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  • James Stone

    Managing Director

    Email: james.stone@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.
  • 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.
  • Aoife Conacur

    Head of Planning

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


    Aoife joined Lands Improvement in 2014 and heads up the in-house planning team.  Aoife is responsible for providing overarching planning input across all projects, including considering new acquisition opportunities. Aoife also manages a number of live projects, including a former power station site in Dorset, a large urban extension site in Bromley, and a number of sites in Aylesbury Vale. Prior to joining Lands Improvement, Aoife worked at Indigo Planning for nine years, advising a range of private sector clients, including fund managers, housebuilders, retailers and developers. Projects included a mix of development types, including residential, leisure, employment, education and retail. During this time, Aoife also acted as planning consultant to Lands Improvement.
  • Kathryn Turner

    Senior Planning & Development Manager

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


    Kate joined Lands Improvement 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.
  • Viktoria Oakley

    Senior Planning Manager

    Email: viktoria.oakley@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 808 6771
  • Ed Stericker

    Senior Development & Disposal Manager

    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

    Group Investment Manager

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


    Gordon is a CFA Charter holder and joined Lands Improvement 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 Lands Improvement , 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

    Senior Design & Construction Manager – Houghton Regis

    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.
  • Brian Haughton

    Senior Construction Manager – Houghton Regis

    Email: Brian.Haughton@LIH.co.uk DD: 07586 572 895


    Brian joined Lands Improvement in August 2018 as Senior Construction Manager on the Houghton Regis mixed-use scheme. Brian has 30 years experience working in the construction industry with over 25 years of those working in project and contract management roles at principle contractor level on some of the most prestigious projects in the UK. His experience spans projects across the rail, aviation, civil, utility and demolition industries often from pre planning through to hand over stages.
  • Mohammed Maroof

    Site Manager – Houghton Regis

    Email: mohammed.maroof@lih.co.uk M: 07423 432 049


    Mohammed joined Lands Improvement in May 2018 as the Site Manager for Houghton Regis. Mohammed has been in construction management for several years working on some of the UKs largest commercial and residential developments. He has also been a part of several large scale projects internationally.
  • 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

    Senior 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.
  • Steffan Granger

    Engineering Manager

    Email: steffan.granger@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 796 5337


    Steffan joined LIH in 2018 as an Engineering Manager.  He has a broad engineering knowledge and provides technical advice to the team across a wide range of schemes from inception through to completion and disposal.  He supports the team through all manner of planning and technical design and approval processes and is responsible for the procurement and management of specialist technical consultants where needed.  Steffan’s time at Peter Brett Associates gave him a solid technical base before he broadened his experience through work in Project Management, the public sector and contracting. Prior to joining LIH Steffan was an Associate running the Civil and Infrastructure department for a multi-disciplinary Consultancy in Kent.
  • Kari Burton

    Planning Manager

    Email: kari.burton@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 796 5301


    Kari joined Lands Improvement in March 2018 as a Planning Manager and is MRTPI qualified. Kari’s role is to manage and co-ordinate consultant teams on projects from acquisition stage through to planning approval. Prior to joining Lands Improvement, Kari worked at Linden Homes for three and a half years where she was responsible for residential planning applications. Of these, her most notable achievements included a delegated approval for 240 units in Tendering, which was the first phase of a master plan allocation, and 275 units in South Cambridgeshire. She has also worked on a landmark mixed-use regeneration project in Silvertown, Newham in association with the GLA. Kari has strong experience managing consultant teams, acquisition appraisals, s106 agreements, condition clearances and detailed design layouts.
  • Barry Byrne

    Commercial Manager

    Email: barry.byrne@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 796 5362
  • Patrick Vickerman

    Senior 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.
  • Louis Harris

    Development Surveyor

    Email: louis.harris@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 796 5611


    Louis joined Land Improvement in October 2017 as a graduate on secondment from Telereal Trillium where he was part of their Development and Disposals team. During his time at Telereal Trillium, Louis was responsible for a number of disposals of surplus property assets and detailed due diligence that fed into the sales. Prior to joining Telereal Trillium, Louis studied Geography and Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Birmingham, before completing the MSc Real Estate program at the University of Reading. Louis is recently MRICS qualified and will be assisting with land acquisitions and disposals at Lands Improvement.
  • Annabel Finney

    Office Manager

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


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


    Email: jade@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 796 5309
  • Karolina Dudziak


    Email: karolina.dudziak@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 796 5339
  • Eji Ugbowanko


    Email: eji.ugbowanko@lih.co.uk DD: 0207 296 5326