Following 9 years in senior positions with Jones Lang LaSalle and Cushman & Wakefield in Hong Kong and San Francisco, James spent 8 years with the office development and investment company the Akeler Group, initially as MD of its European operations, based in Lisbon and Paris, and latterly as CEO based in London. Under his guidance, the business was sold in late 2006 to Macquarie Goodman (now Goodman International) for 650m.
Since 2007, James has utilised his investment, development, management and consultancy skills to the benefit of a diverse group of organisations in such fields as real estate, intelligence & risk management, construction, and private aviation. He has also invested into various operating companies and has mentored a number of start-up companies.
Educated at Clifton College, Bristol and a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, James was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets and served for 4 years in various peace-keeping and operational roles.
Stuart has been in real estate finance for 28 years, facilitating senior debt, mezzanine and equity finance. He started his career with Hill Samuel in Edinburgh and went on to set up an independent finance business focussing on property investments and developments.
Through this business he forged close relationships with many property investors and developers. Stuart has in depth understanding of capital providers and he has access to an extensive network of specialist lenders and equity institutions.
The total amount of finance placed by Stuart exceeds £1 billion to date.
Since 2010 Stuart has also been in charge of Acuitus Finance, part of the Acuitus Commercial Auction business, providing many of their clients with funding solutions for real estate investments and developments.
Below are examples of recent equity and debt funding projects that Stuart has placed:
- £25m residential apartment development in Mayfair
- £12m single residence development in Kensington
- £40m mixed development in East End of London
- £15m student accommodation development in the North West
- £12m residential apartment scheme in Wimbledon
- £50m mixed scheme the East End of London
Sandy has over 20 years of experience in commercial property investment, auctioneering, agency and development. He specialises in the acquisition and active management of underperforming commercial property assets throughout the UK as principal and on behalf of individual investors and investor groups.
Through thorough due diligence and analysis in the purchase phase and through active management of the assets he creates longer term income and adds capital value. Sandy worked for many years with Savills Commercial Auctions and Colliers International in residential development.
More recently he was Director of Auction Marketing with Acuitus and since 2014 he has been building a commercial portfolio as principal and consulting for investors doing likewise. He has been a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 2007 and he has an MA in Property Valuation and Law from Cass Business School, City University London.
He also has a BA Honours in Marketing and Economics from the University of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow.
Angela started her personal finance and wealth management career with J. Rothschild Assurance some 25 years ago. She served private and corporate clients, identifying and delivering suitable financial solutions to meet their financial objectives. Angela remained active in this sector until 6 years ago when she decided to dedicate her business entirely to serving her UK and international clients on their real estate investment needs, both in finding and funding.
Through her network of professional advisers, banks, property intermediaries, private investors and property developers, Angela provides a bespoke service to clients who are interested in acquiring, holding, trading, and developing real estate assets in UK.
Dermot has worked across the full breadth of the financial services industry from wealth management to lending to fund management. He was responsible for the residential lending business at the Portman Building Society and built numerous relationships with banks and building societies as Director of Strategic Distribution at Zurich Financial Services. He is a diploma qualified financial planner and has held a number of high profile roles within the sector. He has also worked extensively with the SME community and will continue to help them address all their funding needs.