The Team

The Team 2018-12-18T10:04:14+00:00

Jason Lewis, Chairman

Jason was previous head of the Transaction Finance team at Howard Kennedy.

He has extensive experience of acting on complex property and property finance transactions. His clients have included lenders, borrowers, property funds, property companies, major UK and overseas banks and financial institutions.

Jason has specialist expertise in the property finance aspects of forward funding and development transactions and syndicated and other similar joint purchase arrangements. Jason has chaired a number of public bodies and was previously Chief Barker of Variety, the Children’s Charity. Where he is still an active Committee member.

Jonathan Spencer, Managing Director

In early 2000’s Jonathan’s interest in building led him to change his career and embark on a learning curve, engaging in all disciplines associated with the building contracting industry.

Jonathan is now very experienced in delivering residential and commercial construction services to a variety of project types. He has a history of exceeding client expectations.

Jonathan has set up a large network of sub contractors who are “best in class”. He has a successful history in the selection and procurement of specialist consultants and contractors, mirroring this success Project Managing, planning and scheduling multiple construction projects. .

Today, Jonathan takes responsibility for site sourcing, architect liaison, project management and quality control.

Simon Bingham, Commercial Director

Simon is an active Business Development professional, and has engaged with a number of major UK and overseas companies in the Property Investment, Healthcare, Defence, Aviation and Oil & Gas Services sectors.

He is experienced in sourcing and structuring appropriate funding for infrastructure projects and has previously assisted in providing long term financial solutions for governments in South East Asia and Africa. Simon is, supported by a network of institutional and HNW investors, lenders and key advisers.

Simon has worked with Jonathan for over twenty years.

He has also established a number of new businesses. Flofuel, a niche investment vehicle focusing on companies in fuel storage and delivery systems, and a resource recovery company using proven technology to convert waste rubber and plastics to oil for power generation purposes.

Stephen Clifford FCCA, Financial Director

Stephen is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

He is an experienced Finance Director and a Company Secretary having undertaken a number of roles for private and public companies with a broad range of international activities, some of whom are publicly listed.

In 2000 he founded Clifford & Co, an accountancy and company secretarial practice. He worked successfully with Commercial Clients and assisted them in all aspects of their current and previous banking.

Zenna Hopson, Non-Executive Director

Zenna was the Group Chairman of Places for People, a British property development and management company, turning over £280 million with a £3 billion asset base.

She was also the Chairman of Ofsted, the children and learners’ inspection and regulation body. In this role she spearheaded a new inspection regime, significant costs savings and the shift to put young people at the heart of inspection and education.

She served as a non-executive director on the board of the Royal Navy for 10 years and chaired their audit committee.

Zenna was a member of HM Treasury audit committee and has served on a number of other British government boards.

Chris Phillips, Senior Advisor

Chris has over five decades of Real Estate and Fund Management experience.

Since 2010, Chris has served as Chairman of Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property management, development, regeneration and leisure companies. In this role, Chris oversees gross assets of £3.7billion and over 11,600 employees.

He is currently Chairman of London & Newcastle and Apex Airspace Development both based in Central London. Chris is also Chairman of a £250 million main listed Social Housing REIT. During his career Chris has been at the helm of several successful residential property, retirement care, infrastructure, agriculture and environmental technology companies.

Chris has been a director of both listed and private companies in London, Europe and the US and has advised clients on a number of financial transactions in Asia throughout his career. Chris is also a seed investor in a number of small to medium sized businesses.

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