• Jonathan Riley

    Acting Chair

    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.

  • Jon Anderson

    Board Member

    Jon started his career in building surveying in Birmingham at Bucknall Austin as a graduate in 1993. He moved back to Yorkshire in 1998 to join Weatherall Green & Smith, five years later he moved to GVA Grimley, where he stayed for eight years. After a two year spell at AAP, he was then head of the Lambert Smith Hampton Leeds office until 2021. He is now a Project Director at real estate investor and developer, Scarborough Group International. 

    Throughout his career, a wide variety of building surveying and project management instructions has provided Jon with a breadth of experience ranging from biscuit factories in Worksop and outdoor activity 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 in 2015. Since then Jon organised a charity walk with LSH colleagues raising funds for LandAid in 2016 and has taken part in Steptober 2020 and Sleep Out 2021.

  • 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.

  • David Cowgill

    Board Member

    David is a Partner in the Commercial Property team at Schofield Sweeney LLP. He qualified as solicitor in 2009 and after training in London has been based in Leeds since qualification. He joined Schofield Sweeney in 2016 and was made Partner in 2019.  His main focus is in retail and hospitality but has experience in investment, industrial and general landlord and tenant matters.

    David hails from a small village near Skipton and, save for two years when training in London, has resided in Yorkshire all of his life. He has over four years’ experience as a LandAid Ambassador and a representative of the Ambassador network at Board Meetings until recently. David was a key part of the core Yorkshire Ambassadors who have organised fundraising events such as the annual LandAid Ambassador Quiz. He is a keen football fan, coaching his local junior team and regularly travels over the Pennines to watch his team at Old Trafford.

  • 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.

  • Edward Hutchinson

    Board Member

    Ed has been a part of HBD, the development arm of Henry Boot, since 2004. After joining as a project manager, he has seen several promotions throughout his time at the company, the latest being his appointment as Managing Director in 2018. Ed has ultimate responsibility for the strategic direction and leadership of the business.

    One of Ed’s biggest accomplishment to date is the completion of the state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre, TECA, in Aberdeen where for the majority of the project he performed the role of Project Director and helped to ensure the project was delivered on time and within budget.

    As a former rugby union player, Ed still has a keen interest in the sport and is an avid supporter of England Rugby.  As well as participating in other sports and outdoor activities Ed also enjoys spending time with his family of seven including Betty (the boxer).

  • Liam Ridley

    Board Member

    Liam is a chartered surveyor at BNP Paribas Real Estate in Leeds. He joined in 2016 after previously working as an assistant asset manager at Town Centre Securities PLC. His main focus is office agency and development but has experience in investment, retail, industrial, land and other specialist sectors.

    Liam hails from Boldon near Newcastle upon Tyne but now resides in Yorkshire. He has over three years experience as a LandAid Ambassador and has completed three LandAid Ambassador Challenges. Liam has been part of the core Leeds Ambassadors who have organised fundraising events such as the annual Leeds LandAid Ambassador Quiz. His hobbies include squash, antiques and CrossFit.

  • Neil Salter

    Board Member

    Neil graduated from the University of Newcastle- upon-Tyne and completed his Law Society Finals at the Chester College of Law. Neil did his articles and early years of qualification at two leading Leeds practices

    Aside from management duties, he acts for a wide range of commercial property clients including developers, owners and occupiers of commercial property and a number of high street banks on their lending requirements.

    Recent highlights of Neil’s work include the disposal of major residential schemes both city centre (Moore Street Sheffield) and a major out of town site in Chesterfield and Neil is currently looking at another major residential joint venture on the edge of Sheffield City centre..

    Neil has been a board member of the Sheffield Property Association since its inception and is a founding director.

  • 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.