Neil spent his formative years training as a quantity surveyor with a Hertfordshire-based contractor, before joining a subsidiary of a listed, regionally-based development and investment company, focusing on residential development. In 1994, Neil founded Ashtenne Residential Limited – renamed Enterprise Property Group Limited – with the support of an established commercial property company.
EPGL’s non-executive members of the Board have a wealth of contacts and experience within business and, specifically, the property sector. EPGL and its wholly owned subsidiary, Enterprise Retirement Living Limited, are backed by a significant group of investors, including high net worth individuals and corporates, family offices/trusts and Cambridge Colleges. EPGL has a professional and motivated team of individuals who have consistently implemented profitable developments.
Married to Michele, with three grown-up children, in the little spare time being part of the team that runs EPGL affords him, having failed to achieve either of his ambitions to don the No. 9 shirt for Newcastle United or become second row forward for England, Neil attends as many sporting events as possible likes and endeavours to “keep fit” albeit only in an attempt to balance his passion for socialising (food and drink!).
Having qualified as a chartered accountant with a professional firm, Simon moved into industry and gained experience in both the automotive and consulting sectors before moving to EPGL in 2000. He is responsible for treasury, management accounts, statutory accounts, company secretarial and human resources.
A father of two young children, Simon is married to Victoria and, outside of the office, likes to keep fit and actively enjoys outdoor pursuits and family life.
Responsible for the delivery of the development process, including finance, design and planning, development and implementation and other commercial aspects of the group’s activities, Peter trained as a contractor’s quantity surveyor and attained membership of the Chartered Institute of Building before moving into a contract management/surveying role. He joined EPGL in 1996.
Peter, who has two grown-up children with his wife, Alison, spends his leisure time endeavouring to keep fit, playing 5-a-side football, golf and jogging, as well as enjoying a busy social life with friends.
Keith joined EPGL in 1994, having trained as a site manager and gaining experience working for well-known national and regional companies. Through EPGL’s construction arm, Enterprise Heritage, he is now responsible for the delivery of the construction process and monitoring of main contractors, design team and trade subcontractors. Keith’s remit also includes health and safety, customer care and NHBC relations.
A sports fan who enjoys watching rugby and football, Keith is also a keen golfer at weekends … subject to the weather!
As Sales & Marketing Director, Hattie oversees these aspects of all EPGL’s developments, and is still actively involved in the legal side and ultimate decision-making, as well as customer care. However, following EPGL’s expansion into the retirement sector, Hattie now devotes the majority of her time to this division of the group in the complex process from the early design stage to final completion, then beyond into the running of the retirement villages created. Before joining EPGL in 1994, Hattie worked as an assistant accountant for a firm of management consultants and credit controller for a large regional builders’ merchants.
Hattie is married to Keith and they have two adult children. Although spending time with her family is Hattie’s favourite pastime, she also likes to relax by reading, gardening and cooking.
In 2007, Steve came to EPGL as a site manager, having worked for an international construction company in a similar capacity, and was responsible for overseeing Enterprise Retirement Living’s first retirement village in Chester. Now a construction manager for the group, preferring a hands-on approach, Steve is likely to still spend much of his time on site in this role rather than being office-based.
Steve has two grown up children and he and his wife, Naomi, enjoy travelling.
After training as a quantity surveyor for a main contractor and moving up in the same company, Neil worked as a senior quantity surveyor for another regional construction business. Detecting a need in this company, Neil employed his considerable IT skills and knowledge to also become their IT manager, before leaving to join Enterprise Property Group in late 1999. He continues his IT role, responsible for the provision and maintenance of the group’s technology needs and developing strategies to meet them, alongside his duties as commercial manager.
Outside of work, Neil enjoys family life and he and his partner, Liz, have a teenage daughter. Neil also likes clay pigeon shooting and dabbling with electronic gadgetry and computers.
Keith has over 36 years’ experience in the construction and development industry. He started his career working in the contracting sector and was a site-based project manager on some large and varied schemes. In the early nineties he moved into consultancy and as well as commercial and residential experience has also worked in the industrial sector. Previously directly employed by EPGL, Keith now concentrates on running his own construction consultancy and acts in an advisory capacity for EPGL, assisting on site acquisition, development management and contract administration.
Keith and his wife, Cheryl, have three adult sons. In his spare time, Keith likes spending time with the family. He also plays golf (badly) and enjoys cycling.
After working for 27 years, first in a secretarial capacity and later in the realms of marketing, for a multi-office firm of chartered accountants, Wendy spent five years as a legal secretary in the competition department of a large London law practice. She joined EPGL in 2005 to support the sales and marketing process, but has now moved with Hattie into the retirement division. Although she retains some of her previous responsibilities for EPGL generally, Wendy’s time is now largely spent on the varied marketing function for the retirement properties, and the compliance requirements associated with both EPGL’s new-build activities and the promotion and ongoing operation of the retirement villages.
Wendy, who has one adult son and “lives happily apart” from her long-term partner, Phil, enjoys reading, writing, entertaining friends and family, and just being at home.
Bringing her considerable experience of selling homes to the rich and famous in and around Surrey, Sophie joined EPGL as Sales Manager in March 2016. Sophie also spent three years in Dubai recruiting estate agents, so has seen the sales function from both sides of the fence. The role of Sales Manager covers a wide spectrum, including, but not limited to, appointing estate agents, choosing property specifications, handling development budgets, liaising with construction staff throughout, managing purchasers’ extras, and ultimately seeing the sales through to conclusion.
Sophie has three school-age children who she says are her world. She is also very sporty and enjoys the gym and Bikram yoga, and has recently joined a netball team. Once part of the UAE National Women’s Dragon Boat Team, Sophie plans on taking up this sport again with a British club. To relax, she loves spending time with friends and family and revisiting places she has missed in the UK.
After gaining 15 years’ experience in retail banking, Dawn was looking for a new challenge and joined EPGL in September 2016 to fill the role of Receptionist/Office Administrator. Using her exemplary customer service skills, Dawn is also responsible for Customer Care for EPGL’s homeowners, and supports the whole team by ensuring the smooth running of the office. This entails everything from ordering stationery and PPE, arranging construction and health training courses and through the myriad tasks required to look after everyone.
Dawn and her husband, Stuart, have two teenage sons. They also have a Border Collie called Jess who, she says, gives them all great joy. Taking long walks in the countryside and spending time with her family is Dawn’s favourite way of relaxing in her own time.
Tom joined EPGL in 2017 as Company Accountant. Originally from Cambridge, Tom attended Sawston Village College and Hills Road before moving to Manchester University to study Classics and Ancient History. He then spent a year in banking before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant within an accountancy firm. Having spent a lot of time travelling in a previous accounting position working for an international printing company, Tom took the decision to work a little closer to home.
In his spare time, Tom takes part in a variety of sports, including football, squash and swimming, attends a gym, and is currently training for his first triathlon. He also plays guitar and enjoys learning Spanish, regularly visiting Spain to practice and improve his language skills, and interact with the locals. Tom is also a CELTA qualified teacher of English as a foreign language and took exams for this in Seville.
Lucy joined EPGL in December 2016 shortly after leaving college and is working towards her AAT accountancy qualification. Lucy studied Psychology, English Literature and Latin at school and is now a Psychology tutor for other students.
Outside of work Lucy enjoys keeping in shape by doing cross-fit. She also loves travelling and is studying for a qualification in teaching English as a foreign language.
Born and brought up in the United States, Marilyn came to the UK with her English husband, Geoff, and started with EPGL early in 2010. Having done similar work for construction and property companies in the States, Marilyn successfully retuned her skills to cope with UK accounting systems.
Marilyn maintains her American links, not only through her family, including two adult sons, who still live across the pond, but also as President of the 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association and Association Director of England for Odyssey of the Mind, an international educational programme that combines learning creative problem-solving methods with having fun. She is also a trustee and secretary of local Nuthampstead Airfield Museum, dedicated to the USAAF’s divisions stationed in the village during the Second World War.
Teresa joined the accounts department at EPGL in 2001, having previously worked for a large regional builders’ merchants as a credit controller. Following maternity leave, she returned to the company part-time and now provides accounts support to Marilyn and Simon and secretarial assistance to Neil Davison, as well as the organisation of staff and corporate events and general office administration.
With a husband, Paul, and small daughter to look after, Teresa has little spare time, but, when she does, enjoys cooking, reading, power-walking, socialising and spending time with her family.
Alan came to EPGL in October 2014 having gained experience as a quantity surveyor in all disciplines of the construction industry working on major commercial and residential projects in London and the Home Counties. He has worked for various companies, including major developers, contractors and specialised sub-contractors, bringing expertise and insight in all aspects of the industry from different viewpoints.
Married to Clair with two grown up children, Alan keeps fit by playing squash and taking the family dog for long walks. He also enjoys taking holidays with family and friends.
Adam completed his training as a quantity surveyor with a main contractor and gained experience with large house building companies. He also worked for a high-end, bespoke housing developer on the outskirts of London as a senior surveyor before coming to EPGL in April 2016. Adam joins EPGL’s growing team of Development Surveyors, each of whom run their projects from planning at the start to sign-off at the end, and everything in between that gets the properties built.
Married to Nicola, Adam gets out on the golf course whenever possible in his spare time, and also keeps busy socialising with friends and family.
Having achieved a first class honours for a BSc Hons in Planning and Property Development at Nottingham Trent University, Chris joined EPGL on a permanent basis in 2015 as Acquisitions Surveyor. This role includes, but is not restricted to, identifying and adjudicating potential development opportunities, liaising with landowners and agents to acquire the land, and taking the acquired schemes through the planning process prior to handing the site over to the construction team. Chris is also a member of the Student RICS and is working towards becoming fully RICS accredited in the field of planning and development.
Away from the office, Chris lives with his partner Abby in Godmanchester and has a keen interest in cycling, both riding and building and maintaining bicycles. Chris also enjoys networking and socialising with property professionals and friends alike. Combining both of these activities, Chris enjoys his biannual “Tour De Pubs” event sampling the best ales and ciders from surrounding Cambridgeshire villages with friends and family.
In October 2014, having worked for national house builders and main contractors on large residential projects, Will brought his 17 years’ experience in the trade to work with EPGL as a site manager. This role, which requires a vast knowledge of construction and the ability to copy with myriad tasks, involves seeing a development through from start to finish on the ground.
Although he now lives in Hertfordshire, Will describes himself as a true Yorkshireman: grumpy in the morning; dry sense of humour; honest; likes a laugh. Will supports Sheffield United, plays squash twice a week and is a regular visitor to the gym, the latter because, he says, he enjoys a good pint of bitter or a nice glass of red wine. He also enjoys walking in the countryside, taking holidays, and spending time with his partner, Angela, and their two daughters.
Following a varied career as a silk screen printer, share fisherman and security supervisor, Steve moved into the construction industry and joined EPGL in 1994. Steve is one of the company’s site managers, which role requires having an extensive knowledge of the construction process and taking responsibility for the day-to-day progress of the development.
Steve and Julie, his wife, have two adult daughters and five grandchildren, who occupy much of his time. In fact, Steve says that baby-sitting has become his hobby!
After serving in the army, Tom went into the building trade and trained as a fork-lift and cherry-picker driver. He has been working for EPGL since 1998 as a general foreman, in addition to driving the fork-lift, which involves employing a wide range of building skills.
Tom is now single, but has six grown-up children who have provided him with no fewer than 12 grandchildren. When he’s not being a granddad, Tom enjoys darts, pool, football and boxing.
Despite some great times visiting clients at racing events across Europe, in September 2014, Harry swapped a career working for a motor sport insurance broker for one in construction. Starting at grass roots level, Harry spends his time on various sites acquiring knowledge in all areas of the construction process and is keen to progress a career in an industry which interests him more than insurance!
In his spare time, Harry plays first team rugby for Saffron Walden Rugby Club and can also be found on the cricket field or on a golf course during the summer months. Whilst he still lives at home, at weekends Harry likes to catch up with friends who are at university and to spend as much time as he can visiting his girlfriend in Leicester.
Millie has been with us a while having been rescued from a pond, along with a frog, from one of our developments. After spending some time in the site office, she was transferred to the more salubrious surroundings of head office following completion of the development, while the frog is no longer with the company and hopped off to pastures (or ponds) new.
Now rehomed in a shiny modern tank, Millie has been joined by two new friends Inky and Rango. Millie and her team do not have any responsibilities; with their short memory span, they’d only forget them anyway…
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