Sir Tim Laurence has a broad experience in Property, Defence, Security, and Transport. He has a particular interest in heritage, sustainability and regeneration, and is a member of English Heritage's Board. In the Defence and Security arena, he is a Senior Adviser to PA Consulting, a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a Trustee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and a member of their Operations Committee. His 37 year career in the Royal Navy included 4 warship commands and several posts in the strategic management of Defence. His final appointment before leaving MOD was Chief Executive of Defence Estates, the organisation which manages most of MOD's land and buildings in UK and overseas, including numerous listed buildings and ancient monuments.
Gary's been involved in the property business since he qualified to be a doctor of medicine at the Royal London Hospital. The business invested into residential portfolios and became one of the largest private landlords in East London. In 2003 Gary also established Dorchester's overseas operation, opening an office in Slovakia and acquiring significant plots of land in strategic locations.
Paul is a Chartered Accountant and his previous experience includes working as a Mergers and Acquisitions advisor to the Housebuilding sector at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Paul joined Dorchester as an equity partner in 2003 and refocused the business into the new build arena establishing its project finance arm where the Company acted as a joint venture partner to many of the UK largest housebuilders.
He runs our UK Regeneration business and our UK Housebuilder, Dorchester Living, which has approximately 315 let homes, consent for a further 1,000 homes and 1.4m square feet of Commercial space, as well as investment into third party housing schemes.
Paul was instrumental in founding the Heyford Park Free School, an all through school located at Heyford Park and sponsored by the Dorchester Group. Paul is both Chairman of the Trust and the Board of Governors for the School.
Ian studied music and voice at the Guildhall School of Music. He is a tenor and attended the Oran Brown voice seminary at the Julliard School in New York. This was followed by the Voci Verdiani Milan under Carlo Bergonzi.
During the 1980s he was also involved in running his family hotel business and real estate assets before founding Dorchester with Gary Silver in the mid-nineties, initially building a large residential investment portfolio in the East End of London, they then expanded to other UK cities and sort regeneration at opportunities in the UK and abroad. They were later joined by Paul Silver.
This was followed by the acquisition of Heyford Park which led to the current Dorchester model of place making and large scale community development. This includes a school, working opportunities throughout a large commercial site and a significant residential sector with mixed tenure. The regeneration of Bordon, Hampshire, in joint venture with Taylor Wimpy then followed. Ian's role has been business development, funding and investment.
Stephen has a vast Royal Navy experience of Management and Leadership in the Operational and Training environments, including Frigate and Establishment Command. Ten years of Business Development and Marketing in the commercial sector has produced a balanced, skilled and highly committed executive with a powerful and widely based Network. Trustee of the Britannia Royal Naval College Association, Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the First Great Western Advisory Board (supports exec role).
Gavin is an Oxford Science Graduate who has worked in the Building industry since graduation. Previous roles have included carrying out projects to advise the main board of George Wimpey on specific operational issues, Acquisition and Development Manager at George Wimpey City with the remit to focus on non-London Bespoke opportunities. In 2004 he joined a new team at City Lofts where he progressed through the roles of Acquisition Director and Development Director. In these roles he indentified and secured 2,500 plots, achieved planning for 1,800 plots and oversaw 10 schemes through from budgets to completion.
Gavin started working with the team at Dorchester in late 2008 and is Development Director at our Upper Heyford development in Oxfordshire.