Our people


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

Senior Leadership Team

Richard Upton


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


Appointed: 17 May 2021

Jamie has over eighteen years experience in the real estate, private equity, and financial services sectors, most recently as CFO of RCL Partners, focussing on international investments across real estate and private equity. Prior to this, Jamie 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 plc since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG. Jamie holds a BSc in Psychology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Senior Leadership Team

Mark Richardson

Director of Delivery


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


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


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


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.