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Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes

MRICS – Managing Partner

Mark has a total of 28 years of experience working in the property market. Headed the development Department for King Sturge within the north specialising in Retail and Leisure Development. Schemes included Cortonwood 300,000 ft², Middlesbrough Leisure Park, 150,000 ft², Ashton Moss, Manchester 120,000 ft² retail and 240,000 ft² of leisure; Leeds Canal Basin/Granary Wharf - Acted as adviser to British Waterways; Chelmsford - 140 residential tower, retail and leisure ; Central Park, Leeds– 8 acre site master plan for a 2 million ft² scheme; St Helier, Jersey 200,000 sq ft ; coordinating agent for the Highstone Group ( Paul Sykes) Group, Victoria Quarter, Leeds and Weavers Wharf, Kidderminster.

Headed up the Retail Development team for King Sturge within Central and Eastern Europe with responsibility for Development in Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia.

Since leaving King Sturge Mark is a Director at J & E Richards Ltd building residential developments including 76 apartments and new build / conversions in Yorkshire. Mark is also a director at BRP Ltd, a residential investment company.

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Richard Bland

ACIB – Financial Partner

Richard qualified as a banker and is an ACIB. He worked for RBS for 15 years and was involved in senior property lending in the north of England. Over the last two years Richard has been advising companies on debt reconstruction and business consultancy.

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Colin Fell

FRICS – Chairman

Colin also started life as a trainee builder before going into surveying at Reading. He started his surveying profession in London before moving to Leeds in 1984. In London he specialised in retail investment and development (particularly shopping centres).

Colin set up the first regional investment team for Bernard Thorpe (sold to DTZ) and then after 11 years moved to King Sturge where he worked with Mark for 19 years running the office. Colin grew the office, with Mark into the largest regional surveying office in Leeds before the business was sold to Jones Lang LaSalle in 2011. Colin’s area of expertise is property investment as well as property funding and fund management. Colin has helped launched 4 funds over the years and understands the structures required.

He also spent his last 4 years working for the banks working out distressed property assets.


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Steve Ford

ICIOB – Construction Director

Steve is an experienced project leader having spent 10 years with Laing O’Rourke in project leadership with responsibility for projects from initial inception and tender stage, through to the delivery and aftercare, with particular focus on building trusting client relationships.

He has a broad experience including; high rise city centre development, PFI hospital construction with phased demolition, construction and interim use, renovation and refurbishment of listed historically sensitive structures, transport infrastructure works including combined road/rail terminal and live airport construction, to maximum security data centre and education projects. He was a key member of the retail sector business, noticeably leading the Sheffield Meadowhall refurbishment project for British Land, and the landmark Trinity Leeds scheme for Land Securities.

As Construction Director for Marrico LLP, Steve is responsible for the delivery of all developments the company is currently involved with nationwide. Steve is also a director in a specialist furniture supply and installation company working in the leisure, education and healthcare sectors.