Meet the team

Our team is recruited for their broad range of skills drawn from various sectors of the industry we work in. Each bring the dedication and professionalism needed for our forward-thinking businesses.

Ray Dalton


As the founder of Gade Group, Ray’s experience in the industry spans over 60 years. Ray joined Finlinson, a comprising company of Gade Group, in 1963 and directed the business into property development in 1969.

Having built up various successful commercial and residential development companies, he now oversees all of the Group’s strategic financial and investment decisions which enable the development arm of the group to continue to grow.

William Dalton

Managing Director

With a degree in Land Management, Will’s background includes both development and investment in a range of property types. He began his career working with a central London developer, specialising in the construction of multi-storey residential towers and later with a firm of chartered surveyors, gaining RICS accreditation. Working at Allsop he advised both private and institutional clients on the disposal of investment property on a national basis.

Since joining Gade in January 2013, Will has been responsible for the shifting of Gade’s focus from the commercial portfolio by re-establishing the housebuilding arm and developing the partnerships that are pivotal to Gade’s future.

Nick Kenny

Head of Finance

Jamie Hillman

Head of Commercial

Dan Skinner

Land Manager

Dan joined Gade in June 2016 as Land Manager and assists the development team with project planning across all new business, from inception through to planning permission. He coordinates the landowner with construction team, with a particular focus on the technical elements of each process.

Dan also uses his Geography background to understand and apply evolving local planning policy to assist in appraising and sources new development sites.

Sophie Blake

PA & HR Co-ordinator

Joining Gade in 2018 as PA and Office Manager, Sophie previously worked in hospitality and events. Sophie is responsible for all administrative tasks that ensure the smooth running of the office, in addition to assisting the Managing Director and Chairman with their day-to-day workload.

Tim Lee

Technical Co-ordinator

Tim joined Gade in December 2021, bringing with him 20 years of experience working with architectural practices, building consultants, and housing developers. Experience which is reinforced with an honours degree in Architectural Design Technology and Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. This background facilitates in coordinating the external design team and the delivery of technical information at Gade.

Simon Staines

Procurement Manager

Work with Gade (this could be you)

We are always interested in hearing from potential new Gade employees. If you think you would fit our team, get in touch.