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.

Bernard O'Neill

Head of Finance

Bernard joined Gade in June 2021 as Head of Finance, having come from a background of housebuilding and property based business’. Having studied Mining Geology at university he initially drifted into accountancy and has developed and honed his skills through many years of experience which he hopes will benefit the team at Gade. Relaxation takes him out onto the golf course whenever possible.

Yourgos Alexander

Head of Land

Yourgos joined Gade Group in 2020 with an outstanding track record in identifying, acquiring and developing housing sites across the region. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge that was gained at CALA, Berkeley and most recently as Head of Land & Planning at Balfour Beatty Homes for England.

Yourgos leads on all land acquisition and planning activities across Gade Group. He is looking forward to continuing to work with his existing and new contact base to secure the acquisition of new development opportunities and assist Gade with the continued delivery of high-quality housing developments across the South East.

Jamie Hillman

Head of Commercial

Sonia Whitehead

Finance Manager

Sonia joined Gade in 2013 as the Finance Manager, having worked as a Finance Consultant, as well as in accounting roles for City Renovations Ltd and BE Aerospace.

Ana Martins

Operational Manager

Joining Gade in 2017 as PA and Office Manager, Ana has previously worked in Tourism and Manufacturing sectors for the past five years.

Ana’s responsibilities include coordinating operational activities across all companies from access management of commercial property, through to sales and marketing of new homes.

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 Shrieve

PA and Office Manager

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.

Tom Bega

Technical Manager

Tom joined Gade in April 2021 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of just over 15 years in the residential development housing sector as a senior technical/design manager. Having previously worked for both larger PLC companies and Private Developer/House Builders, Tom has a proven track record of leading design teams and delivering complex large strategic mixed use residential Regeneration projects in partnership with Local Authorities and Private Housing Development sites. Tom will play an important role in leading the design teams and managing all aspects of the technical function and operations within the organisation ensuring quality assurance from planning to detailed design, procurement, and construction up to completion on site.

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.

Nick Telford

Construction Manager

Nick joined GADE in February 2022 as Construction Manager, bringing with him over 25yrs experience in the construction industry. Having started out qualifying as a Carpenter & Joiner Nick then progressed into site management before working his way up over the years to Construction Manager, gaining a master’s degree in Senior Construction Management along the way. Nick is responsible for the management of all construction and pre-construction activities across GADE Homes.

Simon Staines

Procurement Manager

David Hibberd

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Iwona Saunders

Accounts Assistant

Iwona joined the company in September 2020 as a Payment Clerk having worked in the building profession for many years. She had started her carrier with construction working for Jewson Builders Merchant as a Branch Administrator for three years progressing to Accounts Assistant working for Philiam Construction specialized in residential, commercial and public building and Relickpride private developer dedicated in high end residential homes. Iwona is working alongside Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Land Manager and Associate Commercial Director as well as Finance Manager and Assistant Management Accountant processing all incoming invoices and issuing Certificates to suppliers and contractors across each projects.

Michèle Austin

Sales Executive

Michèle joined Gade Homes in July 2021 as a Sales Executive. She has over 18 years’ experience working within the property industry, over three years of which have been within the New Homes sector. Michèle’s previous career was within the tourism industry, 14 years of which were working for an international airline, and she prides herself in providing our customers with a warm, friendly and informative service.

Laura Boycott-Brown

Commercial, Construction & Technical Administrator

India Healy

Customer Care Co-ordinator

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.