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our specialist team

Buckland Development Ltd has assembled and funded its own in-house team of property specialists and a wider team of external consultants. The teams have worked together consistently over the last decade and more ensuring continuity of vision and direction for a complex project such as Welborne.

mark thistlethwayte - chairman

Mark established Buckland Development Ltd. in 2006 to ensure his long-term vision for Welborne could be realised. As a local proactive land owner and the principal behind the 2,650 homes development of Berewood, Hampshire in a joint venture with Grainger Plc , Mark provides the strategic direction to, and vision for, Welborne. He has significant experience of funding and financial solutions for large scale residential-lead property schemes and investments for both corporate and institutional clients during his financial career with James Capel, Cazenove and LCF Rothschild. He retains a number of non-executive directorships in a range of private trading companies. His knowledge and capability provides the innovative commercial and financial direction needed to deliver the vision for a fundamentally important, long-term project such as Welborne .

john beresford - managing director

John leads the team at Buckland Development Ltd, 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. While 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 lambert - finance director

Paul manages the finances and accounts across Buckland Development Ltd, Buckland Capital Partners Ltd and four of the businesses within Portchester Equity Limited group. His financial modelling expertise is particularly applicable to the financial complexities of the Welborne project and allows Buckland to effectively map a commercially sustainable level of delivery over such a long-term project. Before joining the Buckland team, Paul was the Finance Director of a substantial national property-owning and management group of companies.

paul willoughby - project director

Paul is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with Ernest & Young in Southampton. He has director level experience in both the financial and property sectors in privately and publicly owned businesses (FTSE 250 National Housebuilder). This included a senior role with McCarthy & Stone Ltd. involved with land valuation, acquisition and business direction. 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. Paul is one of the project directors on Welborne focusing on project financials and strategic issues.

fiona gray - project director

Fiona has a range of technical and commercial experience from working within the property and construction industry since 1990, starting out as a site engineer for a major UK construction company and housebuilder then moving to project manager roles for a global engineering consultancy. Prior to joining Buckland in 2008, she was Divisional Director within the Merger & Acquisition division of Willis Ltd. – working for both public and private sector clients advising on environmental risk management issues in large and complex projects. Having worked on the developing plans for Welborne for over a decade, Fiona applies her broad knowledge to various aspects of the Welborne project and business as one of Bucklands’ project directors.

paul stewart - technical director

As a qualified Civil Engineer, Paul is responsible for overseeing the strategic and technical infrastructure works across Welborne, including roads, access, utilities and sustainable drainage. His experience in large complex residential and commercial development projects has seen him manage all technical aspects from feasibility through planning to detailed design and construction on site. Paul has also worked for developers on the design of on-plot levels and infrastructure to serve the houses.

david griffiths - non-executive director

David is now a non-executive Director having worked on the Welborne project for over eight years taking it from its early stages through to outline planning application. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in property development. He has been involved in the instigation, planning and development of a number of high profile, locally prestigious developments such as Ocean Village, Southampton Waterfront and Oxford Science Park. He specialises in strategic development and project management.