Our Yorkshire Board

  • Rupert Visick

    Chair

    Rupert serves as the Managing Director of Gent Visick, Yorkshire’s only industrial property specialist. He established Gent Visick in 2003 after spending a decade as a national director at JLL.

    Rupert is married with two children and his hobbies include fitness, skiing cars and ‘attempts at defying the ageing process’.

  • Jon Anderson

    Board Member

    Jon has been in the building surveying profession for 25 years, after joining Bucknall Austin as a graduate in 1993. He moved back to Yorkshire in 1998 to join Weatherall Green & Smith and five years later he moved to GVA Grimley, where he stayed for eight years. He has been head of the Lambert Smith Hampton Leeds office for the past four years and jointly heads the LSH national building consultancy division. 

    A wide variety of building surveying and project management instructions has provided Jon with a breadth of experience ranging from abattoirs in Preston to biscuit factories in Worksop and outdoor activity residential centres in Doncaster to country houses in North Yorkshire.

    Whilst at GVA, Jon took part in a sponsored abseil event for LandAid and through this was keen to volunteer to join the Yorkshire Board of LandAid two years ago. Since then Jon organised a charity walk with LSH colleagues raising funds for LandAid in 2016.

  • Henry Burton

    Board Member

    Henry Burton joined JLL as a graduate in 2005. He was appointed Director of Development Consulting in the Leeds office in 2018 with responsibility for growing the advisory side of the business.

    Henry is a proud Yorkshireman who is passionate about all things sports including triathlons, cycling and football.  However cricket is his main passion and can often be found at the weekends playing cricket for his local team.

    Henry has been a keen supporter of LandAid for a number of years. Henry is a regular rider in the LandAid Pedathlon as well as supporting other fundraising events within Yorkshire. Henry joined LandAid as a founder member of the Yorkshire Board in 2017.

  • Wendy Denman

    Board Member

    Wendy Denman is a Community Engagement Manager for Bruntwood, a family-owned and run commercial property company. Bruntwood is a business led by one purpose: creating thriving cities. Wendy joined the Leeds team in summer 2017, ahead of the flagship Platform building launch, creating a programme of events to facilitate relationships within the customer community and foster deep connections to the city.

    Wendy came to Bruntwood after four years with the retail and leisure destination Trinity Leeds, where she worked as Customer Experience Manager then Trinity Kitchen Business Manager when the award-winning, innovative street food venue opened to huge success later in the year.

    Before this, Wendy was part of the Visit Leeds team, working for Leeds City Council and Leeds and Partners for over 6 years, managing social media, press enquiries, supporting culture, city festivals and marketing Leeds as a visitor destination. Her knowledge and passion for the city and helping businesses working in partnership has created strong and lasting relationships in Leeds.

  • Richard Dunhill

    Board Member

    Richard is very well known in the property market with 35 years of experience under his belt.

    His diverse career has seen him hold the position of Partner at Donaldsons LLP, leaving there with three colleagues to start up an extremely successful private practice.  

    Richard enjoyed 17 successful years as a Partner at Hill Woolhouse before selling the company to BNP Paribas Real Estate.

    Currently, Richard is the Head of the Leeds office of BNP Paribas Real Estate, leading an agency and development team who are active across the north of England.

    His experience has seen him involved with both Landowners, particularly Utilities, and Developers for some of the most significant regeneration projects in the North.

    Personally, Richard is a keen rower, has a healthy interest in most sports and enjoys long walks with his three dogs and his family.

    Landaid is a charity that Richard is proud to be involved with and he is tireless in his efforts to support and contribute to it. 

  • Tim Field

    Board Member

    Tim is a Partner and Head of Real Estate at DLA Piper in Leeds. He deals with development, investment, finance, acquisitions and disposals. His clients include well-known financial institutions, corporate occupiers, airlines, food store operators, developers, life science and healthcare providers.

     

  • Vicki Freestone

    Board Member

    Vicki is the Business Executive at Leeds Business Improvement District.  Having worked in Leeds since 2005, she is passionate about the city.  A key part of her role is meeting businesses based in the BID area and finding ways to collaborate with them.  She has particular interests in place shaping, mental health & wellbeing and diversity and inclusion.

    Vicki’s background is in commercial property.  She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a longstanding member and previous regional chair of Women in Property.

  • Jonathan Riley

    Board Member

    Jonathan is a Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP. He has extensive experience as a specialist planning solicitor acting for both the private and public sectors.  He formerly combined private practice with being a lecturer in law at Keble College, Oxford.

    Some of his major involvements have included promoting a compulsory purchase order for the acquisition of land for a new hospital in central London; acting for English Partnerships on the Omega employment park; advising Wembley National Stadium Limited he also represented a major multinational in connection with a site specific allocation under a minerals and waste local plan.

  • Alistair Smith

    Board Member

    Alistair is an Associate Director at Town Centre Securities (TCS), a Leeds and London based property and investment company. As Associate Director, he is responsible for driving Asset Management initiatives across the TCS portfolio and has completed a number of successful development and refurbishment projects to date. As well as looking for opportunities to add value to the existing estate he also spends time searching for new acquisitions to complement the longer term business strategy, with a keen focus on recycling capital. A keen golfer in his spare time when he is not busy with his young family which currently takes up much of his time outside work.”

  • Lee Wilkinson

    Board Member

    Lee Wilkinson joined PwC in 2005, and was appointed a Director in July 2017. 

    At PwC he is responsible for the Construction and Real Estate team in Yorkshire and was also appointed to the national Construction and Housing leadership team in July 2016 and the Real Estate Executive Committee in February 2018, focusing on the regional markets. He has responsibilities for the audit of a number of companies both in Yorkshire and further afield. 

    Before joining PwC, he undertook a Masters Degree in Mathematics at Manchester University.