Tim Wooldridge, IM Properties
The managing director of IM Properties, which is one of the biggest investors in the West Midlands. The company is behind the regeneration of Mell Square, which will transform Solihull, town centre, and also has interests in Blythe Valley Park and 55 Colmore Row in central Birmingham.
He joined IM Properties in 1998 and was appointed managing director in 2009.
Simon Clarke, St Modwen
Simon Clarke takes an active part in the running of Midlands-based St Modwen, the development company founded by his late father Sir Stan Clarke. The firm has a property portfolio worth more £1.5 billion. The company has a significant number of development projects reaching completion including Swansea University’s £450 million Bay Campus. At Longbridge, it is carrying out a £1 billion regeneration project around the newly-created Longbridge town centre. St Modwen is also continuing with its 10 year £150 million redevelopment of the Goodyear site in Wolverhampton where 600 homes will be built.
Richard Howson, Carillion
Richard Howson is chief executive of construction industry giant Carillion, having previously been its chief operating officer. He is also chair of the Business in the Community community leadership team. Wolverhampton-based Carillion employs more than 40,000 people worldwide with a turnover of more than £4 billion. Richard Howson is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Civil Engineers and has worked with Carillion operations in the Middle East and North Afrtica as well as the UK.
Roy Richardson, Richardsons
The Richardson family is probably best known for the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill, but the company’s reach goes far wider than that with projects and joint ventures across Europe and North America. Richardsons have been developing real estate for six decades. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by the Black Country’s most famous twins – Roy, aged 85, and the late Don Richardson. Don died in September 2007, aged 77, bringing an end to the legendary partnership of Don and his younger twin Roy.
Peter Horton, Hortons’ Estate
Hortons’ Estate is one of the Midlands most prominent family-owned property companies. It is run by Peter Horton who was confirmed as chairman of the group last May. The company’s most prestigious city centre project is the of Birmingham’s Grand Hotel to its former glory after. The façade of the hotel is being restored and the hotel’s interior renovated, with office space being created. Shops which form part of the hotel’s frontage are also being refurbished, along with a restaurant which will spill out onto the pavement. The Alchemist exclusive bar plans to open its first venue in Birmingham in the development, and it will be joined by Italian restaurant Gusto. Ten shops will front the scheme, and the office space is now being marketed.
Rupert Mucklow, A&J Mucklow
Rupert Mucklow’s industrial property group has a stock market valuation of well over £300 million. As chairman of Cradley Heath-based A&J Mucklow Group – one of the region’s leading industrial property companies – he has overseen impressive growth. Founded in 1933, the firm began life as a house builder but in the 1960s – having gone public in 1962 – moved away from homes and concentrated on investing in and developing industrial, commercial and retail property. The company is still very much a family business with the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the company’s founders holding shares.
Stewart Davenport, Lovell
Stewart Davenport is managing director of Tamworth-based housebuilder Lovell. The company is a specialist in residential development and social housing, having been in the business for more than 40 years. The firm has regional offices throughout the UK and is a subsidiary of construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall. Lovell employs 900 people in the UK and is working closely with The Riverside Group to deliver major housing projects in the Midlands and north.
Eamonn Burns, Seddon
Eamonn Burns is Midlands regional director for fast-growing construction company Seddon which has its regional office on the Birmingham Business Park. Based in Bolton, its Midlands business is a major contributor to the firm’s turnover. Appointed in September 2014 he was previously operations director at Wilmott Dixon where he was responsible for the growth of the company’s Birmingham Housing Unit into a business with a turnover of £55 million.
Colin Stewart, Arup
Arup is a global infrastructure engineering and design consultancy operating throughout the world. Colin Stewart leads its Blythe Valley Park office, known as the Arup Campus and employing 700 people. He is also Arup’s global rail business leader, with expertise in multi-disciplinary project leadership. He has worked on many of Arup’s major projects including the Channel Tunnel rail link (HS1) and the M6 Toll.
Tony Gallagher, Gallagher UK
Warwick-based Gallagher UK is one of the most successful privately-owned commercial and residential property development and investment companies in the UK. Tony Gallagher is owner and chairman and one of the wealthiest men in the Midlands. Through his Gallagher Estates and Gallagher Developments companies, he has spent more than three decades accumulating land and property assets ranging from retail parks, housing plots and industrial sites. The result is a vast land bank under development, with planning consent or as an investment. His companies own more than 35,000 house building plots throughout the UK, as well as a large retail park investment portfolio.