People

A people first company

Working together our board of directors have steered Speller Metcalfe to become one of the UK’s leading construction companies

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  • Steve Speller

    Joint Chairman

  • Andy Metcalfe

    Joint Chairman

  • Des O'Neill

    Group Managing Director

  • James Speller

    Pre-Construction Director

  • Adrian Speller

    Technical Director

  • Bill Cave

    Small Works Director

  • Mike Clarke

    Finance Director

  • Mark Hudgeon

    Regional Director

  • Rob Lashford

    Regional Director

  • Martyn Chaplin

    Commercial Director

Our People

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

Steve Speller

Joint Chairman

Joint chairman 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 embraces an active leadership role in driving the strategic and progressive growth of the Speller Metcalfe Group and ensures that client-focused delivery is achieved throughout all operational levels of the business.

Andy Metcalfe

Joint Chairman

Since the very beginning of Speller Metcalfe, founding owner and joint chairman 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 works from our Gloucester office.

Des O'Neill

Group Managing Director

Group MD Des has over 25 years’ experience in the industry within general construction where he has progressed from trainee site manager through to contracts manager across a combination of highly reputable construction companies before joining Speller Metcalfe as divisional manager. He then progressed to become director of our construction division in October 2014 before stepping into the role of managing director in 2015.

Des is a confident and respected leader with a motivational management style that not only gets the best from his team but also provides for the fresh, open book approach that our clients have come to expect from Speller Metcalfe. As group managing director Des is a real driver of the Speller Metcalfe vision and strategic growth plan.

James Speller

Pre-Construction Director

Pre-Construction 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 and marketing roles to head up Speller Metcalfe’s growing pre-construction team, taking responsibility for developing the company’s strategic profile and in-house design capabilities, identifying and creating new opportunities and managing pre-qualification and tender bid submissions.

Adrian Speller

Technical Director

Adrian has been fundamental in guiding our business to an industry-leading position within 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 across the company including overseeing group quality and compliance and providing technical input to tender submissions.

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.

Bill Cave

Small Works Director

Joining Speller Metcalfe as one of our very first site managers, Bill’s practical experience and exceptional specialised knowledge has enabled the successful completion of many difficult and prestigious contracts.

Speller Metcalfe’s success relies heavily upon team cooperation and understanding of people’s strengths, both of which are key attributes in Bill’s armoury.

Many projects that Bill’s Small Works division undertake are negotiated works from repeat clients, a testament to Bill’s strong leadership and the team’s design and build quality.

Mike Clarke

Finance Director

Mike has been with Speller Metcalfe for nearly 20 years, where he concentrates upon managing the Group’s finances.

Mike brings a strong, disciplined and analytical approach to furnish the directors with accurate, relevant and up-to-date information relating to budgets, financial reporting, cash control, capital expenditure and VAT.

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.

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.