Our Senior Team

We thrive on great people. Our team come from all walks of life, yet each bring a particular skill set – from architecture and design to consultancy. But we all put you as our number one priority, delivering your vision without compromise. We can’t list all of our great team, but here are our most senior people.

  • Nathan Priestley

    Founder & CEO

    Nathan Priestley

    Founder & CEO

    Nathan is the Founder and CEO of Priestley Construction as well as our sister companies, Priestley Homes, Priestley’s and 30+ subsidiaries contained within the group. After working in the property industry in agency and then as a consultant, Nathan decided to start Priestley Construction following the successful launch of Priestley’s, now the successful estate and lettings agency within the group. Priestley Construction has experienced unprecedented success and is now a main contractor with clients based across the globe. Delivering projects from office refurbishments to huge listed mill conversions, the company is now a leader in this sector with Nathan directing the company from a standing start, to an award winning conversion and refurbishment specialist.

    ‘I am very fortunate that my hobby is my job. I am a self-confessed property and business geek. I genuinely love coming to work every day, even on the days when everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. When I do find time to relax, I enjoy road cycling, weekends away and the odd tipple  shared with close friends and family. Oh and food…..everything food’

  • Derry McCulloch

    PA to CEO

    Derry McCulloch

    PA to CEO

    Derry joined the Priestley Group in April 2010 as Priestley Lettings Head of Maintenance. Derry then continued to grow with the Company, taking on various roles before progressing to her current senior role of PA to our CEO and general office manager. Derry is based at our head office in Leeds. Her experience in sales and customer services proved to be valuable to the group. Derry works across all companies in The Group, which now consists of 30+ companies. An invaluable member of the team.

    ‘As I’m a mother of three, in my spare time I like to cook and look after my two grandchildren Florence and Felix. I love to take the children shopping and cooking them a meal before snuggling up on the sofa to watch a film. I also love to dine out with my family and catch the latest movie at the cinema.’

  • Rob Pell

    Head of Construction

    Rob Pell

    Head of Construction

    Rob joined Priestley Construction in September 2016 as Head of Construction. He is a chartered builder with many years experience within the industry on all different types of construction. Starting professional life as a bricklayer, Rob has progressively worked on honing his skills in all aspects of general construction. Progressing to site manager and moving through to Project and Contract Management on several high-profile projects. Rob has excellent communication and client relation skills, and strong practical construction knowledge, which is vital in an industry where problem-solving and a proactive approach is paramount to the success of a project. Rob’s responsibility is to drive the Construction company’s ambitions and ideas into a new era as well as acting as liaison to our development arm, Priestley Homes.

    ‘I am very family orientated and love to spend time with my four grandchildren as much as possible, doing everything that a grandparent loves to do. This keeps me active, although I am keen to keep up my outdoor walking, as well as DIY.

    I am keen on amateur photography, and want to expand this where possible and look forward to capturing that ‘ultimate’ shot of a lifetime.

  • Matt Towell

    Estimator

    Matt Towell

    Estimator

    Matt has recently joined the team as an estimator. Matts role within the company is to prepare tender and quantity estimations as well as working closely with the contract management team. Matt’s experience and enthusiasm for achieving good value is proving to be integral to the success of our projects for all clients. A key member of the team

    ‘I enjoy Mountain Biking and regularly visit Gisburn, Dalby, Sherwood Pines and Leigh Quary. I also like to visit the gym and love the fact we have a gym at our Leeds offices to enjoy. Eating out whilst also spending time with my family and loved ones is essential.  I also like to get out on a weekend and Socialise with my friends. My other big passion at the moment is Renovating Houses/DIY. Seeing what Priestley Construction do day to day has inspired me to push this even further.’

  • John Owens

    Head of Design

    John Owens

    Head of Design

    John has recently joined the team as Head of design. A chartered architect with extensive experience. John has designed and managed many high profile projects across the world. Recently working within Asia on award winning schemes. An eye for modern design and space saving, John manages a team of 3 architects. John and his team are able to offer our clients end to end design from feasibility, to planning, to delivery. Something other construction companies cannot provide in house. This gives us the ability to value engineer projects from the start and save our clients considerable money without compromising on finish

    ‘Time permitting, I venture out as much as possible and enjoy walking in the hills, triathlon training and travelling.  Around the home I enjoy pianoforte and gardening.’

  • Karmjit Lyal

    Architect

    Karmjit Lyal

    Architect

    Karmjit, aka Kam, is a Chartered Architect based in the Leeds office. With a number of years of experience in Architectural Design, Kam is highly skilled and experienced in planning, designing and coordinating construction projects. His excellent communication and public relations skills, coupled with problem-solving skills make him a valuable member of the team. Karmjit is responsible for the design of several of our recent successful projects and has been with the group since 2015.

    ‘Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family; in particular, playing football with my kids, I also enjoy going out for walks, travelling and watching films.’

  • Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos

    Architect

    Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos

    Architect

    Dimitrios joined the design team in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength. Working on recently successful projects such as Hanover House, Leeds and 12 Picadilly, Bradford, Dimitrios’s eye for detail is unrivalled. With a keen interest in value engineering and space design. Dimitrios is also an expert in BIM and provides clients with a great insight into what their projects can achieve.

    ‘In my free time, I love to spend it with my daughter spouse mainly traveling. I also like socializing with friends, listening to music, fishing and sculpture. The love and the passion I have for my profession also absorbs a great part of my out of work time.’

  • Mike Gregory

    Head of Finance

    Mike Gregory

    Head of Finance

    Mike is the Head of Finance based in the Leeds office and has been with the Priestley Group since July 2014. Having worked in finance for over 19 years advising SME’s and large multinational corporations along with the UK and foreign governments, Mike brings a wealth of experience to the Accounts team. After working for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG for 15 years, Mike utilises his skills across the Priestley Group and enjoys the challenges a fast-growing group presents.

    ‘When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and young children, watching films and making full use of our annual passes to Chester Zoo.’

  • Julie Field

    Accounts

    Julie Field

    Accounts

    Julie is our senior bookkeeper, working closely with the finance manager across all of the group. Julie is a senior member of the accounts team as a senior bookkeeper and accounts manager. Julie is based at Head office in Leeds but talks daily with the Bradford lettings office and site offices on various construction projects across the country. Julie started working part-time in December 2014 but went full time from May 2015 due to the growth of the companies. Julie is AAT qualified and has gained lots of experience through her career in accounts. She has brought order and consistency to the Group. Julie loves it when everything balances and matches!

    ‘In my spare time, along with family life, I enjoy walking. I am very lucky because I live in a small village where in ten minutes you can be surrounded by fields and trees. My husband and I recently went up Whernside, one of the Three Peaks in Yorkshire. I have two children who are now old enough to decide if they want to go walking with us – before they had no choice and did the other two peaks with us last year!’