Our Midlands Board

  • Rupert Wood

    Chair

    Rupert joined St. Modwen in 2006 and is currently a member of the Senior Leadership Executive at St Modwen Properties PLC, with overall responsibility for the Group’s Asset Management business. He is also Chair of the CSR Steering Committee for the Group.

    Prior to joining St. Modwen, Rupert spent 7 years at Lend Lease working on major retail-led projects, including Chapelfield, Norwich, The Shell Centre, London and Golden Square, Warrington.

    He is excited about joining the LandAid community and being part of the team in making a difference to youth homelessness to give them a brighter future.

  • Gurjit Atwal

    Board Member

    Gurjit joined Eversheds Sutherland in 1995, became a partner in 2002 and is now Head of the Real Estate Sector.

    He specialises in advising FTSE and Private Property Companies, Property Funds and Asset Managers, Inward Investors and Institutions, covering the full breadth of real estate finance, development, management and investment in the real estate, leisure, retail, office, residential, healthcare and industrial sectors.

    His clients include Blackstone, Grosvenor, Hammerson, Landsec and Lendlease.

    Gurjit is a member of IPF and BCSC and co-authored the pan-European guides to leasing and development for the ICSC.

    He is listed as a leading individual in Chambers and Legal 500 and accredited by clients as a “Star Lawyer” in the Acritas survey.

  • Andrew Cardoza

    Board Member

    Andy is a qualified accountant and a Director within KPMG’s Public Sector Audit and Assurance Team. He leads KPMG’s Internal Audit Housing business in the Midlands and has worked with a wide range of housing associations and both central and local government organisations. During his time with KPMG Andy has also been seconded to the management teams of some of the largest RPs in London, many with over 50,000 units, to carry out organisation-wide Diagnostic Reviews and Target Operating Model Reviews. His tasks included re-designing their target operating models for these organisations in order to bring about more coherent, consistent and one-organisation ways of working. This helped the RPs ensure that their governance, operating models and group structures were re-designed so as to be much more fit for purpose, future proofed and could deliver both efficiencies and better governance, whilst ensuring better quality services are delivered to their many tenants/customers.

  • John Griffiths

    Board Member

    John has nearly 30 years experience in the midlands property market, and now works as a Director of Development at Savills in Birmingham.

    Much of this time has been spent within the office sector where he has advised on many of the key office schemes, particularly in central Birmingham. Throughout this period John has advised on office development, in terms of land assembly, regeneration, funding and development agreements - for both the public and private sector.

    More recently John has focused on development consultancy and transactional business. Sectors with which he is now actively involved include student accommodation; PRS; life sciences; hotels; leisure and offices.

  • Damian Lloyd

    Board Member

    Damian joined Avison Young in 2000 and is a Principal of the business.  He is an Investment Agent specializing in the acquisition / sale of investment and funding opportunities, in all sectors, across the Midlands.

    Damian is also a Board member of the IPF in the Midlands and believes passionately in the good nature and generosity of the property community.  When he is not in the office, he will likely be entertaining / doing homework with / playing taxi for…. his four children!  In the very rare moments of peace and quiet, he enjoys good fiction books, running and occasionally a bit of skiing.

  • Tom Johnson

    Board Member

    Tom has been advising clients in the commercial real estate market for the best part of 25 years, having earned his legal spurs with Linklaters and now heading up the transactional real estate team at law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, where he leads a team of around 200 lawyers operating across the UK and internationally. In the meantime, Tom has played his part in the renaissance of Birmingham, including advising on the deal that saw HSBC set up its HQ in the city centre and advising on a variety of other projects that have transformed the Birmingham landscape.

    Tom has been a supporter of LandAid for a number of years and has even been on the podium at the recent Midlands 10k around Longbridge (handing out a trophy, although he did also run the course!).