Our Board

A people-first company

Working together our board of directors has steered Speller Metcalfe to become one of the UK’s leading regional contractors

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Our Board

A people-first company

It is our talented and dedicated people that make Speller Metcalfe the award-winning company it is today, with a commitment to both our customers and supply chain, a forward-thinking approach and innovative mindset that drives the company’s success.

Find out more about our board of directors here, or visit Our People to learn about our wider workforce and what working for Speller Metcalfe means to them.

James Speller

Managing Director

Managing director James Speller first began working for the family business in a site supervisory role, gaining valuable front-line experience within building and refurbishment.

Since then, James has progressed through business development roles before heading up Speller Metcalfe’s growing pre-construction team as pre-construction director, taking responsibility for developing the company’s strategic profile and in-house design capabilities, identifying and creating new opportunities and managing bid submissions.

In 2022 he was named Speller Metcalfe’s managing director and continues to uphold the strong values the business was built upon. Alongside brother Adrian, they push Speller Metcalfe to continuously evolve and deliver projects at the forefront of construction, establishing the company as a trusted leader in innovation, collaboration and sustainable construction.

Adrian Speller

Technical Director

Adrian has been fundamental in guiding our business to an industry-leading position within low carbon and sustainable construction, undertaking many UK firsts within BIM, Passivhaus, MULTI COMFORT and Integrated Project Insurance (IPI).

A respected and intelligent member of the team, Adrian wears lots of different hats including overseeing group quality and compliance, providing technical guidance at pre-construction and construction stages and team management. Together with brother James, Adrian strives to position Speller Metcalfe as an industry leader, while retaining the family values and teamwork ethos the company was built upon.

Adrian is a BREEAM Accredited Professional, Passivhaus Tradesperson and was awarded the accolade ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ at the 2015 SW Built Environment Awards.

Andy Metcalfe


Since the very beginning of Speller Metcalfe, founding owner and director Andy has managed a considered, analytical and strong commercial framework across the group which continues to develop as the company grows.

His design and build experience and understanding has played a crucial role in the development of our South West regional activities where the team has undertaken some of our most complex projects.

Andy now supports the management of special projects and assists the leadership team on the Executive Board of Directors. He remains joint owner of the company alongside Steve Speller.

Steve Speller


Director and original founder Steve is passionate and proud of Speller Metcalfe’s history and a firm believer that the open, honest and family orientated principles that form the core of our business are the key to its success. Steve claims his focus has always been to employ the right people, nurture their development and above all, to encourage the progress of those who can do the job better than himself!

Steve took retirement in 2021, but remains a director of our Executive Board and joint owner of the company alongside Andy Metcalfe.

Bill Cave

Operations Director

With over 22 years’ experience with Speller Metcalfe and working his way up from Site Manager to Operations Director, Bill’s experience of construction-focused delivery, technical understanding and personal attributes prove invaluable to the business.

Prior to his role as Operations Director, Bill successfully managed Speller Metcalfe’s Small Works division for many years to undertake several negotiated works for repeat clients and ensured the completion of many difficult and prestigious contracts.

As Operations Director, Bill will provide direction and leadership to the operational side of the business and develop strategies to help improve productivity and efficiency across the wider Speller Metcalfe group. The company’s success relies heavily upon team cooperation and understanding of people’s strengths, both of which are key attributes in Bill’s armoury.

Judith Lewis

Finance Director

Judith is a highly experienced, successful and well-regarded Finance Director and qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience working in the construction industry. She began her construction career as part of a joint rail venture owned by Alstom and Tarmac Construction, which later became Carillion Rail, before moving into Carillion’s Property Development Business and later their Private Finance Business.

Her experience extends to regional, national and global levels within the education, healthcare, commercial, industrial, travel, retail, hospitality, leisure and residential sectors, with many joint venture developments undertaken in partnership with family businesses.

Joining in 2021, Judith brings a strong, disciplined and analytical approach to furnish the directors with accurate, relevant and up-to-date financials, where she also sits on the Audit Committee.

Mark Hudgeon

Regional Director

Mark joined the business in 2013 after 13 years working for a large Midlands contractor as a Senior Quantity Surveyor. Mark has fulfilled Commercial Manager and Regional Manager Roles at Speller Metcalfe during his tenure, before progressing to Regional Director in May 2018.

His strong commercial acumen, coupled with a focus on people, relationships, and collaborative working practices when managing our Malvern and London divisions continue to reinforce the unique environment that makes Speller Metcalfe a success.

Rob Lashford

Regional Director

Rob joined Speller Metcalfe after 14 years with a regional contractor and then international construction firm, where he undertook strategic roles including Divisional Director and Operations Manager. He has key experience within competitively tendered schemes and frameworks including Birmingham City Council, Leicester County Council and the EFA Framework.

Working in sectors such as care, student accommodation, hotels and leisure, education and commercial, Rob has knowledge and experience of a variety of contracts and brings strong commercial knowledge of working with partnership and framework contracts, traditional and design & build.

Chris Short

Non-Executive Director

Chris is a very experienced senior executive, starting his career at KPMG in London where he qualified as a chartered accountant before moving to the head office of FTSE Top 30 engineering firm Siebe, undertaking significant projects in the oil and gas, food and drink  and intelligent building systems sectors.

He then took on various director roles at Midlands Electricity, including Commercial Director, before taking on the role of Asset Management Director and setting up a Telecoms subsidiary. He then moved to the main board of a FTSE 350 company where he was responsible for corporate governance, strategy, business intelligence supply chain, pricing, IT, HR and the acquisition programme.

Chris joined Speller Metcalfe in 2020 as Chair of the newly established Audit Committee, who are responsible for governing the company’s financials. Chris then joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in 2021.

Martyn Chaplin

Commercial Director

Martyn joined Speller Metcalfe in 2018 following the retirement of our previous long-standing Commercial Director, bringing us over 20 years’ experience of working for both regional and international construction companies, latterly Bouygues. His experience covers all sectors of construction and housing (public and private), including most of the major regional and selected national frameworks, as well as exposure to PFI schemes.

With a strong track record of astute commercial management Martyn delivers valuable insight to the Board of Directors. He is helping to drive forward our business strategy by aligning our regional commercial teams (enabling sharing of knowledge and best practice), delivering on new processes to increase business efficiency and working closely with our Pre-Construction department to manage project risks.

Matthew Bailey

Divisional Director

Matthew has been with the company for over 20 years, progressing from quantity surveyor to managing the company’s Small Works division as divisional director.

Intelligent, amiable and commercially astute, Matthew successfully manages the construction and commercial teams for the Small Works division ensuring that they maintain their reputation for delivering high level repeat business and creating positive, lasting client relationships.

Matthew also encompasses the wider operational needs of the business in support of the Board of Directors and plays a valuable role in developing group procedures.

Mark Eaton

Divisional Director

Mark is a loyal and committed member of the Speller Metcalfe group and since joining the company in 2006, has steadily progressed from quantity surveyor to divisional lead for Speller Metcalfe’s residential arm of the business.

Mark’s fastidious attitude towards commercial and construction management ensures that the team deliver a strong portfolio of high-quality projects and maintain a positive working relationship with a wide range of housing clients.