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    • James Stone

      Managing Director

      Email: jamesstone@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5159


      Formerly Land Director at Lands Improvement, James was appointed to Managing Director in April 2017. Since joining Lands Improvement in 2004, James has been closely involved across all of the Company’s activities from site acquisition, asset management and planning, to disposal. He was appointed to the Board in June 2011. Before joining the Company, James worked at RMC plc, the building materials group, where he worked on the performance and sale of the group’s UK portfolio of surplus property assets.
    • Henry Richards

      Advisor to the Board

      Email: henryrichards@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5153


      Henry joined Lands Improvement in 1994 and was appointed Managing Director in 1997. He has overseen the transformation of the Company from an investor in predominantly tenanted farmland to a highly active and focused strategic land business with the capabilities to deliver serviced land to the development industry. Since joining the Company, he has been involved in the public listing of the Company in 1996 and subsequent sale to its major shareholder CMIG in December 1999. Prior to joining the Company, he was a Director of Savills and spent the first six years of his career with Jones Lang Wootton. Since stepping down from the Executive Chairman role, Henry continues to provide strategic advice to the board.
    • Nigel Reid

      Development Director, Houghton Regis

      Email: nigel.reid@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5156


      Nigel has been with the Telereal Trillium Group since 2001 and has maximised the value and completed sales of over £250m assets, ranging from City of London development sites and Edinburgh hotels, to greenbelt residential land. More recently, Nigel led the asset team in the successful £120m purchase of Lands Improvement Holdings and achieved the planning consent and joint venture development of the prestigious £55m Woodcroft residential development in Edinburgh. He joined Lands Improvement in March 2017 as the Development Director for Houghton Regis.
    • Paul McDiarmid

      Senior Engineering Manager

      Email: paulmcdiarmid@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5161


      Paul joined LIH in 2004 to deal with the coordination of pre and post engineering and technical matters. He is responsible for advising on engineering associated with the planning promotion together with project management of all construction activities. Before joining the Company, Paul held the position of Director of Civil Engineering at John Allen Consulting, a multi-disciplinary Consulting Engineering practice. He spent 9 years at John Allen Consulting working on projects ranging from commercial, retail and industrial buildings, business parks, site remediation through to house building projects. Prior to joining John Allen Consulting, Paul was employed for 6 years as a Design Engineer with Peter Brett Associates, one of the UK’s largest independent Consulting Engineering practices. Paul has also had employment with Brown & Root where he was involved in major highway improvements and site supervision of development in London Docklands.
  • Kathryn Turner

    Senior Planning and Development Manager

    Email: kathryn.turner@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5158


    Kate joined LIH in 2009 as Development and Planning Manager. Kate is involved in managing planning, development and promotional related advice on LIH’s existing portfolio and their new acquisitions. Before joining LIH, Kate was an Associate Director at EDAW/AECOM where she worked on the delivery of number of large scale mixed use sites. Prior to joining EDAW, Kate worked for the London Borough of Wandsworth and for Mitchell Partnerships, an Environmental Policy Company in New Zealand.
  • Simon Bignold

    Senior Commercial Manager

    Email: simon.bignold@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5164


    Simon has over 20 years of Commercial Management experience, notably over 10 years working on major worldwide infrastructure, rail, renewable energy, water treatment and mining projects in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Asia, and Australasia. Previously an Associate Director for several large multi-national consultancies, he has international experience and familiarity of being the Senior Commercial representative for Client, Consultant and Contractor, both pre and post contract operationally managing the commercial team while maintaining Client, Sponsor and Contractor relationships at all levels.
  • Aoife Conacur

    Senior Planning Manager

    Email: aoifeconacur@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5165
  • Ed Stericker

    Senior Development Surveyor

    Email: edward.stericker@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5158


    Ed joined Lands Improvement in January 2016 as a Senior Development Surveyor following eight years based within the Telereal Trillium Development and Sales team. During his time at Telereal Trillium, Ed was responsible for maximising value of surplus property assets through planning and detailed due diligence in advance of sale or joint venture. Ed is involved across a variety of Lands Improvement activities but predominantly in relations to sales strategy.
  • Gordon Finlay

    Finance Specialist

    Email: gordonfinlay@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5154


    Gordon is a CFA Charter holder and joined LIH in 2011, he is responsible for evaluating the financial impact of new acquisitions and ensuring that on-going projects and disposals across the business meet their financial targets.   At LIH Gordon has been instrumental in the investment into over 800 acres of land and the negotiation of  s106 agreements on over 7,000 homes.
  • Vyas Totaram

    Infrastructure Lead, Design and Construction

    Email: vyas.totaram@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5166


    Vyas joined Lands Improvement in February 2017 as Infrastructure Lead – Design and Construction for the Houghton Regis mixed-use scheme. Vyas has over 25 years experience in the project management and delivery of major infrastructure and utilities projects in the UK and overseas. His experience spans from the strategic delivery of infrastructure/utilities across all stages of project life cycle from inception, development, planning, procurement, design, construction, and commissioning.
  • Sam Mogridge

    Acquisitions Manager

    Email: sam.mogridge@lih.co.uk M: 07423 469 055  


    Sam Joined Lands Improvement in 2017 following two and a half years at Linden Homes within the Strategic Land department and before that a number of years at Martin Grant Homes as a Development Manager.  During his time at Linden Homes, Sam was responsible for managing the South East portfolio of Strategic Land and his most notable success was the achievement of an allocation for 1,600 homes to the West of Chichester and subsequent resolution to grant planning permission for phase 1 of 750 dwellings on the site.  Sam also acquired numerous sites for Linden Homes which are now being developed or promoted through the planning process.  Sam is MRICS qualified and an Associate of the RTPI.
  • Paul Jeal

    Engineering Manager

    Email: pauljeal@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5160


    Paul joined LIH in January 2009 as a Project Engineer assisting on all technical engineering matters. He oversees appointed contractors and consultants, project managing onsite construction activities, as well as providing internal technical advice during acquisitions and planning promotion. Prior to his employment at LIH Paul gained 10 years experience working for two civil/structural engineering consultancies, overseeing onsite construction, liaising with statutory & local authorities and progressing detailed designs across a range of civil infrastructure projects.
  • Viktoria Oakley

    Planning Manager

    Email: viktoriaoakley@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 6771
  • Russell Goodchild

    Commercial Manager

    Email: russell.goodchild@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 6770


    Russell joined Lands Improvement in March 2017 as the Commercial Manager for the mixed-use development scheme at Houghton Regis. Prior to this, Russell was the Commercial Lead for Network Rail delivering a major civil engineering project for Crossrail in West London. Russell’s background is Quantity Surveying and this has provided him with excellent experience in the Aviation, Rail, Petro-Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Medical and Military sectors.  Most notable projects include Network Rail’s national centre, The Quadrant:MK (Milton Keynes), the O2 Arena (Greenwich), Frinton Gates housing development (Frinton-on-Sea), T3 100% Hold Baggage Screening (Heathrow) and an Operational Naval Base, Training School and Harbour (Wudaam, Sultanate of Oman).
  • Patrick Vickerman

    Development Surveyor

    Email: patrick.vickerman@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 6772


    Patrick joined Lands Improvement in 2016 as a Development Surveyor. Patrick started his career with Persimmon Homes on their graduate program and immediately prior to joining LIH spent 5 years at Strutt & Parker in the South East Development Team, with a specific focus on strategic land and consented land disposals. Patrick is involved across a variety of Company activities from site acquisition, asset management to disposals.
  • Annabel Finney

    Office Manager

    Email: annabelfinney@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5150
  • Jannicke Henschien


    Email: jannickehenschien@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5152
  • Jade Ripley


    Email: jade@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5150
  • Portia Ragona


    Email: portia.ragona@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 5150


    Portia joined Lands Improvement at the end of 2016 as a PA. She comes from a Retail background having spent over 10 years as a finance manager in one of London’s most luxury stores. She has a BA in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Arts London and has spent time in the Travel and Executive search industry’s as well as having a history in Customer Services.