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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  • Mark O'Hara

    Mark O'Hara FCA


    Mark is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of industries and financial disciplines, the vast majority at board level. He particularly specialises in corporate finance and information systems in the SME space and also has international experience, having lived in Hong Kong for a number of years. Mark has been shortlisted for Real Business Magazine’s Private Company FD of the Year on no less than three occasions for his work at Cheesmur. He also sits on the board of trustees at Headway Hurstwood Park, the local branch of The Headway Trust.

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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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  • Gail Boustead

    Gail Boustead

    Office Manager / Director's PA

    In her role as Office Manager and Directors' P.A., Gail is able to bring 30 years of experience managing offices (and directors!) to the challenges provided at Cheesmur main office. Providing much needed support to Terry & Steve, Gail is able to ensure that they maintain their full work schedule whilst she also manages the demands of a busy office, including the management of key areas such as personnel records and training.

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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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  • 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.
  • 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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    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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  • Paul-McCarthy

    Paul McCarthy

    Contracts Manager

    Paul started his career in a structural engineering consultancy working on reinforced concrete, steel frame and masonry projects from initial design through to completion of the build. He then chose to retrain as a construction manager / surveyor carrying out refurbishment projects in and around London. He has managed and successfully completed many and varied projects from refurbishment of Listed Buildings to ‘High End’ residential, School refurbishment and new builds across the Health, Education, Residential (both private and affordable), Leisure, Industrial and Commercial sectors. He has managed projects covering traditional construction, steel frame and RC structures, timber frame and derivatives whilst incorporating Modern Methods of Construction under a variety of contracts ranging from traditional, design and build, partnering agreements and open book negotiations.  

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  • Isabel Nitman

    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.  
  • Chris-Shoult

    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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