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Hear why Brian founded Skipton Properties

‘Brian founded Skipton Properties in 1986. Unimpressed with the quality of house building at the time, he set out to do better.

Over the years he has assembled a team of highly skilled craftsmen, each of whom he valued hugely and who are all proud of the level of quality we’ve become known for.

Brian unfortunately passed away after a short battle with myeloma in April 2022, but his legacy lives on in his two daughters who ensure his values continue’.

Brian Verity

Our late founder & former Chairman

‘I joined our Sales Team over ten years ago, before graduating to the role of Operations Director and moving into the position of Managing Director in early 2019. I lead on the overall strategy for the business and oversee the construction of our homes from start to finish, with the help of our highly skilled team of engineers, builders, surveyors and buyers, ensuring the highest possible standards of workmanship throughout.

My guiding principle is that every home we build is done so as if it were going to be my own.’

Sarah Barraclough

Managing Director

‘I joined the business over ten years ago. having spent the earlier part of my career with M&C Saatchi. As a Director with responsibility for leading Sales, Marketing and Design, I work closely with our team to assess the design of our homes, inside and out.

I strive to ensure our customers have a great experience when buying their new home.’

Caroline van Niekerk

Sales, Marketing and Design Director

‘I joined the Family team in 2018 having spent the prior ten years working in senior finance roles in London.
 
My role covers all things financial including land acquisition, funding and cashflow, overseeing our Commercial and Financial Admin teams as well as supporting the Sales and Operational teams.
 
One of our primary values is the quality of our homes.  It’s wonderful to be able to offer quality homes on stunning sites whilst keeping our prices at great value.’

Luke Davis

Finance Director

‘I joined the family team 8 years ago as a Quantity Surveyor, during this time my role developed and a couple of years ago I was appointed Pre Construction Manager with responsibility for overseeing all new sites from purchase through to planning prior to handing over to the Construction team.

I have a keen eye for detail and I am also responsible, using the feedback we receive from our homeowners, for re-imagining the designs of our homes in our portfolio ’.

Tony Whittaker

PRE-CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

‘It’s been 7 years since I started at Skipton Properties. I joined the company as an Administration Assistant, later moving into Customer Care. Three years ago Caroline asked if I’d like to help in our sales department and I’ve never looked back!

I work closely with our Sales Advisors on site to ensure our customers enjoy buying their new home. I develop and implement new sales initiatives and strategies, achieving growth and most importantly, ensure we’re ready to welcome our customers into their homes’.

Adele Newiss

Sales Manager

‘I have worked within the construction industry for 13 years. Having built strong relationships with merchants in the Yorkshire area we are able to procure sustainable, quality materials at the best possible price.

We are constantly looking at ways to improve the design of our homes and to better our customers journey!’

Jamie Drake

BUYER

‘I’ve been a Quantity Surveyor since 2006 at various construction companies throughout Yorkshire and joined the team in early 2022. 

I work closely with Jamie our Buyer to support our Site Managers and make sure they have everything they need on the development to build our homes. I also review all of our house type designs from a materials perspective so we’re building the best homes we can.

I grew up in Gargrave and went to school in Skipton so I like to think I know a-lot about the areas in which we build’.

John Egan

Quantity surveyor

‘I have very recently joined the team having completed my Construction HNC and Quantity Surveying degree at university. I work closely with John, our Quantity Surveyor, assisting with the support of our Site Managers to make sure they have everything they need to build our homes.’

Colin Galeta

Assistant quantity surveyor

‘I’ve worked for Skipton Properties for 28 years! I first met Brian, our founder, over 30 years ago, helping him on some of the company’s first developments. 

Today, I manage all of our Civils work, so a lot of what I do goes unseen by our customers. I also manage all of our plant machinery; we’re a little bit different to other developers in that we own a lot of our own machinery, which means we can take on challenging developments with difficult topography. I love what I do, there’s always a challenge, but the finished homes we build make it all worth it’.

Roger Sadler

CIVILS Manager

‘As Office Manager and Personal Assistant to Sarah, our Managing Director, you could call me a jill of all trades!

I ensure our Head Office runs smoothly, organise the administration of all of our health and safety, assist growing our team, and much much more ‘

Dawn Cooper

Office Manager and PA to MD

‘I recently joined the family team as Marketing Manager, having spent the last 8 years working in the new build sector in various roles.

I work alongside Caroline, bringing a fresh approach to the marketing of our homes. We sell a lot of our homes off plan and so we need to get creative with some of our marketing, using computer visualisations and other tools to help our customers imagine our homes. We also like to document the progress of our homes along the way, I’m a big fan of an instagram reel so be sure to follow us there!’

Vanessa Benson

Marketing Manager

‘I joined the Skipton Properties team almost 3 years ago as Customer Care Coordinator. 

Living in a Skipton Properties home myself, I feel I have an understanding of the hard work and dedication that goes into each home from start to finish.

One of our primary values is our customers satisfaction and my key role here in the business is just that, we understand the significance of going one step further to ensure our customers are happy in their homes and any snags are fixed quickly.’


Rosie Wood

CUSTOMER SERVICES COORDINATOR

‘I help manage our sites having amassed 36 years’ experience in the construction industry! Starting as Site Manager 6 years ago I know and appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into every home from start to finish. I love the sense of achievement you get from handing over a new home to a happy customer!
 
Having lived in the Skipton area my whole life I like to think I know a lot about the areas in which we build.’

David Jeanes

SITE Manager

‘I’m what you call a lifer, having worked for the company for 30 years. Many changes have taken place over three decades but Sarah and Caroline still live and breathe the values their father stood for.

I started as a bricklayer, but quickly moved into the role of management. I’m a stickler for detail and have overseen a large number of our almost 4000 homes built to date.

I’m currently managing the build of our complicated refurbishments at Ebor Mills, Haworth’.

Alan Massie

SITE MANAGER

My entire career has been in construction, and I first started working for Skipton Properties 23 years ago, as a plasterer. Four years ago I was promoted to Assistant Site Manager, and I became Site Manager two years ago. 

I get a real sense of achievement watching sites evolve from green and brownfield sites to beautiful stone homes.’

Lee Hinton

SITE MANAGER

‘I started as Site Manager back in September 2021. I am responsible for ensuring we are working in line with the build programme whilst carrying out my day-to-day tasks such as; organising the contractors on site and monitoring our health and safety regulations. 
 
There are a variety of different areas of my job I like the most, including the staff that I work with on a daily basis, it’s also great to see a happy customer move into their new home!’

John McCormack

SITE MANAGER

‘I have worked in construction for just over eight years and am delighted to be joining the Skipton family as an Assistant Site Manager. I have found myself relocating to Yorkshire with my family; I have two daughters, Milly who is 12 and Bella who is 2. Both girls keep me on my toes! I spend my weekends with them exploring the great outdoors as I love adventure. 

I am full of positive energy and eager to make a positive contribution to the Skipton team and its customers ‘.

Craig Piggot

ASSISTANT SITE MANAGER

I have worked at Skipton Properties now for four years as Site Engineer.

I started work to become a surveyor, as a chain-boy in the sunny climate of Brisbane and have worked in some really interesting locations in the past!

My role as site engineer is a full time permanent one and I enjoy every day on site!

Craig Turpin

SITE ENGINEER

Previous to Skipton Properties I worked in accounts for a large franchise company. When the role of Finance Manager at Skipton Properties came available it was a great opportunity for me to further my career and take the leap into the construction industry.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey so far!

Peter Coelho

Finance MANAGER

‘I am a ‘lifer’, having worked here for 15 years in the accounts department! I mostly work on supplier accounts but also help out with staff wages and administration for the team generally.’

Sharon Middleton

Accounts administrator

My background has always been in accounting. Previous to Skipton Properties I worked for an accountancy firm in Leeds, where I worked towards, and gained, my IAB book keeping qualification.

What do I love about my job? The accounts team I work with!

Andie Barker

finance administrator

‘I have worked in the accounts team now for 3 years, mainly carrying out administrative tasks for sub-contractor and staff wages. I work here part time and in my free time love to exercise!’

Linda Chadwick

Finance administrator

‘Following a background in Design and working as an Artworker for many years I felt it was time for something new…which led me to start my current role in 2017 here at SP! 
 
I work alongside the pre-construction team on planning, services, legal agreements, including assisting to manage our new internal system, Procore. 
 
Living in an SP home myself since 2015 gives me a better understanding of our new homes process.’

Cora Mustoe

project administrator

‘As a full-time accounts administrator I do a lot in the purchase ledger, any other administrative tasks as required. I have only worked here a year but hope to work within my team for the foreseeable!’

Lara Freegard

LAND administrator

‘I have very recently joined Skipton properties as a Sales Assistant, having completed my A-levels in product design and double engineering, alongside working in hospitality. 


I will be assisting the team to form the core support for our sales in Head Office. I hope to bring a new perspective and a modern approach to the company. I am excited to progress within my role at Skipton properties and develop my knowledge in the industry.’

Holly Emmott

sales assistant

I have worked for Skipton Properties now for 6 years as a Site Manager.

Running and organising building sites I find that every day is different, we face many hurdles and have to take every day as it comes!

I am currently managing the build of our new homes at Bolton Gardens in Silsden

Michael Holt

site manager

I was fortunately presented with an opportunity to pursue a Site Assistant apprenticeship with Skipton Properties following my GCSE’s.

Having always shown a keen interest in the construction industry and the environment, I am very grateful that I get to work closely, and learn from, the Site Managers.

I look forward to developing my knowledge and career within the industry

Gracie Newiss

SITE ASSISTANT

‘Bailey and Lola are our unofficial mascots! Bailey, our 1 year old puppy is very smart and uses her good looks to get treats. Lola is 3 and greets almost everyone with a growl but she’s a softy at heart! Bailey and Lola are Sarah, our MD’s dogs, but belong to the office staff between the hours of 0800-1700 Monday-Friday!’

Lola and Bailey

offIce dogs


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