Our people

Over 30 years' experience, delivering 13,000+ homes

Our team is made up of experts from development, construction, government and finance, all striving to solve the broken housing market through innovation, technology and environmental sustainability.

Stephen Haigh FRICS

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen has over 35 years’ of housebuilding and development experience in both the public and private sectors, leading delivery of 10,000+ new, high-quality homes in that time. He is passionate about driving forward industry innovation to decarbonise embodied and operational emissions.

In his previous role he was CEO of Live Verde, a joint venture specialising in off-site manufacturing methods established with the largest Chinese building materials company. Before that Stephen was Executive Director at Your Housing Group, one of the UK’s largest social housing providers, where he managed development, growth, regeneration, retirement living and supported housing, alongside creating a BTR brand and operating model.

Stephen has also worked within the European residential market, primarily as Managing Director of Avestus. Based in Prague, he oversaw the development of large residential and office schemes on behalf of institutional and private equity investors.

Earlier in his career he was Managing Director of Gleeson Northern in the UK, where he delivered 600+ homes annually.

John Sullivan Bcomm (Acc), FFIN, CPA

Senior Advisor – Finance & Investment

John has an extensive international financial background, having held senior positions at Welink Group, Cognis Capital (sponsored by JP Morgan) and Wiltshire Capital (sponsored by National Australia Bank), as well as Director level roles at GE Capital, RBS and ANZ Investment Bank.

John has over 30 years’ experience, and has worked on property projects and transactions in the commercial, REIT, supported living, private rented sector and government housing sectors. He has led investments in over 80 global businesses and has advised on deals worth over £5billion. He has also raised capital and structured complex transactions involving debt and equity in both the private and public capital markets.

John is skilled in, and passionate about, developing affordable and energy efficient housing solutions for build-to-rent, the private rented sector and housing associations.

Roger Smith MCIOB

Chief Operating Officer

Roger is a career residential housing and development professional with over 30 years’ experience in housing delivery and project management in the UK.

He has previously held several senior director level roles, including Managing Director of developers Carrwood Homes, Pembroke Homes and English Homes respectively. Roger was also the Regional Development Director for Northern Counties Homes prior to their evolution into The Guinness Partnership, and prior to this played a key role in developing and delivering Manchester’s first residentially-led regeneration schemes.

Roger has a comprehensive understanding of the housing market, particularly across the North of England. His strengths lie in project management, sourcing development opportunities and delivery management.

Roger Holman

Business Development Director

Roger benefits from over 43 years’ experience in viability, construction, land acquisition, development and investment across residential and other asset classes.

His most recent role saw him working within the UK Government at local, national and international level as Senior Regional Manager of the DIT Capital Investment Directorate. Here he was responsible for attracting high value institutional investment into UK property and land projects, focusing on build-to-rent and the private rented sector.

He also worked in the priority sector of logistics and Industrial as part of the UK’s post COVID-19 economic recovery planning, facilitating many individual projects with a £100million + GDV.

Roger has advised local and combined authorities, county councils, LEPs and Government agencies including Homes England, Highways England, BEIS, enterprise zones, HS2, Treasury and Welsh Government, amongst other devolved administrations, with their property, place and regeneration projects.