Meet the Senior Management Team

Our senior management team at M&J Evans are intrinsically involved in the running of the business, from the boardroom to building site. Collectively, they bring a vast amount of experience and expertise, inspiring our people, and driving the business forward.
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Chris Southgate

Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined M&J Evans in June 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Chris was with Barratt Developments PLC for six years where he was appointed to the post of Divisional Managing Director, running the Barratt & David Wilson North Midlands Divisions. 

With a mixed industry background Chris previously held senior management roles with Kwik Fit as Divisional Director of Sales and Operations for seven years, and prior to that spent another seven years at the country’s largest brewer and pub retailer, Scottish and Newcastle PLC, culminating as Sales and Operations Director.

Chris’s diverse background and time spent with Barratt Homes especially has provided him with valuable insight and understanding of the expectation of M&J Evans’ clients and the house building market in general.

Chris has full day-to-day operational responsibility for delivering the business's strategy in a profitable, safe, and people-focused manner.

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Steve Hutchinson

Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined M&J Evans in October 2020 as CFO. Prior to joining the business, Steve has 33 years’ experience in manufacturing and mining. He is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA.

Steve has held many senior roles including most recently Corporate Development Director for British Steel where he was responsible for the M&A strategy. He was also in charge of transformation, focusing on the introduction of new processes and eliminating waste to reduce the cost base whilst facilitating growth following its acquisition by private equity.

Prior to that Steve was the CFO at UK Coal, a business that required attention to the highest standards of H&S against a backdrop of a diminishing market. Steve was responsible for the restructure and re-finance of the business to ensure a safe operation and a managed decline through a focus on performance improvement and strict cash management.

Steve also held the post of CFO at Bridon International, a successful business focusing on capital investment, product innovation whilst maintaining strict control of the balance sheet.

Steve has full responsibility for developing and deploying the financial strategy for M&J Evans to create value and to support the executive in building the business into a significant presence in our market place.

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James Phillips

Managing Director - Southern

James joined M&J Evans in 2019 as Managing Director to successfully establish a new southern regional office to cover Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Prior roles include a long term post with a medium-sized groundworks contractor as Commercial Director, working for national residential developers and also main contractors in the commercial sector. With over 25-years experience working in various roles within the construction industry James is able to offer a balanced understanding of both client and contractor needs.

James has full responsibility in the day to day running of the M&J Evans Southern Region to ensure all aspects of the construction process are delivered to the highest standards. We work with our clients through all stages of the construction process to ensure we understand all of their requirements, from inception to conception.

 

Alex Clack

Managing Director - West Midlands

Alex joined M&J Evans in 2003 as a Quantity Surveyor and subsequently held posts of Commercial Manager and Commercial Director before becoming a shareholder and Managing Director. With 20 years of experience in the construction industry, working with businesses such as AW Construction and Dean and Dyball prior to joining M&J Evans, Alex brings a wealth of commercial expertise to the business.  

Alex has full day-to-day responsibility for the M&J Evans West Midlands Region, its clients, and long term partnerships, ensuring they receive high-quality delivery, value for money, and on-time site completion.  

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Adam Walker

Managing Director - North West

Adam joined M&J Evans in April 2021 as Managing Director to successfully establish a new North West regional office. Adam and the team will be developing client relationships beyond our traditional geography, and be able to meet the needs of new and existing clients in the region.

Adam has over 14 years of experience within the construction industry. Prior to joining M&J Evans, Adam worked for Taylor Wimpey where he started as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor and worked his way up to hold the position of Regional Operations Director before joining M&J Evans.

With Adam’s vast experience, he is looking forward to working from a different perspective which will enable us to reach all of our strategic objectives and become the Groundworker of Choice in this new region.

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David Witney

Managing Director - Yorkshire

David has worked in housing development for in excess of 30 years, having previously held Director positions at Gleeson and Barratt Homes. He has a Civil Engineering background and extensive experience in developing difficult housing sites. David has a passion for high improving localities through the built environment and has focused predominantly on regeneration throughout his career.

The focus of the new Yorkshire region of M&J Evans will be on providing quality Groundworks, Civil Engineering and infrastructure to House Builders throughout Yorkshire, beginning in 2021, with the intention of being the partner of choice.

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Simon Loveland

Finance Director

Simon was appointed to the post of Finance Director in February 2020. He is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with KPMG, with over 25 years of wide-ranging senior financial experience. Simon has previously worked with some reputable companies including Rolls-Royce, Rom Group, and prior to joining M&J Evans, A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd, where he held the post of CFO.

Simon has full responsibility for the day-to-day management of the group finance team and to strategically and operationally ensure the continued growth of M&J Evans.

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Dave Sheridan

Non Executive Chairman

Dave joined M&J Evans as Chairman in November 2018. Dave has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. During that time he spent seven years as CEO of Keepmoat Homes. There, Dave was responsible for growing the business to deliver an extra 3,000 homes a year. From 2008 to 2012 he held the role of CEO at Apollo Property Services Group. Before merging with Keepmoat Homes in 2012, Dave successfully transformed the regional business into a national giant that delivered healthy profits for Apollo Property Services Group’s shareholders.

Dave is passionate about the regional expansion and growth of M&J Evans and for it to become the market-leading groundwork partner of choice for developers and housebuilders.

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Reza Fardad

Non Executive Director

Reza has been involved with M&J Evans Construction since September 2018.

Reza is a Partner at Freshstream, an investment firm based in London, focusing on mid-market companies in the UK.

Reza’s focus is to ensure that M&J Evans Construction's reputation precedes itself in delivering the highest quality service for its customers.

“Our people are our biggest asset; we achieve our results through them. Our ethos and the way we do things is what matters.”

- Chief Executive Officer, Chris Southgate

“Building relationships is at the heart of everything we do”

- Chief Executive Officer, Chris Southgate

“Our projects are delivered efficiently, effectively and without compromise”

- Finance Director, Simon Loveland

“We are a reliable and straightforward business with an enviable reputation. We will continue to strive to be the best in our sector”

- Chief Financial Officer, Steve Hutchinson

“We are passionate about what we do and how we do it, safely at all times. We strive to be the best and to deliver on our promises, always.”

- Operations Director, Tim Mason

“What sets us apart is our drive, passion, and experience. Collectively they make us the Partner of Choice.”

- Operations Director, Tim Mason

Our strong reputation and quality of delivery means we are the Partner of Choice. Just ask those we work with.