How long have you worked at Hargreaves Land and can you describe your role within the firm?
March 2019. My role is to grow a business and a team from a new office in Leeds. Specifically I am employed to identify new development opportunities and secure them for future development – short, medium and long term. These opportunities are most likely to be commercial or mixed use, but land promotion for residential will also be targeted.
What attracted you to a career in the property sector?
An interest in buildings, and an aversion to being behind a desk all day!
What have been the biggest changes in the property industry since you started?
The advent of mobile phones and the WWW, in short, the unstoppable march of technology which has transformed the way we work.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Doing a deal!
What has been your favourite project at Hargreaves Land?
It is too early to have got a project up and running as yet but we have put together a JV team to make a proposal on a major mixed-use site in Leeds City Centre. It was extremely rewarding to see how the team and the assembled consultants worked together under a tight timescale and produced a very credible scheme design and financial bid.
What has been the highlight of your career?
It’s not over yet, and I’ve a long time to work yet before I hang up my boots. Ask me that in about 12 years’ time!
Which three famous people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?
Ali, Michael Parkinson, Gordon Ramsay.
If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?
Isambard Kingdom Brunel – his pioneering spirit and engineering skills in the Victorian age could be said to have laid the foundations of the modern world.
What book did you read last?
A Boy in the Water by Tom Gregory. A memoir of how he overcame challenge in his life as a young boy.
Name your top 3 albums / movies of all time
Straw Donkey The Singles by Carter USM, for its raw passion and rhythm; Hannibal the film with Anthony Hopkins, for its soundtrack, particularly the beautiful Vide Cor Meum; Reach For The Sky – an uplifting film and an even better read – the story of Douglas Bader a second world war spitfire pilot who lost his legs in an accident but persevered and got back into his Spit to lead his fellow pilots against the Luftwaffe, complete with two tin legs!
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that people may not know
I once played in a Yorkshire Junior golf competition as a teenager and took 11 shots on the last hole. It was a par 3 and unknown to me as I played, if I had parred the hole I would have easily won the competition. As it was I came third. It made the press at the time.
When you’re not at work what do you like to do?
Relax, enjoy good food and wine, country walks, pubs with good Yorkshire beer and open fires and time with my 4 boys, I also follow LUFC, which is a real labour of love.