Ian Walker

Ian Walker FCIOB, FRSA


With a lifetime of experience in the quantity surveying and general contracting industry, Ian held the positions of surveying director, deputy managing director and managing director before his appointment as chairman.

He has been instrumental in directing and leading the company through times of huge economic change and has played a fundamental role at every stage. His dedication to teamwork and sound entrepreneurial skills ensure that clients’ needs are fully met.

His experience and achievements in financial management span a wide range of sectors.  He is also the author of ‘Commercial Management in Construction’.

James Walker

James Walker BSc (Hons), ICIOB

Managing Director

As managing director, James is responsible for the overall financial management of the company.  An imaginative and resourceful professional with strong team working skills, he has an enthusiasm for solving problems.

James has overseen the financial management of many office and commercial schemes as well as well as four £20m+ city academies and more recently, large scale energy projects.

His ability to successfully understand cost control and planning techniques, and his willing contribution to the value engineering process has allowed James to flourish from an initial assistant role to managing director of Surgo Construction.

Jeff Alexander

Jeff Alexander BSc, MA, MRICS

Director: Procurement and Business Development

A chartered quantity surveyor and marketing professional and formerly a senior surveyor with the company, Jeff is now responsible for developing new business opportunities and bid management.

Jeff carries a wealth of broad construction experience in both private and public sectors which has tailored his ability to communicate with professionals and potential clients on all levels.

Through the procurement of extensive new business in recent years, Jeff has been fundamental to the significant growth of the company and has been actively involved in the establishment of the company’s “partnering” business.

Jeff Charlton

Jeff Charlton ACIOB, FGBC

Construction Director/Safety Director

Jeff began his construction career as a time-served tradesman (bricklaying) and holds nearly 40 years of extensive hands-on site experience within the construction industry, 25 of those under Surgo Construction.

A professional and practical project manager, Jeff is particularly adept in client liaison matters fuelled by a strong desire to complete work of the highest standard. His hard work in this field was granted recognition by one of our clients naming their care home “Charlton Court”.

Particularly highly experienced in the education sector and public sector as well as in refurbishment projects, Jeff holds a very detailed technical construction knowledge that ensures projects run smoothly.

Steven Coombes

Steven Coombes

Company Secretary and Financial Controller

With Surgo Construction since 2005, Steven is a highly experienced finance professional who is responsible for the management of the company’s accounts.  He has strong financial analysis skills and is an effective communicator, specialising in one-to-one people management.

Previous experience shaped Steven to become a skilled auditor – before joining Surgo, he headed up a department within a chartered accountancy practice amongst holding other financial services roles at prestigious practices within the region.

Martin Blight

Martin Blight CIOB & ICIOB

Estimating Director

Heading up the estimating department, Martin works with an established team of highly experienced estimators and is responsible for overseeing all tender opportunities and subsequent detailed bid preparations.

With 29-year’s industry experience to his credit, Martin’s depth of knowledge of estimating will ensure that we will continue to convert opportunities into live projects across a widening range of sectors to build on the company’s reputation as one of the region’s most respected building contractors.

David Blyth

David Blyth Bsc Hons

Commercial Director

Working in the construction industry for 20+ years, Dave Blyth has gained an extensive depth of knowledge and experience across all commercial aspects of delivering a wide range of projects.

Using his industry knowledge, he is responsible for interpreting market trends, implementing strategies to drive business growth, identifying improvements to Surgo’s commercial procedures and making commercial recommendations to the Board as well as setting and delivering the company’s forward plans, along with the rest of the Board of Directors, to support our continued success.

Dave also has responsibility for resolving contractual and commercial issues.