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  • John Connolly - FEC
    John Connolly
    Head of UK Development
  • Nick Poon - FEC
    Nick Poon
    Head of Projects
  • Gavin Taylor - FEC
    Gavin Taylor
    Regional General Manager
  • Pavel Marsik - FEC
    Pavel Marsik
    CFO Europe
  • Mike Heyworth-Dunn - FEC
    Mike Heyworth-Dunn
    Legal Counsel
  • Angela Walsh - FEC
    Angela Walsh
    Sales and Marketing Director
  • Mimi Capas - FEC
    Mimi Capas
    International Sales Director
  • Andrew Bradley-Nixon - FEC
    Andrew Bradley-Nixon
    Sales and Marketing Director
  • Bruno Almeida Santos - FEC
    Bruno Almeida Santos
    Project Director
  • Tom Fenton - FEC
    Tom Fenton
    Project Director
  • Hilary Brett - FEC
    Hilary Brett
    Project Director
  • Kiah Khing Tan - FEC
    Kiah Khing Tan
    Commercial Director
  • Anthony Payne - FEC
    Anthony Payne
    Procurement Director
  • Nick Whitehouse - FEC
    Nick Whitehouse
    Delivery Director
  • Aoibhinn McGinty - FEC
    Aoibhinn McGinty
    Human Resources Manager
  • Rebecca Kwan - FEC
    Rebecca Kwan
    Head of Hotels
  • Jan Rutgers - FEC
    Jan Rutgers
    Director of Hotel Operations (TWC)
  • Colin Stewart - FEC
    Colin Stewart
    Director of Casino Operations
  • John has held the role of Head of UK Development at FEC UK since it was established in 2011. Over this time, FEC UK has grown exponentially as a leading nationwide developer with a collective GDV of approximately £1.4bn in committed projects.

    John is known for his strategic thinking coupled with a tenacious and proactive approach to delivering development projects.

    As part of FEC UK’s vision for the future, and from FEC’s London office, John is focused on delivering almost 18,000 new homes across all of its UK-wide projects, in addition to key projects in Europe. John is highly skilled at forging strong links with public bodies and private enterprises, bringing to fruition a number of flagship projects in collaboration with local government organisations and housing associations.

    To date, John has been instrumental in FEC UK’s progress of over 12 million square feet of committed mixed-use developments.

    John also plays an important role in the acquisition and brand building of Dorsett hotels. Dorsett Shepherd Bush opened in 2014 and there are a number of new Dorsett Hotels currently in development.

    Before joining FEC, John was Director of a property consultancy where he was responsible for top level management decisions along with the delivery of various projects up to £200m in construction costs.

    Nick joined FEC UK as Head of Projects with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, managing both residential, commercial and hotel projects from concept to completion. Nick was based in Hong Kong for a number of years working on some of the tallest and most iconic buildings on Hong Kong’s skyline. Prior to joining FEC, Nick worked for a blue chip multinational conglomerate, with prime residential property developments in London.

    Under his far-ranging role at FEC today, Nick is known for his hands-on approach and meticulous attention to detail. He is instrumental in managing a multitude of stakeholders, and responsible for leading diverse teams to deliver the business’s ambitious developments to completion.

    Gavin is a Mancunian with over 15 years’ experience in development, construction and portfolio management. He joined FEC as Regional General Manager in 2016. Gavin’s role sees him overseeing the expansion of the organisation in the north of the UK. He is also responsible for the Angel Meadow and Northern Gateway projects which will bring over 15,000 homes to Manchester. Previously, as Operations Director for Beijing Construction, Gavin was instrumental in the introduction and establishment of the international conglomerate in the UK. He was also the first non-Chinese citizen to become a director of a Chinese State-Owned Entity.

    Pavel took on the role of CFO Europe at FEC in 2018, following 18 years as Regional Financial Controller for TWC. Utilising his strong financial acumen and expertise in the hospitality and leisure sectors, he oversees all aspects of financial management for FEC’s European division, which currently includes operations in the UK, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. His responsibilities include the implementation of internal controls, management information and financial reporting systems, leading the budgeting process and acquisition of project financing, and the coordination of audits, tax projects, and external appraisals. In addition to this, Pavel also manages a team of regional financial controllers.



    An accomplished, and highly experienced legal professional, Mike joined FEC as Legal Counsel in 2019. He brings with him a valuable wealth of expertise including real estate acquisition, planning, construction, development, estate structuring, sales and lettings. Mike’s role sees him dealing with all aspects of real estate and hotel acquisition, development and management for all FEC’s UK and Europe operations. He also oversees general commercial agreements and all internal matters, engages and manages all external counsel, and works in close partnership with the development project leads and hotel management teams.

    Angela Walsh joined FEC UK as Director of Sales & Marketing in 2017 bringing over 25 years of property marketing experience to the fast-paced organisation. As one of the UK’s fastest growing leading developers, FEC is currently developing a range of large-scale mixed use projects across the country, most notably, Aspen at Consort Place in Canary Wharf, and Grade II* listed restoration of Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End as well as MeadowSide in Manchester and the Northern Gateway, the largest regeneration project outside of London.

    Angela is a critical member of FEC UK’s senior leadership team, overseeing the Sales & Marketing strategy; managing a roster of multidisciplinary Communication teams and leading the Brand-building and placemaking vision for some of the UK’s most highly anticipated developments. Prior to this role, Angela was Head of Sales & Marketing for Annington Property Ltd, the largest private property owner in the UK, having purchased 57,000 homes from the Ministry of Defence in 1996.

    Whilst Angela is from London, she also brings an international mindset to her role at FEC, working with a range of world-class experts from architects, surveyors, contractor partners and designers to bring complex projects to fruition.

    Mimi recently joined FEC in the autumn of 2019 and has hit the ground running working on one of its most prestigious developments, Aspen at Consort Place. Mimi’s brings a truly global mindset and has vast experience spanning the London property development market and that of the APAC region – specifically building successful and reputable sales teams in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Mainland China. Prior to this, Mimi has held a number of senior consultancy positions at illustrious developers such as London Square Ltd and formerly at Knight Frank. Whilst at Knight Frank, Mimi moved from London where she was a successful Lettings Director leading the agents’ new Riverside Lettings Department, to Hong Kong to set up the International Lettings business.

    Andrew joined FEC in 2018 following 14 years in the property industry. Based in the Manchester office, Andrew heads up the regional sales and marketing division for FEC. This busy office is currently working on the 383-acre Northern Gateway, an investment partnership between FEC and Manchester City Council to deliver over 15,000 homes across seven neighbourhoods. Phase one is the group’s flagship northern development, MeadowSide, in Manchester City Centre, with two further developments New Cross Central and Victoria Riverside, coming soon. Andrew who has been instrumental in the Northern Gateway vision is an experienced Senior Sales & Marketing Director with expertise in real estate. Having lived and worked in Manchester most of his life, he has exceptional knowledge of the city’s property market and along with the rest of the team has been a key driver in MeadowSide’s success.

    Bruno joined FEC/DHI with over 15 years’ experience through all development work stages, from briefing and concept stages, through planning and design development to construction completion. His experience spans across a vast range of sectors, including governmental, academic, heritage, cultural, commercial and residential projects, and includes high rise buildings in Canary Wharf (including The Spire), various commercial refurbishments in London, multiple-award-winning residential schemes in London and Cambridge, a Cultural Centre in Abu Dhabi, and the Portuguese National Radio Television Studios and Headquarters in Lisbon. Bruno is currently overseeing Consort Place development in Canary Wharf and working with the development team in new opportunities.

    Tom has over twenty years’ client-side development experience. Before joining FEC, he worked for Capital & Centric and held directorial roles at Sheffield Housing Company and Urban Splash, delivering some of the largest and most high-profile mixed-use regeneration projects in the region. In his current role as Project Director, Tom is responsible for the delivery and coordination of FEC’s Northern Gateway Joint Venture with Manchester City Council, a project that will deliver up to 15,000 new homes over the next fifteen to twenty years on a three-hundred-and-ninety-acre site in North Manchester. Tom is excited about implementing the Northern Gateway plans, delivering positive change for his home city.

    Hilary is currently Project Director responsible for the delivery of the initial residential development plots at Manchester’s Northern Gateway, a project that will deliver 15,000 new homes over the next fifteen to twenty years. Hilary has over twelve years’ experience in the delivery and project management of large-scale planning applications, Environment Impact Assessments and masterplans. Hilary previously worked at Manchester-based planning consultancy, HOW Planning, and led their environmental planning team. Since joining FEC, she has played a key role in the development of the Northern Gateway Masterplan and Strategic Regeneration Framework, working in partnership with Manchester City Council as well as numerous local stakeholders and interest groups.

    Kiah Khing has been leading the commercial team for FEC since February 2018. He is responsible for overseeing the commercial aspect of London projects and comes with over 20 years of European and UK experience in residential, commercial, justice, sports and leisure projects having worked in companies such as Hutchison Property Group and Capita. Before joining the developer side, he was team leader of a property consultancy to delivery several keys projects within the establishment. He is also working closely with our project and finance team to shape up the procurement process, finance strategy and internal policies.

    Anthony joined FEC in September 2019, and has over 15 years’ experience in Residential, PBSA and Commercial sectors throughout the UK. Prior to his move to FEC, Anthony was Head of the Commercial team at Select Property Group. In his current role, Anthony provides a commercial focus to the development team. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining commercial best practice and financial control, ensuring FEC are able to mitigate risk exposure and drive value through all stages of residential project delivery. His current focus is on developing strategic partnerships for the successful delivery of the Northern Gateway estate.

    Having joined FEC as a consultant in 2017, Nick was appointed Delivery Director in 2019. He has over 19 years experience in construction, delivering projects across residential, leisure, infrastructure and retail. Since 2005, he has been a chartered member of the RICS.

    His current role spans the whole FEC project portfolio, with a particular emphasis on the MeadowSide scheme in Manchester, which he has managed since its inception. He hopes to keep adding more projects to the FEC portfolio, building on the group’s reputation as a successful, sustainable, socially conscious developer.

    Aoibhinn joined FEC as HR Manager in April 2019, she is responsible for leading FEC’s Human Resources Strategy and defining best practise across all areas of HR, including Compensation & Benefits, Policy, Talent Acquisition, Payroll and Employee Relations. Aoibhinn holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Prior to joining FEC, Aoibhinn worked in industries including Transport, Engineering, Facilities Management, Defence and Utilities and has experience in leading HR Shared Services, Organisational Design, Employee Relations, Talent Management and Learning & Development. Her current focus is the development of an effective HR Infrastructure, designed to support business growth and employee engagement.

    Rebecca is a highly adept and strategically-minded international hospitality professional with over 20 years’ hospitality and tourism experience. She has been part of Dorsett Hospitality International since 2006, when she was appointed General Manager of Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong, one of Hong Kong’s pioneering boutique hotels. Alongside her role as Head of Hotels, Rebecca is Senior Vice President of Sales in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. She oversees all hotel operations to drive performance and results in these locations, while also supporting DHI’s growth in additional regions.

    Jan is the Director of Hotel Operations for Trans World Hotels. He began his career with Hilton, where he completed a corporate traineeship, before working for the Stakis hotel chain, IHG and Interconti among others. Jan returned to Hilton as General Manager in Rotterdam, before taking on a role with Holland’s biggest family-owned hotel chain, Van Der Valk, where he set up an internal cluster structure within the Dutch hotels. In his current role at Trans World, he oversees everything from hospitality and recruitment to hotel refurbishments and upgrades, ensuring the hotels retain and build on their already sterling reputation.


    Colin joined FEC/TWC in 2014, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience in the casino sector, including 20 years’ managerial experience. With extensive experience spanning sales, marketing, management, leadership and strategy, Colin brings a valuable breadth and depth of expertise to the Group. He oversees all operational requirements of four TWC units, comprising three casinos and one hotel. His role includes identifying key business development opportunities, overseeing all operation budgets, and advising the casino and hotel management teams. He also ensures compliance with all necessary company policies and local and national laws and regulations covering AML, GDPR, and Responsible Gaming.