Founded in 1984 under the name of DM Habens and later becoming a private limited company in 1998. In 2006, Brian Way & Liam Way became directors and developed the company into the thriving & productive business it is today.

We are proud to have long-term and trusting relationships with a diverse team of staff from a variety of different backgrounds as we believe valuing the differences of others is what ultimately brings us all together and is the secret to a successful, thriving workplace.

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 24 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.

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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 joined the Habens team 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

Compliance Administrator

Emily joined the Habens team in May 2017 initially pursuing an apprenticeship in business studies, and later taking on the role of Human Resources in 2021. Since then, Emily now works with the team on a part-time basis.

As Habens has continued to grow, Emily’s role is now focused on ensuring we achieve our multiple trade accreditation’s such as ISO, Constructionline and CHAS, along with all cooperate social responsibilities aspects including charity fundraising, local community support plus maintaining and updating the company website and social media platforms, company literature as well as organising regular staff and corporate events such as race days, team building events and our famous summer BBQ’s!

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Sean Morge

Contracts Manager

Sean has spent over 24 years in the construction industry working with organisations of all types and sizes. Sean previously worked for DM Habens from 2015- September 2017 as a Project Manager and has recently re-joined the company again in March 2021.

Sean started his career in the Heating & Plumbing Services in 1999 before moving towards Building services in 2013. Sean has worked for a vast range of Construction Companies and Borough Councils throughout Hampshire over his extensive career.

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Martyn Hodges

Contracts Manager

Martyn has spent over 19 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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Alan Gruss

Contracts Manager

Alan adopted the role of Contracts Manager for DM Habens in September 2022, after previously working for us as a Site Manager at The Flying Bull Academy.

Alan is a highly skilled and knowledgeable contracts 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. Alan has worked within the construction industry for the past 18 years and brings a wealth of transferable construction skills and knowledge.

Rory Kennedy

Contracts Manager

Rory joined the Habens team in August 2023, with over 20 years experience working within the construction industry, previously working as head of operations, and operations manager managing a range of projects from Oak-framed outbuildings and garages as well as repairs and maintenance contracts for various housing associations across of the south coast.

Ray Palmer

Quantity Surveyor 

Ray joined the Habens team in 2017, bringing his proven record of financial forecasting, budgeting and cost reduction through project tendering and valuations.

Rays excellent budgetary control skills, ensures he maintains a strict control over project finances and provides accurate forecasts. While maintaining project scope by ensuring that both additional work, and proposed changes to agreed work, are managed successfully.

Steve McGuigan

Quantity Surveyor 

Steve is an experienced Quantity Surveyor with over 35 years in the construction industry. With a proven ability to deliver projects within budget and on programme, Steve forms excellent relationships with client teams, subcontractors and colleagues to deliver seamless projects, on time and to budget from tender to close out of final accounts.

Nicola Mullen

Administration & Project Support

Nicola joined the Habens team in Autumn 2022, with a background in Management Systems and Health and Safety.  Nicola, has spent the last 12 years working at Gunwharf Quays within the Compliance & Health & Safety.

Nicola, is currently supporting our administration and project teams with Health and Safety compliance as well as project administration support.

Mollie Brooks

Administration Assistant

Mollie joined us in July 2021 as an apprentice administration assistant, successfully passing her apprenticeship in 2021 and guarantees to provides a warm welcome to all guests, and is our first port of call when assisting with telephone enquiries and support, while assisting our site teams and project managers with the support and assistance they need.

Alongside this, Mollie also works closely with Accounts Department to provide assistance and support to Lesley and Sarah.

Sarah Patterson

Administration & Purchase Ledger

Sarah joined the Habens in Autumn 2021, working alongside Lesley, Sarah covers a variety of job roles she’s currently working closely with both Leigh and Lesley developing excellent relationships between our sub-contractors and suppliers ensuring their payments are on time as well as assisting our site teams with payroll, while delivering excellent administration support for the office team.