Our Team

Julian Jones - Development Director

Julian joined the business in 1996 and brings over 30 years' experience with National House Builders and for the last 20 yrs at a senior level within Barratt David Wilson Homes. He has cross disciplinary knowledge having previously led both Commercial and Technical functions within the business and is involved with all major land acquisitions within the Division.

The Division were amongst the first in the industry to embrace Localism and Julian and his team were at the forefront and have won plaudits from many Local Authorities for the way in which we interact with Stakeholders throughout the process. Affordable housing contracts is a speciality along with negotiating S106 and windfall sites with Local Authorities and RSL's.

Julian is a fellow of the Faculty of Building, Incorporate of The Chartered Institute of Building, and a member of The Association for Project Safety.

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Jon Gateley - Head of Planning

Jon joined the business in 2019 and is a Chartered Planner with 14 years’ experience. Initially working for a District Council local plans team, Jon moved into planning consultancy in 2008, and spent a decade acting for landowners and residential developers across the south of England, from site identification and local plan promotion, through to applications and implementation. With his experience across the planning system, Jon will enable us to bring forward new long-term opportunities whilst delivering on short term objectives for delivery, and responding proactively to the constantly evolving policy environment.

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Harriet Pitney - Planning Manager

Harriet joined the Planning Team in 2018 and has over 7 years’ experience in Town and Spatial Planning. Harriet completed her masters in Spatial Planning at Oxford Brookes University in 2017 which specialises in Urban Design and is currently in the process of obtaining her Royal Town Planning Institute Accreditation to become a Chartered Town Planner.

Initially working for a District Council within the Development Management Team, Harriet’s focus is now managing consultant teams to enable the delivery of planning applications into the planning system in timeframes that deliver sites into the business plan.

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Gemma Martin - Architectural Technician

Gemma completed her Masters in Architecture in 2010 and joined the business in 2020. She has spent over 15 years in private practice working in the UK and internationally for various architectural organisations. She has cross-sector experience from bespoke residential, leisure and business, to large and small-scale masterplanning. She has a creative approach and a responsibility to the business, not least our customers to ensure development proposals are of high quality and sustainable. Working closely with the planning team, liaising with design consultants to enable and promote best practice placemaking for enduring new communities. 

Jason Shakespeare - Senior Land Manager

Initially with the Division for over fifteen years Jason re-joined the business in January 2021 after spending over two years with Redrow Homes. Coming from a multi-discipline background having worked in the Commercial, Technical and Land departments Jason brings a wealth of experience having successfully negotiated over 20 sites with a total value of over £850M. Jason focus will be to support the land and planning functions, identify and deliver strategic development opportunities and immediate land for the Division.

Sam Thixton - Land Manager

Sam joined the business in 2013 as part of our two-year ASPIRE Graduate Programme. He spent this time gaining experience with all of the disciplines within the business at our South West and Exeter divisions. Sam’s focus is on both immediate and strategic acquisitions, affordable housing and commercial land sales. In 2018, he completed his MSc in Real Estate Investment & Finance from the University of Reading and is currently completing his RICS APC, specialising in Planning and Development. 

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Dan Norris - Assistant Land Buyer

Dan’s land and development experience began by working with a local estate agent, before joining a national retirement developer as an Assistant Land Buyer for 2 years. Dan joined the business in October 2019, where his primary focus is to support land managers throughout the acquisition process for both immediate and strategic opportunities.

Anthony Dimmick - Community Liaison Officer

Anthony plays a front line role, being the initial point of contact between the Division and Local Communities and has worked on a number of successful schemes for the Division.

Lisa Hanvey - PA / Community Liasion Administrator

Lisa assists the Planning function in booking halls, being the face of the team at the front desk in community presentations and dealing with localism enquiries.

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Rachel Ballam - Planning Coordinator

Rachel joined the team in April 2019 having worked within various Local Planning Authorities for the previous 4 years. Rachel's main focus is to ensure the business efficiently and effectively discharges planning conditions and obligations.

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