The Team

  • Terry Nitman

    Terry Nitman MCIOB


    Terry is a chartered builder and has worked in the construction industry since 1980, having originally trained with James Longley & Co of Crawley. He has developed and progressed his career locally in a variety of progressively senior production roles and has extensive experience in all types of construction and procurement methods. Joining Cheesmur from his previous role as area director for a UK plc, he has been jointly responsible for the strategic development and day to day running of the business since he and Steve took on the business. In addition Terry heads the Cheesmur production delivery team and also sits on the advisory board of the Sussex Education Business Partnership to help promote better opportunities for young people to progress their careers.

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  • Steve Hayman

    Steve Hayman MCIOB, MRICS


    Steve is a chartered builder and chartered surveyor and is also a member of the RICS Sussex Branch Committee. He has extensive experience in high quality construction both in Britain and overseas including royal palaces, 5 star hotels and embassies abroad. In addition he has completed many high profile contracts locally, including the Royal Pavilion, Hilton Metropole Hotel and a number of executive apartment blocks. Since he and Terry took over the business Steve has also led on many successful partnering and framework projects using design and build, two stage tender and traditional forms of procurement. In addition Steve was the founding Chairman of TrAC, a not for profit social enterprise Shared Apprenticeship Scheme and he continues to be closely involved in promoting local apprenticeships and training.

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  • James Field

    James Field ACCA BA (Hons) FMAAT AATQB

    Finance Director

    James is a Chartered Certified Accountant and brings a wealth of experience in a variety of disciplines. Having studied at Portsmouth, he spent 16 years in various retail and leisure management positions, the highlight of which was the running of a successful franchise for a multi-national oil company. In 2006 James returned to his early training and spent 2 years rediscovering his talents as an accounts assistant for a large pharmaceutical company before joining Cheesmur in 2008. Following his studies whilst at Cheesmur James became a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA) in 2015 and won PQ Magazine's Part Qualified Accountant of the Year Award in 2014. In recognition of his contribution to the continued success of the business James was appointed to the board as Finance Director in January 2017.

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  • Jason Wickenden

    Jason Wickenden Bsc (Hons), MCIOB

    Operations Director

    Jason is a Chartered Builder, having been educated to honours degree level in the discipline of building engineering and management. With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, rising from site engineer, through site manager to his  current role as Senior Contracts Manager, his experience has been diverse. He has successfully completed projects in the education and health sectors, private and social housing developments, coastal defence works and commercial factory units, all constructed with a variety of building techniques including modern methods of construction. Projects have ranged in value from several hundred thousand pounds to in excess of £5m, working alongside the project surveyors and site managers to ensure projects are delivered to the clients exacting standards, programme and budgets. In recognition of his commitment and contribution to the continued success of the business, Jason was appointed to the board as Operations Director in January 2017.

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  • Dave Bennett

    David Bennett MCIOB

    Senior Estimator

    David has been working in the industry for over 30 years for local, regional and national contractors and developers. He is a fully experienced estimator and surveyor, having worked on a wide range of projects incorporating both traditional and Design & Construct Contracts. At Cheesmur, he continues to work closely with our clients and their design and procurement teams to achieve competitive tenders, and to offer effective value engineering and design solutions.

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    Dominic Bird Bsc (Hons)

    Project Surveyor

    Dominic is a Project Surveyor, running various projects within Cheesmur. He studied Construction Management BSc at Kingston University, London, and after obtaining a first class degree, worked his way up at a national main contractor, before joining Cheesmur. He has worked on various forms of contract in both JCT and NEC form on a variety of projects, ranging from £100k to £22m, often implementing revolutionary ideas across the education, hospitality, and residential sectors. He now hopes to utilize his problem-solving and communication skills in his new role here.

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  • Russell Card

    Russell Card

    Assistant Buyer

    Russell joined Cheesmur with over 15 years experience in retail management and is now putting this wealth of knowledge to good use as part of the Cheesmur buying team. Having previously worked for large corporations such as B&Q and Bathstore, he is an award winning bathroom designer and was one of the premier members of Bathstore’s sales team nationally. With the support of the experienced Cheesmur Team, Russell will be developing his construction buying skills as he continues to enhance the service delivered by our in-house buying team.

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  • Kym Haffenden

    Kym Cookesley

    Assistant Contracts Administrator

    Having worked in the Motor trade for 10 years since leaving school, Kym recently joined Cheesmur as an Administrative Assistant producing O&M Manuals. In her spare time she is also completing a Foundation Degree in Building Surveying and when this is complete Kym hopes to continue studying for a full degree. When not working, studying or being Mum to an energetic toddler, Kym is also an Equestrian, often competing at the weekends in Dressage with her beautiful American Paint Horse.

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    Stuart Cooper

    Contracts Manager (Build)

    Stuart joined the Cheesmur team in 2017 bringing 13 years experience in the construction industry, having started his career as an apprentice bricklayer. On completing his apprenticeship Stuart stepped up to manage various minor works contracts as a Working Foreman and over the following years progressed to Site Management and then Contracts Management. His experience encompasses all aspects of Health and Safety, Surveying, Programming and Project Management over multiple contracts and as a result he has successfully delivered many projects, ranging from £10K to £500k in value. With programmes ranging from 3 to 36 weeks Stuart has delivered these projects on time and within budget for a varied portfolio of Clients who include private individuals, Housing Associations, Schools, and Health Authorities.  

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  • Lisa Downey

    Lisa Downey


    Lisa joined Cheesmur as the office administrator and receptionist, providing administrative support across the business. As a result of her hard work and commitment, she was promoted to the buying department working closely with Peter to benefit from his experience and expertise. Having previously worked for Parker Pen in Newhaven for over 20 years, Lisa brings her loyalty, good humour and outgoing personality to Cheesmur.

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  • Simon Edlin

    Simon Edlin BSc (Hons)

    Senior Quantity Surveyor

    Simon joined Cheesmur as a Senior Quantity Surveyor, having spent 20 years in the construction industry after graduating with a BSc (Hons) from UWE Bristol. Over that time he has worked for both main and Sub-contractors in both hands-on and Managing Surveyor capacities on projects ranging in value from £50,000 up to £16m. He has a wealth of experience across a range of sectors including Social and Private Housing, Health, Education, Local Authority and Prisons, using various forms of JCT and bespoke Contracts

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  • Peter Edwards

    Peter Edwards

    Senior Buyer

    After obtaining a National Diploma in Building, Peter joined a privately owned Sussex based housing/commercial development company as a trainee buyer/surveyor. Since then he has worked with a number of privately owned building companies covering a diverse range of projects from refurbishment and heritage renovation works through to new build projects up to £2.5m. Project Clients have included Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Education and Health Authorities and Peter brings his wealth of expertise and experience to Cheesmur, ranging from price negotiations and supplier orders to value engineering and sourcing of alternative products and suppliers.

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  • Kirsty Green

    Kirsty Green

    Facilities Manager

    Kirsty is a qualified surveyor and has been in the industry for over 25 yrs. Her primary role is as Facilities Manager looking after the term maintenance agreements with a number of our key customers including East Sussex County Council and Sussex Housing & Care, also leading the successful delivery of the Bespoke Minor Adaptations programme for ESCC Adult Care Services.

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  • Nick Hallewell

    Nick Hallewell

    Contracts Manager (Facilities/Build)

    Nick has undertaken a variety of roles in the construction industry in a career spanning more than 35 years since gaining his ONC and HND in Building Construction and joined Cheesmur over 10 years ago. His current role is as Contracts Manager for the Facilities and Build Teams, working with a number of our key clients such as East Sussex County Council and Sussex Housing & Care. Nick leads a dedicated in-house delivery team and is also the primary point of contact for our 24 hours emergency call-out service.

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  • Dan Hayman

    Daniel Hayman BSc (Hons)

    Estimating Assistant

    Daniel has been working on construction sites during his summer breaks since the age of 16 and also in our contracts and estimating departments over the last few years. Now working as a full time trainee estimator he is currently studying for his HNC in Construction and has recently successfully completed his Causeway Estimating software training.

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  • Luke Hayman

    Luke Hayman

    Project Manager

  • Steve King

    Steve King

    Contracts Manager

    Steve joined the company initially as a Site Manager, until achieving a well-earned promotion in 2010 to his current role of Contracts Manager. He has completed projects ranging from an award winning Listed Building refurbishment, affordable housing schemes to new build educational facilities and industrial work units. With project values ranging from £100k to £2.5m, Steve’s experience covers numerous building techniques, including traditional masonry, concrete frame, steel portal systems and the latest techniques in timber frame construction. He has brought his experience and knowledge to the successful completion of schemes for Clients in both the Private and Public sectors. He has ensured that the building performance requirements of customers are met to achieve compliance for Code for Sustainable Homes Certification, Lifetime Homes and provision of renewable energies & Low/ Zero Carbon technologies. These have included the installation of systems such as ground and air source heat pumps, grey water systems and photovoltaic and solar arrays, both as retro fit and to new-build installations.

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    Gemma Kirton

    Office Manager

    Gemma joins Cheesmur having spent a large part of her career in banking, gaining various promotions throughout until eventually becoming Operations Manager for a large flagship branch. After leaving the Banking Industry in 2007, Gemma worked as a Pastoral Support Assistant at a local school, dealing with students aged between 11-16 years old. This was a diverse and challenging role and involved dealing with behavioural, social and emotional issues on a near daily basis. Gemma joins Cheesmur as the Company Office Manager and besides bringing excellent administrative and management skills to Cheesmur, her experience in dealing with behavioural issues should prove invaluable in keeping the majority of the staff in check! During her spare time, Gemma likes to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys running, Pilates and reading.
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    Robert Kirton ICIOB

    Aftercare Manager

    Rob trained as a Carpenter on leaving school and went on to serve 11 years in the Royal Air Force, specialising in survival equipment.  He has spent the last 14 years in Construction Management - 4 years as a working Carpentry Supervisor; 6 years as a Site Manager and 4 years as a Projects/Contracts Manager. Rob joined the Cheesmur team to manage the Aftercare service provided  by Cheesmur, bringing his extensive construction knowledge to the role and a commitment to provide the best possible customer care.

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    Isabel Nitman

    Facilities Administrator

    Isabel previously worked for a specialist company providing travel solutions for sports teams, the media and associated personnel to get them to their sporting events around the globe. Over ten years Isie had the chance to travel to many glamorous places and having developed her experience and expertise in a high pressure customer service role she has adapted well to her new role and is a key member of the Cheesmur facilities team.

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  • Martin Paine

    Martin Paine Bsc (Hons), MCIOB

    Senior Quantity Surveyor

    Martin has been involved in the Construction industry for more than 30 years and has brought his wide range of experience to Cheesmur in his role as a Senior Quantity Surveyor. Starting as a site operative from leaving school, Martin qualified as a skilled tradesman and later in his career completed a degree in Construction Management at the University of Brighton. Having developed an interest in the commercial aspects of construction, since completing his degree he has been Quantity Surveying for Main Contractors for more than 16 years. His experience includes working with both local and national contractors and he has worked on many types of projects, constructing schools, social/private housing, leisure facilities, hotels, refurbishment and renovation, each using a variety of construction techniques and ranging in value from £100K to £20M. Martin’s contracts  experience includes Standard Forms, Design and Build and bespoke contracts, using most of the JCT suite of contracts and their NEC counterparts.

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    Karen Parker

    Accounts Payable Manager

    Karen was born in Zimbabwe and relocated to the UK with her family in 2008. She joined the Cheesmur accounts department on a part time basis in November 2015, becoming a full time member of the finance team in July 2016. She is a multi talented individual with a background in both accounting and nursing, with HCA, Nursing and Accounting qualifications.  As a valued key member of the accounts team Karen is currently studying for the AAT qualification.  

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    Chris Shoult

    Contracts Manager (Build)

    Chris has recently joined the team and has been working in the construction industry for the past 14 years starting as an apprentice carpenter from leaving school winning numerous national awards for his dedication and hard work, the pinnacle of these being a City & Guilds medal for excellence presented to him at Buckingham palace by the Duke of Edinburgh. Chris has developed within the construction industry moving from site carpenter to site manager and onto contracts management successfully running numerous projects on time and within budget up to the value of 600k.

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  • Jeremy Snelling

    Jeremy Snelling BSc (Hons)

    Contracts Manager

    Jeremy graduated in 1996 with a degree in Building Engineering and Management. Starting as a site engineer he progressed through Site Management and Project management to his current position as Contracts Manager. His has a wide range of experience which includes many aspects of Building and Civil Engineering such as piling, steel, concrete and timber frames, basements as well as grain stores, roads, traditional oak construction, schools, high spec housing, community buildings and refurbishment. Projects have ranged in value from £100k to in excess of £8m, working alongside the project surveyors, site managers and direct and subcontracted tradespeople to ensure that projects are safely delivered to a high standard and within budget and programme.

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  • Ryan Spirovski

    Ryan Spirovski

    Post-Contract Administrator

    Having had several years experience working as a senior administrator in an office environment dealing directly with high profile clients, shareholders and overseeing specialised projects Ryan now applies these skills to his role in the production and provision of Operation and Maintenance Manuals for Cheesmur projects. In his spare time Ryan coaches and manages an under 10s team at Worthing Town Youth FC.

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  • Clive Stoneman

    Clive Stoneman

    Estimator/Surveyor (Build)

    Clive joins Cheesmur team as an Estimator/Surveyor from the public sector where he managed a complete repair service to over 3,500 customers within a social housing environment.  The role included the day to day management of various types of contracts up to a value of £4m per year including reactive repairs, property refurbishments, adaptations and mechanical & electrical works.  Clive brings a range of service delivery skills to the Cheesmur team in areas such as project management, contract management and performance management and will assist the Facilities Team with various projects including the successful delivery of the Bespoke Minor Adaptations programme for ESCC Adult Social Care Services.

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    Bobbie Tattam

    Assistant Finance Manager

    Bobbie comes to Cheesmur with over eight years’ experience in the Banking industry. She was promoted through the Business to Portfolio Manager in Commercial Banking, NatWest where she looked after customers in multiple sectors, which include Professionals, Healthcare, Not for Profit organisations and Specialist Lending. She also obtained her Chartered Institute of Bankers Certificate in Lending Skills in June 2016. Having joined Cheesmur as a Finance Assistant in October 2016, Bobbie is now studying for her AAT qualifications.  Outside of work Bobbie takes part in Charity events such as Race for Life to support Cancer research UK and the Major Series Mud run as part of a team, raising over £1,000 for the charity Tomorrow's People, who support disadvantaged adults and young people to gain and retain employment.  

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    Steve Teale Bsc (Hons)

    Senior Contracts Manager

    Steve joined the company as a Senior Contracts Manager in 2017. He has a wealth of experience gained from 40 years working within the construction industry. He started his construction career within a trade background before progressing to subcontracting for a number of years. Steve was then employed in site management and project management for both main contractors and house builders / developers for a decade. He has been heading up projects as a Contracts Manager for main contractors since 1997. He has undertaken projects within the school & higher education, health, blue light services, civil service, social and private housing, leisure, commercial and industrial sectors. He has managed projects ranging from £250k up to £14m, contracts have included traditional single stage tendering , two stage tenders, negotiated contracts, cost plus and PPC 2000 Partnering. His experience covers numerous construction methods including traditional masonry, timber frame & glulam, steel frame & Metsec, concrete frame and modern methods of construction. Steve is passionate about providing first class customer service and delivering high quality projects on time. He is also focused  on minimizing the impact of construction projects on neighbouring properties and the public generally, receiving numerous Considerate Constructors Scheme bronze and silver awards

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