People

Leadership Team

Patrick O'Keefe

Patrick O’Keefe

Chief Executive

The O'Keefe Group

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Patrick O’Keefe

Chief Executive

Degree educated in construction management at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Patrick has spent his entire working career at the O’Keefe Group, joining the company from university in 1994 and becoming MD in 1998.

Patrick has worked with a number of Non Executive Directors who have acted as mentors and he has continued his development with various training courses, including residential courses at London Business School.

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Lee Horsley

Lee Horsley

Managing Director

The O'Keefe Group

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Lee Horsley

Managing Director

Lee started his career as a management trainee at Bernard Sunley before moving to Shepherd Construction. Lee joined the O’Keefe Group as a Project Manager in 1998 and has successfully worked his way up the business to his current position. He became a Director of the O’Keefe Group in 2008 when he was given control of the soil remediation business.

In 2010, Lee became Operations Director before being promoted to Deputy Managing Director in 2014 and Managing Director in 2017. Lee has continued his professional development by attending various residential courses, most recently at Cranfield Business School.

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Vicky Lessey

Vicky Lessey

Company Secretary

The O'Keefe Group

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Vicky Lessey

Company Secretary

Vicky joined the O’Keefe Group from Fairclough in 1981 as Financial Director and in 1998 became Company Secretary, a role in which she has control over all treasury matters including debt and credit control as well as all insurance and HR.

Vicky has contributed to the enviable profitable growth of the business, from one which had only eight permanent employees and a turnover of £3.5 million when she joined, to the fast-moving and substantial organisation it is today. She was present when the current Greenwich HQ was built on the site of the old St Andrews church in 1988 (she has the original deeds which date back to 1898) and is looking forward to many more successful years ahead in our new HQ which is under construction in Kent.

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Mark Everson

Mark Everson

Finance Director

The O'Keefe Group

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Mark Everson

Finance Director

Mark has an Honours Degree in Economics from Greenwich University, and is ACMA qualified.

Mark has wide experience heading up the accounts function in a multitude of industries, drawing experience from restaurants, wholesale, warehousing, retail, logistics and document storage, before switching to the construction industry for the past 10 years.

Mark joined the O’Keefe Group as Finance Director in April 2016, bringing a variety of project experience including that of growth management, system development and raising of capital.

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Derek Gilburt

Derek Gilburt

Divisional Director

Kent

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Derek Gilburt

Divisional Director

Derek has spent 35 years in the groundworks sector working for sub-contractors and contractors in Kent in a wide range of roles including buying, estimating and surveying.

The past 14 years of his career have been spent at director level, developing a wider command of business risk and senior level management. Derek joined the O’Keefe Group in early 2011 and has established the business firmly in the Kent market place.

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Andrew Farquharson

Andrew Farquharson

Demolition Director

The O'Keefe Group

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Andrew Farquharson

Demolition Director

Andrew joined the O’Keefe Group in 2004 to head up the demolition division, bringing with him 20 years of demolition experience, the majority of which has been spent in inner-city complex demolition projects.

He previously worked for a number of leading London demolition contractors and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the demolition sector, providing clients with valuable advice and proactive solutions from the pre-planning stage through to project completion.

With safety at the forefront, Andrew is responsible for the day-to-day running of the demolition division, while ensuring this key stage of the construction process is woven into our main business.

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James Bourke

James Bourke

Divisional Director

London

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James Bourke

Divisional Director

James started his career ‘on the tools’, as an apprentice carpenter acquiring the City and Guilds qualification. Developing invaluable on-site knowledge he progressed from Site Foreman to projects and then Contracts Manager while studying for and obtaining an Honours Degree in Construction Management.

James joined the O’Keefe Group as Contracts Manager in 2002 and has progressed with the company’s development and growth. In 2009 James became Operations Director and then London Regional Director in 2014. He is also head of our growing BIM team which adds expert value to providing innovative solutions for the group’s multitude of disciplines.

James is passionate about the O’Keefe Group’s continued advancement, promoting the company’s achievements and not only his own professional development but that of all key personnel within the organisation.

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Simon Coveney

Simon Coveney

Head of Plant

The O'Keefe Group

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Simon Coveney

Head of Plant

Simon trained as a civil engineer with AMEC Civil Engineering from school to HNC level before joining Kent County Council in their geotechnical department. Simon spent most of his career to date working for suppliers to the construction industry, holding many roles as a supplier and partner to the O’Keefe Group in the past 20 years. During this time he successfully completed an MBA at Canterbury Christchurch University before finally joining us as Formwork Manager in February 2016. This role entailed improving policy and processes within the plant and yard operations as well as taking charge of the procurement function. Simon is now combining his accumulated knowledge and experience as the O’Keefe Group Plant Director.

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Marc Budgen

Marc Budgen

Commercial Director

The O'Keefe Group

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Marc Budgen

Commercial Director

Marc started his career as a trainee Quantity Surveyor with a specialist groundwork and concrete frame contractor in 1997, following graduation from the University of Portsmouth.  Progressing quickly through the ranks, Marc became Commercial Director and a shareholder of that company in 2007.  During 2010 an opportunity arose to join the O’Keefe Group, and in 2015 he became Group Commercial Director and then a board member in 2017.  Drawing on 20 years’ commercial experience within the groundwork and concrete frame sector, Marc’s main function within the business is to continually improve profitability and cost management, while aligning with the group’s four core values; Health & Safety, Quality, Programme Certainty and Commercial Focus. Marc is supported by his team of 12 quantity surveyors who range in experience from apprentices through to commercial managers and are fundamental to the group’s success.

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Roger Mckerlie

Roger McKerlie

Head of Marketing

The O'Keefe Group

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Roger McKerlie

Head of Marketing

Having graduated in English and American Literature from Manchester University Roger began his career in media sales where he rose to become a Sales Director before changing course and joining the advertising industry.

Roger was a divisional MD for Riley, London for 3 years before he set up his own agency Rise Marketing. Rise was a sport, leisure and drinks specialist agency and it grew annually for 7 years when Roger sold his 50% stake to his business partner.

Changing direction after 10 years in the agency world Roger began life as a business growth and marketing consultant advising a range of SME’s on their optimum growth path. Roger is also the Founder and owner of a sports marketing consultancy which specialises in grassroots and community sport.

Roger joined the O’Keefe Group as Head of Marketing in January 2017. His primary focus is to build brand awareness of the business and to introduce new disciplines and techniques in marketing communications.

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Michelle Rice

Health and Safety Leader

The O'Keefe Group

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Michelle Rice

Health and Safety Leader

Having graduated with an honours degree in English literature, Michelle began her career as a journalist working in the media before making a significant career change to the world of Health and Safety. Starting out in the H&S sector with Metal and Waste Recycling Ltd introduced her to the regulation-heavy world of waste and was a great education.

After 6 successful years Michelle moved into construction when she joined leading London residential developer Mount Anvil where her skills were honed and her knowledge increased. In her 3 years at Mount Anvil, Michelle specialised in behaviour and innovation before joining the O’Keefe Group in the summer of 2017.

At the O’Keefe Group Michelle is setting new standards and taking our focus on Safety to new levels as the Health and Safety Leader. Continuing to embed safety into the culture of our workforce and our sub-contractors Michelle is working closely with the Leadership Group to ensure our approach to Health and Safety is second to none.

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