Technical & Construction

The Deverell Smith technical and construction division offers a comprehensive recruitment service for every stage of a construction project from early inception right through to completion. The team have a highly regarded global reach of proven, high calibre technical candidates from architects, building surveyors, quantity surveyors and project and construction managers. Their clients include UK leaders in property construction along with rapidly growing small and mid-sized consultancies and development companies. Working in partnership on a number of high profile projects the team recognise the employers need to deliver construction projects on time and within budget. They react quickly to every requirement, successfully placing high quality candidates in roles including planning and design, estimating and procurement, project and building management.

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  • Philip Le Bert-Francis


    Philip Le Bert-Francis


    With an extensive degree level academic background in Law and French Language and Literature, Philip finally embraced reality and joined Deverell Smith in April of this year. Working as part of the Technical team, his remit covers predominantly developers and consultancies seeking high-calibre Project Managers.

    Currently cultivating a rapidly developing case of ‘middle-aged spread,’ Phil’s sporting days are largely behind him, although he remains an armchair fan of rugby, football and Formula 1. Still occasionally known to stumble around a squash court, other pastimes include travelling, cooking and being an excellent dancer.


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  • Jim Murchie

    Senior Freelance Consultant

    Jim Murchie

    Senior Freelance Consultant

    Jim is a Senior Freelance Recruitment Consultant who specialises in construction and civil engineering white collar positions such as Site Managers, assistant site managers, finishing managers and site/ setting out engineers. Before Deverell Smith, Jim spent 10 years as a farmer and was involved in a lot of building and mechanical activity during his practical upbringing.

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    Jim Murchie Freelance Consultant at Deverell Smith Property Recriutment
  • Alex Smith

    Senior Consultant

    Alex Smith

    Senior Consultant

    Before joining Deverell Smith, Alex recruited Quantity Surveyors on a permanent basis into London based Consultancies. Continuing this, he is now also working with Developers and Main Contractors on permanent and interim positions. Alex is originally from Dorset and previous to starting his career in recruitment, he studied Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University, while running student social events, playing rugby and enjoying the occasional beer.

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  • Lisa-Jo Taylor

    Head of Construction / Technical

    Lisa-Jo Taylor

    Head of Construction / Technical

    Lisa began her career as a psychology graduate at an international property and construction consultancy, with the idea of only staying in recruitment for a year or two! Over a decade later, she now heads up the Technical Surveying team at Deverell Smith, comprising of Professional Quantity Surveying, Project Management and Building Surveying, having managed a similar team previously for a number of years. Lisa also comes with a wealth of account management experience having looked after some of the industry’s largest national contracts. She loves the outdoors and is a keen netball player and fan of box-fit.  To relax, Lisa enjoys eating out with friends, live music and fine wines!

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  • Aaron Higgins

    Principal Consultant

    Aaron Higgins

    Principal Consultant

    Aaron studied Quantity Surveying  at University of Central England before embarking on a career in the property and construction industry for 10 years, working on both the client and contractors side. He is now enjoying the fast paced technical and commercial property recruitment industry and applying all of his knowledge everyday.

    Aaron really loves rugby and travelling, especially when combined. He travels to tournaments around the world and played a season in America.

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  • When I joined DS I did think it would be the same recruitment experience, but how wrong I was. I was contacted regularly and Aaron made me think about pushing the boundaries and realising my full potential. After a while the first job he approached me with is the one I am currently in post and very happy. He was always there, fully involved and provided professional support as a friend, even for my very lengthy interview process. Pleasure to have him help me with this post and in the nicest possible way I hope he does not have to help me again for a long while, but he still calls me to follow up. Thanks

    Lali Virdee - Property Director at United Synagogue
  • Thank you with all your help in securing another project manager for our expanding team. To successfully propose and secure employment for four such diverse candidates over the last eighteen months is testimony to your understanding of what we as a Company need to compliment our current staff credentials.

    We shall, of course, be in touch when the next vacancy occurs.

    Richard Hepworth - Head of Project Management, Urban & Civic
  • I had the pleasure of working with Aaron during my career transition recently. From the initial contact until he successfully placed me into an Assistant Project Manager role, he was consistently helpful, attentive and determined.

    He always made sure I was well prepared for interviews and provided and approachable but professional service. His advice was very valuable and thorough, plus I could count on him to follow up and to answer any questions I had.

    I would recommend Aaron as a recruitment consultant to anyone looking for a job in the property and construction field, since he managed to find me the perfect role

    Anonymous - Assistant Project Manager
  • GIA have worked with Deverell Smith for about 8 years which has allowed a trusted and friendly relationship to be established. Unlike some agencies who may push unsuitable candidates, I feel Deverell Smith understand our needs and roles, work hard to properly match them which benefits the candidate and employer alike and means we have a short list of credible contenders.

    Fiona Pattinson - Associate Partner HR & Operations at GIA
  • Aaron is a really approachable, enthusiastic and an extremly helpful Recruitment Executive. he went above and beyond with the time and effort he put in,with regard to making the whole recruiting process for the interviews that little bit easier, he was extremely knowledgeable on the company and position that he was recruiting for,and was always on the other end of the telephone if I had any questions .Aaron was very patient and generous with his own time, consequently I was offered the role that Aaron had recommended me for and owe much of that to the guidance and encouragement that he provided. Aaron is definitely not your typical Recruitment executive, who promise the world and are then unable to deliver, He actually does what he promises

    Patrick O'Donnell
  • Aaron was great at securing me my new job and really does set the bar high for recruitment professionals. He was attentive, helpful & communicated very well throughout the whole process. 

    Thank you so much for helping me get the perfect role which is so well suited to the next step in my career.

    Anonymous - Project Co-ordinator