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Meet the team

Charlotte Lewis - Consultant Design Director

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Charlotte is a chartered Architect and Urban Designer and joined Richborough Estates in 2017. With over 17  years’ experience in private practice, Charlotte specialises in residential design, regeneration and mixed-use masterplanning. Formerly Design Director at Pegasus Group, Charlotte has honed her career in architecture working with variety of residential clients including private landowners, strategic land promoters and housebuilders such as Bellway Homes, Taylor Wimpey, CALA Homes and Bovis Homes.

Charlotte has been responsible for a range of schemes across the UK delivering up to 1,000 dwellings and has proven track record of securing planning consents. Recent projects include sites in Ludlow, Tamworth, Great Bowden, Mickleover, Aylesbury and Dickens Heath.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys trips to the North Yorkshire coastline and is a keen gardener.

Hannah Watson - Land and Planning Manager (Central & Western Region)

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Hannah joined Richborough Estates in April 2014 and has since completed a part-time RTPI accredited Masters degree in Environmental and Spatial Planning from Birmingham City University, which will enable her to work towards becoming a Chartered Town Planner. Hannah is Land and Planning Manager for the Central & Western Region, working alongside James to acquire and deliver projects throughout the Midlands and South, and is always enthusiastic about working closely with landowners, local communities and stakeholders in order to ensure successful outcomes can be delivered.

Outside the office Hannah enjoys painting, reading and relaxing in the sunshine with a G&T.

Haydn Jones - Planning Director

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Haydn is a Chartered Town Planner, joining Richborough Estates from planning consultants Pegasus in September 2016. Having worked in the private sector for his entire professional career, he has significant experience in both the residential and commercial planning sectors. He has represented a large number of national and regional housebuilders and developers including Crest Nicholson, Barratt DWH, Morris Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Bellway, Persimmon, Westerman Homes, Redrow and Wilson Bowden Developments.

He has a First Class Honours degree in Urban Planning and an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Planning (with Distinction). In his role at Richborough, Haydn is responsible for our West of England region including developing and delivering the region’s planning strategy, providing planning advice to our land managers and directors, and managing consultant teams across a range of different projects.

Away from work, Haydn is a music fan and can play the drums, he enjoys a spot of gardening, and is an armchair cyclist – keen watcher but not participant!

 

James Bradshaw - Regional Director (Central & Western Region)

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James has over ten years’ experience working within the Housebuilding industry and joined Richborough Estates in February 2016. He commenced his career with Westbury Homes in 2004 as part of the Graduate Training Programme before moving on to work in various land acquisition roles within Taylor Wimpey.  Most recently James was Regional Strategic Land Director for Taylor Wimpey in the West Midlands responsible for managing a team to deliver a portfolio of approximately 10,000 plots.  James has worked on a variety of sites throughout his career from the acquisition of single owner development sites for immediate delivery, through to larger more complex multi landowner projects delivering in excess of 1000 residential units, employment space and associated infrastructure.  In terms of qualifications, he holds a Master’s Degree in Surveying from Reading University and was awarded a Top Student Award from the RICS (London and the South East) in 2008 for achievement as part of his studies.

James is a keen footballer and a passionate Stoke City supporter.  James is married as has two young children.

 

Joe Jones - Land Study Manager

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Joe graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 with a degree in Planning and Development. Before joining Richborough Estates, he worked as a commercial estate agent and property manager in the East Midlands and as part of the development team at a housing association.

Outside of work he enjoys travelling, playing football and music festivals.

 

Jonathan Bloor - Divisional Director 

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Jonathan is a Chartered Town Planner with experience in both the private and public sector and is an dedicated follower of matters relating to the development and regeneration of land and communities.

He has worked on behalf of many national house builders whilst at specialist planning consultancy HOW Planning and has more recently been responsible for the promotion and management of Staffordshire County Council’s extensive land and property portfolio.

In his time as a planning consultant he worked on a wide range of residential, retail, leisure and mixed-use projects on behalf of nationally respected developers and retailers – including retailers Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Ikea; and house builders Taylor Wimpey, David Wilson Homes and Bellway Homes.

Jonathan graduated from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Civic Design in 2010 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Town and Country Planning. During his academic studies he was awarded the Alexander Anderson and Margaret Bryce Smith awards for Academic Attainment and the Moss Madden Scholarship.

Outside of work Jonathan is a keen sportsman who enjoys middle-distance running, football and snowsports.

 

Karl Parkinson-Witte - Joint Managing Director

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Karl founded Richborough Estates in 2003 and joined the business full-time in 2011 after being involved in other business interests. He enjoys working with landowners and helping to project manage the various promotions he’s involved with.

Hobbies and interests: Skiing, classic cars, track days, antiques, gardening and most of all French red wine!

 

Lisa Facer - Office Manager

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Lisa has over 25 years Business Support experience and she was trained at Pitman Secretarial College. Her experience is varied, having worked at local estate agencies in and around the North Birmingham area, to working for WS Atkins, Mitie and Sanctuary Housing Group.

In her spare time she enjoys long country walks, travelling and relaxing with a book and a glass of wine. 

 

Paul Campbell - Joint Managing Director

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Paul has over 20 years of experience in contracting, consultancy and development and has been responsible for project managing significant mixed use, retail and commercial schemes.

Paul joined Richborough Estates in 2004 and during this time gained an excellent track record in identifying and negotiating strategic land, managing it successfully through the planning process and ultimately to disposal.

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 of the Council and the local community.

Paul is kept busy at weekends with his three children and is a keen skier and occasional enduro motorcross rider.

 

Robert Mitchell - Regional Manager (South Western Region)

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Robert is a Chartered Town Planner and works alongside the company’s Land Directors co-ordinating information to identify and appraise strategic sites. Having graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a M.Sc. in Spatial Planning he went on to work within Birmingham City Council before joining Richborough Estates in 2010.

Since joining Richborough, Robert has been involved with several major planning applications. Robert is constantly seeking prospective sites, meeting with landowners, Councillors and Local Planning Authorities to organise and manage applications through the complexities of the planning process.

Robert is an individual who is fascinated by the planning system and enjoys challenging it. Personal interests involve several country pursuits as well as an interest in aviation.

Russel Crow - Planning Director

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Russell is a Chartered Town Planner with over ten years’ experience.  He commenced his career with Scott Wilson (now AECOM) in 2006 before working for South Derbyshire District Council between 2008 and 2012.  In his final role before joining Richborough Estates in January 2017, Russell worked as an Associate Planner for Barton Willmore in their Solihull office. 

Russell has maintained a residential focus to his work and has worked on behalf of many national house builders including Taylor Wimpey, Redrow and Persimmon.  During his career, he has progressed a range of sites, up to complex mixed-use projects delivering in excess of 1,000 dwellings. 

Russell enjoys keeping fit through running, cycling and going to the gym and enjoys watching a variety of sports, including football and all forms of motorsport.  Russell is married and has a one-year old daughter.

Steve Louth - Regional Director (North Eastern Region)

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Steve is a Chartered Town Planner and joined Richborough Estates in March 2014. Steve has varied work experience having started his career as a Local Authority Planning Officer before spending 7 years as Planning Consultant at BNP Paribas Real Estate and more recently Turley Associates in Birmingham. Steve has worked for a variety of residential clients, including private landowners and housebuilders such as Miller Homes, Radleigh Group and Bellway Homes. He also benefits from having worked on numerous commercial and industrial schemes around the UK for major clients such as Centrica plc and Royal Mail Group and therefore understands the need to manage the challenges of the planning system alongside the competing needs of business. 

In his time as a planning consultant, Steve has been responsible for the preparation, management and delivery of a wide range of major planning applications. His experience also covers aspects such as undertaking planning appraisals and promotion exercises for strategic land opportunities, the negotiation of planning obligations and the co-ordination and management of public consultation exercises. Steve is motivated by the opportunity that strategic land presents and is driven to deliver successful outcomes for landowners and interested parties. 

Outside the office he enjoys being outdoors and has recently discovered canyoning and white water rafting. He also enjoys photography, playing football and relaxing in his garden.

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