Brian Way

Managing Director

Brian joined DM Habens in 1997 as a project manager before taking over the company and becoming managing director in 2006.

With over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, Brian’s wealth of industry knowledge and passion ensures he delivers quality and cost-effective projects within the client’s timescale. Having achieved his level NEBOSH qualification, Brian overseas all Health and Safety within the company, regularly visiting our building sites and liaising with our health and safety consultants.

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Liam Way

Financial Director

Liam joined Habens in 2002 and has since developed the business from strength to strength.

Alongside Brian, Liam is responsible for our Business development, marketing, team infrastructure, company procedures and customer service for which he always strives to deliver perfection. Liam works closely with our Operations Director Vishal and our projects team to ensure the successful delivery of our projects.

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Vishal Patel

Operations Director

Vishal started his career as a building surveyor at a local authority and spent over 22 years in the construction industry. Since joining the Habens team in 2008 as a project manager, Vishal has since worked his way up to Senior Project Manager and later Director of Operations.

Vishal has managed a variety of new build and refurbishment projects. The clients have been a mix of Schools, Housing association, NHS and Local Authorities.

Vishal’s exceptional industry knowledge and experience, together with his team leadership and decision-making skills, enable him to provide our clients with a focused and reliable service. Vishal has created an in-house ground works team and continues to develop the company labour from strength to strength.

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Lesley Hayes

Office Manager

Lesley is at the heart of the Habens family, having been with DM Habens since 1991, her wealth of industry knowledge and exceptional customer service skills ensures she can confidently deal with all situations.

Since joining Habens in 1991, Lesley’s previous roles have been varied and include office, accounts and administration support but her most recent role is Office Manager.

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Leigh Mitchell

Purchasing & Procurement

Leigh is relatively new to the Habens Team, joining us in January 2020 previously working in the Electrical & Mechanical Sectors.  Leigh’s excellent negotiation skills prove invaluable when Liaising daily between our site agent, project managers and valued suppliers. Leighs determination and enthusiasm enable her to source even the most difficult to find items always at the best prices.

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Emily Dunstan


Emily joined the Habens team in May 2017 previously working in the events and retail industries. Emily is the first point of contact for visitors and customers both in the office and via telephone. Not only is she responsible for ensuring we achieve our trade Accreditation’s, Emily assist’s our projects team collating handover documentation, whilst also continuing to develop the company website and social media platforms.

Emily is our team champions for Procore Software, our digital project management tool. Emily’s strong communication skills ensures she assists our Site Agents, onsite teams, sub-contractors and clients to use the tools available effectively.

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Ray Palmer

Quantity Surveyor

Ray joined Habens in April 2017 bringing his excellent budgetary control skills, maintaining strict control over allocated finances and providing accurate forecasts. Ray’s proven record of financial forecasting, budgeting and cost reduction through project tendering and valuations whilst maintaining the required standards and quality.

Rays strong communication and interpersonal skills ensures he maintains robust sub-contractor and supplier relationships not to mention his close working relationships with our clients.

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Martyn Hodges

Project Manager

Martyn has spent over 17 years in the construction industry working with organisations of all types and sizes. Martyn has extensive experience and knowledge of project management, financial control and on-site safety.

Martyn started in the Electrical Services industry in 2003 before moving towards Building services in 2012. Martyn joined Habens in February 2019.

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Aidan Thomas

Project Manager

Aidan adopted the role of Project Manager for DM Habens in September 2017, before leaving us briefly and returning again in September 2019.

Aidan is a highly skilled and knowledgeable project manager and has worked with clients such as Hampshire County Council and NHS Property Services and Portsmouth City Council as well as many small and mid-sized commercial organisations.

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Joy Goodman

Purchasing Ledger

Joy joined the Habens team in 1996, working alongside Lesley for over 20 years covering a variety of job roles. Joy currently works closely with both Leigh and Lesley developing excellent relationships between our sub-contractors and suppliers ensuring their payments are on time.

Joanna Luckett

Project Coordinator

Joanna joined the DM Habens in February 2015 as Project Coordinator, her previous experience working as an Estates & Project Officer and Assistant Project Manager ensures she provides the highest levels of support for both our project and site teams. Joanna not only provides administrative support for our project managers; she also assists Ray our Quantity surveyor with estimating support.

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