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Meet the Team

Arif Mushtaq, Ashbookes Grp

Arif Mushtaq


Ashbrookes Group

Our founder

Arif Mushtaq brings a manufacturing and financial mindset to his property business which is also his passion.

He has worked with GE Capital, Lloyds, Barclays, Accenture and Ernst Young where he has revolutionised their procurement and operations activities. Arif has a great network with local contractors and he is also supported by credible lawyers, planning consultants and accountants. He has a track record of proven success in every role he has undertaken. He is an outstanding teambuilder who always seeks improvement. His operating style is to support, influence and develop those around him and he derives pleasure from seeing his protégé’s develop, grow and achieve success.

He enjoys time with his family when the occasion arises for him to be away from the office.

Arif Darr, Ashbookes Gr

Arif Darr

Programme Director

Arif joined Ashbrookes Design & Build in 2023 as part of the Development team. Arif is responsible for delivery of our development projects to ensure they are delivered on scope, on time and within agreed budget.

He is a Business Management Graduate and IOD member and has over 25 years experience in Banking and Insurance specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions as well as launching start ups in the Financial services sector. 

Simon Pollard, Ashbrookes G

Simon Pollard

Project Manager

Simon brings with him over 30 years of construction management experience, He has a proven track record of meeting high expectations, managing multiple tasks and successfully delivering projects safely and on schedule.

His extensive construction knowledge, qualifications and technical trade background combine to create a successful, seasoned, all round construction professional.

Chelsey Kent, Ashbrookes

Chelsey Kent

Project Manager

Chelsey joined Ashbrookes Design & Build in early 2024 as part of the development team. Known for her strong organizational skills and her hands on approach, Chelsey supports the team in delivering projects efficiently and effectively, ensuring quality and collaboration every step of the way. 

Chris Cane, Ashbrookes

Chris Cane

Site Manager

Chris is an experienced Construction Site Manager with over 27 years in the industry.

Chris excels in team coordination, safety compliance and quality control, driving successful outcomes for every project he oversees. 

Lesley H, Ashbrookes

Lesley Huitson

Finance Manager

Lesley Huitson is a highly experience management accountant with over 30 years experience to her name.  

She has operated in both the retail and construction industries and brings a deep working knowledge of both Sage & QuickBooks accounting software systems, particularly with respect to construction project financing.

Ashbrookes Group

Our partners

Ashbrookes Group enjoys a unique set of partnerships which allows us control over developing our off-market property developments, including capabilities for:

This is only possible through our deep relationship with business partners, contractors, and the local knowledge required to identify the most yielding opportunities.

Wearside Construction partner.

Wearside Construction

Main Contractor

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MMA Architects partner.

MMA Architects


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Iles Consulting partner.

Illes Consulting

Mechanical & Electrical Design

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The Home Engineers partner.

The Home Engineers

Structural Engineering Design

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Evolve partner.

Evolve Building Control

Building Control

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Health & Safety Compliance

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Rydedale partner.

Rydale Testing

Air & Sound Testing

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Phoenix Energy partner.

Phoenix Energy

Utility Services Connections

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