Vulcan Ellis Ltd is the product of a merger of two businesses with a heritage going back to the 1980s when Ellis Builders was first formed. Founded on a wealth of experience, and an award-winning pedigree Vulcan Ellis Ltd is established as a leading Main Contractor, providing an exceptional service to a diverse range of valued clients across the South East of England.

We believe in a highly collaborative approach to everything we do and whilst we operate to traditional values, we are also innovative and have invested in modern management methods including cutting edge Deltek PIM document management systems and solutions to help us to operate efficiently and manage quality in all areas of our business. Vulcan Ellis Ltd operate proven and well established processes which help us to consistently achieve and maintain very high quality standards.

Creating with the heart,
build with the mind

Meet the team

The Management team at Vulcan Ellis are highly experienced and qualified construction specialists.  

Ian Poulsum


+44 (0)1293 569890

Ian has been at the forefront of the expansion of Vulcan, including the merger of the very well-established Ellis Building Contractors, based in Eastbourne. Over the past few years, Ian has focused on the development of the business to form a very experienced, capable and flexible construction delivery team.

Derek Godfrey MCIOB

Business Development Director

+44 (0)1323 725716

Derek brings to Vulcan Ellis a wealth of experience (in excess of 30 years) in the management of a construction business. Derek also has a long-standing number of clients and supply chain partners, that he has introduced to Vulcan Ellis to assist the business in offering the best possible level of service. Derek acts as a consultant and applies his experience on a holistic basis to assist the business in growing and delivering the highest level of service to its client’s.

Sam Wilkinson

Construction Director

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Sam Joined Vulcan in 2016 from an industry leading main contractor to develop the business further within the contracting industry. Sam offers a high degree of professionalism and attention to detail, enabling him to identify and manage every client’s needs and expectations, but also deliver the very best project every time. Programme and risk management are skills that allow Sam to develop key strategies in order to deliver a successful project.

Kevin Trash

Commercial Director

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Kevin is a widely experienced commercial professional and advocate of the work of Egan and Latham in delivering projects on a collaborative basis for the combined benefit of project stakeholders. A professional and fair and reasonable approach to commercial matters serves to ensure project success and aims to assist in securing repeat business for the future.

Corporate & Social Responsibility

Vulcan Ellis are a responsible contractor and address our corporate and social responsibilities in a number of ways:

Our Values


Innovation is the key driver for our growth and gives us a competitive edge.

We acknowledge the weaknesses within our industry and create ethical, forward thinking solutions to overcome them. We identify, develop and deploy leading edge technology, employee development programmes and process improvement tools.


Professionalism is key to offering a quality service.

We expect at all times to provide our services with the competence, skills, attitudes, responsibility and specialist expertise characteristic of a professional company.


Responsibility reduces risk, increases efficiency and contributes to an excellent reputation.

We all share responsibility for our company as a whole and for its results. We have a social responsibility and we carefully protect the positive image of our company.


A caring approach enhances good relations and stimulates a supportive atmosphere for work. It is our obligation as professionals to treat the public, each other and the environment with dignity, consideration and mutual respect.


Working together with people who support common values and vision to achieve shared goals.

Success in a highly competitive industry such as ours depends on an effective share of the talent that we have in the company.


Safety and assurance is our top priority because lives depend on it. We share a personal and professional commitment to protecting the safety and health of our employees, our sub-contractors, our clients and the people of the communities in which we operate.

Our accreditations

Talk to us about your construction project

Whether you are planning a project, interested in getting involved with us, or enquiring about a job opportunity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Contact us

01293 813882