tenacity and loyalty see her continue to perform in accounts. Her vast experience in accounting combined with honest personality make her a key member of the team. Her ability to knock debtors down and juggle the many departments is second to none and she is shaping the accounts team for the better.

Interesting fact: She’s a Brummie girl at heart who loves playing darts.


Kathryn Oliphant

SHEQ & Insurance Executive

New into this role but a long timer at The Rothen Group, Kathryn is loyal to the core and always has our backs covered. Her ability to ‘say what she sees’ and delve deep into process make her ideal for the SHEQ role and the H&S values and ethos of the company is improving and embedding in everything we do.

Interesting fact: She loves horses and dogs and getting out with them at the weekend.

Martin Rourke

IT/Software & Estates

Martin Rourke manages the IT within the Rothen Group. He been associated with the company for 6 years now, initially sub contract, finally joining on a permanent basis in May 2020. Martin brings with him over 30 years experience in the IT & Software development fields and his main tasks within the company are to promote strong business process through the use of IT systems.  The development of internal software is key to this success.

Little known fact – Martin used to be an assistant cub scout leader and was called ‘Baloo’ named after the character from ‘The Jungle Book’.

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