Our people

A STRONG TEAM TO DELIVER OUR STRATEGY

We have an experienced and determined senior team to lead the business and deliver value for all shareholders.

Senior Leadership Team

Richard Upton

CEO

Appointed: 19 May 2014
Experience: Richard was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive of U+I in 2015, having previously been appointed to the Board in May 2014. He was the founder and Chief Executive of specialist regeneration property developer Cathedral Group, which was acquired by Development Securities PLC in May 2014. He was previously a founding Director of Mount Anvil, a leading London house builder and in 2018 was appointed as a Commissioner for Historic England.

Senior Leadership Team

Jamie Christmas

CFO

Appointed: 19 June 2021
Experience:

Jamie became Chief Financial Officer in June 2021. He has over seventeen years of experience in the real estate, private equity, and financial services sectors, most recently as CFO of RCL Partners, a large family office with international investments across real estate and private equity. Prior to this, he was CFO at global real estate investment and asset management firm Round Hill Capital and has held senior positions at Coller Capital, CBRE Global Investors, and DTZ Holdings plc after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG.

Senior Leadership Team

Mark Richardson

Director of Delivery

Experience:

Mark joined U+I in 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 recognisable projects, including One Hyde Park, The Francis Crick Institute and Leadenhall.

Senior Leadership Team

Martyn Evans

Creative Director

Experience:

Martyn spent 17 years with Cathedral Group, now U+I, including six years on the board before leaving to become the Development Director at the 1,200-acre Dartington Hall Estate in Devon in 2016. He returned to U+I in 2019 to deliver the creative strategy at the heart of our purpose-driven regeneration development portfolio. Martyn is Non Executive Chair of Croydon Council's development company, Brick by Brick, a Non Executive Director of the online community engagement platform, Commonplace, Deputy Chair of the London Festival of Architecture and founder of The Young Architects and Developers Alliance (YADA), a networking organisation that fuels partnership and understanding between young architects and developers. He has been a jury member of the AJ's Small Projects, The Architect of the Year, the NLA and the Estates Gazette Awards, writes a regular column in BDOnline and contributes to the Estates Gazette.

Senior Leadership Team

Mike Hood

Managing Director

Experience:

Mike Hood joined U+I in July 2020 to drive forward a new regeneration strategy, leveraging opportunities from the economic recovery following the Covid-19 crisis. Mike came to U+I following his previous role at Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco) where he was Managing Director working on a wide range of projects in London including the £10 billion Earls Court project; heading the Innova partnership with Network Rail; and spearheading major, award-winning heritage and restoration projects for Capco’s prestigious Covent Garden estate. Mike brings with him a wealth of experience delivering high-quality, complex developments in central London, often via partnerships between the public and private sectors.

Senior Leadership Team

Dr Malcolm Hockaday

Director of Planning

Experience:

Dr. Malcolm Hockaday joined U+I in mid-2019 following a long career in the public sector, commercial development and consultancy. His role at U+I embraces monitoring of all major regeneration projects, mostly in London but including Manchester and in Dublin, alongside general policy and strategy advice on the rapidly-changing planning world.

He had for 25 years provided the main planning support for the Cathedral Group, including schemes in Greenwich, Eltham and Clapham and across the South East – before continuing with the new U+I on housing and mixed-use developments across London and the South East, such  as the Deptford Project, The Old Vinyl Factory, 8 Albert Embankment and Morden Wharf.

Malcolm shares the U+I passion for creating great and interesting places which add to their local environments and seeks to promote this approach with the planning authorities involved.

Non-executive Director

Peter Williams

Non-executive Chairman

Appointed: 4 January 2016
Experience:

Peter was appointed a Non-executive Director for U+I in 2016, becoming Chairman following the 2016 Annual General Meeting. He is the former CEO of Selfridges and brings over 30 years of board-level experience. Alongside this role, Peter is currently a Senior Independent Director at Rightmove plc and at Sportech plc and a trustee of the Design Council.

Committee membership: Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Nomination.

Non-executive Director

Nick Thomlinson

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 3 January 2012
Experience:

Nick is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is a former senior partner and Chairman of the Knight Frank Group. Nick was appointed Senior Independent Director of the Company following the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Committee membership: Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Nomination.

Non-executive Director

Lynn Krige

Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed: 10 March 2016
Experience:

Lynn is currently Chief Financial Officer at WELL Group and brings over 25 years’ experience from across the construction, infrastructure, investment and B2B services sectors. She has previously held executive roles at British Engineering Services Limited, Speedy Hire PLC and John Laing PLC, originally qualifying with Deloitte in South Africa.

Committee membership: Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Nomination.

Non-executive Director

Barry Bennett

Non-executive Director

Appointed: 19 May 2014
Experience:

Barry is a chartered accountant with significant experience in the financial and property sectors and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Barry was previously a founding Director of Mount Anvil, a London house builder and in 2002 founded specialist regeneration real estate developer, Cathedral Group with Richard Upton.

Non-executive Director

Ros Kerslake OBE

Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed: 1 September 2017
Experience:

Ros is Chief Executive Officer of the Heritage Lottery Fund and brings over 30 years of property, regeneration and corporate experience. Ros is also currently non-executive chairwoman of the Regeneration Leaders Network. In 2016, Ros was awarded an Order of the British Empire for her services to British Heritage.

Committee membership: Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Nomination.

Non-executive Director

Prof. Sadie Morgan

Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed: 3 April 2019
Experience:

Sadie is founding director of Stirling Prize winning architecture practice dRMM. She became the youngest president of the Architectural Association in 2013, and in 2016, was appointment Professor of professional practice at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University. Sadie chairs the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two and is a commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission. In 2017 she was appointed as a mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority.

Committee membership: Remuneration, Nomination. Employee representative Director.

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