Andy Macdonald

Andy has an established track record with over 25 years in the property development industry in both delivery of major development projects and managing commercial development businesses.

He gained qualifications from Loughborough University, Penn State University and Cambridge University holding a masters degree in Land Economy before starting a career in surveying and property development. A qualified Chartered Surveyor, Andy worked in Edinburgh at Montagu Evans before becoming a Development Director at Stannifer Developments where he established himself as a specialist in major retail led regeneration delivering significant town and city centre retail development projects such as Union Square, Aberdeen and The Brewery Romford.

Andy has led regeneration projects throughout the UK and delivered major town and city centre retail, commercial and mixed use developments. With the purchase by Multiplex of Stannifer Developments in 2004, he became their head of regeneration and latterly Managing Director of Multiplex Developments and led one of the UKs largest regeneration projects in Brent Cross Cricklewood, which secured a planning consent for 14 million square feet in 2010. Leading such major projects not only requires an in depth knowledge and experience of the mixed use sector but also the ability to manage high level relationships between stakeholders. Andy has worked widely with both private and public sector partners in delivery of development projects within successful joint venture partnerships.

Andy was latterly Head of Development at Stockland, one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups and a top 50 ASX company, which he joined in 2008 to manage their UK property development business. Their UK development portfolio extended to 2.5m sqft of developable space across all property sectors including the proposed regeneration of Harlow Town Centre.

Andy is Managing Director of Swanvale Developments and is also an ex-Scotland and Barbarians rugby International.

Brian Reid

Brian has over 40 years’ experience in the property and construction industry , gaining invaluable experience and a track record for the delivery of major retail developments in the 10 years he spent working with retailers based in the UK and Germany working in the capacity of Project and Technical Director in the delivery of their retail portfolio and distribution network.

In 1996 Brian joined Stannifer Developments as the director responsible for the project management and delivery of development throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland across all sectors, managing some of the largest and most complex projects throughout the UK.

Brian has delivered in excess of 400,000m2 of retail both shopping centres and edge of town retail, mixed use, leisure and commercial developments over his career.

In 2004 Brian joined Chelsfield PLC where he immediately took up a key role in the delivery of the Westfield shopping centre a £1.7billion development constructed over London Underground on the 45 acre site at Shepherds Bush in London this is the largest urban development in Europe.

In 2006 he joined Cyril Sweett as Regional Director where amongst other developments he was Project Director on Union Square a project he had been closely involved in since 1998 when working as a Director of Stannifer Developments.

Union Square is a £250m mixed use development which although primarily retail, also involved the construction of two rail freight facilities a bus interchange and redevelopment of Aberdeen main line station which opened to the public in November 2009.

Richard Breese

Following an early career in banking with Barclays Bank, Richard joined Richmond based chartered accountants Meeson Makinson and subsequently London based Deloitte Haskins and Sells, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1985.  He is also an Associate of the Institute of Bankers.

Since qualifying Richard has spent 25 years in the property sector, initially joining the head office team of the media group ACC, which owned Bentray Properties and Stoll Moss Theatres.  Richard uniquely was retained through two corporate takeovers and was instrumental in setting up the European property division for the new Australian owners, which included the development of a £250 million five star hotel (now the Lanesborough Hotel) and office development at the St George’s Hospital site, Hyde Park Corner and the development of a centro ingrosso in the outskirts of Rome.

Richard subsequently joined Fairbriar plc where he took a key role in restructuring the group, enabling it to become the first company to regain its public listing.  Then in 1991 Richard joined PSIT plc, a FTSE 350 quoted property group, becoming Finance Director until the group was taken over in 1997.  During this period PSIT recorded impressive asset growth to £350 million, consistently being placed top in the sector in respect of compound growth in earnings, dividends and profits.  Whilst at PSIT Richard also found time to take an MBA, gaining a distinction.

In 1998 Richard joined Stannifer Group Holdings, a Stratford upon Avon based commercial property development and investment group, which achieved net asset growth from £15m to £100m during the period to 2005, when it was acquired ultimately by Multiplex Developments.  From 2006 to 2009 Richard became Finance Director of Catesby Property Group, another Stratford based commercial property group before joining three of his former Stannifer colleagues at Total Retail Concepts in 2010.

Richard is Finance Director of Swanvale Developments Limited and has been a Trustee of the East Sheen Chengannur Trust since 1983.  He is also one if the UK’s leading boardgame designers.