The Welborne Team
Buckland Development Team
The same team of individuals have worked together for over 8 years on developing our vision for delivering Welborne as an exemplar new community.
Mark Thistlethwayte – Chairman
Mark is approaching 30 years’ professional experience in the structured financing of, and development of a wide range of large-scale residential-lead property schemes. Mark’s initial experience was through his 22 years at James Capel, Cazenove and LCF Rothschild’s, where he advised institutional and corporate clients on transactions. Since 2007, Mark has taken on a number of large-scale projects as principal, through both Buckland Development and its sister company Buckland Capital Partners in Winchester.
Specific projects have included the new Berewood development at West Waterlooville for 2,550 homes with Grainger Plc, Welborne to the north of Fareham (up to 6,000 homes) and Welborne Solar – a 40MW solar park designed to produce 100% sustainable energy, close to Welborne development.
John Beresford – Managing Director
John joined Buckland Development in 2018, having previously run the strategic land business at Grainger Plc. He has over 20 years’ experience as a developer in the residential sector and has overseen the delivery of large-scale, complex schemes, including Wellesley in Aldershot and Berewood, Waterlooville.
Whilst at Grainger Plc, John also set up and managed Grainger Trust Ltd which, as a subsidiary of Grainger Plc, is a Registered Provider of affordable homes. Prior to that, John started his career working for Bryant Homes and Taylor Woodrow.
John brings first-hand experience and best practice knowledge relevant to the creation of a large new community such as Welborne.
Paul Willoughby – Project Director
Paul is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with EY in Southampton. He has director level experience in both the financial and property sectors in privately and publically (FTSE 250 National Housebuilder) owned companies. He also has previous experience as a quantity surveyor on a range of building projects including private and social new build housing, redevelopment and refurbishment.
Fiona Gray – Project Director
Fiona brings over 20 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. She is Project Director for Buckland Development Limited working on the Welborne development project. She was formerly Divisional Director within the Merger & Acquisition division of Willis Limited, working for both public sector and private sector clients in property transactions. Her experience also includes being a Project Manager within a global engineering consultancy and as a site engineer for Laing Construction. In addition, she has been a regular guest lecturer and examiner at Brunel University.
Warren Cann – Investment Director
Warren has 14 years experience in asset risk management. Before joining Buckland he was employed by the LCF Rothschild Group both offshore and onshore UK where he was responsible for the design, structuring and marketing of investment solutions to institutional and corporate clients.
Prior to this Warren worked in asset management before moving into foreign exchange and money markets at Royal Bank of Canada in the Channel Islands. Warren is a fellow of the Securities Institute.
Paul Lambert – Financial Director
Paul is a Chartered Accountant with significant corporate finance and financial modelling experience gained at Deloitte and KPMG. More recently he has been the Director of Finance of a substantial national property owning and management group of companies.
Our Consultancy Team
Our consultancy team have significant experience in other large scale, complex mixed-use developments such as Poundbury, Upton, Newhall and Rugby.