Property People: Construction group adds to board; Graduate surveyor joins Vail Williams in Birmingham

Deeley Group board directors Martin Gallagher, Peter Deeley, Steve Jones, Steve Turner, Peter Hartill, Andrew Cann.

A construction and development group has strengthened its board with two appointments.

Steve Turner and Steve Jones – who both work for the construction division of the Coventry-based Deeley Group – have been appointed to the main group board of directors.

Turner joined the company 29 years ago as a trainee surveyor straight from school and has progressed through the ranks to become construction director.

Jones, who joined the Deeley Group in 2010 from Chase Norton, is currently estimating director.

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said the appointments reflected the importance of construction in the overall business, as well as the achievements of the two members of staff.

“Construction is a major component of the Deeley Group offer and we only see that expanding in the months and years to come, so it is important that plays a major part in the future growth of the group,” he said.

“It also proves that we are a company that likes to foster, develop and promote our internal talent. Steve Turner, for example, joined as a Junior Trainee Surveyor and completed a construction degree at DeMontfort University Leicester through day release. He has won promotions and became our Construction Director in 2010.

“The two appointments reflect the commitment and talent the two Steves have consistently shown in their time at the Deeley Group.”

The Deeley Group was established in 1936 and specialises in construction, property development and home building and development in the private and affordable homes markets.


Recent Birmingham City University graduate Freddie Eastman has joined the valuation team at property consultants Vail Williams.

He has joined Vail Williams’ Birmingham office as a surveyor after completing a three-year Real Estate course.

He will be based primarily in the property valuation team but will work across a variety of disciplines, including property acquisition and disposal where he will gain the experience necessary to achieve his APC and qualify as a chartered surveyor.

Stephen Hobbs, head of valuation at Vail Williams in Birmingham, said: “We’re delighted to welcome such a bright young mind to the team and were very impressed with Freddie at interview. He has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve in his career, and we are pleased to be able to support him on this journey as he applies for his APC to become chartered.”

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