Meet The Team

Our Senior Staff

David Ellison - Director

David EllisonDavid started his career as a Mining Surveyor with the National Coal Board, before moving on to work for Leeds Development Agency and Sheffield City Council. After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor, David moved to a small independent practice in Derby, where he carried out residential valuations and surveys in the East Midlands. Following a brief spell with a large corporate firm of surveyors, David returned to the practice in Derby as a Director, and was incidental in the expansion of the firm.

Along with his fellow Director, Jason Staley, David started Pinnacle Surveyors in 2010. Under the direction of David, the company has expanded rapidly since those early days to now have over 50 staff providing residential surveying coverage over large areas of the UK, with a Head Office based close to Derby city centre. In 2018, David won Business Leader of the Year in the Surveyor category at the British Specialist Lending Awards

David is married with two sons; his eldest son has followed him into the residential surveying business, whilst his youngest son is hoping to study sports in the USA whilst playing college soccer. David is President of the rugby club where he has been a member for over thirty years, having recently retired from playing due to old age and common sense!

Jason Staley - Director

Jason StaleyJason has over twenty five years experience in the residential property market. Starting his career in the late eighties as an estate agent Jason worked throughout Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. In 1995 Jason started his degree at Nottingham Trent University and graduated in 2000 with an Honours Degree in Estate Surveying. Jason started his residential survey and valuation career in 2000 working for a small independent company in Derby covering Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2001. Jason was made a director of the surveying firm in 2002 and was key to the company’s expansion programme. Jason set up Pinnacle Surveyors with fellow director David Ellison in 2010.

Whilst being born and bred in Nottingham, Jason is an avid Derby County fan and tries to watch them as much as possible.

Andrew Sleney - Senior Surveyor

Jason StaleyAfter graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Urban Land Valuation, Andrew began his career with an East Midlands based property developer. He then then moved to Leeds Development Agency.

Andrew qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2002 whilst working at Bassetlaw District Council where he started out as a General Practice Surveyor. After a short period at British Waterways in their Estates Department he returned to Bassetlaw District Council as Estates Manager.

Andrew has been involved in the residential valuation and surveying sector since 2003 working in a consultancy role. After working in the Asset Management and Valuation section of Derbyshire County Council, Andrew joined Pinnacle Surveyors in 2012 where he has carried out mortgage valuations and Homebuyer Surveys for all the leading Banks and Building Societies and private clients.

In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, attending motor sport events and he intends to start playing the piano again!

Paula Twine - Office Manager

Paula TwinePaula joined Pinnacle Surveyors in March 2011 and has helped grow and maintain close relationships with our lender contacts throughout her time at the company. Paula manages the office staff and feels that communication amongst departments is the key to a smooth operation.

Her background of working within the mortgage department of a major Building Society gives her a working knowledge of the requirements of a surveying firm and she makes sure Pinnacle consistently meets the high standard expected.

Paula helped implement our new system, Survey Hub, which has made substantial improvements in our booking processes.

Outside of Pinnacle, Paula enjoys reading, watching films and working on her house.


The Case Managers

Abbie - Case Manager

Abbie joined us in February 2016 as our Junior Administrator and has since moved onto being a Case Manager when an opportunity arose as Abbie had gained the knowledge required for that role from her experience gained since working at Pinnacle.

In her spare time Abbie enjoys spending her time listening to music (mainly Ed Sheeran), eating pizza and spending time with family and friends (including her 2 cats).

Deborah- Case Manager

Deborah started working at Pinnacle Surveyors at the beginning of October 2018. She has a property background having previously worked for a surveying company and estate agents in Leicester and Ashby-de-la-Zouch so is an excellent addition to the team.

Outside of work, Deborah enjoys theatre, music events and cooking and has two grown up children.

Gemma - Case Manager

Gemma Byrne - Appointment Scheduler – South East & CoventryGemma started working for Pinnacle Surveyors in April 2014 and came to us with a wealth of experience in dealing with clients and customers on a daily basis. As a case manager she has excellent communication and organisational skills which help her and the team on a daily basis.

Outside of Pinnacle, Gemma is an animal lover, enjoys reading and spending time with her young daughter.

Joy - Case Manager

Gemma Sheldon - Appointment Scheduler – Midlands (South) & North EastJoy joined Pinnacle Surveyors in May 2016 working as a Case Manager booking appointments for several of our surveyors and managing their diaries. Joy has a wealth of experience in customer service and previously worked as a Relief Manager at a care home so is used to dealing with people and queries.

Joy spends most of her spare time with her family and grandchildren, enjoys long walks and on occasion playing badminton.

Michael - Case Manager

Michael FosterMichael joined the company in November 2012 as a case manager for several surveyors. His background of working within a major Building Society has given him experience in dealing with external contacts as well as potential customers and clients.

Outside of Pinnacle, Michael is a member of the Good Companion Stage Society and is regularly involved in productions at local theatres.

Sophie - Case Manager

Michael FosterSophie started working at Pinnacle Surveyors at the beginning of October 2018. Sophie has a wealth of experience in a retail environment and comes to us with excellent customer service skills which will be very useful when booking appointments for our surveyors.

Sophie loves spending time with her boyfriend and family, especially her cat Maise.


The Typing Team

Marcia - Senior Typist

Marcia WrightMarcia joined Pinnacle Surveyors in August 2011 and excels in typing mortgage valuation reports, HomeBuyer reports and Building Surveys to a quick turnaround. Marcia has enjoyed a variety of administration roles in the past which gives her a good all round wealth of experience for her position within the company.

In her spare time Marcia enjoys reading and countryside walks.

Lesley - Typist

Lesley PhillipsLesley joined the company in November 2013 as a typist of mortgage valuations, HomeBuyer reports and Building Surveys. She previously worked as a PA and had various administration duties which are of great benefit to our typing team.

Outside of work, Lesley enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, keeping fit and reading.


The Administration Team

Courtney - Junior Administrator

Gemma Sheldon - Appointment Scheduler – Midlands (South) & North EastCourtney joined Pinnacle Surveyors at the end of September 2018 as our Junior Administrator. Courtney has previous experience of working within an office environment, dealing with different companies making travel arrangements. Her role is mainly to assist the Office Manager with the daily running of the company.

In her spare time Courtney spends time with her family and loves watching the soaps!

Gemma - Administrator

Gemma Sheldon - Appointment Scheduler – Midlands (South) & North EastGemma has worked with the company since June 2011 and works as a case manager alongside Judith. She is also a member of staff who has worked within a major Building Society prior to joining us and gained excellent communication skills which she uses on a daily basis when speaking with both customers, agents and clients. Gemma is currently working on our PVQ team as maternity cover.

Outside of Pinnacle, Gemma enjoys running round after her young son and trips to the theatre.

Judith - Administrator

Judith Blackburn - Appointment Scheduler – Midlands (South) & North EastJudith has been working with Pinnacle since January 2011 initially starting as a typist but now as one of the case managers, booking appointments and managing diaries for several surveyors. Before working for Pinnacle Surveyors, Judith worked for a well known estate agent where she has gained a vast experience of the property industry. Judith is currently working on our PVQ team as maternity cover.

In her spare time, Judith enjoys swimming and reading.

Rebecca - Administrator

Rebecca Delaney - AdministratorRebecca joined the company in January 2014 as our administrator and has since moved on to dealing with all queries received relating to reports we have carried out. Rebecca has built relationships with our surveyors and clients to ensure queries are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

In her spare time Rebecca enjoys going out for meals and spending time with family and friends.