A Founding Director of Godwin Group, Richard has over 35 years’ experience in strategy development, operations and capital raising across a broad range of industries and geographies. He previously held senior roles in retail banking at NatWest and in a number of management consultancy firms including KPMG’s Performance Improvement Practice. He is an associate of the Institute of Financial Services and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Andrew has held senior appointments within GKN PLC and was a senior management consultant with Saatchi & Saatchi. As a venture capitalist with Capital Ventures, he raised equity finance for property and other businesses. He was a Director of the Commission for the New Towns, managing land and property inward investment offices domestically and internationally. Over the last 20 years, he has put together equity and debt packages for property companies and was a partner with Beer & Partners, the private equity firm.
Co-founder and Director of Godwin Group, Stephen has over 20 years of experience in property and oversees teams across London, Birmingham and Nottingham. He manages the business’ pipeline of upcoming schemes through UK land & property acquisition, seeing projects from purchase through to completion. Stephen’s varied experience spans from large BTR & PRS developments to retail parks and retail centre developments. He has delivered impressive large mixed-use schemes with blue-chip tenants in major cities across the UK. Stephen has also lent his wide-ranging expertise in development management to a number of funds to advise on their property portfolios. He is proud to be instrumental in bringing high quality schemes to fruition. He is also on the board of 2 property and construction networking organisations.
A Director and Co-founder of Godwin Group, Stuart has over 20 years’ experience in all sectors of the property industry with a detailed knowledge of development management, land acquisition, development and exit strategy. He works with both the private and public sectors identifying and delivering schemes across the UK for BTR, PRS, affordable homes as well as grocery and roadside retail, working with clients such as Lidl, EuroGarages, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, McDonalds, BurgerKing, Subway, Coop, and many others. He is also supporting a number of institutional investors to develop and deliver the opportunities that create long term stable returns on capital.
In September 2021, Stuart was named West Midlands Leader of the Year 2021 as well as Company Leader (up to 100 employees) by The Business Desk.
Advisory Board - Construction
Prof. John Nolan is the President of the Construction Industry Council, a past President of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Fellow of both that Institution and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation at the University of Birmingham and he is a Chartered Engineer with over forty years experience in the construction industry. He has been responsible for projects in excess of £300 million.
Property Board – Construction
Steve has over 40 years experience of working in the construction industry for both national and regional contractors where he has held senior positions. Trained as a Quantity Surveyor before then taking Regional Director roles in business development, Steve has spent the last 8 years with Winvic Construction Ltd managing the development of retail projects and developing its medium and high rise residential construction portfolio before joining Godwin Developments as Construction Director.
Michael is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has 30 years of experience in the property sector of which over 20 years has been based in the West Midlands primarily in the residential and retail sectors. Michael has extensive experience in the residential and mixed-use sectors, specialising in high profile agency and development consultancy. Michael formerly worked for the Governments Valuation Office, DTZ, GVA Grimley for 10 years as Partner in charge of Residential/Mixed Use Development up until his appointment at King Sturge in 2007 as Partner of the Central Region and was responsible for residential development for both Jones Lang LaSalle’s Birmingham and Nottingham offices.
Property Board – Development and Construction
Ken is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has been in the construction industry for over 40 years. He was a Senior Partner in Gleeds International Management and Construction Consultancy and he worked on commercial and residential property projects totaling in excess of £100 billion. His expertise is extensive including project, contract and cost management services, and funding.
Property Board - Public Sector Relations
Jon has 40 years’ experience in local government, the public and voluntary sector. Jon served 32 years at Nottingham City Council, 16 of which as Council Leader responsible for community safety, property and finance management, transport, neighbourhood and city centre regeneration and economic development.
Prior to becoming Council Leader, Jon completed an MBA (Public Services at INLOGOV) and worked as an Urban Regeneration Consultant and Housing Development Officer.
Jon has chaired Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Police Authority, served on East Midlands Regional Development Agency, Nottingham Primary Care Trust, D2N2 LEP, The East Midlands HS2 Program Board and for over 20 years chaired the Renewal Trust, a local community development trust.
Property Board - Planning
Richard is a dual qualified planner and urban designer with over 25 years’ experience in planning consultancy, working for both public and private sector clients across the UK. Along with his own consultancies, he was previously the Director of Planning for Capita. Richard is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). His experience is extensive and varied across all development sectors from regeneration, large scale master planning, retail, housing, PRS, leisure and strategic land. In addition, Richard deals with complex projects for the NHS, MoD and Educational Institutions. He has managed consultancy teams in London, the South East and the Midlands. He also guest lectures in both planning and urban design at Universities in Sheffield, Nottingham, Loughborough and London.
Regional Chairman, London
Owen was the Chief Executive Officer of Harworth Group PLC from August 2010 to October 2020. He has more than 27 years’ experience in the remediation and development of brownfield land and low carbon energy development. He has also held previous executive roles with Peel Group, Black Country Properties and Viridor. Owen led the team who listed the Harworth Group on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in March 2015 after it was de-merged from UK Coal Group in December 2012. In doing so he established Harworth as one of the UK’s leading master developers of brownfield land creating places where people want to live and work. Owen served as a Non-Executive Director of Covanta Holding Corporation, a global provider of waste management services in the USA from September 2018 to December 2020 prior to stepping up to become President of Covanta Europe in January 2021. He is a former Board member for the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and the current Chair of the British Property Federations Regional Policy Committee.
Property Board - Construction
Richard has over 35 years experience in construction and property development. Trained as a Quantity Surveyor working for contractors in various sectors, he progressed to hold the main board position at William Davis Ltd for 14 years, leading the residential contracting division. Richard works on the Godwin Advisory Board assisting with a range of projects – from residential to commercial
Head of Residential Capital Markets
As Head of Residential Capital Markets for Godwin Developments, James is predominantly focused on the BTR sector – both urban and suburban – delivering investment opportunities for the institutional markets, with a special focus on Single Family Housing for rent. With over 20 years of property experience, James has also worked in Asset and Investment Management for some of the top real estate companies including JLL and LaSalle Investment Management where he has gained a wide range of experience across the Residential and Commercial sectors delivering value-add opportunities across the UK.
Highly experienced property professional Michael Jones has over 35 years of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, he has led the delivery of a range of commercial and residential projects, including the regeneration of thousands of acres of brownfield land across the country, resulting in the construction of over 10,000 new homes and 10 million sq. ft. of distribution, manufacturing, commercial and retail space. A chartered quantity surveyor, he has more than 35-years of experience in the strategic management of large-scale construction and development projects gained in directorship positions with well-known real estate brands such as Harworth Estates and Castlemore Securities Ltd. Michael leads the Godwin development and construction teams while also working closely with the Board and a range of national and regional stakeholders.
Senior Development Director
A member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Lindsay has 36-years of experience within the property and construction industry, having previously led large scale projects in the UK, continental Europe and the USA, across sectors such as residential, commercial, education, retail, hospitality and education. His impressive career record includes a range of senior and board level roles with internationally renowned property and construction consultants Gleeds, asset management firm Currie & Brown, and his own successful firm Locus Consultants. During his time with these businesses, Lindsay led large teams and was responsible for strategic growth as well as cost and project management for a range of blue-chip clients including Deutsche Bank, Avenues The World School, Marks & Spencer plc, Prosperous Global China, Jaguar Land Rover, Ballymore & Hines, the University of Warwick, Coventry University and University College Birmingham. In his last role as Vice President of Gleeds’ New York office he also oversaw work worth $1bn on the iconic One Wall Street development.
Senior Development Director Robert Birch has a vast track record in the commercial and residential property sectors spanning over 32 years. He is well-versed in all aspects of property development – from site identification all the way to practical completion – and has excellent contacts across all related disciplines in the wider Midlands region. Prior to joining Godwin Developments, Robert was Lead Director at Ashfield Land in Birmingham, and also ran his own consultancy business with high-profile clients such as Helical Retail, Coltham Developments and Calthorpe Estates.
A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Nick Harrison has over 20 years of experience with high-profile property development. A former director with Lambeth Smith Hampton and GVA, he has an extensive track record with nationwide schemes, having previously advised house builders, developers and investors on projects delivering approximately 6,000 homes.
Nick’s residential experience includes planning consultancy on open market sale, BTR, PBSA and co-living projects as well as strategic land promotion. Selected commercial schemes in Nick’s portfolio cover Ballymore’s 500,000 sq. ft. Snowhill office development, 103 Colmore Row on behalf of the British Land Company, and the Library of Birmingham. He has also previously advised the Ministry of Defence, Department of Health, and many UK councils with various strategic land projects.
Matt has over 10 years of experience in the Construction Industry having worked in Quantity Surveying and Project Management. He has delivered projects of between £10m to £60m ranging from high-end residential, commercial/office, industrial and town regeneration schemes. Matt will continue to deliver high-quality developments for Godwin Developments within a range of markets.
Development Director, Industrial
Andrew Cox joined Godwin Developments from London and Cambridge Properties where he managed a major industrial portfolio, worth £144 million, across the Midlands and North West. A chartered surveyor with a 25-year track record in the sector, he previously led the development of a 575,000 sq. ft. industrial and distribution scheme in Coventry which was forward funded and acquired by M&G plc. This was followed by the master planning of three regional airports – Coventry, Norwich and Exeter – which together covered approximately 700 acres to include new build residential, commercial and distribution space. His extended portfolio also features the successful completion, letting and investment sale of a 260,000 sq. ft. new speculative build distribution hub in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and a further 150,000 sq. ft. of industrial space in the Midlands.
At Godwin, Andrew will focus on the appraising, acquisition, construction and disposal of schemes for industrial use – a fast growing sector which the business is looking to grow its market share in.
Krassi Stoyanova has over 20 years of experience in strategic and tactical marketing and communications for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. She joined Godwin having previously built a successful track record with international engineering and metals corporates such as GFG Alliance, Liberty House Group, Caparo Industries and GEA. Krassi previously managed marketing teams across global geographies and has a deep understanding of brand and marketing strategy, external and internal communications and campaign management. She holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham and a BA (Hons) in Marketing and Management.
Tom joined the London office as Land Manager and was promoted to Associate Director in December 2020. He previously worked as a project manager for TowerEight working on hotel and student accommodation schemes. Prior to this he spent 7 years as a professional rugby player, playing for London Irish in the Premiership, European competition and London Scottish championship. Tom is currently studying an MBA in Construction and Real Estate at University College of Estate Management which is RICS accredited.
Associate Director, Construction
Michael Sutton is a chartered building surveyor by profession with over 28 years of experience in the commercial property sector, covering technical due diligence, project, and construction consultancy as well as business development and client relationship management.
A former project director for Mercia Real Estate, he worked on a range of schemes including commercial, residential, retail, industrial and mixed-use developments across the Midlands. His previous remit was focused on project delivery through planning, design, and construction phases as well as appointing and managing external consultancy teams and service providers.
Michael also previously held directorship positions with CBRE, and RPS Group Plc where he excelled at leading and growing the business’ building consultancy services in the Midlands and the North West.
Senior Development Manager
Ketan has 7 years experience of working within the property industry. Joining Godwin as a Development Assistant, he has a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Lettings, Property Management, Retail and Event Management. Strong education professional with a BSc (Hons) in Property Investment and Finance, which is RICS Accredited.
Senior Communications Manager
Catherine joined Godwin Developments from communications consultancy and reputation management agency New Century Media, based in London, where she held the position of account director and supported a variety of property investor clients, financial service businesses and international companies. A graduate from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Russian studies and international relations, she previously worked at Instinctif Partners, where she specialised in capital markets communications. Catherine leads the PR, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications functions in the business.
Nikesh began his career in the property industry working at a planning and development consultancy, predominantly completing viability appraisals and reports on behalf of developers and local authorities. He has a strong educational background with a BA (Hons) in Business Economics and MSc Real Estate, which is RICS Accredited.
Joining Godwin as a Development Assistant, Nikesh is excited to develop his skills and knowledge and pursue his career within property.
Josh graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Civil Engineering. During his placement year he worked for Byrne Bros and had the opportunity to work on the Angel Court renovation and the impressive Chelsea Barracks development. Josh will continue to build on his technical knowledge and support Godwin Developments deliver high quality developments within a range of markets.
Claudine has four years’ experience within the property development industry, she has worked on the delivery of residential led developments and provided support for Senior Directors and delivery teams across the full spectrum of development. As a graduate surveyor she has supported public sector clients and Housing Associations throughout the UK, advising and guiding on s.106 and affordable housing, scheme design and quality as well as market sales analysis. Claudine has a strong educational background and an MSc in Real Estate Management (Distinction) and is currently working towards full membership of the RICS.
Godwin Capital - Compliance
Henry is the founder of Bluewater Capital & Compliance. Henry’s 17 year investment banking career spans across the world’s leading international financial centres in the UK, Singapore, Australia and United States. He is an expert in Fintech (Financial Technology) and the distribution of execution and clearing services through emerging e-channels. At JPMorgan he pioneered the distribution of derivatives trading through their market leading platform eXtraTrade. At Deutsche Bank he led a team responsible for advising and providing execution services across Rates, Credit, Futures & Options and FX to the world’s leading hedge funds.
Commercial Director - UK and Overseas
Patrick has wide-ranging private and public fundraising experience across various sectors including alternative asset classes and for investment products. He has an extensive network of private and institutional investors who can also offer sector-specific expertise. Patrick’s professional background includes working in corporate finance as a stockbroker for Capel Cure Myers and Seymour Pierce Butterfield and practising as a corporate lawyer at Alsop Wilkinson, (subsequently DLA Piper LLP), and Lewis Silkin in London. Since 2009 he has worked independently as an investment consultant providing capital funding solutions for high growth companies.
Managing Director - Funding
Rob has over 25 years corporate finance experience within private equity, fundraising, acquisition finance and restructuring. His most recent roles include setting up and leading the Midlands office of NorthEdge Capital, a private equity business, and co-heading the creation of the Housing Growth Partnership, a £100m equity fund for small and medium sized housebuilders. He has also held senior positions at Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, EY and Deloitte.
David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and has both public company and private company fund raising experience, including advising on more than 15 IPO’s across a variety of sectors. David’s professional background includes working as a corporate financier for stockbrokers Williams de Broe, Seymour Pierce and XCAP Securities, where he was Head of Corporate Finance. David has first-hand regulatory experience as a public company regulatory adviser for the UK Listing Authority. He was also the CEO of AIM listed VANE Minerals PLC (with operations in the USA, Mexico and the UK) and has been the finance director for various UK based companies.
Managing Director, Investments
Rupy has over 10 years experience in the marketing field, having worked across a number of sectors, namely Retail, Education and Childcare. Previously having worked on key field marketing accounts for some of the UK’s leading brands such as Asda, Sainsbury’s, WH Smiths and Lidl. More recently Rupy has been involved in managing an events schedule for an Educational charity delivering and marketing in excess of 78 events per year. Rupy is responsible for the operational functions that sit around the Godwin Capital and Godwin Finance brands.
Manager, Investment Processing - Capital
Tia has over 3 years’ experience within the finance industry including duties such as administration in Debt Recovery, Insurance Claims and Credit Checking. She is excited to develop her knowledge and pursue her career within Accounting/Finance.
Sonia graduated in 2017 with a Commercial Photography degree and decided on a career change into the Finance Industry. She has had 2 years’ experience within the industry. Working at Santander as a PPI Case Handler and at Leicester City Council as a Finance Assistant, within the Housing Finance team. Sonia has gained a Business and Administration Diploma while working at Leicester City Council. She looks forward to developing and gaining further skills within the finance team at Godwin Group.
Senior Business Development
Harrison has over 6 years’ experience in Account Management and Recruitment, with experience providing support to some of Australia’s largest recruitment agencies and to some of the UK’s largest automotive manufacturers. The knowledge and skills gained in these roles, along with his degree in English and Psychology, will hold him in good stead to make an impact in this new and exciting industry.
Louis has over 6 years of experience in Sales and Marketing. He has managed various marketing campaigns across a number of different channels, including traditional and online. He previously worked in the Accounting and Finance and Insurance sectors. Louis joins Godwin Capital as a Marketing Executive and is looking forward to the challenge in a different industry.
Ellie has developed a career in business administration over the last 5 years. Ellie has experience within the Estate Agency sector where she developed a good understanding of Sales Order Processing. Ellie is looking forward to extending her knowledge within the Investment sector.
Business Development Support
Jian has over 3 years of experience in business development and client relationship building. She has worked with many accountants, directors, and financial consultants. This combined experience, along with her expertise will allow her to excel in providing the required support for the Business Development team at Godwin Capital.
Raj has over 15 years of experience working as an Administrator within a Wealth Management company, Wesleyan Assurance Society and Lloyds TSB Private Banking, as well as a number of years in retail, and now is looking forward to developing her skills within Godwin Capital as an Investment Co-ordinator.
Teresa has over 15 years of experience gained within the banking and recruitment industries carrying out various roles. She is looking forward to being able to utilise her skills gained within her previous roles and develop new ones as an Investment Coordinator. After 10 years of working within the recruitment industry, Teresa is excited to embark on her new journey within the investment sector at Godwin Capital.
Investment Reporting Manager
Jonathan has over 8 years of experience in the finance legal sector. During his time in the industry, he has covered multiple roles and is keen to utilise his experience and knowledge within the investment sector. Jonathan is excited about his new role and to further develop his skillset at Godwin Capital.
Group Administration Manager
Keeley has over 20 years experience offering direct support to Chief Executives, Managing Directors and senior management teams in a variety of business sectors including; manufacturing, retail and marketing services. Before joining Godwin Developments Keeley worked as Personal Assistant to the Regional Managing Director of Trinity Mirror plc.
With a background in Administration and Customer Service, Natasha joins Godwin as Office Manager. Natasha has experience in the Construction sector having previously worked at consultancy firm Robin Low Francis (RLF) as their receptionist. She is looking forward to broadening her skills and working in an industry she feels passionate about.
Group Finance Director
Ray has over 30 years experience of working in finance-related positions, beginning back in 1988 when he got his first role in a private accountancy practice in Derby. He worked in all area of practice from sole trader accounts to multimillion pound corporate audit assignments. After 17 years working in practice, he made the move into the world of professional football finance, spending over 10 years in senior positions at Nottingham Forest, Barnsley & Derby County Football Clubs. Ray, moved away from football in 2015 and joined Godwin after holding a similar position within the Redrow plc group of companies.
Finance Director, Developments
Rob has 15 years’ experience working in Accountancy, starting in private Accountancy practices across Derby, Ashbourne and Norwich. Rob completed his Accountancy apprenticeship in 2009.
After spending 8 years in practice Rob transitioned into senior positions in the property industry. Carrying out various corporate restructuring, and financial management over the years. Rob joined Godwin Group in April 2019.
Financial Controller – Capital
Helen is a Chartered Accountant and has over 4 years of finance experience starting from the finance department at a private hotel chain. She then spent over 3 years working in practice at BDO LLP with audit clients, ranging from manufacturing to construction with exposure to listed and privately owned companies. She completed her ACA training with the firm in 2019. Helen joined Godwin Group in January 2020.
Assistant Manager - Finance
Greg has over 6 years of finance experience, commencing at Nottingham Forest where he worked in numerous roles over the course of his 15 years at the company. As well as dealing with financial matters for Godwin he also manages the administration of the investor application process.
Megan has more than two years’ experience in accounting. Starting her career in the motor industry for a luxury vehicle brand after completing her apprenticeship, Megan learned the basics in a Purchase Ledger role gradually taking on more responsibility filling the Accounts Assistant role. Megan has sound knowledge in reconciling and creating accounts, making payments, credit control and updating ledgers. Megan is looking forward to growing her skills further and developing her accountancy knowledge in the property industry with Godwin.