Commercial Manager

Richard Pulford


A results-driven, self-motivated quantity surveyor with considerable rail and civils experience, Richard joined 1st Inrail in 2019 and plays a critical role in the management of contractual risk, compliance, cashflow and the maximisation of project margin.

Having spent almost 15 years supporting a variety of local authority, public sector and private organisations, he began his career as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor in 2008 working on a variety of high value contracts before moving to Amey in 2011 to become a Quantity Surveyor. Working under the Yorkshire Water Framework for three years, in 2014 he left Amey, taking up a position at Interserve, supporting a number of smaller organisations before joining 1stinrail in 2019.

Working alongside the firm’s project managers and directors, as Commercial Manager he typically works on railway construction and renewals projects, actively helping to minimise costs and enhance value by identifying opportunities for change and improvement.

Key responsibilities

  • Management of the company’s commercial function, including our Operations, Maintenance and Signalling departments
  • Managing, monitoring and regularly reviewing projects with the operational teams whilst identifying and responding to project risks
  • Continual liaison with clients, suppliers, subcontractors and internal stakeholders to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of projects