Our Team

Expert local builders based in Cradley Heath, West Midlands working across Birmingham and surrounding areas.

Meet our key staff members below. We also have a wider network of personnel to help with projects.

Jon Ballard MInstRE

Business Owner

Jon owns & runs Minley Developments Ltd – forming in July 2017. Based in the Black Country, Birmingham & Employing 4 staff directly and with an army of specific trades to call upon, whole project coverage can be achieved under one roof.

Jon is an experienced and winning Project Manager, Leader & Strategic Policy Director; with a track record of completing projects both on time and within budgets in harsh and hostile environments. Retiring in Feb 2014 from the British Army as a Major after 19 years, having held many high profile and demanding roles including Construction Project Manager (many sites around the world), International Training Development Director (Afghanistan) & Commander (UK) Bomb Disposal (Iraq 2007). Jon is married with two young daughters.

Gareth Hind

Site Foreman & Senior Carpenter

Gareth started carpentry in 1999 before moving into management in 2006. Gareth has a wealth of experience working for main contractors; he has managed residential house builds through to £9m care home projects. Gareth is multiskilled throughout the building trade with a wide range of knowledge and expertise to overcome any problems that may arise during a project.

Gareth’s weekends are currently spent refurbing his 1920’s home! Gareth also loves mountain biking; he finds it a great way to relax and switch off.

Shaun Costin

Experienced Carpenter & Equipment Manager

Shaun started his apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery at the age of 16; he started by working in schools and hospitals doing maintenance & refurbishment works. Upon successfully completing his apprenticeship, Shaun transitioned into New-Build site works and now works with Minley Developments. Over the years, Shaun’s skills base has grown from his core carpentry and now includes plumbing, painting & minor electrical works.

Shaun has over 14 years construction experience through many working environments.

James Palmer

Purchasing & Waste Manager

James started in construction in 2013 working for a leading retirement home builder. Having worked up to Site Manager in 2020 working on a variety of projects from £750k to £6m – James earned a reputation for clawing back time against programs with a good eye for finishing detail. James is also a multi skilled craftsman able to undertake almost any work with top quality workmanship.

James unwinds by spending time with his family, a wife and two young children. Any spare time is usually spent on the PC gaming or on the Golf Course.

Sarah Murphy

Client Services

Sarah joined Minley Developments in March 2021; she has worked across various industries including Legal, Sales and Hospitality – delivering exceptional client service at the heart of everything that she does.

Sarah enjoys running but admits this is to mostly balance out her love of food and wine!

Helaena Massey

Office & HR Manager

Home Grown in the Back Country, Helaena has been involved with family owned Building Development Companies from a young age. Amassing over 25 years’ experience in administration, Management & Quality Assurance across all types of industries in both public & Private sectors. Helaena spends most of her time ensuring the smooth running of the business from behind the scenes. Helaena likes Industrial Heritage & the unusual – including old American cars.

Commercial & Domestic

Building Services

Our Professional Building and Home Improvement Services currently cover the following areas, but are not limited to:

Birmingham; Bromsgrove; Cradley Heath; Dudley; Hagley; Halesowen; Kidderminster; Kingswinford; Wolverhampton and Wombourne.

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