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The management team

Steve Dunne

Stephen Dunne ACIOB

Savvy Group Managing Director

Stephen commenced his career in the construction industry over 30 years ago, working as a trainee Quantity Surveyor. Following his early academic training at the City of Oxford College, Stephen obtained a degree in Construction Management from Oxford Brookes University. Stephen formed Savvy Construction Ltd in 2010, and has been instrumental in establishing the company at the forefront of the construction industry in Oxford.

Jon Peart

Jon Peart BSc (Hons) MCIOB

Director of Construction

Stemming from a surveying background, Jon graduated with a Construction Management Degree with Honours. He went on to successfully achieve chartered status with the CIOB. Jon continued to push his career forward with the delivery of numerous multi-million-pound schemes while working for some of the region’s largest contractors. Obtaining vital construction experience in many different sectors of the industry, provided Jon with the knowledge and the impetus to establish a successful partnership with Stephen at Savvy, as Construction Director.

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David Dunne

Director of Maintenance & Renovations

David is a qualified Electrical Engineer. In addition to his core training, he has gained considerable experience of environmental controls within a pharmaceutical background, having managed contracts with Abbots Laboratories for many years.

David is responsible for the special projects for Savvy Maintenance & Renovations. He manages a variety of staff with various experiences drawn from all trades. He has project managed many projects to ensure the maintenance and preservation of clients' buildings. These include numerous Oxford Colleges which have all become to rely on the proactive and reactive service Savvy Maintenance and Renovations can provide.

Jamie Hickman

Jamie Hickman BSc (Hons)

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Jamie joined Savvy in 2015 having spent some 15 years prior to this with Leadbitter. Jamie graduated with a degree in Construction Management in 1999, and has gone on to to play a key role in delivering many multi-million pound schemes throughout Oxfordshire and the South East. Now, as a Senior Quantity Surveyor, with many years of experience, Jamie is playing a key role in training and developing Savvy's trainee Surveyors and Site Managers, ensuring that we can continue to provide the same high-level of service for many years to come.

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell

Contracts Manager

Paul has worked for Savvy Construction for over 10 years now, successfully delivering a wide range of projects, in a multitude of sectors. From a trade background, Paul worked his way through to Site Manager, Project Manager and now Contracts Manager. Paul oversees all of our projects, ensuring that they are proceeding safely, on-time, and to the highest possible quality.Client's and design team members all enjoy working with Paul and regularly insist in his involvement in their project, which is a compliment to Paul's attitude, personality and overfall professionalism.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Project Manager

Gary has worked for Savvy Construction for nearly 13 years. With a trade back ground, Gary is a highly skilled carpenter and joiner. He has however worked his way through the ranks, from a Working-Foreman to Project Manager, delivering many demanding projects for Savvy.Gary's current role is assisting our Contracts Manager, Paul Mitchell, ensuring all of our projects are delivered safely and on time, and to the necessary quality. Gary has a flair for all the necessary pre-construction activities, including producing method statements, CTMP's and setting sites up ready for commencement.

Julian Seago

Julian Seago

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Julian is a member of the CIOB and a highly respected Senior Quantity Surveyor with over 30 years’ of experience in the UK construction industry. Julian has worked on many different types of projects, including renovations and new builds, all with different types of procurement route and ranging in value from £2m to £15m.

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Ian Austin BSc (Hons)

Commercial Manager 

Ian has worked as a Quantity Surveyor, an Estimator and Commercial Manager for the past 22 years in the high-end residential sector. Following graduation with a degree in Construction Management in 2001, Ian worked as a Quantity Surveyor and subsequently gained a Diploma in Quantity Surveying. Ian went on to become an Estimating Manager and has been instrumental in securing significant projects in London and the Home Counties, as well as undertaking the procurement and commercial management of them.



Dominic Russell

Dominic Russell


Dom is an experienced estimator with a Diploma in Construction and Built Environment. He has been responsible for compiling detailed and competitive tender submissions across a number of sectors over the last 10 years, including numerous successful tenders for large multi-million pound projects across the South East.


Dom is a diligent member of the team who is always happy to discuss projects with clients.


Steve Bartlett

Senior Estimator

Steve is an experienced Senior Estimator, who has worked for major and well-established contractors. He has over 30 years of estimating experience and has extensive knowledge of compiling detailed, competitive tenders. He is versed in all forms of construction contracts & procurement routes and interrogates cost and VE opportunities. Steve always seeks to offer product and methodology solutions to reduce cost and programme timescales.



Senior Quantity Surveyor

Lee joined Savvy Construction after spending 18 years working for other local and regional contractors where he gained vital experience on many different types of schemes, ranging in value from £2m to £38m. Lee is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, having previously gained his degree in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management from Oxford Brookes University.

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Martin Harrell BSc (Hons)

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Martin graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Quantity Surveying. Since then he has worked both as a sub-contractor and main contractor in a variety of sectors and has been involved in high-profile projects like upgrading the main Energy Centre in the BBC’s White City, St. Charles Hospital Refurbishment, RAF Halton, The Strand and an NHS high dependency unit during Covid at Watford Hospital. Martin joined Savvy in 2020 and has already been instrumental in delivering several projects for the company.

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Ron White

Project Manager

Ron is a vastly experienced project manager having worked in construction for over 45 years. He brings broad knowledge across multiple sectors and trades and is excellent at grasping the requirements of complex projects in challenging locations or engineering issues.


He has worked on many historical and landmark buildings and worked on the Getty Estate for a number of years.



Kayleigh Preston

Kayleigh Preston

Business Development Executive 

Kayleigh has worked in Business Development across many sectors throughout her career, including the NHS and the charity sector. She is responsible for helping to support the expansion of the business and management of the tender process.

She is a diligent and organised member of the team and works closely with the directors, surveyors and estimators to help onboard, manage and deliver new projects.



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