Say hello to U+I’s ExCo


Since our launch in November 2015, U+I has been building a reputation as one of the leading mixed-use regeneration developers in the sector.

Known for our creative and imaginative approach to development which is underpinned by expert management of finance and risk, we strive for nothing less than to change the way the industry approaches the development of our towns and cities. Focussed on the London City Region, Manchester and Dublin, we are driven by our vision to create huge, long-lasting social and economic change for the communities in which we build and sustainable value for our shareholders.

U+I’s vast portfolio, with a GDV of £6 billion, requires a highly adept team to manage complex projects, drive value and deliver places that benefit communities over the long term. Our Executive Committee (ExCo) lead this team and are responsible for delivering our business ambitions day-to-day, each of them experts within their division. Their combined skillsets form a highly complementary team which ensures greater certainty in the delivery of our portfolio and enhanced and effective risk management.

Meet the team

Simon Hesketh – ExCo Director, Regeneration

Simon joined former Development Securities in 1997. Originally focusing on the company’s major office-led development portfolio, Simon is now responsible for the delivery of all of U+I’s regeneration projects including its public private partnership projects - a hugely important aspect for U+I’s current and future direction.


Brenda Bates – ExCo Director, Communications and Business Services

Brenda joins U+I in May 2016 and will lead our communications, marketing, HR and office teams, playing a key role in U+I’s growing business and brand. Brenda brings significant and broad senior level experience, most recently from her role as Managing Director of Corporate Communications and Market Intelligence at the World Gold Council.


Mark Richardson ExCo Director - Delivery

Mark Richardson joined U+I in September 2016 to oversee the senior strategic leadership around the delivery of U+I’s regeneration portfolio.

Previously Pre-Construction Director at Laing O’Rourke, Mark has worked on some of the capital’s most recognizable projects, including One Hyde Park, The Francis Crick Institute and Leadenhall, all delivered while continuing to develop and nurture new business for the entire UK business.


James Bishop – ExCo Director, New Business (PPP)

James was previously Head of New Business at Cathedral Group and has significant experience of securing public private partnership (PPP) projects including The Deptford Project, The Movement and most recently, Cockpit Yard. He’ll primarily be responsible for securing projects in partnership with public bodies, a core area of U+I’s expertise.

The formidable ExCo team will be responsible for the day to day implementation of the company’s business plan, positioning us for our next phase of growth. Judging by the positive trajectory of U+I’s journey so far, the future is looking very bright indeed.