Founding Director of Hawksmoor
Previously Land and Property Director with HJ Banks and Co Ltd
Formerly Regional Land Manager with British Coal

BSc Hons – Estate Management
University of Reading
Second Class Honours Division One
Higher National Certificate (HNC) – Mine Surveying
Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) – Mine Surveying
Registered RICS Valuer

Full Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

1999 – Present
Founding Director of Hawksmoor Property Services Limited

1993 – 1999
H J Banks and Company Limited Estates Manager

1975 – 1992
British Coal Corporation – Central West/Northern Region
     1989 – 1992 Regional Land Manager (Northern)
     1986 – 1989 Assistant Regional Land Manager (Central West)
     1978 – 1986 Lands Officer (Northern)
     1975 – 1978 Land Surveyor (Northern)


  • Negotiating rights in land for mining, property development, energy and waste management schemes.
  • Disposal of surplus land and property exploiting any development potential.
  • Negotiating with planning authorities to secure the most valuable end uses for land.
  • Preparation of planning applications and involvement in Public Inquiries.
  • Preparation of and projections for annual budgets together with ongoing budgetary control.
  • Selection by competitive tender and supervision of contractors and consultants.
  • Negotiating and settling compensation claims.
  • Advising on use of compulsory powers to secure rights in land.
  • Valuation of land and property for a variety of purposes.
  • Preparation of reports and making public presentations.
  • Extensive knowledge of the development processes involved in bringing forward mineral extraction, waste management, energy and property development schemes.
  • Project Management of major development schemes up to the point of obtaining planning permission.
  • Successfully managed an estate of approximately 40,000 acres.
  • Produced annual sales from the estate of £4m with an income of £750,000 per annum (early 1990’s).
  • Controlled the restoration of 15 opencast sites, comprising agricultural, forestry, industrial and residential development land with a spend budget of £4-5m per annum (late 1980’s).
  • Secured under option 10-15 new development sites (many comprising multiple ownership) each year over a six year period (1990’s).
  • Successfully project managed a portfolio of thirty development sites nationwide including two major schemes involving joint ventures between different development companies (1990’s – present).
  • Negotiated rights in land by option, lease, conditional contract and purchase for a variety of clients and for different purposes.
  • Negotiated planning permissions with local authorities including viability work in connection with S106 Agreements.
  • Sold several valuable development sites for retained clients.
  • Represented retained clients in negotiations with acquiring authorities using CPO powers including one attendance at Lands Tribunal.

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