Quite simply, our people are what makes Arque different.

Every member of the team is dedicated to providing the best quality work, ensuring your project achieves the highest standard.

Bernard Keogh

Managing Director

With over 30 years of experience in managing construction projects for various large-scale companies, Bernard has a wealth of expertise to Arque. He started Arque to make construction projects more personal and cooperative, earning a reputation for finishing contracts on time and within budget, all while being professional and friendly. As a full member of the Chartered Institute of Building, he mixes industry standards with new ideas. In his time off, Bernard enjoys surfing the North coasts of Devon and Cornwall, finding it a refreshing break from his precise professional life.

Nigel Parker

Operations Manager

Navigating operations at Arque since 2016, Nigel brings over 25 years of expertise in managing construction projects with a focused, client-centred approach. Nigel is committed to delivering contracts both on time and within budget. Away from Arque, Nigel participates in marathon running and serves as the Boardroom Host at Exeter City Football Club.

Martyn Phillips

Contracts Manager

With 30 years in the construction industry, including 14 at Arque, Martyn excels at managing small projects and contracts successfully. He knows the industry inside and out and always puts the client first, making sure projects are completed on time, within budget, and exceed expectations. Martyn has top-notch qualifications, including an Advanced Carpentry Certificate and a CITB Construction Site Safety Manager's Certificate. This background helps him manage projects skilfully, ensuring what the client wants is exactly what they get, leading to successful and rewarding projects for everyone involved. Outside of work, he enjoys watching rugby, spending time with loved ones, and caring for the family dog.

JJ Cooper

Contracts Manager

Efficiently managing projects at Arque, JJ integrates exceptional planning and a high level of organisation, a dedication to detail inherited from his work in Aerospace R&D, where precision is key. His detail-oriented approach seamlessly translates into delivering high-value projects across Devon. While his professional successes keep JJ busy, he finds relaxation in the moors and beaches of Devon with his family, and excitement in wakeboarding and skiing. This creates a well-rounded balance between his disciplined work life and valued free time.

Rob Balkwill

Contracts Manager

Rob has spent more than twenty years in construction and is a skilled contracts manager. He's great at managing various projects carefully, always making sure clients are happy. His talent for organising and excellent communication make him stand out. When he's not working, Rob loves rugby and enjoys cycling through Devon's beautiful scenery.

Lloyd Phelps

Senior Estimator 

Lloyd brings ten years of experience in estimating and four years in on-site operations, giving him a broad knowledge of different areas of the business. His attention to detail and commitment to accuracy result in high-quality, cost-effective estimates. He's skilled at providing precise cost projections without compromising the quality of the final product. Away from work, Lloyd is passionate about running and is involved with Sandford Football Club.


Ian Theedom

Commercial Manager 

Having spent 17 years as a site-based quantity surveyor, Ian brings extensive experience from projects across the South West to Arque's expanding commercial team. His insights, combined with his commercial expertise, ensure timely and budget-aligned project delivery. When not at work, Ian enjoys time with his family, mentors young talent at Sandford Cricket Club, indulges in running, and enjoys watching rugby.


Louise Tremayne

Health, Safety and Compliance Manager

With 12 years at Arque, Louise transitioned from office management to concentrate on Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality. Ensuring we keep our safety standards high, she oversees accreditations like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Off duty, Louise runs her own therapy business and enjoys walking.


Michelle Harris

Office Manager

Michelle runs Arque's day-to-day operations, drawing on her broad experience in administration across national and local governments, as well as the private sector. She's committed to making sure everything in the office runs smoothly. When she's not working, Michelle is known for her amazing cheesecakes. She also loves gardening, listening to music, and spending quality time with her family.


Becky Poole

Finance Manager

Becky has built up a lot of experience in finance. She stands out for her careful attention to detail and her strong dedication to keeping the company financially stable. Her top-level FMAAT accounting qualification backs up her skill in keeping the accounts balanced. Beyond her finance career, Becky runs her own bookkeeping business with passion and greatly treasures the time she spends with her family.