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.

Gemma Fenton

Gemma Fenton

Business Manager

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Gemma Fenton

Business Manager

Gemma joined 8build in 2006 as the Head of Business Development and Administration and progressed to Business Manager. She is responsible for Business Development within the Fit Out Division. Gemma started her career at ISG where she was PA to the Divisional Directors of the London Fit Out Division before moving to 8build.

Having been in the construction industry for 13 years, she has built a large network containing key decision makers and industry leaders that she has close relationships with. Through these connections, and her excellent interpersonal skills, Gemma is able to gather market intelligence that leads to opportunities for 8build to secure business.

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.

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.

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 our 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

Supply Chain Business Manager

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Molly King

Supply Chain Business Manager

Molly joined 8build in 2012, starting as an Office Administrator and rising up to Pre-Construction Coordinator in 2013 and then to her current role as Supply Chain Business Manager in 2015. Molly’s previous experience was at Nationwide Building Society where she was trained in Sales and Customer service. She is currently responsible for 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.

Kayleigh-Oakford

Kayleigh Oakford

Business Manager

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Kayleigh Oakford

Business Manager

Kayleigh joined 8build in 2010. She has worked her way up from Administrative Assistant, to Office Manager in 2012, to her current role from 2014 as Business Manager. Kayleigh looks after Business Development for 8build’s Construction Division.

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.

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Alistair Buchanan

Divisional Director

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Alistair Buchanan

Divisional Director

Alistair joined 8build in 2007. He studied Architecture at Edinburgh University and from there decided he wanted a more hands-on role and chose to pursue a career in Construction. He started his career in 2006 working for a Project Management company in Singapore delivering retail roll-outs. His first role at 8build was as a Construction Manager delivering small commercial fit out projects in London and data centre works in the South West.

In 2010 he volunteered to relocate to Singapore as a Project Manager to set up the 8build office. As the business developed, he became General Manager of the Singapore office and was responsible for the day to day running of the office and all operations. Alistair delivered a range of interior fit out projects diversifying into many new sectors including, Retail, F&B, Hospitality, Healthcare and Commercial Offices. After more than 5 years in Singapore and with the office firmly established, he returned to the UK in 2016 as Divisional Director focusing on the commercial fit out sector. Alistair brings energy, enthusiasm and a different perspective to the 8build team.

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.

Laura Kogan

Laura Kogan

Marketing Manager

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Laura Kogan

Marketing Manager

Laura joined 8build in 2014 as Marketing Manager. After completing her degree in English Literature in 2007 she started her career in Recruitment for Marketing and Advertising Agencies. In 2010 she moved to a Marketing role for The Langham Estate, working for both the In-House Agency side and Digital Marketing side of the business. Laura is now responsible for 8build’s Internal and External Communications, Branding, Events, CSR Initiatives and Digital Media. She brings excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a sense of humour and a hard working attitude to the team.

Chris-Dyer

Chris Dyer

Divisional Director

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Chris Dyer

Divisional Director

Chris brings 25 years of experience in the industry to 8build having worked on a large variety of projects across a broad mix of sectors. A proven leader, with achievements in strategic, commercial and operational aspects of construction. He has excellent customer facing skills and believes in delivering quality of service through motivated and supported team structure. With a commercial background he started his career as an Assistant QS with Francis Graves & Partners, a Birmingham based Private QS practice working on a number of leisure projects. After three years he was curious about the Contracting side of the industry so he decided to join Costain Construction as a project QS working on a variety of projects in the Retail, Industrial and Commercial sectors. He was quickly given responsibility for his own projects, which were mainly out of town supermarkets developments for Tesco and Morrisons.

In 1994 he joined John Sisk, initially as a Senior QS in their Midlands and North West Region. Over his 18 years with Sisk he rose through the ranks up to Commercial Director in 2005. As part of a succession plan he was promoted to the UK main board in 2008 with full responsibility for the Midlands and North West Region with a turnover of £100m at its peak. In 2011 he was appointed to a National main board role as Pre Construction Director using his skills to develop long term Client relationships which served the business as a whole. Chris moved from Sisk in 2012 to the board of Kier Construction London as Pre Construction Director responsible for Business Development, Proposals, Planning, Estimating, Design and Bid Management across the Residential, Commercial, Education and Health & Science sectors. He spent three years with Kier securing places on a number of frameworks and developing new Key Accounts. In 2016 Chris joined 8build as a Divisional Director for the New Build Division.