Meet The Team, with industry experience spanning 50+ years.

Combined we have spent over 50 years in the building industry working for large building contractors (main contractors); we still find it challenging! We know of no other industry with so many moving parts or potential pitfalls. With all our experience and hard-won knowledge we find it genuinely impressive that any self-build developments get completed and that people outside of the industry have the bravery to attempt it. But many do! And most get completed, even a select few may bring it in on budget, but let us be honest these are the exception that prove the rule – Self builds take longer and cost more than expected.

Our aim is to share all our relevant industry knowledge to bring a main contractor level of organisation to the average self-build. Our guides, templates and processes are all used in the industry – they are proven to be the best possible way of organising a construction project and all the variables that go with it.

Meet our team

Been there. Done that. Bought the T-Shirt. Access our platform and gain the knowledge of our wide ranging industry experts.


Matthew Jones


Having worked in the construction industry for over 17 years across a range of professional roles both site and office-based, Matthew has a wealth of practical and technical knowledge about Civil Engineering and Building. His career started working as a Setting-out Engineer for a North Lincolnshire based Main-contractor organisation with £25m+ turnover. Company sponsored through higher-education he gained professional qualifications in Building Studies at Sheffield Hallam University and quickly progressed to Site Manager and then Contracts Manager overseeing and delivering several multi-million pound projects to programme and budget across the UK.

In 2018 Matthew joined a £150m+ turnover Main-contractor as Framework Manager and is responsible for overseeing a number of public sector procurement Frameworks worth £25m+ annually.

2 years later Matthew decided to put the skills learned throughout his career to good use and embark on his first self-build and it was while trying to accurately price and programme the project without the resources and specialist software packages available to large Main-contractors that the idea for Build Manager was born!

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Ben Taylor


Ben has spent over 15 years working in the ‘pre-construction’ phase of the construction industry for Main-contractors in East Midlands. Starting as an Assistant Estimator and following numerous successful projects across a wide range of sectors and completion of a HNC in construction and the built environment Ben progressed to senior estimator then estimating manager where he currently oversees tender submissions for a £150m+ turnover Main-contractor.

Specialising in producing housing development budgets and carrying out early land assessments puts Ben in a unique position to share his industry knowledge with self-builders to ensure they are in the best position possible prior to physically starting work on site.

Whilst carrying out his own self-build Ben realised the construction industry does not serve self-builders well unless they are in the fortunate position of being able to employ a team of professional consultants.

After a like-minded discussion with Matthew they decided to team up and form Build Manager with the primary aim of empowering self-builders, Ben used his own personal experience to fine tune his industry knowledge into useable self-builder friendly guidance.

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Matthew Carter


Matt has spent 24 Years in the design & construction industry with a variety of experience and roles. Starting as an architectural assisstant progressing through to a qualified architectural technologist, Having roles in various practices as a design manager & working for main contractors in both design & development sectors, and therefore seen many aspects of building and design as both the designer, developer & contractor.
Highly qualified in his specialist field with HND & NVQ qualifications in Building Construction Management & an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists & Chartered Institute of Building
As an architectural technologist he combines qualities of the two previously separated disciplines. That of Architect (concept design) and Technician (buildability) he brings together design flair & the ability to problem solve with a real understanding of the design and buildability of new homes
concentrating not just on how things look but mainly how buildings work not just on a construction level, but practically & functionally on a day to day basis. This ensures you enjoy the new space you have created to its maximum potential.
Whilst embarking on his own self build projects in the past, even with his wealth of knowledge in the sector realised how problematic it must be for self builders to access the wealth of knowledge required to carry-out a project on time, within budget whilst creating a home of their dreams

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“You’ve been fantastically helpful, I will certainly be sharing your site on social media and recommending your services to other self builders. Thanks again for all your help”

Erica, Suffolk

“The free advice Matt & Ben provided in the early stages of our 1st self-build gave us the confidence to project manage the build process ourselves, and saved us over £24,000”

Mrs Julie Teal , Yorkshire

“It was great to find professional support specifically for self-builders, that understood the build process but also the challanges of managing your build around busy family life”    

Mr & Mrs Giles, North Lincolnshire