About Us

Discover more about M&J, our history and our values.

Leading the Way in Building and Civil Construction

M&J Evans was founded in the West Midlands in 2003 as a family-run business. Through our strong client base, we have grown our reputation nationally as the groundworks partner of choice. Our business is underpinned by our core values of safety-led, high quality delivery, value for money and industry expertise.

Our sustained growth as a business means we can operate and deliver our services to major housebuilders and developers in Civil Engineering, Groundworks and Foundation across different regional geographies.

Message from our CEO

“At M&J our core purpose is to support our clients in delivering the new housing the country needs.  We aspire to be the best at what we do, underpinned by a core set of values and real focus on health and safety, people, and sustainability.”

Chris Southgate
Group CEO

Guided by ‘The M&J Way’

Our values underpin everything at M&J and are fundamental to our reputation and identity as a business.

For our customers our values represent our commitment to exceed industry standards in the quality and professionalism of our work. Our commitment to our values fosters trust with our customers and stakeholders – ensuring sustainable and enduring relations.

For our people our values are the building blocks of a working environment where safety, integrity, and respect are ingrained in the culture, fostering personal and professional growth.

For society our values ensure long-term success and sustainability on the projects which we are proud to be a part of. They reflect our dedication to excellence in the civil engineering and construction sectors and our pledge to contribute to the wider community we serve positively and responsibly.

Our values aren’t just a statement—they’re our promise to customers, staff, and the wider community we serve, symbolising our pledge to contribute positively and responsibly.

Our purpose

To support our clients in building housing that the country needs.

Proud partners of Freshstream

Freshstream invests in growing businesses in Western Europe, particularly in the UK and Benelux markets. They have a supportive approach, bringing ideas to the table and demonstrating significant ambition for the business.

Like ourselves, Freshstream is a values-led business which underpin everything they do and ingrained in every aspect of their organisation. We believe there are powerful synergies between our own values and their values of Trust, Integrity, Humility, Empathy and Respect.

Our Leadership Team

Chris Southgate
Chris Southgate
Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined the Group in June 2020 as Chief Executive Officer.

Chris has a mixed industry background, having previously held senior management roles with Kwik Fit as Divisional Director of Sales and Operations, seven years at the country’s largest brewer and pub retailer, Scottish and Newcastle PLC, culminating as Sales and Operations Director before joining Barratt & David Wilson North Midlands Divisions for over 6 years, where held a number of senior positions, including Divisional Managing Director, running the Barratt & David Wilson North Midlands Divisions.

Chris’s diverse background and time spent with Barratt Homes especially has provided him with valuable insight and understanding of the expectation of M&J Evans’ clients and the house building market in general. With his broad knowledge and experience, he has a clear strategy to ensure M&J Evans are seen as the Groundworks Partner of Choice.

Judith Marriott
Judith Marriott
Group People Director

Judith has over 20 years of experience within the HR sector and has worked at an international level as part of the Global senior leadership team. She brings a diverse background, having worked in many different sectors including retail, FMCG, e-commerce, fleet management solutions, healthcare, and Children’s Education Services.

Her strengths lie in transformation and change management. She is a true leader who has a passion for driving business performance through effective leadership, diversity and inclusion and an engaged workforce.

Steve Hutchinson
Steve Hutchinson
Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined the Management team in October 2020, bringing over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and mining. He is a chartered accountant, holds an MBA, and has held many senior roles.

Steve has also held CFO positions where his main focus has been on capital investment, product innovation, and technology, whilst maintaining strict control of the balance sheet.

Steve’s role plays an integral part in the strategic management across the group through his experience of process improvement, strict cash management, and M&A.

Alex Clack
Alex Clack
Managing Director

Managing Director
Alex joined M&J Evans in 2003 as a Quantity Surveyor and worked his way up through the business to Commercial Manager, Commercial Director before becoming a shareholder and Managing Director for our Midlands regional team.
With 20 years of experience in the construction industry and with M&J Evans, Alex brings a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge to the Senior Management team.

Adam Walker
Adam Walker
Managing Director - North West

Adam joined the Senior Management team in April 2021 as Managing Director for our North West regional office.

Adam has over 14 years of experience within the construction industry. Prior to joining the team, he worked for Taylor Wimpey where he started as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor and worked his way up to hold the position of Regional Operations Director before joining M&J Evans.

David Witney
David Witney
Managing Director - Yorkshire

David joined the Senior Management team in April 2021 as Managing Director for our Yorkshire regional office.

David has worked in housing development for over 30 years, having previously held Director positions at Gleeson and Barratt Homes before

He has a Civil Engineering background with extensive experience in developing difficult housing sites. He has a passion for high improving localities through the built environment and has focused predominantly on regeneration throughout his career.

Tim Mason
Tim Mason
Managing Director - East Midlands

Tim started his career in construction 17 years ago, progressing into a management role for Barratt Developments and then Wates before joining M&J Evans in 2014 as H&S Manager. He later took on the role of Operations Manager before he was appointed Operations Director in 2018. In 2021 he took up the position of Contracts Director before his recent promotion to Managing Director for the East Midlands Region.

Tim is driven by what he believes is both his and the businesses greatest asset, our people. He is committed to ensuring all members of the team are fully empowered and given a safe environment to work in. This coupled with his long-standing desire and ethos to deliver the “M&J Way”, ensures that all projects under his control are completed for our clients safely, quality right first time, in a timely manner and in line with budget.

Michael Langhorn
Michael Langhorn
Managing Director - West Midlands

Michael started his career as a Quantity Surveyor in 2008, working in Main Contracting before moving in to Bulk Earthworks in 2011. In 2013 he joined M&J Evans initially as a Quantity Surveyor before progressing into the role of Commercial Manager. In 2019 he was promoted to Commercial Director before his recent appointment to Managing Director for the West Midlands region.

Michael brings good commercial acumen and is able to offer a great understanding of his client base through his strong relationships he has built within the West Midlands region.

James Phillips
James Phillips
Managing Director - Southern

James joined the Senior Management Team in April 2019 as Managing Director for the Southern regional office.

James has over 25-years’ experience of working within the construction industry, progressing through a number of roles before becoming Commercial Director before joining M&J Evans.

James’ experience offers a balanced understanding of both client and contractor needs.

Adrian Norman
Adrian Norman
Managing Director – South West

Adrian has over 40 years’ experience within the housebuilding industry, having worked for two National House Builders before moving to the Groundworks & Civil Engineering Sector.

Adrian joined M&J in late 2019 as Commercial Director of the Southern Region and played a key role in its success, before taking on the role as Managing Director of the South West Region in November 2023.

Paul Allman
Paul Allman
Director of Plant

Paul has worked within the Plant Hire sector for over 30 years, delivering plant hire solutions to major construction projects both in the UK and internationally.

Before joining M&J in early 2022, Paul’s key focus areas included leading the introduction of innovative technologies such as GPS machine control, building collaborative partnerships to improve sector performance and developing strategies to improve business focus on sustainability and the reduction of carbon emissions.

He has also supported in the development of training programs to encourage new entrants into the sector and supported health, safety and wellbeing initiatives.

Dave Sheridan
Dave Sheridan
Non Executive Chairman

Dave joined M&J Evans as Chairman in November 2018. Dave has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. During that time he spent seven years as CEO of Keepmoat Homes. There, Dave was responsible for growing the business to deliver an extra 3,000 homes a year. From 2008 to 2012 he held the role of CEO at Apollo Property Services Group. Before merging with Keepmoat Homes in 2012, Dave successfully transformed the regional business into a national giant that delivered healthy profits for Apollo Property Services Group’s shareholders.

Dave is passionate about the regional expansion and growth of M&J Evans and for it to become the market-leading groundwork partner of choice for developers and housebuilders.

Reza Fardad
Reza Fardad
Non Executive Director

Reza has been involved with M&J Evans Construction since September 2018.

Reza is a Partner at Freshstream, an investment firm based in London, focusing on mid-market companies in the UK.

Reza’s focus is to ensure that M&J Evans Construction’s reputation precedes itself in delivering the highest quality service for its customers.

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Our strong reputation and quality of delivery means we are the Groundworks Partner of Choice. Just ask those we work with.