Richard is a creative entrepreneur who happens to be well educated in the field of property development and investment. He is an Honours Graduate of Reading University's Land Management (Development and Planning Specialism) and has established, built and sold four property investment and professional companies in the past two decades. He pioneered one of London's leading house builders, Mount Anvil, in 1991 delivering 5,000 student bedrooms which have since won numerous awards and also established Cathedral Healthcare Plc, a leading primary healthcare company from scratch.
Richard founded Cathedral Group Plc in 1998 and has nurtured the company into a six million sq ft market-leading pioneer in public private partnership developments. He is the driving force behind Cathedral's values and vision to create social and economic growth through redevelopment.
Richard is a keen patron of the Arts and is passionate about the quality of place. He sets the strategic direction of the company and has a clear vision for what Cathedral can achieve for the wider community, beyond its commercial objectives.
He recently undertook the regeneration of The Bell, a village pub in Ticehurst, East Sussex and with his passion for art and all things unusual has transformed it into a a warming and comfortable countryside destination which boasts beautiful bedrooms and quirky interiors. He has also embarked on a plan to help the village further by refurbishing the bakery and space for local pop-up shops.
Richard is a member of the Advisory Committee for English Heritage. He also represents Cathedral in our sponsorship of the Architecture Foundation, British Property and is an advisor on regeneration to a number of local authorities.
Richard is 45, married with two young children and a few animals.
Martin joined Cathedral in 2006 and as Cathedral Group's Managing Director and is primarily responsible for the day to day operation of the company and the delivery of our £1.5bn pipeline of development projects across London and the South East.
John O'Reilly BSc (HONS) ACA ICAEW
In 2011 John joined Cathedral Group's board as Finance Director to oversee all financial aspects of the business including the company's day to day financial operation, the financial management of our development projects and has responsibility for the management of the development pipeline funding and compliance.
John is a member of the Institure of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a BSc Honours Degree in Physics from the University of Exeter.
Andrew has over 20 years of development experience in the residential and mixed-use property field, particularly in London where he has completed over 20 schemes. He is greatly interested in the built environment and also sits on the British Property Federation's Residential Committee which lobbys for great institutional investment in the Private Rental Sector. Andrew joined Cathedral Group early in 2013.
Before joining Cathedral's board as Marketing and Creative Director in June 2011, Martyn worked as a creative consultant to Cathedral for 12 years.
He is primarily responsible for the Group's creative direction and marketing across our portfolio of development projects.
Martyn is a trustee and former Chairman of The Forgiveness Project, a UK based charity that works in the areas of reconciliation and conflict resolution, working with ex-offenders and victims of crime to model a restorative justice process. Martyn is often called upon to judge industry awards such as Architect of the Year Awards, sponsored by BD Magazine, and The AJ Small Projects Awards. Martyn also sits on the Steering Group of the Hayes Town Partnership.
As Projects Director, Rob manages the team that runs Cathedral's £1.1bn private speculative development pipeline including The Old Vinyl Factory.
Rob is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building, on the Board of Sentinel Housing Association, is Chairman of Investal Developments Limited and a retained consultant for the Design Council/CABE. Rob is also a member of the London Business School Real Estate Society. He has three degrees including a first class degree in Engineering, a Masters in IT and an MBA specialising in Market Economics from the London Business School.
Gavin Watters BA MSc
Gavin has specific responsibility in the Projects Team for running our developments in Canning Town, the Greenwich Peninsula, Sundridge Park and Eynsham Hall.
Gavin has a BA Honours Degree in Town and Country Planning from the University of Manchester, Aménagement du Territoire from La Sorbonne, Paris and a MSc in European Property Development and Planning from the University College of London.
Projects Director - Delivery
Daniel's role is to oversee the construction delivery of all the Cathedral projects, guiding them from the post planning stage through to completion and handover. Daniel is responsible for overseeing the successful delivery of the £600m pipeline of development projects in Sittingbourne, Brighton, Deptford, Greenwich and Bromley. Daniel joined Cathedral in 2012.
Arlene Van Bosch BSc (HONS) MRICS
Arlene runs the team that manages Cathedral's projects including The Deptford Project, Bromley South Central and The Movement, Greenwich.
Arlene has a First Class Honours Degree in Estate Management (DIS) from the University of Ulster (Jordanstown) and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Planning and Development).
James Bishop BSc (HONS)
Head of New Business
As Head of New Business, James is responsible for running Cathedral's new business development programme and shepherding new projects into our development pipeline.
James as a BCs Honours Degree in Land Management from the University of Portsmouth.
Head of Group Hotels
With over 20 years of experience in managing hotels, Jeremy has operational responsibility for running Cathedral's hotel portfolio including Sundridge Park Manor and Eynsham Hall and developing the hotel elements of our mixed use development projects.
Jeremy is a Board Member of the British Hospitality Association South East Regional Committee.
Non Executive Chairman
In November 2011, Barry Bennett took up the role of Non Executive Chairman of Cathedral Group after relinquishing his responsibilities as an Executive Director.
Barry was one of the founders of the company with Richard Upton and now as Chair of Cathedral's Board of Directors brings to the team the length and breadth of his experience of working in the global property development industry.
Barry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Non Executive - Construction
Colin has over 40 years experience working in construction and property development in London and the South East.
After graduating from Brighton University with a degree in Construction Technology and Management he joined Croudace as a management trainee and after 5 years left to join a national housing developer as a Contracts Manager. In 1981, Colin joined Rydon, then a £1 million turnover construction company, and over the next 24 years was at the forefront of its successful diversification and growth, with the enlarged group of companies eventually enjoying a turnover of nearly £200 million.
In the late 1990s, Colin was instrumental in forming Ryhurst as a specialist investment company delivering and operating PFI projects for Mental Health and Primary Care NHS Trusts. Under Colin's tenure, Ryhurst secured 12 separate multi million pound projects that provided turnover for Rydon Construction and Rydon Homes as well as creating the opportunity to form a specialist property maintenance company within the Rydon Group.
Colin was appointed as Rydon Group Chief Executive in 2001 and eventually left in 2005 just prior to the shareholders selling the business to the existing senior management. For the next 5 years Colin was employed as MD of United House and during this period significantly contributed to the company successfully increasing its presence in the new build market, as well as negotiating and delivering a £150 million housing refurbishment PFI contract.
Following planned retirement in 2011, Colin was invited to join Cathedral as a non-exec director. Colin is an avid fan of Rugby and currently is chairman of East Grinstead RFC.