The Team


Philip Taylor

Philip Taylor

Group Chairman

Philip gained his degree in Construction at Aston University, and for a short spell joined the builders, Wimpey, following which he decided he would prefer to work for himself, and as the saying goes the rest is history! Philip founded Oakapple in 1994 and has managed its growth from modest beginnings to the broad-based Property Development and Investment Group it has become.

His hands-on approach, his enthusiasm, and his drive and determination to succeed are well known to those who work with him. This applies to all aspects of his life, and for many years now, Philip has devoted a great deal of time and energy to fund-raising for charities, including Barnardo’s, of which he is Vice-Chair.

Caitriona Hollis

Office Manager and PA to Group Chairman

Caitriona moved to Oakapple in 1994 as a secretary, having previously worked for NHS Estates. She soon graduated to working as PA to Philip Taylor, the company’s founder and now Group Chairman. In addition to the usual PA role, Caitriona’s work extends to managing the Chairman’s numerous charitable activities and social/corporate events and she is responsible for the day to day running of the Oakapple offices.

Caitriona now proudly wears the badge of “longest serving employee”!

David Marsh

David Marsh

Financial Director

David is responsible for Oakapple’s financial affairs, and has helped to successfully steer the Group through the challenges of the global financial crisis of 2008 and its long aftermath. He has some 30 years’ experience of the Property and Development sector, including a number of Finance Director posts, and joined Oakapple in 2004.

David read Economics & Business Studies at Sheffield University, and following graduation worked for KPMG, qualifying as a member of the ICAEW in 1979.

Sean Mayes

Property & Development Director

Sean oversees the Group’s property activities including the development programme and investment portfolio. He has experience of property development and investment across many market sectors, having held senior positions with both a major distribution company and a national food retailer before joining Oakapple.

Sean is a Chartered Surveyor and holds a first class honours degree in Urban Estate Management.

Jason Papprill

Jason Papprill

Development Manager

Jason is a property development and construction specialist, delivering a pipeline of projects at Oakapple across the commercial, retail and residential sectors. He has almost 30 years’ experience in the industry, delivering projects up to £80M in value, including as CEO of a Regional Construction Company.

Jason has a first class honours degree in Construction Management and Design.

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David Ratcliffe

David Ratcliffe

Director - Oakapple Homes (Yorkshire)

David manages Oakapple Homes (Yorkshire), a company developing smaller projects of higher value homes as an offshoot of the main Group. He joined Oakapple in 1998, helping to grow and then managing the Group’s Homes and Healthcare companies. His career has been spent working in property at all levels, in both public and private sectors.

David is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor.

Paul Cryan

Paul is responsible for delivering the residential portfolio of Oakapple Homes (Yorkshire). Before joining Oakapple he held senior positions with professional services, property developers and contractors. Paul has a degree in construction economics and a masters in construction law and arbitration.