People

Ben Gummer

Ben Gummer

Partner

Ben is a founding partner of GummerLeathes. He was formerly Minister for the Cabinet Office, responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of all UK domestic policy, including housing policy. Before politics, Ben ran a sustainability consultancy. He is now a Senior Adviser at McKinsey & Company, Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, a member of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission’s Land Use Framework National Group and sits on the board of the Office for Place.

Tim Leathes

Tim Leathes

Partner

Tim is a founding partner of GummerLeathes. He is a recognized leader in the emerging property sector of masterdevelopment. From 2010-2020 he was Development Director at Urban & Civic and responsible for the planning and delivery of 15,000 new homes across three sites: Alconbury Weald, Wintringham and Waterbeach. Tim was previously at Lend Lease and the United Nations’ Human Settlements division (UN Habitat).

James Grigson

James Grigson

Finance Director

James is Finance Director at GummerLeathes. A chartered accountant, having trained with Deloitte before going on to work for Royal Dutch Shell, James was most recently Director (Finance) at Hines, a global real estate investor, where he spent six years covering all aspects of real estate finance for a varied portfolio of assets and investors.

Alice Seller

Alice Seller

Community

Alice leads on Community at GummerLeathes. She was previously Head of Education Enrichment for an academy trust, where she worked with the community to enhance education for pupils outside the classroom and raise the profile of their careers education. Prior to her work in education, Alice worked in medical devices, health and fitness.

Ian Nisse

Ian Nisse

Counsel

Ian is Counsel and member of the Advisory Board at GummerLeathes. Ian was a Partner and Head of Commercial Real Estate at Macfarlanes LLP. Formerly a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and managing partner at Ashurst LLP, Ian has, for many years been active in advising institutions, developers, investors and major corporations on significant property transactions, with an emphasis on the structuring and financing of all forms of real estate joint ventures, partnerships, funds, development projects and investment transactions, both in the United Kingdom and cross border.

Lizzie Welch

Lizzie Welch

Development

Lizzie is a development specialist at GummerLeathes. She has spent the last decade providing consultancy advice on large-scale, residential and mixed use developments, where she has acted as strategic advisor for Transport for London and The Crown Estate, providing advice on their property and strategic land portfolios. Lizzie was latterly a director at Savills.

Nick Berman

Nick Berman

Public Infrastructure

Nick leads on Public Infrastructure at GummerLeathes. He has worked on delivering the highest quality public services in a range of roles across the public and third sector, most recently in education where Nick worked for a multi-academy trust focussed on the school redevelopment and programme delivery. Nick has also worked for the Department for Education and on urban regeneration.

Paul Cutler

Paul Cutler

Head of Design

Paul is Head of Design at GummerLeathes. A licenced architect, Paul was previously Head of Masterplanning & Design at Urban and Civic, before which he worked for Lend Lease on the Olympic Village and International Quarter. He has lived and worked in the USA for ten years as project lead on several resort masterplans and buildings. Paul is a leading expert in design coding, advising Homes England and HM Government.

Georgia Billings

Georgia Billings

Development

Georgia is a development specialist at GummerLeathes. She has experience in both real estate finance as well as private equity and development.  Having spent four years in the real estate finance team at Investec Bank Plc, Georgia was most recently an associate at Meadow Partners where she covered acquisitions, development, and asset management of real estate assets in London and the South East.

Nick Bromell

Nick Bromell

Head of Engineering

Nick is Head of Engineering & Delivery at GummerLeathes. He has over 30 years’ experience of working in the construction and development sector, latterly as Director of Development Project Management at LendLease.  He has led teams delivering large-scale complex urban regeneration projects including the Elephant & Castle redevelopment, Stratford Athletes’ Village, Silvertown and – most recently – a major regeneration scheme in Tottenham.

Lawrence Bernstein

Lawrence Bernstein

Head of Communication

Lawrence is Head of Communication at GummerLeathes. He has worked in-house at some of the biggest firms in the City, and run his own brand, speech writing and communication agencies.  He is a TedX and keynote speaker on the power of clear, relevant communication in a noisy world.