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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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.


Niall Wood - Assistant Land Buyer

Niall land and development experience began by working with a local housing developer as an Assistant Land Buyer for 5 years. Niall joined the business in March 2022, where his primary focus is to support land managers throughout the acquisition process for both immediate and strategic opportunities.

Flis Crawford - Strategic Land Manager

Felicity joined the team in Spring 2022 and is both MRTPI and MRICS qualified. She brings experience of project managing strategic sites through the Local Plan process and working with a range of stakeholders. She has held previous positions at two large national housebuilders in their Strategic Land teams and before that, worked at Savills in their Wimborne and London offices.

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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James Cross - Head of Planning

James joined the business in 2021 and is a Chartered Town Planner with over 12 years’ experience. Initially working for a Retirement Developer as part of their in-house Planning Team, James worked on a number of residential led projects across the UK. James had full responsibility from initial site appraisals, development feasibility, development viability, Local Plan consultation work, application submissions and Planning Appeals. James then provided contract services to Local Authorities in the West Sussex area where he was responsible for delivering site allocations of up to 4,500 units where he was responsible for co-ordinating private landowner interests to achieve deliverability for his clients.  With his experience he was able to ensure all landowner parties were engaged, whilst ensuring subsequent development proposals were commercially deliverable, to enable the delivery of much needed housing.  With James’ breadth of experience he is able to operate effectively in both short term and long term opportunities, in a constantly evolving environment.

Harriet Lobacz - 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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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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Nick Miller - Planner

Nick joined the team in January 2022 having had recent previous experience working for a housebuilder. Prior to this Nick accrued 5 years’ experience at a London based national property consultancy, working within their large Planning & Development Department on a range of commercial, retail and residential projects. Nick is a Chartered Planner.