• Richard Bourne

    Managing Director

  • David Brown

    Finance Director

  • Tom Martin

    Executive Chairman

  • Jane Moriarty

    Non-Executive Director

  • Rex Newman

    Non-Executive Director

  • Mike Hussey

    Non-Executive Director

  • Emma Carlton-Smith

    Non-Executive Director

  • Jemma Williams

    PA/EA to Managing Director

  • Su Hewitt

    EA to Directors

  • Asif Khan

    Financial Controller

  • Brook Stotesbury

    Head of Commercial Asset Management & Investment

  • Gary Sherwin

    Head of Transactions

  • Diana Guidea

    Office Manager/ Team Assistant

  • Becky Milne

    Residential Manager

  • Chris Darke

    Design Manager

  • Danielle Juste

    Assistant Property Manager

  • James Hall

    Investment Manager

  • Mark Thompson

    Facilities Manager

  • Kirti Varsani

    Purchase Ledger Controller

  • Alex Korablev

    Property Accountant

  • Romina Nejad

    Finance Business Analyst

Richard Bourne
Managing Director

ROLE:
Richard is the Managing Director of Martin’s Properties, responsible for the overall management and performance of the business and team. He is a member of the main Board, Capital Committee, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Richard graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc (Hons) in Land Management and an MSc in Urban Planning and Development. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and gained a Diploma in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.

Richard previously worked for John Laing Property and Kier Property undertaking various commercial development projects. He was also Head of Property at RO Real Estate for over 12 years, where he was responsible for doubling the NAV of the investment and development portfolio in excess of £100m over 9 years.

INTERESTS:
Richard is a keen amateur sportsman including cycling, running, tennis, golf, shooting, fishing, skiing and motorsport (he used to play Rugby and Cricket but now it hurts too much!). He also holds a private pilots licence and enjoys a challenge, having completed the 2015 London marathon in 3 hrs 39 mins, the 2017 Mud Sweat and Tears challenge of 103km in under 24 hours and the 2019 ELIFAR Thames Path 100km Ultra Marathon in 12hrs 30mins – non-stop! Richard has also launched ABLING, a charitable venture that connects a community of people who are terminally ill or under charitable care with members of the public who are able to donate their time, skills and fun activities to make help people in that community to tick off their bucket list or provide help. Additionally during and following the Covid-19 crisis, the community has been extended to include vulnerable members of the public and the NHS front line workers.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road

FAVORITE PLACE:
Tuscany, Italy – amazing scenery, friendly people and great food and wine.

 FAVORITE SAYING/S:
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” Winston Churchill

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Because of my surname it would have to be Matt Damon!

David Brown
Finance Director

ROLE:
David oversees all things financial with responsibility for budgets, funding, cash flow management, accounts and audits.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
David graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with a degree in Computer Science, and then completed his professional training as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

David spent 17 years in senior finance roles at Greene King, before progressing to CFO roles at property company Market Tech, restaurateur Byron Burger and most recently media business Bonhill Group.

INTERESTS:
David enjoys spending time with his family, endeavouring to wear his two young boys out by cycling them around the City of Cambridge where they live. He can also often be found practicing his punting skills on the River Cam. He is passionate about all things culinary, and obsessive in his desire to make the perfect coffee.  While by no means claiming to be fit, David enjoys rolling around in the mud at silly hours in the morning with his military-fitness club.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Chin Chin Labs – best ice cream in London!

FAVORITE PLACE:
Southwold, Suffolk – great for the boys and the best fish and chips around. Who says you need to go abroad?

 FAVORITE SAYING/S:
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Jack Black – he’s very funny and his surname is a colour too!

Tom Martin
Executive Chairman

ROLE:
Tom is Chairman of the Board and two of its key sub committees –  capital and remuneration. He has responsibility for holding management to its strategic goals and in ensuring the Board is effective and suitably experienced. 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
After college, Tom trained as a valuation and development Surveyor with Chesterton. Through his career he has worked both in advisory and principle roles, and has over thirty years of property investment, asset management and development experience. Prior to his current role, Tom was Chief Executive of Grange Management and an Executive Director of Affinity Sutton Group, one of the largest independent providers of affordable housing in the UK.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
The Abingdon

FAVORITE PLACE:
The French Riviera

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Rick Blaine

Jane Moriarty
Non-Executive Director

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Jane is an FCA who worked with KPMG LLP for over 29 years. During her time with KPMG she worked with a broad range of businesses helping them to  develop strategies to realise opportunities and manage threats in fast moving environments. She has built and managed market leading teams and believes in the importance of effective teamwork.

Rex Newman
Non-Executive Director

ROLE:
Rex is a non-executive director of Martin’s Properties, sharing responsibility with his fellow non-executives for good corporate governance and oversight of executive management.  He is a member of the main Board, Capital Committee, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Rex is a solicitor with over 35 years of professional experience in private practice and the long term managing partner of the London law firm, Wallace LLP.  He is a trustee of a number of family and philanthropic organisations.  As well as a solicitor, he is a member of the New York Bar and an accredited mediator. Rex has been associated with the Martin family and business for over 10 years and was appointed as an independent family trustee in 2010.

INTERESTS:
Rex is an enthusiastic walker, a keen skier and a student of political and military history.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT:
The Beachcomber at Barton-on-Sea – a great place for breakfast after early morning sailing.

FAVOURITE PLACE:
Zermatt, Switzerland to which he returns every year, having learned to ski there aged 10.

FAVOURITE SAYING:
“Brevity is the soul of wit”.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Jeff Goldblum.

Mike Hussey
Non-Executive Director

Mike is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is recognised as one of the key experts in the Central London property market. He is a prolific developer, responsible for a number of the landmark schemes built in the capital in the last 20 years.

Before founding Almacantar, Mike spent seven years at Land Securities plc, the largest property company in the UK, where he was an Executive Board Director with responsibility for the London portfolio and Strategic Land portfolio.

Prior to Land Securities, Mike was responsible for all property transactions at the Canary Wharf Group, as Head of Leasing and Marketing, where his team transacted 9.3m sq.ft (900,000 sq.m).

Mike is a Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Governor of Southbank Centre Limited. He was an Independent Director of Taylor Wimpey plc between July 2011 and July 2018

Emma Carlton-Smith
Non-Executive Director

ROLE:
Emma is the Martin family appointed Non-Executive Director on the Board. She is chair of the Martin Charitable Trust, overseeing the Martin family’s philanthropic activities and also chair of the Martin Family Council, the interface between the family shareholders and the business.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Emma graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA (Hons) in English and Marketing.

Before becoming a Non-Executive Director, Emma worked for Martin’s Properties for over 13 years and was responsible for all areas of marketing and design, including the interior design of the residential portfolio.  Prior to this, Emma headed up the Corporate Sales and Marketing division of Club Med UK.  She also worked in marketing at Scott Dunn for 6 years.

Jemma Williams
PA/EA to Managing Director

ROLE:
Jemma is PA/EA to Richard Bourne. Jemma is responsible for managing Richard’s daily schedule and assisting with his day to day responsibilities from travel and diary management through to strategy, process and procedures. Jemma assists with writing committee papers and acts as a bridge between Richard, the team, the Board and the shareholders. She also takes the lead on our ESG programme to help ensure that Martin’s Properties are doing all we can to protect and support our local communities and the environment.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Jemma graduated from Kingston University with a joint honours degree in Design and Business. Following from university she joined luxury matchmaking company; Gray & Farrar. In the five years she was with Gray & Farrar, Jemma moved from receptionist to Head of Operations. A geographical move took her from London to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where she worked in luxury property development, with a focus on design and marketing.

INTERESTS: During her spare time, Jemma loves to keep active; keeping fit in the gym, spinning and practicing yoga and barre! She also volunteers for Guide Dogs and St John Ambulance.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Salvos – a family run delicious Italian in Yorkshire.

FAVORITE PLACE:
Abaco Island – paradise!!

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
Never give up!

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Margot Robbie!

Su Hewitt
EA to Directors

ROLE:
Su is EA to Tom Martin and David Brown. She is deeply involved in all of their roles, helping them coordinate their schedules, meetings and output. She also coordinates the work of the Family Council and its activities including the Family Council and charitable trust and is a key link between the shareholders and the business.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Su has a breadth of experience working as an Executive Assistant in management of a city law firm, within a family business with extensive property interests, alongside managing her property portfolio. Su’s skills include event management, company compliance, office management, travel, and project work.  Su has always had an interest in property having worked for a property developer and Chairman of a maintenance company before joining Martin’s. She loves working with and helping people and runs her own private counselling practice on a part time basis.

INTERESTS: 
Su has studied Environmental Science with the Open University with personal interest. She is a qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, having studied at WPF and CPPD to achieve an Advanced Diploma. In her spare time, she enjoys pilates and loves spending time with her two beagles (Beau and Poppy), walking for miles around the countryside. Su has also run the Battersea Muddy Dog Challenge and organised a pop-up tearoom to raise sponsorship with her team for Battersea Dogs Home.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: 
The Samuel Palmer in Shoreham, Kent.

FAVORITE PLACE: 
Cornwall – Seven bays for seven days area of Padstow.  There’s so much choice and variety within such a short distance and all the bays are great with fabulous walks between them, which the girls love!

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” (usually credited to Albert Einstein).

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Kate Winslet. Kate is a creative actress with many strings to her bow and great gumption.  I aspire to her taking the role.

Asif Khan

Financial Controller

ROLE:
Asif supports the Finance Director in delivering a best in class Finance function.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
CIMA qualified, Asif has worked in Finance since the mid 90’s. Since 2005, he has worked for several companies in the Real Estate sector (listed, PE and owner managed), and most recently for Imperial Portfolios and Essential Living. Successful track record of implementing financial controls and processes, and managing and developing finance teams. With extensive experience in supporting and developing business partnering across operational & commercial teams and third parties. Sound exposure in supporting executive Board members with all reporting finance matters. Experienced in management of equity and debt finance, and the implementation and streamlining of accounting systems, as well as budgeting and financial modelling.

INTERESTS:
Spending time with family and friends. Watches a lot of sport, mainly cricket, and also football and tennis. Occasionally plays table tennis and badminton. Asif has recently taken up cycling on a weekly basis and enjoys watching movies and TV shows, mainly action and sci -fi, he also likes to cook.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Tamarind, Mayfair

FAVORITE PLACE:
Singapore

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
Do or do not, there is no try

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Hugh Jackman (yeah I know, he looks nothing like me!)

Brook Stotesbury
Head of Commercial Asset Management & Investment

ROLE:
Brook is responsible for setting and implementing asset strategies to maximise the performance of the commercial portfolio. He is also responsible for building on customer relationships; marketing, acquisition, leasing and disposal of assets; minimising leasing voids, reducing property costs and maximising income.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Brook graduated from the University of the West of England in 2004 with a degree in Real Estate Valuation Management. He started his career at Kenningtons where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and worked as a Central London Office Agent. He then joined Hoddell Stotesbury Morgan as an investment agent where he spent 10 years specialising in the acquisition and disposal of commercial property. In 2018, Brook joined Martin’s Properties as Commercial Asset Manager.

INTERESTS:
Brook enjoys the outdoors, he’s a (fair weather!) sportsman and particularly enjoys skiing, golf, cycling and fishing.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Hotel Costes (Paris) – A rare treat but worth every penny!

FAVORITE PLACE:
Mallorca – 300 days of sunshine a year, need I say more! The island’s dramatic mountain range and costal scenery offers endless activities all year round!

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
‘A goal without a plan is just a wish’

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Leonardo Dicaprio

Gary Sherwin

Head of Transactions

ROLE:
Gary focuses on our investment strategy – as we look to grow and diversify the portfolio. This includes the identification and co-ordination of new investment opportunities and leading on acquisitions.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Gary graduated from South Bank University with a BSc(Hones) in Estate Management and then qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. Gary has 30 years experience in the UK property market. Almost 17 years were at Land Securities as Investment Director/ Head of Retail Investment where he led some of the REITs largest transactions including creation of several join venture partnerships plus sales and acquisitions of major shopping centres. He then moved to Aviva Investors where he was Head of UK Investment Transactions for 5 years and created a dedicated investment team, responsible for all UK real estate fund sales and acquisitions. The team completed over £7bn of transactions during this time. He was part of the real estate Senior Leadership Team and voting member of the Real Estate Global Investment Committee. Gary also spent 7 years as a member of the Investment Property Forum, Operational Board.

INTERESTS:
Cycling, running and yoga to various degrees of competency! Watching football now more than playing. He also enjoys watching great films and is keen to support the education of future generations being Governor of a secondary school.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Vasco & Piero’s – most authentic Italian restaurants!

FAVORITE PLACE:
Cote Sauvage.

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving – A Einstein.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.

Diana Guidea
Office Manager/ Team Assistant

ROLE:
Diana is responsible for assisting the team in a secretarial role and also ensuring that the office runs efficiently on a day to day basis.

Becky Milne

Residential Manager

ROLE:
Becky is responsible for building customer relationships; liaising with residential customers in all aspects of property management; furnishing and dressing new and old properties, marketing, letting, retaining customers and disposal of residential assets. She also has the responsibility of minimizing voids, maximizing income and reducing property costs.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Becky studied Public Relations at the University of Westminster. She went on to work for Taylor Wimpey in PR and then joined her family property development business in 2015 where she looked after the commercial and residential portfolio and had a varied role which included; property design, interior design, marketing, sales, health and safety, land acquisition and managed the website and social media.

INTERESTS:
Travelling, skiing, shooting and photographs

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT:
The Old Parsonage, Oxford

FAVOURITE PLACE:
Rome

FAVOURITE SAYING/S:
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is neough – Mae West

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Sienna Miller

Chris Darke
Design Manager

ROLE:
As Design Manager, Chris coordinates Martin’s design strategy as part of the project management team. Working closing with Martin’s Asset Managers and Head of Development, Chris project manages smaller scale projects, whether refurbishment or capitalised repair works, working closely with the design team and contractors from conception to completion and ensuring coordination with Facilities Management and their on-going maintenance requirement. Chris also acts as client representative in the oversight of tenant’s commercial works.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Chris graduated from the University of Kingston with a BA (Hons) in Architecture. He then worked in the film and television industry in both production and AD (directing) roles before taking on the property and facilities management position  at Teddington Studios after purchase from Pearson. Following a successful sale and lease-back of the Studios Chris moved into construction project management full-time, focusing on residential and commercial refurbishment in London and the South East, before joining Martin’s Properties.

INTERESTS:
Cycling almost anywhere in search of good architecture and design, Chris’s enthusiasm also veers towards a perfectly timed overtaking manoeuvre at Silverstone or a centimetre perfect assist at Stamford Bridge, with that modulated by a Beethoven string quartet or any French Impressionist. That soft focus extends to a well shot film but sharpens at the theatre.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
La Delizia, in Chelsea Manor Street – the perfect Italian restaurant. And La Colombe D’Or, once in a blue moon.

FAVORITE PLACE:
Venice’s appeal never tires, Hong Kong’s work ethic never ceases to enthrall, but the development of Portugal’s modern architecture firmly places Porto on the map. Japan is also on the cards.

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
“That’s intriguing” to my family’s (and now others) consternation!

 WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Robert Donat’s role in the original 39 Nine Steps

Danielle Juste
Assistant Property Manager

ROLE:
Danielle provides full support to the property team. She performs various property management, facilities management and administrative tasks and is responsible for the coordination of maintenance works

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Danielle graduated from the University of Reading with joint honors in History and English Literature. After graduating Danielle went on to work for the Whittington Hospital Imaging department as the MRI Bookings Coordinator and an Ultrasound Assistant in the evenings. After this experience she went on to complete her CELTA teaching qualification and taught English as a second language to children and adults in Madrid, Spain. Returning from sunny Spain, she focused her attention in the property industry and was a Property Manager for over a year at Marsh & Parsons. Here she learnt how to effectively manage all aspects of a property, from reactive emergency works to refurbishment supervision. Having completed her ARLA in December 2019 she felt the need to take the next step in her career in the property industry, which is how she found herself at Martin’s Properties.

INTERESTS:
In her free time Danielle enjoys running for charity events, reading the latest thrillers and baking to varying degrees of success (according to her family and friends).

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Mem & Laz in Angel, Islington. Best seafood pasta in town!

FAVORITE PLACE:
Ile Aux Cerfs, Mauritius – more affectionately (and inaccurately) known as ‘Danielle’s Island’ by Danielle and her family.

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
‘You get what you give.’

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Rosario Dawson

James Hall
Investment Manager

ROLE:
James is responsible for portfolio analysis, producing portfolio strategies and identifying future areas of investment and development. He is involved in investment origination and acquisition due diligence, portfolio performance and research-led elements of the business.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: 
James graduated from the University of Exeter with first class honours and has an MSc in Real Estate from Cass Business School. He began his professional career at APAM in 2015 as an Investment Analyst focusing on acquiring regional commercial assets across the UK. He then joined Northridge Capital in 2017 where he was an Associate targeting UK office and student opportunities and residential developments in London.

INTERESTS:
In his spare time, James is a keen sportsman and enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and cricket.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT:
Chez Dany in Verbier – great Swiss food and views of the Alps.

FAVOURITE PLACE:
Verbier, Switzerland.

FAVOURITE SAYING/S:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Bruce Willis…

Mark Thompson
Facilities Manager

ROLE:
Mark is responsible for the management and planning of the day to day maintenance and operation of our properties, ensuring that our customers have the most suitable working and living environments possible.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Mark is a pragmatic and innovative Facilities Manager who has a vast professional history managing the duties of facilities and security operatives across an extensive property portfolios. Throughout his career he has have proven success in embedding robust property management services, which have included all HSE, statutory and security protocols. He utilises his leadership abilities to motivate and influence a team to work as a unit and deliver excellent services. His communication skills enable him to converse at all levels and establish excellent client, colleague and stakeholder relationships.

INTERESTS:
Watching Rugby, going to theatre and travelling.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Scotts, London

FAVORITE PLACE:
Rome and Mexico

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
Marvellous

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
I would like to say Daniel Craig but most probably be Ray Winston from the Sweeney

Kirti Varsani
Purchase Ledger Controller

ROLE:
Kirti is responsible for processing BACS payments, generating coding and checking invoices, checking and reconciling bank statements and dealing with all aspects of purchase enquiries, bank enquiries such as new accounts, new users, close accounts, direct debit forms.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Kirti started her career at Intertek Testing Services, Saville Row as Account Assistant. Intertek Testing Services provides innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification services to customers. She studied AAT – The Association of Accounting Technicians whist working at Intertek Testing Services.

INTERESTS:
Kirti’s interests are spending quality time with her children and husband.

She is a qualified Hair and Make-up Artist, her works involves creating images through make-up and hairstyles according to a brief for catwalk, media and catalogue models, brides and bridesmaids.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Homemade food – especially her Mum’s food.

FAVORITE PLACE:
House full of family & friends.

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
Yesterday was history, today is a new beginning and tomorrow is yet to be written.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Gina Torres

Alex Korablev

Property Accountant

ROLE:
NAME is responsible for tenant accounting, including issuing all monthly and quarterly demands including rent, insurance and on account service. HER role includes credit control and service charges reconciliation. NAME also has the responsibility of updating our Property Management system with new tenancies and reviews.

Romina Nejad

Finance Business Analyst

ROLE:
Romina provides finance support to both Martin’s Properties and Obsidian as well as being responsible for reporting on the various development projects within Martin’s Properties. She also supports the finance team with preparation of management accounts, cashflows, forecasts, budgets and board reports.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Romina studied at Brunel University and graduated with BSc Hons in Business Management and Accounting in 2017. She has gained intensive experience in providing quality financial information, advice and management through analysis and reporting from starting her career in the music industry. A long-standing interest in property has led her to continue her journey with Martins Properties.

INTERESTS:
Interests vary from going Sixes in Fulham to shopping her heart out and chasing sunsets all over the world!

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
La Petite Maison

FAVORITE PLACE:
Maldives

FAVORITE SAYING/S:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams!

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Angelina Jolie