Skilled, committed and experienced to build stunning properties at some of the most exclusive addresses on the planet

Our People

The strength of Walter Lilly is in its people

With more than 120 highly qualified employees Walter Lilly is recognised as one of London’s most trusted, long-established and technically capable construction specialists, able to meet the needs of virtually any assignment, however complex. Our reputation stems from a wealth of experience built over many years in the industry and, above all, the talent of our people including estimators, planners, M&E and design managers, engineers and site management.

If you believe your relevant skills and experience are of a suitably high calibre, please forward your CV to We do not work with recruitment agencies.


Directors & Senior Management

Steering the company from strength-to-strength year-on-year

Chris Butler
Managing Director - BSc (Hons), FCIOB

22 years with Walter Lilly.

Chris attended Loughborough University between 1998 and 2002 as Walter Lilly’s first sponsored student.

When Chris completed his Construction Engineering Management degree he began work as a Walter Lilly Surveyor. Chris progressed in various roles and was promoted to the board as Surveying Director in April 2015. In 2018, Chris was appointed Managing Director of Walter Lilly.

Chris has remained committed to sponsoring a number of students through their courses at Loughborough. He also heads-up staff training and development and encourages young people to enter the industry through day release programmes.

Andrew Postlethwaite
Director - BSc, ICIOB

36 years with Walter Lilly.

Andrew joined Walter Lilly as a Graduate Management Trainee in 1984. Progressing through site and contracts management, he joined the board as Construction Director in 2001.

In 2006, Andrew became Pre-construction Director, responsible for all pre-construction procurement and tendering. In 2013 he returned to his role as Construction Director leading all construction projects at the company.

Well-known in the industry for his approachability and strong focus on ensuring the success of projects for all involved, Andrew resumed the role of Pre-construction Director in 2018.

Shaun Frampton
Director - FCIOB

16 years with Walter Lilly.

Shaun entered the construction industry as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor in 1986. He joined Walter Lilly as a Senior Surveyor in 2001, before being promoted to the role of Senior Managing Surveyor in 2008.

In 2010, he accepted the role of Pre-construction Manager with responsibility for the company’s tendering, planning, supply chain and marketing activities. Shaun was promoted to the Board in 2014 as Pre-Construction Director. In 2018, Shaun returned to his commercial background taking on the role of Operations Director.

John Joyce
Director - ICIOB

19 years with Walter Lilly

After joining the construction industry in 1980, John has spent over 50% of his career at Walter Lilly. Originally joining as a Site Manager, John progressed to the role of Senior Contracts Manager.

In 2018, John was appointed to the board as Operations Director and oversees the construction management discipline on site including engineering and M&E services, as well as health and safety management at Walter Lilly.

His affable nature and commitment to creating a strong team culture has ensured the successful delivery of all projects under his leadership.

Duncan Beach
Commercial Director - FCIOB

16 years with Walter Lilly.

Duncan entered the construction industry as a Trainee Surveyor in 1986, progressing to the role of Commercial Manager before joining Walter Lilly in 2004, where he has since delivered a wide range of high-value projects in the residential and science sectors.

Duncan is involved in many forms of procurement, including both single and two-stage tenders, and has extensive experience across the contracting spectrum – from traditional through to design and build. In 2014, he joined the Walter Lilly board as Commercial Director. In 2019, Duncan stepped down from the Board, retaining his Commercial Director title.

Malcolm Burton
Head of Design Management - CEnv, FCIOB

19 years with Walter Lilly

Malcolm joined Walter Lilly in 2001 as a Design and Build Manager. He has worked on a wide range of projects varying in size and complexity. In 2014, Malcolm was promoted to Head of Design Management.

Malcolm leads Walter Lilly’s team of design managers who are responsible for managing the design process throughout the tender and construction phases. Malcolm and his team have been involved in all forms of procurement encompassing design and build, two-stage development and traditional projects with CDPs.

Malcolm is also responsible for overseeing the appointment of our Loughborough University design students.

Phil Groves
Building Services and Facilities Management Director

19 years with Walter Lilly

Phil started his career at Walter Lilly in 2001 as an M&E Services Site Manager, having come from a commissioning management background. Phil was the first member of the Walter Lilly M&E Department. Progressing across various roles, Phil was promoted to Building Services and Facilities Management Director in 2020.

Phil leads Walter Lilly’s M&E services team who are responsible in the delivery of all aspects of the management of building services on each of our projects. He has an active role during the pre-construction phase for the appointment of M&E subcontractors and has worked on a wide range of projects both in private residential and science and education.

Ian Harrison
Financial Controller - ACMA, CGMA

14 years with Walter Lilly

Ian joined Walter Lilly in 2006 as our Financial Controller and is a qualified Management Accountant. He is responsible for the smooth running of the accounts department and the finances of the company in general. He liaises closely with our Parent Company to ensure compliance with current financial regulations and appropriate cash management. Ian is responsible for the completion of the monthly management accounts, together with compiling the interim and full year statutory accounts.

Peter Hicks
Aftercare Manager

13 years with Walter Lilly

Peter originally started with Walter Lilly in 2007 as a Project Manager where he worked on various projects, each unique and with their own individual complexities and challenges.

In 2016, Peter diversified his role and moved across to Walter Lilly’s aftercare team which he now leads. It is Peter’s responsibility to manage his team of Aftercare Supervisors during the defect period on all of our projects.

Dean Hollingsworth
Head of Estimating - ICIOB

31 years with Walter Lilly

Dean originally started with Walter Lilly in 1987 as a Trainee Surveyor and progressed in the company to the role of Managing Surveyor in 2005. During his time on site, Dean worked on numerous projects including private residences, landmark, hotel and private office projects.

In 2010, Dean moved across to the Pre-Construction department to join the estimating team as a Managing Estimator. In 2016, Dean was promoted to Head of Estimating where he now leads our estimating team.

Simon Page
Head of Engineering - CEng, MICE, BSc (Hons)

4 years with Walter Lilly

Simon joined Walter Lilly in 2014 as a Temporary Works Manager where he was responsible for overseeing the temporary works design and managing the engineering complexities on site.

After successfully becoming a Chartered Engineer in 2017, Simon was appointed as Head of Engineering for Walter Lilly. He has considerable experience in temporary works and deep basement construction and provides technical support for the site teams on a wide variety of construction methodologies. These are both new build and refurbishment projects, a number of whom are Listed buildings.

Tony Scott
Head of Planning - MCIOB

20 years with Walter Lilly

Tony joined Walter Lilly in 2000 as a Planning Engineer where he worked on various projects ranging from new build science facilities and private residences, to refurbishment of Listed buildings and landmark projects.

Progressing his career at Walter Lilly, Tony was promoted to Head of Planning in 2016 where he now oversees the planning department. Working within the Pre-Construction umbrella, Tony leads all planning input for our tender submissions and assists with further development of programmes on our current contracts.

Kevin Bailey
Commercial Manager - BSc, ICIOB

19 years with Walter Lilly

Joining Walter Lilly in 2001 as a Managing Surveyor, Kevin has worked across a range of projects including private residential, science and education, landmark and offices. In 2013, Kevin joined the Pre-Construction department where he led a tendering team as Bid Manager.

In 2015, Kevin returned to surveying and operations and was subsequently promoted to Commercial Manager in 2016. Kevin’s range of experience includes many forms of procurement, including both single and two-stage tenders and has managed various contract types including JCT, Design & Build, NEC and Framework.

Steve Dell
Commercial Manager - ICIOB

17 years with Walter Lilly

Steve joined Walter Lilly in 2002 as a Managing Surveyor where he worked across various contract types including private residential, science and education, landmark and offices. In 2013 Steve was promoted to Commercial Manager.

Steve’s range of experience at Walter Lilly has entailed the commercial management of many forms of procurement, including both single and two-stage tenders and has managed various contract types including JCT, Design & Build, NEC and Framework.

James Spencer
Commercial Manager - FCIOB

23 years with Walter Lilly

Joining as a Trainee Surveyor in 1995, James progressed through the various levels of surveying and was promoted to his current role of Commercial Manager in 2015.

James has extensive experience working across private residential, science and education, landmark and offices. He has worked on many forms of procurement, including both single and two-stage tenders and has managed various contract types including JCT, Design & Build, NEC and Framework.

Rob Coulson
Project Director - BA (Hons) ICIOB

3 years with Walter Lilly

Joining Walter Lilly in 2016 as an experienced Contracts Manager, Rob has an extensive background in management of high-end private residential contracts across London and the Home Counties.

Rob manages several contracts at any one time, providing support to our Project Managers and monitoring the overall performance of the projects under his charge.

Stuart Yates
Project Director - BSc, MCIOB

10 years with Walter Lilly

Stuart joined Walter Lilly in 2000 as a Contracts Manager where he oversaw the refurbishment of many prestigious Listed private residence and landmark buildings across London. Following a period away from Walter Lilly, Stuart returned in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager where he has worked on a range of Listed private residential and landmark projects.

Two of Stuart’s milestone projects at Walter Lilly include; the refurbishment, new build extension and basement construction of a 35,000 sqft Grade II* Listed private residence in Chelsea; and the refurbishment of the 17th century Grade I Listed Light Horse Court at Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Andrew Burland
Senior Project Manager

7 years with Walter Lilly.

Andy joined Walter Lilly in 2013 as a Project Manager with extensive experience working on private residential new build and refurbishment projects. Since joining Walter Lilly, Andy has built up a portfolio of delivering high end residential projects, specialising in country estates.

Two of Andy’s milestone projects at Walter Lilly include: a new build 26,900 sqft stone country house with an expansive basement, external swimming pool and substantial landscaping within a 45 acre polo estate; and a new build three storey country house incorporating a contemporary design internal swimming pool and full sized 10 pin bowling alley together with associated ancillary estate buildings and landscaping on a 15 acre private estate.

Bob Byrne
Senior Project Manager - MCIOB

40 years with Walter Lilly

Starting off his career at a sister company in 1979 as a Site Agent, Bob worked his way through the various levels of site management where he was appointed as Senior Project Manager in 2008.

Bob’s commitment and management of his projects have been recognised through various awards including a CIOB Highly Commended on his Grade II* Listed Regent’s Park project and a CCS Bronze National Site Award for his refurbishment project completed in St John’s Wood.

Two of Bob’s milestone projects at Walter Lilly include; Marylebone High Street, a 94,000 sqft new build residential and retail development behind retained façade including double basement; and the refurbishment of Hanover Lodge, a 26,000 sqft Grade II* Listed super prime residence.

Graduates & Trainees

Investing in tomorrow's talent today

Creating the best possible start for a career in construction

When it comes to talent, Walter Lilly takes the long view. We invest heavily in training and education, nurturing our next generation of employees to give their careers the best possible start and ensure the long-term growth of the company.

We’ve been sponsoring construction courses at Loughborough University since 1998 and have built a close relationship with the Civil and Building Department of the University. This allows us to work with the University and other sponsoring companies to tailor the course to the ever-changing construction environment.

Walter Lilly also supports a number of trainees through their NVQs and degrees on a part-time basis in London, providing the chance to learn through experiences as well as academics.

Finally, our graduates and trainees are given the opportunity to travel to Swaziland to help construct a Neighbourhood Care Point for All Out Africa, a charity which supports Swaziland’s vulnerable orphans.

James Hayward
Planner - Graduated 2012

I joined Walter Lilly after completing my degree at Loughborough University, which Walter Lilly sponsored.

During my course I was privileged to work on two site placements at Grosvenor Crescent, which allowed me to put theory into practice. Since joining Walter Lilly full-time I have progressed through the roles of Trainee Manager, Site Agent and Site Planner. It’s been a great experience and I’m happy to be part of the Walter Lilly family.

Amy Arnold
Graduate Design Manager - Graduated 2017

I graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Engineering and Design Management in 2017. The extensive knowledge I gained from university, paired with the invaluable on site experience during my placement year with Walter Lilly, enabled me to start my working career with confidence and eagerness to continue with my professional development.

Walter Lilly’s belief in their trainees and graduates is paramount to our success. My development at Walter Lilly in the short time I have been with them has given me the passion to continue learning.

Matt Pyle
Site Agent - Graduated 2015

During my studies at Loughborough I spent my placement year with Walter Lilly, then returned after I graduated in 2015.

The company provided help and support throughout my course and gave me a work placement on a prestigious site where I was responsible for the roof and internal works.

I’ve so far worked as a Trainee Site Manager, Graduate Site Agent, and a Site Agent, and I look forward to more challenges ahead.

Oliver Davis
Surveyor - Graduated 2019

I joined Walter Lilly as an Assistant Surveyor in 2016, having previously worked with another main contractor for 4 years. I was lucky enough to join Walter Lilly as a day release student and have since graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management.

As I started my career at 17 years old, I now have seven years’ industry experience, whilst also gaining an extensive knowledge through my studies. I am always learning at work with Walter Lilly, who continue to support me with my progression in construction.

Toby Fielder
Design Manager - Graduated 2016

I studied Architectural Engineering and Design Management at Loughborough University and received a 46-week placement on two Walter Lilly residential projects, as well as sponsorship in my final year.

Walter Lilly is not shy of assigning responsibilities to their trainees and the placement was an invaluable learning experience for me.

Following graduation, I joined Walter Lilly full-time.

Stuart Cecil-Dennett
Managing Surveyor - Graduated 2012

As an 18-year old, I was looking for an opportunity to better myself and start a career. I was fortunate enough for Walter Lilly to offer me a fantastic opportunity to go to Greenwich University on a day release degree – something I would otherwise never have done – and begin an apprenticeship in a diverse and changing industry.

I have not looked back since and today I am a Managing Surveyor in the company.