The Team

LocatED is led by an experienced Executive Management Team and Board of Directors. It has a multidisciplinary team with specialist skills and extensive property sector experience to get the best possible value for money for the taxpayer.

The team is organised in to the following core functions; acquisitions, asset management, development, technical and planning, legal, finance and people.

Please contact the team by email at info@LocatED.co.uk, or refer potential sites for review by the Acquisitions Team to sites@LocatED.co.uk.

Lara Newman MBE

Chief Executive

Lara has over 25 years' experience in property and development. Having worked with many of the UK’s biggest landowners, agents and developers, Lara has held a number of strategic leadership and board positions.

Her experience of property deals and complex capital investment projects for government education capital programmes underpinned her determination to bring commercial insight and rigour the DfE’s free schools development programme.

Lara’s vision for LocatED has brought together a team of experts able to bring both experience and pace to the delivery of new schools.

Under Lara’s leadership, LocatED has acquired more than 150 sites for schools, facilitated over 75,000 new school places, and in doing so, has driven savings of many millions of pounds for the public purse.

Building on proven capacity and success, Lara is now expanding the scope of LocatED to provide development expertise further across the education estate, and other areas of the public sector.

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Alyson Gerner

Finance Director

Alyson is a Public Financial Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Most of her career has been in commercial roles in the public sector and include, Director of NHS Commercial Development, Head of Procurement for the Department for Education, Deputy Director for Risk Analysis for the Education Funding Agency and latterly Director of Financial Accounting, Operations and Procurement for the Funding Agency Shared Services team, part of the Education Funding Agency.

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Julie Noble

Chief People Officer

Julie has worked in Human Resources for over 30 years, including 10 years at a strategic level within a FTSE 100 company. She has worked with both public and private sector and enjoys developing others so that they can reach their maximum potential.

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Michael Wu

Legal Counsel

Michael has over 20 years’ commercial property experience and has been involved in the free schools programme from its beginning, managing a team of 15 in-house lawyers as well as external lawyers to successfully acquire a large variety of free school sites within tight timescales. Previously, Michael worked on the Priority Schools Building Programme and the Building Schools for the Future Programme overseeing the delivery of several high value complex projects (including PFI projects). Prior to that, Michael was a commercial property lawyer at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acting for many large landowners and developers.

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Gareth Whitmarsh

Property Director

Gareth is a chartered surveyor and has worked in land agency and development for 16 years, acting across all sectors nationwide. His particular focus was on the acquisition and development of large-scale, residential-led mixed-use schemes for developers across London and the South East. In total, Gareth has been responsible for acquiring land for over 3,500 homes and securing significant commercial real estate for clients.

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Alex Metcalfe

Senior Associate

Alex has 12 years’ experience of delivering education capital projects. Most recently, he has led over 100 property acquisitions for free schools, whilst completing a Masters in Real Estate. Previously, Alex worked as a Project Director at the Education Funding Agency and Partnerships for Schools (PfS), where he managed the delivery of site acquisitions and procurement of building contracts. Prior to this, he supported the Operations Director at PfS, leading on the re-engineering of procurement processes, performance and programme monitoring regimes and external reviews of capital programmes.

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James Brook

Senior Associate

James is a chartered surveyor who has worked in the property industry for over 30 years. James was previously Head of Acquisition and Development at Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC where he was involved in the significant company growth, being directly responsible for new stores, distribution and manufacturing facilities. James has a wealth of experience in the acquisition and development sectors and has also worked on over 40 major planning applications for a mixture of retail, mixed-use and employment uses. James has also been a Director of a Company specialising in site finding, acquisition and development management.


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Matthew Robertson

Senior Associate

Matthew is a chartered surveyor and works between north London and the Midlands, leading acquisitions for LocatED in these areas. Having worked in the industry for 15 years Matthew has extensive experience in agency, mixed-use, commercial and residential development. Prior to his appointment at LocatED, Matthew provided consultancy services to the Department for Education, since the inception of the free schools programme.

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Chris Bellamy

Associate

Chris is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the property industry. He has worked in consultancy for DTZ, where he started as a graduate, GVA and Cushman & Wakefield, client side for ASDA Stores Ltd and in local government for Harrogate Borough Council and the UK’s second largest authority, Leeds City Council. At ASDA Chris was initially a Property Manager before taking up the role Acquisitions Manager dealing with food store development and non-food store leasing. At Leeds City Council he was a Principal Manager working on land and property sales and development projects.

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Ed Johnston Stewart

Associate

Ed is a chartered surveyor with over 14 years’ commercial property experience. He most recently worked at JLL for 10 years where he specialised in commercial agency and development consultancy across London and the South East. As part of this Ed provided consultancy services to the Department for Education and worked with a number of occupiers, developers, investors and landowners in both the private and public sector.

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Emma Weintroub

Associate

Emma has worked in the property industry for over 30 years. Emma was previously Acquisition Manager for Co-op retail group acquiring convenience stores. Emma has vast experience in acquisition and development having worked as Senior Acquisition Surveyor at McDonald’s Restaurants, worked as a development consultant on large development projects including retail parks and supermarkets as well as experience in residential and mixed-use developments.

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Ravinder Cheema

Associate

Rav is a chartered surveyor with 5 years’ property experience, most recently with JLL. Rav has provided agency and development consultancy services to a range of public and private sector clients across the Midlands. Prior to that, Rav worked as a Quantity Surveyor for a Lincolnshire based main contractor.

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Kevin Foster

Development Director

Kevin has nearly 30 years of experience working in property development, having managed his own development business, acted as a consultant to various property companies, and for 12 years as a Director of Jones Lang LaSalle.

A Chartered Surveyor who has worked on a number of significant re-generation schemes and with extensive experience of structuring joint ventures between the public and private sectors, Kevin brings a proven track record of delivery, a broad range of experience across many sectors, together with an extensive network of contacts.

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Andrew Sanderson

Associate Director - Development

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience working within the property sector, both in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Originally with a specific focus on retail property acquisition and development within the supermarket industry, Andrew spearheaded new store acquisitions and development and led internal property teams at Lidl (Ireland), Tesco Ireland and latterly Sainsbury’s. Andrew brings a proven track record of delivering development projects from “cradle to grave”, including education led mixed use schemes, as well as a large network of property professionals that support development projects in this sector.

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Will Attlee

Associate Director - Development

Will is a chartered surveyor and has over 8 years of property experience, most recently as Senior Investment Surveyor in a leading firm in the South West advising landowners, investors and occupiers on property acquisition and disposal matters. Prior to that, he was Operations Manager at Tregothnan, the 20,000 acre estate of Lord Falmouth, where he advised on strategic development initiatives across the Cornwall and Kent Estates.

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Simon Kidd

Senior Development Manager

Simon is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in property development and investment.

He has advised and worked for the public sector and a number of the UK’s largest property companies, including Lendlease, Berkeley Group, Intu, Kier and British Land.

Simon has experience of residential led mixed-use development with particular emphasis on masterplanned urban regeneration.

He has worked on a number of major urban, mixed-use regeneration and development projects, from master planning, concept evolution and feasibility, through detailed design, planning, procurement, construction management then handover and post occupancy evaluation.

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Guy Wheeler

Senior Development Manager

Guy is a chartered surveyor with over 12 years’ experience of acquisitions, asset management and regeneration. Guy has worked on a varied range of commercial, mixed-use and residential development schemes with a number of prominent public and private sector developers, agencies and landowners.

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Naheem Kharyat Siddiq

Senior Surveyor – Technical

Naheem is a qualified architect with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors, working on a wide variety of projects, from domestic to commercial works, through to large high-profile education schemes.

He specialises in school design - from ideas and briefing documentation, through to design development and on-site completion.

Naheem joined from Lancashire County Council, where he worked on Basic Needs and Primary Capital Works Programmes. Prior to that he was a Technical & Client Education Design Advisor at Archial Architects advising on BSF programmes, and also worked as an Education Design Manager for Capita, managing major BSF projects.

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Jon McGrath

Managing Surveyor

Jon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders with 25 years property experience in construction, programme and project management gained in both the public and private sectors.

He previously delivered Capital Projects for Barclays Bank, Killby and Gayford and London Fire Brigade.

Most recently, Jon was Director of Corporate Property and Capital Programmes in Haringey, delivering their £215 million Building Schools for the Future programme to time and budget. He was also responsible for a number of the projects undertaken at Alexandra Palace and for the acquisition and disposal of strategic properties to support the Tottenham Regeneration team.

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Robert Waugh

Associate Director - Asset Management

Robert is a chartered surveyor and has over 16 years’ experience in property and industry with asset management experience at both a listed REIT and a USD 300m private equity real estate fund. Robert has experience across the property investment lifecycle and various sectors including mixed-use, commercial, residential and industrial schemes.

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Craig Ellin

Senior Asset Manager

Craig has over 10 years’ experience working in central government property, including being part of the construction delivery team for two prestigious, award-winning offices. Craig has a strong background in resource efficiency, asset management and sustainability. Most recently, he was Finance Business Partner for a central government cluster, with a £115m per annum property portfolio.

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Daniel Armitage

Senior Asset Manager

Daniel is a chartered surveyor and has had varied experience in the private sector in both client-side and consultancy roles. Dan was previously an Asset Manager for a £1.5bn mixed-use investment fund and prior to this worked at Cushman & Wakefield in their professional advisory team providing Landlord & Tenant advice to a wide range of private and public sector clients. Dan started his career as a commercial agent at Owen Shipp Commercial.

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Michael Limmer

Senior Asset Manager – Finance & Accounting

Michael has worked in property finance and accounting for over 20 years with experience across the corporate, investment and residential sectors. Michael was previously a Client Account Manager at JLL where he managed the accounting function for the Corporate Estates Management team supporting over 17 corporate clients from various industry sectors. He also led his team in supporting receivership matters within the Real Estate Work Out Team dealing with stressed and distressed property assets.

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Will Mumford

Associate Director – Technical, Planning and Construction

Before joining LocatED, Will worked as the Operations Director at NPS South West – a multi-disciplinary property consultancy. Will is a chartered surveyor who has been based in the West Country for over 20 years working in retail, property and local politics. Will chaired the East of Exeter Growth Point helping to bring forward the Cranbrook new town, Exeter Science Park as well as extensive enabling of infrastructure. A founding board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership he helped provide the leadership to create and develop this organisation.

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Duncan Bennett

Lead Planner

Duncan has over 18 years’ planning experience gained from working on a variety of projects in both consultancy and the development industry. Duncan has experience of various aspects of planning including complex mixed-use redevelopment projects, commercial development, residential schemes, retail development, education projects and leisure proposals. Duncan has also produced socio-economic impact assessments and co-ordinated the Environmental Impact Assessment of development projects. He is an Associate EIA Co-ordinator accredited by the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors (IEMA).

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Jacqueline Nixon

Lead Planner

Jacqueline is a chartered town planner with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sector. Previously, Jacqueline was Head of Development Services at Hertfordshire County Council, leading a team which worked on planning obligations and the community infrastructure levy, acquisitions, disposals, local plan representations and planning application submissions. This role involved significant activity related to securing the development of existing schools and sites for new schools in Hertfordshire. Prior to that, Jacqueline was the Land Buyer/Planner for a regional house builder.

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Nigel Smith

Lead Planner

Nigel is a chartered town & country planning professional with over 30 years' experience in both local government and the private sector. Previously, Nigel was Associate Planning Director for Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd, northern business, advising on all planning related matters. Prior to that, as National Planning Manager for the Co-operative Group Ltd, he led a team of 6 Regional Planning Managers in support of the Food, Health & Funerals trading businesses across the UK.

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Jeremy Aston

Senior Surveyor – Technical & Planning

Jeremy is a chartered building surveyor with over 20 years’ property experience in project management, planning and development including consenting a 25 acre international satellite teleport near Winchester for NTL, a 250 acre 50 MW solar generating station at Stratford Upon Avon and a hydro project on the River Avon at Pershore. Prior to joining LocatED he was appointed to examine two nationally significant infrastructure projects on behalf of the Secretary of State under the Planning Act 2008.

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Mark Milbourn

Senior Surveyor - Technical

With a background in architecture and surveying, Mark has over 30 years’ experience in property, development and construction. Previously, he managed major estate refurbishment and regeneration projects including developments for Wandsworth and Westminster Councils. Mark moved into the private sector as Contract Manager for Jackson Stopps and Staff property division and then Associate Director of JSS Pinnacle. Most recently, Mark has spent time in New Zealand and worked on a diverse range of projects including Development Manager of a £1bn mixed-use luxury development for Melview Developments, and Project Manager for significant, national development and procurement projects for Air New Zealand and New Zealand Rail.

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Sam Grainge

Design Lead

Sam is a Part 2 Architect from London Metropolitan University with an MA in Spatial Planning & Urban Design. He has several years’ experience working on residential, mixed-use and education development with some of London’s leading architecture and urban design practices. Sam has also assisted Devon County Council masterplan the restructuring and expansion of their portfolio of existing schools earmarked for growth on particularly constrained sites.

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Harvey Tanner

Surveyor

Harvey joined LocatED in 2016 and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor in the Asset Management team. Harvey focuses on identifying commercialisation opportunities for the Department for Education’s estate alongside overseeing the day to day management of the portfolio. He is also an APC supervisor for the graduates at LocatED.

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James Strang

Surveyor

James is a chartered surveyor and member of the RICS. James joined LocatED in 2016 following his time working for a central London developer. James’ role is mixed, with a background in acquisition and development. He leads on the acquisition of land for the delivery of new schools across north London and the midlands. James works closely with other teams too, specialising in non-educational development on surplus school land, seeking to release funding for existing schools whilst also contributing towards housing provision.

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Grant Shulton

Surveyor

Grant joined LocatED in 2017 and is a qualified chartered surveyor and member of the RICS. Grant’s role is mixed, with a background in acquisition, disposals and development. Grant leads on the acquisition of land for the delivery of new schools across London and the South of England. Grant also leads on a number of non-educational disposals and works closely with the development team on the surplus school land project. He is also an APC supervisor for the graduates at LocatED.

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Rafe Seymour

Graduate Surveyor

Rafe joined LocatED after graduating from Cass Business School with MSc in Real Estate. Prior to joining LocatED, Rafe interned at WarehouseREIT focussing on industrial and logistics investment. He is now working towards completing his APC.

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Jonathan Harvey

Graduate Surveyor

Jonathan joined LocatED after graduating from London South Bank University with an MSc in Real Estate. Prior to joining LocatED, Jonathan worked at various companies including Colliers International in London and South East Asia. He is currently working towards his APC whilst working in the Acquisitions Team.

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Nadia Persaud

Head of Programme Management & Systems

Nadia has worked in project management and policy development for over 24 years with experience across private and public sectors. Nadia has a robust background in legal aid, sustainability, management information and court and prison estate reform. She developed the first successful Treasury bid proposal for Carbon Projects to minimise estate costs across the second largest central government organisation.

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Emma Green

In-house Property Solicitor

Emma is a Property solicitor with over 15 years’ experience. She specialises in advising on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant work and loan security. She has predominately acted for Housing Associations, Banks, Charities, Developers and NHS Trusts over the years.

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