Who’s Developing the North West ?
'Commercial Development & Investment' and 'Homes & Communities'
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Eamonn Boylan was appointed Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in January 2017. He played a key role in the development of the Housing Market Renewal Programme, the Northern Way Growth Strategy and, through his work with the Core Cities Group and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, in the emerging policy framework for city regions. Eamonn takes the lead role on Investment and on Planning and Housing for the AGMA Wider Leadership Team.
Helen Gordon is Chief Executive of Grainger plc the UK’s largest listed residential landlord.
Helen was appointed Chief Executive of Grainger in January 2016 from RBS where she had been Global Head of Real Estate Asset Management since October 2011. Prior to that Helen was Director of Legal and General Property, responsible for the Main Life Fund and c.8 smaller Funds, and Group Property Director of Railtrack and Managing Director of John Laing Developments.
Helen sits on the Board of Derwent London as a non-executive Director and is currently a Board Director of the European Public Real Estate Association and Junior Vice President of the British Property Federation. Helen has held a number of non-exec positions and Government appointments including the Board of Covent Garden Market Authority, Board of British Waterways, TfL Property Board and was a Trustee for The College of Estate Management for nine years.
Tom Bloxham MBE
Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman and founder of award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has received nearly 400 awards to date for architecture, design and business success. The company is responsible for development projects across the country, including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth and Morecambe.
In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.
Tom also upholds a number of other positions including; Chairman of Manchester International Festival, and trustee of Tate, the Manchester United Foundation and The Bloxham Charitable Trust.
Co-Founder and Group MD
Nikal Group incorporating Hillcrest Homes
Nick Payne has been involved in property for nearly three decades. After qualifying as a surveyor in 1989, he was then promoted to Director at the age of 26, responsible for major portfolio valuations and financing transactions. He returned North in the late 1990s to realise his regeneration and development ambitions, setting up private limited company Westport Developments in 1998. Under Westport, he was involved in the regeneration of Manchester's Deansgate Locks, transforming 12 derelict Grade II railway arches alongside the Manchester Ship Canal into a modern leisure destination eventually selling to Scottish Widows.
In 2003, Nick joined forces with leading industrialist Alan Murphy to create Nikal, a dynamic property development, regeneration and investment business. The business is currently responsible for a development pipeline of circa £1 billion with projects including Phase 1 Exchange Square in Birmingham City Centre, a £125million forward funded built to rent scheme with La Salle and Altair in Altrincham – an £80 million residential and lifestyle scheme.
In 2015, Nikal purchased award winning luxury homebuilder Hillcrest Homes. Recently, the business has expanded its area of operation north to the Ribble Valley with a development of 30 houses under way in Hurst Green, near Whalley and ten homes under construction in Summerseat near Bury. Further developments are planned across Cheshire and the West Midlands.
Deputy Chief Executive – CFO
Trafford Housing Trust
Larry Gold is the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer at Trafford Housing Trust. He oversees the running of Finance and the newly formed Developer business stream. He is also responsible for overseeing Social Enterprise. Recruited to assist in setting up the Trust, Larry was the Trust’s first employee in 2004. Larry has been a member of the Leadership Team since the Trust’s inception and has over twenty years’ experience within the public sector – previously working for Walsall Housing Group, Prime Focus Regeneration Group, and has held a number of senior management positions within central and local Government. Larry has a keen interest in animal welfare homing two rescue dogs. Any spare time is spent enjoying family life, practising Taekwondo (in which the whole family participates) and restoring a very old VW camper van.
Group Operations Director
Jennie was appointed to the Taylor Wimpey PLC Board in April 2018 and also holds the role of Group Operations Director. Jennie joined Taylor Wimpey in 2014 from Redrow plc, as UK Planning Director, before becoming UK Land Director in 2015. She has a wealth of experience in the housebuilding industry gained from roles which include strategic land and managing director of Harrow Estates Plc. As Group Operations Director, Jennie oversees the land, planning, design and technical, production and supply chain functions, in addition to managing the Taylor Wimpey Logistics business. Jennie is also a non-executive director of the Peabody Trust, a large affordable housing provider based in London.
Director - Analytics
Richard has twenty years’ experience working in real estate, predominately in senior management, consultancy & research, and business development roles. Richard is a director of CoStar responsible for analytics and the development of market leading products such as Propex, amongst others. Richard Joined from Cushman & Wakefield/DTZ where he was Head of Research. Previously Richard has been a director of Experian and RCA where he was responsible for developing and managing real estate services. Richard is a member of RICS and holds a master’s degree in economics. Richard has published numerous reports, is a regular presenter at industry events and commentator in the media.
Corporate Director for Place
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Caroline Simpson has worked in regeneration for over twenty years developing strong partnerships across the public and private sector. As the Corporate Director for Place at Stockport MBC she is currently responsible for a growth and place agenda and in particular leading a major £1bn transformation programme to redevelop the town centre. As well as leadership of development, regeneration, planning and transport she is also leading the delivery and reform of frontline place management services. She also has responsibility for the delivery of the Public Health agenda within Stockport and promoting active communities across the Borough.
Previous roles include:
Executive Director of Economic Growth and Prosperity for Cheshire East Council with responsibility for an ambitious economic growth agenda, leading place–based services and corporate property & development functions.
Other roles include the Development Director for a Housing Association; Head of Regeneration and Partnerships for Northwest Development Agency and regeneration based roles at Advantage West Midlands. Her career started in Liverpool delivering community-based regeneration projects with a particular focus on work and skills.
Northern Powerhouse Rail Director
Transport for the North
Tim Wood has over 22 years’ experience in railway design and delivery and prior to this, 11 years spent in the construction industry. As Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, he is taking on the challenge to make the strategic outline business case (SOBC) for investment in an ambitious plan for a transformed rail network that will provide fast, frequent and reliable links between the North’s six biggest city regions and its largest airport. He leads the delivery of the SOBC and works around the HS2 touch points in a co-clienting role with the Department for Transport.
Previously he held two Rail Director positions in the private sector and is known for early development of Rail PPP schemes and partner and stakeholder management.
Regional Director, North West
Phil joined Muse Developments in 2006 to assist with the delivery of the company’s mixed use regeneration portfolio and was promoted to the role of Development Director in 2011. He assumed the role of Regional Director in 2018 and is now responsible for a wide range of projects throughout the North West. Phil heads up the team of development directors and surveyors in the Manchester office.
Since joining Muse he has delivered, or currently has on site, over 700,000 sq ft of offices, 550 residential homes, a 143 bedroom hotel and 2 large space multi storey car parks. He has also successfully led two CPOs and gained consent for the largest ever planning application submitted to Salford City Council. Phil also secured the forward funding of 3 PRS residential developments at New Bailey in Salford. The Slate Yard, is one of the first institutionally funded PRS developments in the city. The first 2 phases are now complete, the third phase which consists of 199 new homes over 21 storeys commenced early Sept 2018.
Phil is a member of the Investment Property Forum and the British Council for Offices, where he was formerly Chair of the Northern Region Next Gen committee. He is also a member of the Chester Growth Partnership Board and is chair of the project board overseeing improvements to Islington Mill, Salford.
Peel Land and Property
Darran Lawless is Development Director at Peel Land and Property responsible for its transformational Liverpool Waters scheme.
Darran joined Peel in early 2018 at a pivotal time for the £5 billion regeneration project. Liverpool Waters is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe with Planning Consent in place for 20 m sqft of mixed use development. Construction is underway on several residential projects including Regenda’s PRS scheme, Plaza 1821, ROMAL’s Quay Central along with projects for Your Housing Group and Moda Living which collectively deliver a further 1000 apartments within Liverpool Waters this year alone. Darran is also responsible for Everton Football Clubs relocation to the site, assisting Liverpool City Council in its plans to bring a new Ocean Liner terminal to the City and working with the Manx Government on the relocation of the Isle of Man ferry as well as delivering over 9,000 residential units over the next 15/20 years.
Darran has 30 years experience in the development industry including establishing his own consultancy providing strategic advice on the delivery of residential and mixed use projects. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Engine of the North, Cheshire East Council's wholly owned development company, formed to undertake development of the Council's £400m assets delivering regeneration and capital receipts. He also spent 15 years as Development Director at Muse Developments responsible for numerous schemes throughout the North West including Ashton Moss, South Rings and on behalf of English Cities Fund, St Pauls Square, Liverpool.