Our team.

A dynamic and dedicated team.

We're proud to have a talented team who offer a wide range of skills.

Chris ‘CJ’ O’Connell

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

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CJ is our company founder and a proven property developer since 2006. He’s successfully executed more than 25 projects and has managed rapid growth of the business since 2011. While overseeing the running of the business, CJ takes ownership of acquisitions, business development, investor relations and the strategic positioning for companies within the Chris James Group.

Contact

cj@chrisjamesgroup.com
+44 (0) 7765 385 711

Kelly-Ann Pendle

Technical Director

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Kelly joined the Chris James team in 2016. She’s an experienced Technical Project manager with a HNC in Construction who began her career at national home builders George Wimpey, Taylor Wimpey and David Wilson. Kelly leads our technical team and helps provide design solutions and counsel throughout all stages of our property development projects.

Contact

kelly@chrisjamesconstruction.com
+44 (0) 7732 374 007

Dan O’Connell

HR Director

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Dan has over 22 years’ experience as a proven operations manager in the licensing industry, leading large teams across multiple sites which has equipped him with a wealth of operational and man-management skills. Dan joined Chris James Group in 2015, initially to direct the day to day operations of the business, before switching roles to lead our organisational development and HR.

Contact

dan@chrisjamesgroup.com
+44 (0) 7540 637 303

Rosalyn Humphries

FINANCE DIRECTOR

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Ros joined Chris James Group as Finance Director after managing the book-keeping and accounts for another business within our group. With experience running her own practice, she brings her skills to our management accounts and daily accounts requirements for our various property, accommodation and property management businesses.

Contact

ros@chrisjameshomes.com
+44 (0) 1793 423 300

Phil Walker

Construction Director

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Phil joined the Chris James Group in 2011 to lead the construction department. For the first part of his career, Phil was a Royal Engineer in the Army who left with a trade in carpentry. After leaving the army, Phil gained a wealth of experience leading teams on national builder’s
sites before joining the company. He now directs and leads our construction team, ensuring projects are run to schedule and budgets.

Contact

phil@chrisjamesconstruction.com
+44 (0) 7841 429 270

Ella Thomas

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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Ella joined the company in 2015 after progressing through the ranks as an operational manager within another business in our group. Having worked with our HR Director for several years, she was Initially tasked with managing our Chris James Accommodation business. She’s since progressed and now directs numerous projects to help Chris James Group grow.

Contact

ella@chrisjamesgroup.com
+44 (0) 7490 121 299

Jennie O'Connell

COMPANY SECRETARY

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Jennie gained her law degree from Swansea University in 2007 and went on to study for her legal practice from UWE in 2008. In 2014, she joined a law firm where she completed her training and qualified as a solicitor. She is responsible for providing counsel on acquisitions and selling decisions and acts overall as company secretary for the Chris James Group.

Contact

jen@chrisjamesgroup.com
+44 (0) 7852 205 429

Mike Cocca

PROCUREMENT MANAGER

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Mike joined the company in 2017 to lead our procurement process. He has 4 years’ experience in purchasing and holds a Quantity Surveying & Engineering qualification in Construction Engineering. He has experience within the financial services and construction sectors. He’s skilled in supplier risk management, negotiation, supplier evaluation and customer service.

Contact

mike@chrisjamesgroup.com
+44 (0) 7921 335 835

Michelle Atkinson

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN

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Michelle assists our Technical Director in providing Technical support at all stages of the development process. Michelle produces working drawing package designs in-house, or manages and assesses external designs. She helps to manage our work with consultants, suppliers, sub-contractors, housing associations and site management. She also prepares planning application drawings and documentation, building regulations applications and documentation and tender packages.

Contact

michelle@chrisjamesconstruction.com
+44 (0) 1793 423 300

Charlie Thompson

Marketing & Comms Manager

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After graduating with a BA Hons in English with Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham in 2013, Charlie gained a graduate scheme position with RWE npower in Marketing & PR. Using this experience, Charlie joined the Chris James team in the summer of 2016 initially as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Director before switching to manage our Marketing and Communications across the group.

Contact

charlie@chrisjamesgroup.com
+44 (0) 7590 049 700

Vicky Coleiro

ASSISTANT BUYER

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Vicky joined the Chris James team in 2017. She has extensive experience working in administrative and support roles including IT support and systems implementation, managing customer databases, purchasing, credit control, quotes and estimates. As an Assistant Buyer, she helps our Procurement Manager with supply chain management, purchasing through to invoice reconciliation and reporting on departmental budgets.

Contact

vicky@chrisjamesgroup.com
+44 (0) 1793 423 300

April Polden

INTERIOR DESIGNER

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April joined the Chris James team in 2017 and is responsible for the interior specification, spend and quantities for our developments. After graduating in 2015 with a BA Hons in Interior Design, she gained experience working in kitchen designs before switching to join our team.

Contact

april@chrisjamesconstruction.com
+44 (0) 7975 527 622

Shanice Henderson

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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Shanice is an experienced PA and brings a wealth of organisational skills to her role. Helping with running our day to day operations, she assists Ella with the administration and execution of our accommodation and property development businesses, as well as assisting with wider projects from Chris James Group.

Contact

michelle@chrisjamesconstruction.com
+44 (0) 1793 423 300

Martin Thomas

MAINTENANCE MANAGER

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After a long and varied career – including serving as a police constable, running his own building company, and a History teacher – Martin joined the Chris James Accommodation team in 2015 to enable him to further his study. With a wealth of experience working with young people, he is great with our student tenants and helps to ensure that all our properties are well maintained and in good order.

Contact

martin@chrisjamesaccommodation.com
+44 (0) 7576 008 801

Want to join us?

We’re always on the look out for talented people to join our company. We employ a wide range of positions. From finance to technical roles, construction to operational roles, commercial to administration roles, we’re a growing business that wants the best people working for us. If you’re interested in working for Chris James Group, please send your CV and cover letter to info@chrisjamesgroup.com and we’ll be in touch.