Directors & Management
James McGoff Managing Director
James McGoff was educated at St Ambrose College in Hale Barns. He immediately went on to study at Stockport College of Technology.
James’ first job after completing his OND was as trainee Quantity Surveyor with J.W Goodyer & Co in 1984. Studies continued at Stockport College on a day release basis for a further two years culminating in a HNC qualification, and appointment as Quantity Surveyor with Goodyer’s.
In 1988 he joined A Quiligotti and Company as the resident QS for the refurbishment of the prestigious Whiteleys Shopping Centre in Queensway London.
James joined McGoff & Byrne in 1990 as a Site Manager. In 1995 he was promoted to Contracts Manager before taking over at the realm as Managing Director in 2007.
Declan McGoff Global Operations Director
Declan McGoff was educated at St Ambrose College in Hale Barns. He immediately went on to study at Stockport College and completed an OND in Building Studies.
Declan went on to study at Nottingham (Trent) Polytechnic gaining a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Construction Management. He was also awarded a CIOB Certificate of Excellence for the most outstanding performance on the degree course.
During his degree course, Declan enjoyed valued sponsorship and industry experience on a placement with Tarmac Construction, now known as Carillion. Following his graduation in 1991, Declan joined McGoff & Byrne as Site Engineer/Manager and has progressed through the operational side of the business over the years, working on a variety of construction projects.
Declan is now the Global Operations Director at McGoff & Byrne.
Dave McGoff Group Commercial Director
Educated at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Dave McGoff joined leading leisure industry contractor Multibuild Ltd as a trainee Quantity Surveyor in 1988, combining work with a quantity surveying degree at Sir John Moore’s University in Liverpool.
Dave gained experience at various surveying levels successfully progressing to senior Quantity Surveyor, before moving into construction management.
In 2000, Dave became a board director of Multibuild, going on to become Operations Director in 2003. After 17 years of dedicated service, Dave decided to join Villafont Homes as Operations Director and is responsible for the strategic growth of the business and all aspects of project delivery.
Dave is now the Commercial Director for the McGoff Group.
Chris McGoff Director
Chris McGoff was educated at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns. He went to study at Nottingham Trent University, where he graduated with a degree in Residential Development. While studying for his degree, Chris spent a year in the industry with Beezer Homes on a management training programme.
Shortly after graduating in 1996, Chris worked at McCarthy & Stone for a year as Assistant Land Buyer before joining Linden Homes North West where he quickly progressed to the role of Senior Land Manager.
Aged 27, Chris left Linden Homes to become Managing Director and co-founder of Villafont Limited in 2001. In 2007 Chris joined the board of directors at McGoff & Byrne.
Dave Foran Group Finance Director
David is a Chartered Certified Accountant with significant experience of supporting and directing the financial management and governance of fast growth companies. David was educated at Liverpool University where he achieved 2:1 BA (Hons) degree before commencing his finance career with top 10 audit and advisory firm, Grant Thornton. David’s career at Grant Thornton spanned 12 years during which time he was promoted to Senior Audit Manager, Staff Development Manager, and ultimately Associate Director of a newly formed Entrepreneurial Advisory team that was specifically set up to provide a wide range of corporate finance and advisory services to growing businesses.
David Left Grant Thornton in 2008 to take up a number of executive and non-executive Finance Director roles, and since November 2012 has focussed his time on the development and growth plans of McGoff & Byrne and its associated companies.
Stephanie MacFarlane Group Financial Controller
Stephanie MacFarlane was educated at Priestnall School for Girls Heaton Mersey Stockport, before going onto Acquinas College Stockport for sixth form. After that, Stephanie studied at Stockport College gaining a HND in Business and Finance. Her first construction job was at Multibuild Limited where she stayed for three years.
From Sale, Cheshire, Stephanie joined Villafont Homes in 2005, to ensure the timely and accurate provision of the financial information required to drive the business forward. In 2007, Stephanie was appointed by McGoff & Byrne as its Financial Controller, and is now responsible for managing the accounts function for Villafont and McGoff & Byrne. In 2011 Stephanie achieved her BA Hons in Accounting and Finance from Northumbria University.
Emma James Head of Support Services & Business Operations
Emma James was educated at Heywood Community High School before going onto Bury College. Emma studied at Bury College gaining a Diploma in Business and is currently studying a Business Degree. Her first construction job was at Lowry Homes residential development in 1999 where she stayed for nine years. From Bury, Lancashire, Emma joined McGoff and Byrne in 2008. Over the last 9 years Emma has been at the forefront of the Group’s strategy to streamline processes and improve business practices including the implementation of innovative systems such as the Group’s ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 accredited H&S, Quality and Environment Integrated Management system, prestigious Investors in People GOLD status and Best Companies accolade. Emma joined the Group of McGoff and Byrne and Newcare in 2010 to provide a structured approach to quality control and symbiotic partnering across the Group. As Head of Support Services and Business Operations Emma manages a team that provides holistic Operational Compliance, Business Operations, Human Resources, Recruitment and Supply Chain Management expertise as the Group expands its unique service offering. Emma is also an active member of the Chartered Management Institute.
Andy Dodd Group HR Manager
From Sale, Cheshire, Andy Dodd is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), holds a full certificate in the Institute of Supervision & Management (ISM) and a full certificate in HR Management (HRM).
Andy takes responsibility for the human resources strategy at McGoff & Byrne and will initially look to review current policy and procedures and introduce new working practices in line with the Group’s reputation for best practice and investing in people.
One of Andy’s main aspirations is to create an effective Group HR function that focuses on efficient recruitment, retention and training of staff.
Sarah Sanderson Group Sales and Marketing Manager
Sarah, through her initial education attained 11 GCSE’s and 5 A Levels, which enabled her to achieve a BA Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2009. She then joined a national social housing contractor in the capacity of Trainee Business Development Executive / Bid Writer and furthered her education with an NVQ in Customer Care. In 2010 Sarah joined a national Fitout & Maintenance Contractor as Principal Bid Writer managing all of the bids produced from their North West office.
Sarah joined McGoff & Byrne in 2012 working closely with the Directors and Senior Management team to diversify, expand the business portfolio and strengthen further the company’s existing client base. Sarah’s extensive skill set enables her to provide a diverse role for the Business, examples of which include; bid writing and coordination, marketing, website management, Client liaison and business branding for McGoff & Byrne and the associated operating companies across the Group.
Graham Forrester Managing Director - McGoff Group Facilities Services
Graham Forrester is a dually qualified Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Facilities Management Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS.) Graham completed a Bachelor of Science degree in building surveying at Liverpool Polytechnic in 1990 and a Master of Science Degree with Distinction at The University of Reading in 2007. He has worked in various senior property and facilities management roles in an in-house capacity for Burtonwood Brewery plc, Enterprise Inns plc, Johnson Service Group plc and JD Sports Leisure plc. He has worked as a senior consultant with clients including: the Department of Social Security; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the Ministry of Justice; the Universities of Bradford, The West of England and University College London; NHS Lanarkshire; Zurich Financial Services; Wolseley Ltd; British Sugar Ltd; BBC; Gatwick and Manchester Airports; numerous further education colleges and academy schools. He has also worked as a Senior Operations Manager for Balfour Beatty Workplace on the BBC Workplace contract.
Graham joined McGoff and Byrne Ltd in March 2014 to lead the new Facilities Services Division providing hard FM and management services. Graham is an active member of both the RICS (acting as an assessor for applicants wishing to become Chartered FM Surveyors) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (where he has participated in the committees for the north-west region and education special interest groups.) Graham also acted a Tutor on a Master of Science programme for the College of Estate Management and for the RICS and is regularly asked to speak at FM industry events and training sessions.
Annie Stackhouse Asset and Operations Manager - McGoff Group Facilities Services
Annie Stackhouse was educated locally at Sale Grammar School where she successfully completed her A levels before beginning her career working in Residential Estate Agency. Annie started at Thornley Groves Estate Agents in 2006 working in their Sale branch as a Lettings Consultant being responsible for the marketing and letting of a range of properties within the Sale area.
Annie then moved over to their Property Management Department in 2007 where she managed a portfolio of properties in and around Manchester City Centre. Whilst working at Thornley Groves, Annie completed her NFOPP technical award in Residential Lettings & Property Management and for her performance she was presented with the nationally recognised Student of the Year Award before becoming a member of the National Association of Estate Agents. As the department grew Annie was promoted to managing the department which, during her time doubled in numbers before she was approached by another local estate agent, Jordan Fishwick based in Hale, Cheshire.
Jordan Fishwick employed Annie to manage their Property Management Department which covered over 1000 properties across the South Manchester, Cheshire and surrounding areas. Annie worked there for just under 4 years before joining McGoff & Byrne in 2014 as Asset & Operations Manager of the Facilities Services Department.
In her current role Annie is responsible for the day to day running of the Facilities Services Division. McGoff & Byrne Facilities Services manage the reactive, quoted, planned maintenance and minor works programmes for a number of clients including Wyevale Garden Centres, Wahaca, Five Guys, Be at One, Marriott Hotels and New Care Projects. The Facilities Division also manages McGoff & Byrne’s commercial clients during their defects liability period to ensure any snags or defects are resolved in a prompt manner to the client’s satisfaction.