The Midlands

LandAid's Midlands Board has joined with St Basil’s to develop Phase 2 of its Live and Work Scheme.

Live and Work, is an award-winning scheme, run by local charity St Basils, which has transformed disused nurses’ accommodation to provide both high quality homes and apprenticeship opportunities for homeless young people at a local NHS Trust. 

Phase 2 which will convert a disused block into 52 units of accommodation for homeless young people.

It is our aim to unite the Built Environment in the Midlands to make this remarkable project happen. 

With our help, the industry can come together, and secure a remarkable legacy of change for homeless young people in Birmingham.

To do this, we need to raise at least £850,000 in the next 3 years.

LandAid has already part-funded Phase One, refurbishing 32 units, with HRH Duke of Cambridge visiting the project to see the work in progress and give his seal of approval.

The scheme provides both a safe and secure home for a young person who is homeless, and the job opportunities and skills training which they need  to move away from homelessness, for life:
Of the 70 young people have benefited from the scheme since 2015; none have become homeless
Over 30 young people have secured permanent employment following their NHS apprenticeships. 

An independent evaluation concluded that the first phase of this project saved £14 to the public purse for every £1 spent.

For more information about LandAid, the Live and Work scheme and how you can support it, please contact Michael Regan, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager:


See who's on our Midlands Board below.

  • Michelle Adams

    Board Member

    Michelle Adams is a director in the Real Estate Litigation team at Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP, leading the Birmingham offering. She is recommended in the Legal 500 UK 2020 and experienced in a broad range of property-related disputes for financial institutions, retail, telecoms, media and logistics clients in the management of their English and Welsh property portfolios.

    Michelle is strong advocate of the Midlands, having been Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Award (Legal) and Future Face of Legal at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Awards in 2019. She has supported Landaid for a number of years, taking part in the Midlands Sleep Out, Midlands and London 10Ks and Steptober.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Brandsma

    Board Member

    For more than 15 years, Stephen has been advising both domestic and international clients on talent acquisition within the Real Estate, Development and Construction sectors.

    Stephen started his career back in London, in 2004, acting on behalf of construction and development groups. In 2010, Stephen left the big smoke for the beating heart of the Midlands. Here in Birmingham, Stephen leads the Built Environment division of Gleeson Recruitment Group as the Divisional Manager.

    Stephen is passionate about contributing to the local community, and he will do all he can to raise funds and awareness for great causes. To this end, Stephen has organised teams to take part in several LandAid events including the Birmingham SleepOut and the St Mowden 10k charity run. During the SleepOut, Stephen even made his TV debut on ITV News!

    Though Stephen has no further plans to appear on television, he remains committed to supporting efforts in the fight against homelessness, mental health and addiction.

  • Asha Devi

    Board Member

    Asha has 30 years experience working at Arup in the built environment, advising on estate strategies across the public sector, social infrastructure and major developments. Asha is Arup Healthcare Business Lead for the UK, India, Middle East and Africa Region, and leads a team of advisors and project managers based in the Midlands. She has led health and social care projects for local NHS Trusts and Councils, and internationally for NGOs, UN Ops and Governments.

    She is an active advocate and firm believer in developing social value outcomes with local communities which focus on supporting young people, particularly in youth employment opportunities and mentoring support. She plays an important role in promoting STEM and engaging with schools and young people in our region.

    Asha has been a Governor at the BMet Further Education Colleges Academy and a supporter of LandAid for a number of years.

  • Owen Dutton

    Board Member

    Owen is a Principal Associate at the international law firm Eversheds Sutherland, specialising in commercial property development and acting for some of the UK's largest developers on a broad range of work from site assembly, development, letting and funding to acquisitions and disposals.

    He is a joint LandAid Lead Ambassador for the Midlands and has enjoyed organising and participating in a number of fundraising events including the LandAid Sleep Out, Midlands 10k and Birmingham Velo.

  • Richard Hickman

    Board Member

    Richard is Head of Planning at St Modwen Logistics where he is responsible for the strategic planning promotion of the next generation of St Modwen’s industrial and logistics developments across the country and leading the team of in-house planners. He joined St Modwen in 2010 and has been a chartered town planner for over 25 years, having previously worked in both the public sector and consultancy 

    Based at St Modwen’s headquarters at Longbridge, Richard has lived and worked in the Midlands all his life. He enjoys running, although the Longbridge LandAid 10K course tests his enjoyment!“

  • 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!). 

  • 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.