Our Team

Michael Shwartz

Managing Director

Michael is an experienced builder, project manager and property developer who has been involved in the construction industry since the early 1980's, managing a variety of projects from domestic housing to complex commercial projects. It was around this time that he established Michael Shwartz Construction, a property development, project management and construction company with building works and development throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Michael can boast an impressive record of achievement throughout the industry and has an impressive reputation for quality, reliability and innovation. This is illustrated through his commitment to deliver high quality projects ranging from small to large housing developments, hotels, hospitals, army bases and very complex commercial projects. Michael Shwartz Construction has recently been rebranded as Michael Shwartz Group, to encompass the main four arms of the business of residential, commercial, industrial and land trading. Michael is very focussed and dedicated to The Group, using his skills and expertise to expand the company with the support and commitment of his invaluable team of highly skilled professionals. Michael participates in a variety of activities in order to relax. He is incredibly musical and plays the drums and attends concerts regularly ranging from pop and jazz to classical music. He is an avid Chelsea FC supporter and regularly attends games both at home and away with his young sons. He is also a keen sailor, taking to the high seas whenever the weather and the business demands permits.

Phil Jones

Director of Development

Phil has worked in the property industry for almost forty years and has established himself as a very knowledgeable and technically accomplished professional. Phil has held Directorships in some of the most well-known property organisations in the UK and he joined Michael Shwartz Group as the Director of Development bringing with him valuable knowledge and industry expertise. In this role, he is responsible for the delivery of the projects for The Group, and also assisting in identifying new business opportunities for the Company. Phil is very active in his spare time and regularly attends the gym. His sporting passion is Rugby and he is a keen supporter of the London Welsh team.

Shahleena Khan

Marketing Manager

Shahleena initially joined as a graduate assisting with all aspects of the business. After a number of years with the Company and in order to gain specific marketing experience, Shahleena joined a FTSE 100 company as the Senior Marketing Executive. She moved on into the education sector and with her increased knowledge of advertising, direct marketing, events, online marketing, social media and PR joined a well known music school as Marketing Manager. Shahleena returned to Michael Shwartz as the Marketing Manager bringing with her, valuable experience and new creative direction. Outside of work, Shahleena enjoys regularly attending the cinema, frequently attends the gym, travels abroad and enjoys beauty blogging online.

Ameeta Sharma

Head of Sales & Marketing

Ameeta joined Michael Shwartz in 2000 and has actively been involved with the growth and development of the Michael Shwartz Group to make it the established property company it is today. It is her entrepreneurial drive and commercial awareness that has led her to become the Head of Sales and Marketing. In addition to this role, she is also responsible for Public Relations, Purchasing, Supplier relations, Recruitment and the day to day management of the Company's many rented commercial properties. To relax she practices yoga and meditation. Ameeta was also part of the fantastic team of volunteers who took part in the London 2012 Olympics, contributing to a highly successful and well publicised event.

Michelle Davis

Sales and Marketing Administrator

Michelle joined the Michael Shwartz Group in 2013 assisting with all Administrative Management duties for the organisation, in particular the Sales & Marketing department. Michelle holds both a BA and an MA in the History of Art and worked with one of the world’s most prestigious Auction Houses in an administrative capacity before joining the Michael Shwartz Group. Michelle is a keen art lover with a special interest in both early Islamic and contemporary Middle Eastern Art and is a contributor to several online publications specialising in this area. She spends much of her spare time visiting museums and galleries and also enjoys traveling and spending time at home with her young family.

Ruth Lawrence

Office Administrator

Ruth has many years of experience working in Sales Administration, Purchasing and Office Management having worked in the computer industry in both the UK and USA for many years. Whilst living in the USA, Ruth also worked in Sales and Account Management for one of the largest department stores in the country. After six years, Ruth returned back to the UK and joined the Michael Shwartz Group as the Office Administrator in 2014, managing all day to day activities in the office as well as handling all account queries relating to the larger projects which are currently in progress. Outside of work, Ruth likes to read, enjoys cooking, swimming and walking as well as spending time with her family.

Declan O’Connell

Site Manager

After graduating from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering, Declan worked for his family’s construction company before moving to London to work as a manager for LOCOG at the Olympic Games 2012 which was a once in a lifetime experience. Once the games were over he went on to work for two major civil engineering contractors, on reinforced concrete and steel frame structures in Central London, most notably as the Site Engineer on No. 8 St James Square. Following this, Declan joined the team at Michael Shwartz Group to project manage their largest development to date of 95 houses, Ashlin Quarter in Kent. In his free time, Declan enjoys all sports and also plays Gaelic football for a club in London. When time permits, Declan frequently visits his home in Ireland where he works on the family farm.

Liora Briskin

In-house Accountant

Liora has a vast amount of commercial experience as a result of the various industries she has previously worked in. She has worked at the Open University in Tel Aviv where she was in charge of processing registrations and non-academic information, as well as the clearance department of Israeli Discount Bank. Liora has been with the Company since its inception, looking after the financial affairs of the business and ensuring that everything runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Liora is a qualified jeweller and loves to travel in between raising her 2 young children. Her main passion however, lies in reading and she has a very substantial collection to her name.

Manu Joshi

Part-time Accountant

Manu has in excess of 40 year's experience in management accounts, financial accounts and corporate finance. Although he is now retired, he does still have a little spare time to assist us with the preparation of accounts for Michael Shwartz Group, and all our affiliated companies. His knowledge and experience in the world of finance is a huge asset to our company. Being a long standing member of the Lions club affords him the opportunity to meet with some of the many influential business minds in the country. He was a well-known cricket player in Uganda, and although no longer able to play the sport competitively,he is an avid supporter of the game.

George Basrawy

Project Management

George joined the Michael Shwartz Group in 2014 and will be working across all projects for the Group. While working, George will be studying part-time for a Masters in Real Estate as he pursues RICS membership and the title of Chartered Surveyor. George holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with Management, and prior to working in the property industry, he spent two years working as a Management Consultant for a multinational company. George is a big fan of all sports, in particular, football and basketball, and is a devoted fan of Tottenham Hotspur FC. While not at work, George can be found playing basketball, at the cinema or enjoying London’s nightlife.

Christina Beckett

Site Administrator

Christina has worked within the construction industry for over 25 years, and has gained considerable knowledge and experience working for Tier 1 Contractors such as Kier, Costain, Morgan Sindall and Siemens, on major projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the London Array Offshore Wind Farm. Christina joined the Michael Shwartz Group in 2014 as the Site Administrator on the Ashlin Quarter development in Aylesford and she is involved in all aspects of the construction site activities. Christina is CSCS qualified and is fully trained in First Aid. Outside of work Christina enjoys reading, travelling abroad and watching MotoGP, and spending time with her husband and their two teenage children.