Our Board, supported by the Technical & Policy Committee, looks to influence emerging policies and represent member views at both the local and national level
Paul has been Chairman of the LPDF since its foundation in 2018.
Paul was Chief Executive of Catesby Estates plc, which he steered to become one of the leading land promoters in the country, until May 2020. Since this time he has focussed more time on the development of the Federation and its influence in policy formation. However, he continues to ensure that he maintains his practical awareness of the operation of the planning system by promoting a small, select number of sites for residential development.
He believes passionately in the need for this country to boost housing delivery, deliver affordable housing and to begin to correct the generational unfairness which has developed over the last number of decades in housing.
Strategic Legal Adviser to the Board
Stuart Andrews has worked as a dual qualified chartered town planning and specialist planning lawyer for over 30 years and has been a partner at Eversheds Sutherland (international) LLP for nearly 20 years. Stuart has worked in connection with strategic and complex housing promotions for all of his professional career and is a recognised legal expertise in this area of work.
Phill is Policy Director, after spending the last 27 years in both public and private sector planning roles.
Phill started his career in local government with Broxbourne Borough Council and worked for many years preparing development plans and other planning policy documents for Manchester City, Vale Royal, Tameside and Cheshire West and Chester Councils.
For the last 9 years Phill has worked for LPDF member Gladman Developments, leading their Planning Policy and Land Promotion team and learning quickly about the commercial and practical realities facing the development industry.
Outside of the planning world, Phill spends a lot of time with his family, living his failed sporting career through his son Thomas, who is a keen cricketer and footballer. He also spends time in the kitchen, and being an ex-chef it has allowed him to find a love of cooking as a form of relaxation (with a whisky in hand of course!!!)
As CEO of Thakeham, Rob Boughton has over 25 years of property industry experience. He started Thakeham in 2003 and today the business has three significant strands. The Strategic Land Division controls and is promoting over 60,000 plots, the Private Housebuilder delivers via two brands focused on zero carbon community creation. The Partnership division builds for Housing Associations, Councils and Institutional Investors with over 2,500 units in production.
Under his stewardship, the company is consistently growing and was ranked in the Fast Track Top 100 in the UK in 2018 and in the UK’s top 100 best companies to work for in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
In 2020, Thakeham started work in earnest with a range of industry experts, partnering with organisations with a long history of championing meaningful change; producing their 2020-2025 Sustainability Strategy as a public declaration of their responsibility to the communities they serve, to exceed the targets set by government and their competitors, and to recognize that climate change is the most important issue facing us and future generations.
This commitment includes their industry-leading Zero Carbon Placemaking approach, demonstrating the collective impact of key topics including redefining transport hierarchies, biodiversity net gain, and creating new community businesses. Thakeham are also building zero carbon homes as well as committing that every Thakeham home will be carbon neutral in production. As the UK’s first housebuilder to sign the SME Climate Commitment, joining the UN’s Race To Zero Campaign, the South-East based housebuilder, with Rob at the forefront, is clearly going to demonstrate the art of the possible and redefine the communities of the future.
Group Managing Director
Wates Residential Developments
David is Group Managing Director of Wates Residential Developments Group. He oversees Wates' business activity in residential land, construction and development across the UK and within both the public and private sectors.
David has over 20 years' experience in the development sector. He was a principal figure in Wates' key 2005 strategic transformation from Regional House builder to London and South East land investor and planning specialist, that secures land and planning consent, creating joint ventures with mainstream homebuilders to fund new development schemes.
Lovell Strategic Land
Samantha is Planning Manager for Lovell Strategic Land. Lovell, are part of the Morgan Sindall Group. Samantha has over 13 years’ experience working in planning and development.
Samantha has worked on all sides of planning and development, starting out in Local Authorities as a policy planner before moving to a housing association, major landowner and now working with Lovell, an active house-builder. Samantha believes everyone deserves a home, and growing up as the eldest of three girls, who all shared one room, Samantha knows what its like to crave private, personal space.
Samantha holds both a Masters (MSc Hons) in Urban Planning and BSc (Hons) in Sociology & Social Policy. Samantha is a chartered member of Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI).
Samantha also proudly holds a full, unrestricted UK motorbike license and rides a red z650!
Senior Policy and Research Manager
Nicole started her career in local government, working in the Housing Team at Manchester City Council, followed by the Growth Point Team, part of Spatial Planning, at Cheshire West and Chester Council.
In 2012 Nicole made the move to the private sector joining Gladman Developments Ltd, where she spent 8 years developing her understanding of strategic land and the complexities of the planning system. Her work at Gladman was heavily focussed on planning policy and the promotion of sites through local plans.
Since leaving Gladman in 2020 Nicole has been working on a freelance basis for clients within strategic land promotion.
Paul is Chief Executive and owner of Richborough Estates, one of the UK's leading land promotion businesses. He has nearly 30 years of experience in contracting, consultancy and development.
Paul is passionate about strategic land and believes the ever changing national and local policies present a real opportunity to those that are able to be continually responsive to its challenges. Paramount to his approach is ensuring that landowner's assets are maximised, and he strives to be pro-active and collaborative in his approach with officers and Members of the Council and the local community.
Senior Strategic Planning Director
Gladman Developments Ltd
Mat is Senior Strategic Planning Director at Gladman, having joined in January 2015 from the public sector. Mat is part of the senior management team at Gladman and sites on the board, he oversees the promotion and planning of new settlements, SUEs and the in-house planning policy and long terms site promotion functions. Mat has an interest in the formulation of planning policy and housing needs and is the interface between Gladman and central government in discussing planning issues.
He has held several positions across the private and public sector since graduating from the University of Manchester in 2001 giving him valuable insight into the challenges of both the public and private sectors. Mat holds a Master’s degree in Town and Country Planning and a Masters in Urban Regeneration and Development and is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Associate Planning Director
Stuart is an Associate Planning Director at L&Q Estates having joined in September 2017 following the expansion of the Planning Team. He is experienced in the promotion and submission of strategic sites through the planning process and works on a wide range of projects right through from promotion to inception. Prior to L&Q Estates, Stuart gained 9 years’ experience working for two national planning consultancies (GVA and Barton Willmore) and before that in Local Government.
Stuart holds a Master’s Degree in Spatial Planning and is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Ash is Managing Director at LSL Partners. The business was formed in 2017 and to date have raised £360m across two funds and deployed £125m into 6 sites across the south east with potential for 7,000 homes. Ash was previously a Partner of Strutt and Parker (now BNP Paribas) whom he joined in 2013. While there he was responsible for selling and buying sites for house builders and developers in the Greater London area, along with advising on strategic opportunities/planning permissions for landowners. Prior to joining Strutt and Parker, Ash founded and managed Aurora Property Developments, a Leeds based property development company focused on office, industrial and mixed-use developments. Ash’s early career was spent in London with Strutt and Parker and King Sturge (now Jones Lang LaSalle).
Ash received a BSc (Hons) in Real Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Urban Land Institute, where he is part of the Residential Council. He is a non-executive director of Addland, a PropTech company.
Dan is a Planning Director at Rosconn Stratgeic Land, having joined in September 2016 after 12 years at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore. He has over 20 years planning experience in both the private and public sectors, having worked on a wide range of projects across the country including complex urban regeneration schemes and large scale urban extensions.
Dan leads on all planning related matters, managing Rosconn’s strategic land portfolio through from initial site identification to securing planning permission.
Dan is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Hugo is a co-founder of Ptarmigan and has been involved in property all of his working life – in planning, refurbishing and developing both residential and commercial properties.
He has had an entrepreneurial career that has included property, IT and trading in derivatives and financial markets as well as London Business School. He is a Corporate Finance accountant and an affiliate of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
William is owner and director of Manor Oak Homes, which he established in 2010 with his co-owner John Briggs. During this period, Will has established a land promotion company promoting in excess of 40+ sites (12,000+ dwellings). Prior to establishing MOH he was the MD and shareholder of a regional house builder, building about 150 dwelling per annum.
Planning and Operations Director
Catesby Estates Plc
David joined Catesby Estates in January 2013 as Planning Director having worked in house building, planning consultancy and property development, across a broad range of mixed use projects throughout the UK.
He became Planning and Operations Director in May 2020, and also sits on the Urban&Civic Executive Management Committee and Senior Strategy Group as part of his role within the parent company and wider group activities
David leads the internal planning department and brings a commercial focus to the team which has responsibility for project managing sites throughout the planning process, from initial site appraisal through to the grant of planning permission.
David started his career as Land and Planning Manager at Cala Homes and has previously worked as a Planning Consultant for CBRE in London. Prior to his move to Catesby Estates he was Head of Town Planning for Morston Assets Ltd.
David is Chairman of the Policy and Technical Committee, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Home Builders Federation National Planning Committee and the Land Promoters and Developers Federation (LPDF) Technical and Policy Committee.
Chair - Planning and Technical Committee
After a career in Local government , during which time he managed all front line services including an award winning Planning and community planning team , Steve became Chief Planner for the government in 2008. Stepping down in 2020 after 12 years Steve could reflect back on a period that saw the planning system transformed; from the NPPF , the planning guidance suite , to PD rights and the design agenda. He championed the profession and pressed for greater diversity. A former President of the Planning Officers Society and an active RTPI member during his Local Government time, he now has a varied portfolio of activities, supporting the charity MOBIE, Women in Planning and the University of Kent, as well as giving strategic advice and support to Town Legal, Cratus, hgh planning consultancy and Popolo housing.
Marketing and Events Manager
Lucy is Marketing Manager having joined in 2020. Lucy is responsible for all marketing activities and the organisation and coordination of events, as well as supporting the LPDF team.
Prior to the LPDF Lucy worked on an asylum accommodation Home Office immigration contract as both an area manager and deputy regional manager.
Lucy is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
Senior Development Manager
Pigeon Investment Management
Elena is a Senior Development Manager in the Land Promotion team at Pigeon, having joined in 2015. Elena manages a large portfolio of projects at varying stages of the planning and promotion process, reporting progress to Landowners and Investors. Elena undertakes site appraisals and oversees legal contracts in the form of Options, Promotion Agreements, Hybrid Agreements and Freehold Purchases and manages the sale of a site upon grant of Planning Permission.
Elena holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Real Estate from the University of Reading and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2014 while working for Montagu Evans in London. Elena is a member of the of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The Strategic Land Group
Paul Smith is managing director of The Strategic Land Group, one of the country’s most successful residential and renewable energy land promoters.
Paul benefits from more than 17 years experience in senior housing industry roles and is a well-respected expert on housing industry issues. Known for his thoughtful approach, he regularly produces long-form pieces for the likes of Property Week and Housebuilder and sits on the Advisory Board for Housing Today, for which he writes a monthly column.
Paul is a chartered town planner and holds master’s degrees from both Oxford and Salford Universities.
Group Planning Director
Andrew is Group Planning Director at Countryside and leads the company’s planning function. Countryside develops private, affordable and privately rented homes through partnerships with landowners, registered providers, institutional investors and local authorities, with a focus on urban regeneration schemes and delivering landscape led developments and new settlements.
Before joining Countryside, Andrew was Head of Planning for a developer in the Eastern Counties and prior to that spent over 18 years in planning authorities in the south east of England. He has experience of both urban and rural planning from small scale exception needs housing to master planning new settlements, major town centre redevelopments and international airport expansion.
Andrew chaired the Royal Town Planning Institute Board of Trustees for 4 years to December 2016 and took on the role of Hon. Treasurer in January 2017, continuing as a Trustee and on the RTPI’s General Assembly.
Andrew is a member of the Women in Planning Advisory board and Chair of the National Planning Forum’s Management Committee, championing planning and inspiring all those involved in the planning process and in delivering the new planning agenda.
Head of Planning
Kathryn is Head of Planning at LIH, having joined in 2010. Kathryn has over 18 years experience working in Land and Planning. Kathryn has oversight of the planning and promotion activities across the LIH business, including Local Plan promotions, site appraisals, associated land elements and the securing of planning permissions.
Prior to joining LIH, Kathryn worked as an Associate Director at EDAW/AECOM; at the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Hackney; as well as Mitchell Partnerships, an Environmental Policy Company in New Zealand.
Kathryn holds a Masters of Science (Hons) in Planning and Environmental Management and is a member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).