The Team

We know that the best projects are delivered by teams who are fully equipped with the relevant skills, experience and expertise. Within our Fit Out and Construction Divisions are specialised teams who are experienced working in specific services and sectors.

Fit Out

fit-out-armSteve Oakford and Paul Norman head up our Fit Out Division. The teams within this have had a huge amount of experience across a range of fit out projects. Amongst these we have delivered numerous CAT ‘A’ and high quality CAT ‘B’ commercial fit outs as well as fit outs to high end residential properties and spas. 
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Construction

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Nigel Bellamy and Andy Tooley head up our Construction Division that delivers Light Refurbishment, Heavy Structural Refurbishment and New Build services. 
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Introducing our Core Team...

Steve-Oakford

Steve Oakford

Director

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Steve Oakford

Director

Steve is a Founding Board Director of 8build. He heads up the Fit Out side of the business with Paul Norman. He has had over 25 years of construction experience at both site and management levels. After graduating from the University of Westminster with an Honours Degree in Construction Management, he started his career with Mowlem as a management trainee followed by 3 years with Lelliotts and Shoralplan as a site agent, then moving on to Stanhope Interior (now ISG) where he spent the next 16 years. Having delivered some of the highest profile projects in London at the time as Project Director, he moved into a divisional management role, and concluded his time as Divisional Managing Director of the London Fit Out operation.

In 2005, having thoroughly enjoyed the process of growing a business, Steve and some of his like-minded colleagues decided to do it all again and form a new company, 8build. Steve brings his excellent communication, interpersonal and political awareness skills to his work at 8build, which is underpinned with determination, a sound technical base, a good helping of common sense and a methodical approach to problem solving.

Carl Raison

Carl Raison

Divisional Director

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Carl Raison

Divisional Director

Carl has had over 35 years of experience in Construction industry. He joined 8build in 2007 as a Project Director and is currently a Divisional Director, co-leading with Ian Woollison, delivering a variety of light refurbishment and fit out projects for prestigious clients across a variety of sectors.

He began his career at Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons in 1980 where he progressed from a trainee technician to Project Engineer. Roles following this include Project Coordinator at Wimpey Construction Management, Project Manager at Tolent Construction, Project Manager at ISG and then Business Development Manager at Simons Construction Limited before joining 8build. Carl has a proactive attitude, excellent man management and leadership skills, strong business awareness and a firm but fair approach. He prides himself on his calm, measured approach, sense of humour and high standards.

Lesley-Hammond

Lesley Hammond

Finance Director

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Lesley Hammond

Finance Director

Lesley is 8build’s Financial and HR Director and sits on the Board of Directors. After graduating from University Lesley joined Baker Tilly as an articled clerk and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. From there she was employed by a client in the Construction Industry to be their accountant. She has remained in the Construction sector all of her working life, immersed in aggregate and concrete for many years; working on the Channel Tunnel, Second Severn Crossing, Terminal 5 and Olympic Park to name a few major projects. During that time her experience changed from being within a small family business to a corporate multinational. Prior to joining 8build she was the FD of a division of one of the largest aggregate conglomerates in the world.

Lesley was employed by 8build in 2011 to develop the accounts function and embed a financial control structure in a rapidly growing and ever changing environment. Lesley was promoted to Board Director in 2015. She brings humour, tolerance and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels whilst adding a different perspective, balance and cohesion to the core team.

Nigel Bellamy

Nigel Bellamy

Director

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Nigel Bellamy

Director

Nigel is a Founding Board Director of 8build and with his colleagues, has thoroughly enjoyed creating and growing an innovative, friendly and successful Construction Organisation in the UK Market. Nigel heads up the Construction side of the business with Andy Tooley.

He trained as a Quantity Surveyor and qualified as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1986. Starting his career as a Management Trainee with Costain Construction, he worked mainly on large new build projects. He then moved to Turriff where he spent 2 years working on major refurbishment projects in London. This was followed by 3 years at Deacon Construction and 2 years at NICO. Nigel then became a founding member of a new fit out organisation, ISG, in 1989. He worked hard to build up ISG into the market leader over the next 16 years, rising to the position of Operations Director before leaving to start 8build with like minded colleagues. Through hard work, determination and shared purpose with these colleagues Nigel has created lasting relationships that continue to take 8build from strength to strength.

Chris Lawrence

Chris Lawrence

Divisional Director

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Chris Lawrence

Divisional Director

Chris joined 8build in 2007 as Project Manager and became a Divisional Director in 2012. He is passionate about what he does and is proud of every project he delivers. He started his career at ISG in 1995 whilst completing a degree in Construction Management at Anglia University. He joined as a Trainee Construction Manager and progressed to the role of Project Manager.

Chris specialises in delivering Developer-led fit out projects across a variety of sectors including High End Residential, Commercial and Arts & Leisure. Chris’s commitment to delivering excellent projects shines through as he brings energy, enthusiasm and a proactive approach to the team.

Molly-King

Molly King

Head of Marketing

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Molly King

Head of Marketing

Molly joined 8build in 2012, starting as an Office Administrator and rising up to Pre-Construction Coordinator in 2013 and then taking on the role as Supply Chain Business Manager in 2015 to Head of Marketing in 2017. She is responsible for all Marketing aspects and strategies and also sourcing and nurturing relationships with 8build’s supply chain.

Molly brings a confident, flexible and proactive approach to her work and is skilled in identifying new sales opportunities and strategies for building strong relationships. With excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills and thorough industry knowledge Molly is an asset to the 8build team.

Paul Norman

Paul Norman

Director

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Paul Norman

Director

Paul joined 8build in 2006 as Commercial Director and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. With Steve Oakford, he heads up 8build’s Fit Out side of the business. He started his career as a trainee Financial Manager with Kier after completing his Building Management degree course at Anglia University. From there he moved to Jarvis and following this he joined ISG where he remained for a further 9 years and worked his way up to the position of Senior Financial Manager.

Paul was amongst the 8 individuals that went on from ISG to form 8build. Paul provides a level head when faced with difficult and sometimes complex situations. He is fair but firm in his decisions and embraces new ways of working, constantly looking to improve 8build’s efficiencies. He has excellent communication skills, and provides guidance to our employees on best practice. Paul has a detailed knowledge of 8build’s supply chain and the ability to provide high level cost advice and cost per square foot for development schemes. He has forged a network of lasting relationships within the industry.

Andy Marr

Andy Marr

Director

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Andy Marr

Director

Andy is the Director of 8build Asia. He has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Andy joined DG Jones and Partners in 1985 as a Trainee Surveyor, where he was involved in a wide range of multi-million pound new build projects in the Middle East and Far East. He then went on to join Tellings, the contracting arm of developer Speyhawk Plc as a Surveyor, working on a number of multi-million pound new build projects in London.

His career further progressed in 1993, working in Singapore for a joint venture project between Wimpey Construction Singapore Limited and Woh Hup (Pte) Ltd. Andy joined ISG in 1995 and worked on a variety of fit out and refurbishment projects. During his ten years there, he spent 18 months with ISG Asia in the Kuala Lumpur office. Prior to his departure, Andy was a Divisional Financial Director for a London Fit Out Division; having worked his way through the ranks from project level. Andy joined 8build in 2005 as Commercial Director as one of the original eight. He moved to Singapore in 2010 to head up 8build Asia. Andy is a team player who enjoys working with like minded colleagues who are all respected in the industry. He enjoys sharing 8build’s values and ethics with our clients in Asia.

Kayleigh-Oakford

Kayleigh Oakford

Head of Pre-Construction

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Kayleigh Oakford

Head of Pre-Construction

Kayleigh joined 8build in 2010. She has worked her way up from Administrative Assistant, to Office Manager in 2012, to then becoming Business Manager in 2014 and then on to her current role as Head of Pre-Construction in 2017. Kayleigh looks after all pre-construction activities and creates winning work strategies.

She started her career in 2006 at Highlife Developments Ltd, a Property Development Company before moving to 8build. Kayleigh is a dedicated team player and an excellent communicator who loves to bring fun to a role that she is passionate about.

Andy Tooley

Andy Tooley

Director

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Andy Tooley

Director

Andy joined 8build in 2006 as Operations Director and became a Board Director in 2012. Andy and Nigel Bellamy head up 8build’s Construction division. He has over 20 years experience in the Construction Industry at both site and management levels. After graduating from the University of Westminster with a Construction Management degree he began his career with Trollope & Colls Construction as a Site Engineer. Andy then joined ISG in 1993 and worked his way up from project level to Divisional Construction Director.

Andy was amongst the 8 individuals that joined 8build at its beginning. He has aided its growth and success bringing his leadership skills, extensive industry knowledge, team spirit and dedication to the business.

Nick-Cornish

Nick Cornish

Commercial Manager

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Nick Cornish

Commercial Manager

Nick joined 8build in 2011 as a project Financial Manager, progressing to Commercial Manager in 2014. Working alongside Andrew Dixon, Divisional Director, Nick is now responsible for a Construction division within 8build. Nick and Andrew’s division is diverse in it’s nature delivering a range of predominantly structural refurbishment and new-build projects for prestigious clients across a variety of sectors, under multiple procurement routes. Under their management, the division promotes a pro-active approach offering value solutions to challenging projects.

Nick studied at the University of Kent, commencing a career in Construction is 2005, and holds a post-graduate diploma in Quantity Surveying with Construction Management. Nick demonstrated his abilities delivering many successful projects with 8build and has fully embraced and promoted its philosophy and core values. He has exceptional technical Construction knowledge and holds many valued relationships with both professionals and specialist members of our supply chain. Nick is diligent, light-hearted and respectful. His sharp wit and humour are often at the heart of his approach and have no doubt helped him to build relationships and trust within the industry.

Danny-Price

Danny Price

Divisional Director

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Danny Price

Divisional Director

Danny started his career in construction at Mansell Construction Services Ltd in 1996. Whilst working there, he completed a degree in Quantity Surveying at Anglia Ruskin University and progressed from the role of Trainee Quantity Surveyor to Senior Quantity Surveyor.

He has vast amount of experience working in all sectors such as fit out, heavy refurbishment and new build projects. He always aims to work with an open, honest and transparent approach and looks to keep 8build’s clients and professional teams informed of any commercial impacts as and when they happen. Danny has a calm, composed and calculated personality.

Paul Gredley

Paul Gredley

Divisional Director

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Paul Gredley

Divisional Director

Paul began his career as a Civil Engineer after graduating from Sheffield University with a Civil and Structural Engineering Degree, gaining experience of design, contract, management and supervision of contractors before becoming professionally qualified in 1981.In 1985, he joined Freeman Fox Limited as a Section Engineer on a large Civils project.

In 1987, Paul moved into management contracting on new build projects as a Site Manager with Woolf Construction Management working on new build projects before joining Herbert Construction (UK) Ltd as a Construction Manager. During this time, Paul gained experience on new build, refurbishment and fit out projects working under various forms of contracts. In 1995, he was then promoted to Senior Construction Manager. In 1996, Paul moved to Jarvis Interiors as Senior Construction Manager to head up the construction department and then moved to ISG as Project Manager. In 2007 Paul joined 8build as Project Director. He became a Divisional Director in 2014. Paul brings a resourceful and imperturbable approach to our business backed by almost 40 years of varied experience in the construction industry.

Ian Woollison

Ian Woollison

Divisional Director

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Ian Woollison

Divisional Director

Ian joined 8build in 2007 as a Financial Manager and worked his way up to Commercial Manager and then Divisional Director alongside Carl Raison. Ian and Carl’s division deliver a variety of light refurbishment and fit out projects for prestigious clients across a variety of sectors. Ian gained a degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying, and after graduating in 1998 he began his career at Wiltshier Construction Ltd as a trainee Financial Manager. In 2000, he joined ISG as an Assistant Financial Manager working within the fit out division and progressing to Senior Financial Manager.

Ian has been a part of the growth of 8build since the early stages and fully understands its culture and values. He has excellent Construction knowledge and Financial Awareness, great business relationships internally, with clients, professional teams and the subcontractor supply chain, and a sense of humour that strengthens these. He is proud to have developed such a successful division with Carl and to have delivered some superb projects around London.

Leslie Allen

Leslie Allen

Divisional Director

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Leslie Allen

Divisional Director

Leslie has had over 25 years experience in the Construction Industry. He joined 8build in 2013 as Divisional Director of the New Build division. Leslie has had experience of being a Contract Manager, Project Coordinator and Director and has experienced a wide range of construction types, employing different techniques and disciplines. His roles have consisted of Site Manager at Wates, Contracts Manager at both Allen Construction then Hutchinson Construction, Building Services Manager at Carman Construction, Construction Manager at Wilmott Dixon and Operations Manager at Osbourne Construction before starting at 8build. Leslie takes pride in inspiring confidence in the 8build delivery structure.

Chong-Hwa

Chong Hwa

Head of Estimating

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Chong Hwa

Head of Estimating

Chong joined 8build in 2010 as an estimator and became Head of Estimating in 2016. Chong is committed and a passionate individual who believes in ‘when you love what you do, it shows’ and brings that attitude to all of his bids. Chong has completed both his BSc (Hons) Building Contract Management and MSc Construction Project Management degrees.

Chong heads up all activities within estimating and has a reliable, hard-working team behind him. He is very thorough and has impressive attention to detail, making him a valuable member to the team. Chong manages all projects from Fit out to Construction and ensures a smooth handover to the delivery team when securing projects.

Andrew-Dixon

Andrew Dixon

Divisional Director

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Andrew Dixon

Divisional Director

Having joined 8build in 2007, I have delivered many projects ranging from fast track fit out, heavy refurbishment and new build. I have worked across multiple sectors including high end residential, education and commercial developments.

As a Divisional Director, I am responsible for resourcing each project effectively, overseeing all aspects of each project including construction, financial, health and safety and ensuring each project is delivered to the highest standards and to the satisfaction of our clients.

Business development is an integral part of my role, bringing in new clients and building on existing relationships to create future opportunities for us and our clients.