Lynda joined Town Centre Securities in November 2018 from Manchester Airports Group (‘MAG’) where she served as the Divisional Chief Executive Officer, Property.
Lynda has a proven track record of developing and implementing strategy to both operate and leverage value from large, diverse non-core portfolios with experience that ranges from the operational environments of telephone exchanges, to large central London and national office estates, hotels, logistics and warehousing at Airports, and retail, land and farming at the Co-operative Group.
She has previously managed large Corporate Estates for BT, the Co-operative Group, and Manchester Airports Group and also ran the Real Estate Banking Divisions at Lloyds Banking Group and the £9bn Real Estate Fund Management Business at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.
Simon is a Construction Director at the Far East Consortium UK’s Manchester office. He joined them in June 2018 after spending four years as a Project Director for John Sik and Son Ltd. Previous to this he was a Senior Project Manager at Barratt Homes London.
Mark Beardwood has over 30 years' experience in the real estate sector. He has a varied practice and advises in relation to all types of real estate matters, including single and multi-asset investment acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, public sector partnerships, commercial and residential development.
Development work includes major town centre regeneration schemes, sports stadia, arenas, hotels, capital development for the education sector and significant residential schemes. Clients include pension funds and investment managers, property developers, housebuilders, local authorities and related agencies, universities, further education colleges and major corporates.
Chris joined Chancerygate in 2017 as a Development Manager, bringing with him a diverse range of experience and comprehensive knowledge of the North’s industrial markets.
Prior to joining Chancerygate, Chris had been a partner at Cushman & Wakefield, heading up their North West Industrial Agency Team having been involved in some of the region’s most high profile industrial transactions of recent note.
At Chancerygate Chris works with the North West Team, focusing on site acquisition, appraisal and delivery of new developments across the North of England.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys following and playing football, mountain biking, travel and going to see live music.
Christian has been at Leach Rhodes Walker since 1991 and has played a major role in developing the business into its market leading position today.
He is a director and owner of the business. He was responsible for setting up the Romanian Office. He is based in the Manchester office but regularly travels to London to manage new projects coming out of our London office as well.
Christian is a designer and strategist. His forte is design work, and dealing with the planning application and design side. Whilst he has worked across many sectors, his specialism is in designing large scale retail, large scale residential, leisure and offices, and bringing all those strands together on mixed use schemes.
Nick works as a Project Manager for Muse Developments. He joined them in 2016 after spending sixteen years as a Project Director for Buro Four, where his work focused on retail, schools and higher education.
Mike is a Director at Colliers. He has 28 years of experience in real estate, with a particular emphasis on the North West and Manchester City Centre.
At Colliers he offers a depth and breadth of commercial experience to Investors, Developers, Landlords and Occupiers with particular regard to complex mixed use scheme with a focus on procurement of Planning, Development, Letting and Disposal of City Centre office schemes.
Peter leads the Manchester real estate team at Addleshaw Goddard and has a wealth of experience across various sectors. He is a focused and committed advisor, transacts large complex deals and has a proven track record of working collaboratively with clients' internal and external teams to originate new processes and protocols to streamline and improve working practices.
Peter advises investors, developers, financiers, corporate occupiers and public bodies. He has expertise in all real estate markets and their derivatives at every stage of the economic/political cycle. He understands market trends and keeps close to policy issues.
David is a partner at Malcolm Hollis who heads up their Manchester office. Since joining Malcolm Hollis as a graduate in 2006, David has gained experience in all core building surveying areas and for the last 8 years has specialised in technical due diligence across predominantly commercial properties.
Outside of work, David is interested in fitness, travel, golf, and is a keen football fan.
John McHugh is a Creative & Place Director for CBRE in Manchester. He joined CBRE in January this year after four years spent as MAG Property’s Head of Strategic and Commercial Marketing.
John has more than a decade’s worth of experience in the delivery of strategic and commercial marketing.
James is a Director at Paragon Building Consultancy, joining them after heading up Colliers’ Manchester and Leeds building consultancy. He co-opened the Paragon Manchester office in 2015, growing the team from consisting of himself and one other to 20 in under three years.
James is married with three teenage children. When he’s not spending with them, he can be found playing golf and squash, or cycling.
Anna is the founder and Managing Director of her own public relations consultancy, dela pr.
Using her 15 years of experience working with some of the property industry’s biggest names, she brings a loyal client base and a strong reputation within the market for providing strategic and informed advice to dela pr.
David is a Programme Director of courts, Tribunals and Regional Tier for the HM Courts & Tribunals Service in Manchester. He leads implementation of the future hearing centres which form a key part of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service £1bn Reform Programme.
Dominic is a Director of the National Offices Team in Manchester, with 25 years of experience in the Real Estate profession, focused on the North West region. Dominic offers a depth and breadth of commercial experience to investors, developers, landlords and occupiers with particular regard to offices and complex mixed use schemes.
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 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.
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.
Suzi Evans has been involved with LandAid for over 3 years. Suzi, a Financial Services Tax Director at Deloitte, started her LandAid journey as an ambassador in London despite not working in the real estate sector. It was as a result of her authentic and genuine passion for the charity that Suzi joined the Midlands LandAid Board to help end youth homelessness in her home region. Suzi has an 8 year old daughter to keep in check and enjoys spending time on her Ducatti motorbike, skiing in the Alps, making memories with family, friends, good food and fine wine; occasionally stealing an hour of indulgent peace and quiet with a book.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 .
Gavin serves as Executive DIrector of Cubex Land, a residential, commercial and mixed-use developer based in Bristol.
Gavin is heavily involved in Cubex’s East Street Mews project, which LandAid is partnering on. Find out more about East Street Mews here.
Paul serves as a Director at Paragon Building Consultancy. He moved there in 2011 after roles as a Surveyor in JLL and King Sturge.
Paul is very active in his support of LandAid, serving on the committee for one of our biggest annual partner events, PropSki, and helping to promote our mission in a number of ways.
Paul is an avid sportsman and sports fan, dabbling in cycling, tennis, snowboarding and more.
Rachel is a divisional director at Stride Treglown and applies her varied sector experience to her work as head of business development and head of transport. An architect at heart, Rachel has been an outward facing personality for the business since joining in 2000. As 2017/2018 chair of Women in Property in the South West, Rachel hosted over 100 successful events, grew membership by 29% and established herself as a role model for women in the construction industry. Rachel is looking forward to supporting the SW regional board for landaid using her network and event organisation skills to raise awareness for youth homelessness.
Nigel Dyke joined Alec French Architects in 2000 and was appointed Director in March 2002.
Before joining Alec French Architects he was an Associate of Nealon Tanner Architects, Bristol, where he worked on a number of educational and community projects. Prior to that he worked as a Project Architect for Jestico + Whiles in London, principally on residential, education and low energy projects.
At Alec French, he has been involved in a number of high profile projects in Bristol for both public and commercial clients including Quakers Friars and the refurbishment of Grade II listed City Hall on behalf of Bristol City Council. He has a particular interest in workspaces, low energy design and the creative use of existing buildings.
Nigel is an active member of various business and design groups in Bristol; he was a visiting critic at the Centre of Alternative Technology and UWE Bristol and is a member of the Steering Group of the Bristol Urban Design Forum, member of Academy of Urbanism and Honorary Business Fellow at UWE Bristol.
Matt has 17 years’ experience in property, finance and asset management, including 8 years in institutional, corporate portfolio management. He has utilised his wealth of knowledge to adhere to a variety of different clientele needs and requirements ensuring value extraction in terms of both capital appreciation and yield, managing in excess of 5000 properties across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Matt has a strong network of third party suppliers from contractors through to inventory clerks, and experienced in pulling various resources together to deliver projects on time and to budget. Matt works closely with Andrews Charitable Trust and supports Bristol charity 1625 Independent People.
Chris is an Architect Director at AWW Architects in Bristol, where he has worked for more than 20 years.
He has worked on a variety of building types but with a particular emphasis on Education and major Commercial projects. Chris is the Director responsible for Sustainability and Quality at AWW.
Chris has responsibility for the Debut (Lend Lease) Regional Prime Contract South West. This contract is for construction and maintenance across the MoD estates in the Southwest of England and AWW has undertaken a wide range of construction projects on a number of MoD sites.
Owain is a Managing Associate at the Bristol offices of Simmons & Simmons, a law practice based in London. Owain has broad experience advising on acquisitions and disposals of key real estate assets and development sites, high value lease transactions and asset management work.
In particular, Owain specialises in real estate finance transactions working for domestic and overseas banks, funds and other institutional investors providing both senior and mezzanine debt.
Alexandra is an internationally recognised expert on Build to Rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development. She has 14 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients in the UK, US, Europe and Australia and now leads the BTR fund for PfP Capital, part of Places for People Group. Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of the ULI UK Residential Council, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation and non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy. Proudly West Country born and bred, she is delighted to be an inaugural SouthWest Board Member for LandAid.
Nicola serves as a Director of Property & Asset Management at JLL’s Bristol offices. She is an invaluable member of LandAid's South West Board.
Jay Ridings is a chartered building surveyor specialising in commercial TDD and development consultancy working for TFT in Bristol, having started his career in London.
Jay sits on the editorial panel for the RICS’ Building Surveying Journal and has been a speaker on Landlord and Tenant matters for RICS.
Jay was a keen volunteer for the London Borough of Camden visiting the elderly in his local neighbourhood before moving to Bristol, where he has carried on his voluntary work by instigating and hosting meetings with local homelessness charities and property professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities that face the city in a time when homeless is growing.
He is passionate about the role that businesses can play to improve their industry and local communities and how this can create a better workplace for everyone.
Gemma started her career as a Management Trainee for AMEC Construction Ltd. It was at AMEC where Gemma found her passion for surveying. Following AMEC, Gemma worked at Wates Construction Ltd and Pearce Retail, gaining experience in a range of sectors, including hospitals, hotels, and retail developments.
In 2007 Gemma joined Willmott Dixon as senior project surveyor on Colston Hall, one of the Bristol office’s most iconic projects. Since then Gemma has seen numerous promotions culminating in 2018 being appointed as Procurement Director for Willmott Dixon Wales and the West.
Gemma is a mother of 2 children and is passionate about encouraging the future generation into the construction industry, making it more diverse and appealing to all.
I am a partner at Osborne Clarke LLP, I am chair of the Underfall Yard, a charity which looks after an operating Victorian boatyard in the centre of Bristol, promoting marine skills and heritage education. I live in Bristol with my wife and two school-age children. I love everything to do with water: sailing, swimming, surfing badly, paddle boarding and when it gets cold, skiing. Recently I have become addicted to playing sub-standard tennis too.
Stuart joined Mace Cost Consultancy in 2011 as a Senior Cost Consultant for the South West region.
His previous role was as a Senior Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager for PSP Consultants where he started in 1998 and gained much of his experience working on projects in central London and the M4 corridor. His main role there was the delivery of the larger projects that came in to the office with values ranging to £70million.
Stuart's current role is as Regional Director, leading Cost Consultancy services for the South West and South Wales
Stuart has extensive pre and post contract experience working with variety of contract forms and with a diverse base of clients from all sectors including local authorities, private residential developers, commercial developers, housing associations and various end user clients.
Stuart is commercially astute, recognising the importance of fostering business relationships and achieving business benefit from project expenditure and effective management of large budgets.