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Team

  • Directors
  • Acquisitions & Operations
  • Development & Design
  • Branding & Marketing
  • Jean-Marc Vandevivere
    Jean-Marc Vandevivere
    Chief Executive
  • Jonathan Rae
    Jonathan Rae
    Finance Director
  • Matt Willcock
    Matt Willcock
    Development Director
  • Stewart Knight
    Stewart Knight
    Acquisitions Director
  • Johan Liebenberg
    Johan Liebenberg
    Senior Project Manager
  • Richard Bull
    Richard Bull
    Project Manager
  • Rachel Thomas
    Rachel Thomas
    Assistant Project Manager
  • Olivia Birtwistle
    Olivia Birtwistle
    Development Manager
  • Chris Ray
    Chris Ray
    Development Project Manager
  • Mirta Palau
    Mirta Palau
    Assistant Development Manager
  • Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson
    Operations & Commercial Director
  • Alex Hill
    Alex Hill
    Asset Manager
  • Peter Grmek
    Peter Grmek
    Junior Asset Manager
  • Tom Pearsall
    Tom Pearsall
    Acquisitions Associate
  • Andy Wheeler
    Andy Wheeler
    Acquisitions Surveyor
  • Alan Cheung
    Alan Cheung
    Real Estate Associate
  • Aman Chandhok
    Aman Chandhok
    Analyst
  • Anjali Ramdoyal
    Anjali Ramdoyal
    Marketing Executive
  • Elizabeth Karlova
    Elizabeth Karlova
    Marketing Co-Ordinator
Jean-Marc Vandevivere
Chief Executive

Jean-Marc has 20 years of experience in the Property, Retail and Consumer Goods industries. Prior to PLATFORM_, he spent 7 years at the Executive Committee of The British Land Company PLC, joining as Head of Strategy in 2009 to set up the new department, and later on becoming Head of Residential.

Jean-Marc started his career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), spending time across the Paris, Washington DC and London offices as a Principal.

Jean-Marc is a Non-Executive Director of Vivid, Hampshire’s largest provider of affordable homes with 30,000 homes in the South East. He also sits at the IPF Strategic Board and the BPF Residential Board.

He holds an MBA from Essec in Paris.

Jonathan Rae
Finance Director

Jonathan has over 10 years of finance experience in the property industry. Prior to joining PLATFORM_, he held a number of senior finance positions at British Land, including Head of Finance for the £7bn Retail division and Head of Investor Relations. Jonathan’s experience also includes corporate finance, risk management, financial reporting, finance operations and systems implementation.

Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant, gaining his qualification at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2005. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering.

Matt Willcock
Development Director

Matt has 25 years of experience in the development industry. He holds an Honours Degree BSc in Land Economics and is MRICS qualified.

Prior to working with PLATFORM_, he was a Senior Director & Head of Development Management at Savills. His previous positions include Development Director at Native Land; Project Director at Taylor Woodrow Capital Developments; Senior Development Manager at Lynton PLC; Development Manager at Barings.

Stewart Knight
Acquisitions Director

Stewart has 28 years of experience in the property industry, where he has originated and lead transactions across the office, retail, residential, hotel and leisure sectors. Stewart has been involved with many landmark developments in London, often coordinating the planning and design whilst negotiating complex ownership structures and financing.

Before PLATFORM_, Stewart worked as a director at Candy & Candy, the world’s leading luxury residential developer. Earlier in his career, Stewart was a partner and Head of City Development at Weatherall, Green & Smith (now BNP Paribas Real Estate).

He graduated with an Honours degree in Law from the University of Bristol.

Johan Liebenberg
Senior Project Manager

Johan joins PLATFORM_ from Quintain where he was a Technical and Project Manager and managed the development of Build-to-Rent apartments under the developer’s rental brand Tipi. He was also responsible for the innovation and integration of new technologies specific to PRS across Quintain’s portfolio.

With 20 years of construction experience, Johan holds a BSc Hons in Architectural Technology and has spent the last 10 years in a design and project management capacity, most notably with Wates & Berkeley Group plc.

Richard Bull
Project Manager

Richard has joined PLATFORM_ from Transport for London, where he was a Project Manager across a portfolio of construction projects to refurbish and upgrade existing underground stations including Holland Park, Charing Cross and Sloane Square, as well as spending time on track and signalling remodelling for the Piccadilly line.

Richard also holds a Masters in Project and Enterprise Management from UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment and a Masters in Chemistry from Birmingham University.

Rachel Thomas
Assistant Project Manager

Rachel holds an BA Honours Degree in Interior Architecture and Design from UCA in Canterbury, as well as a PRINCE2 certification.

She has worked for 10 years in Engineering at companies such as Jacobs Engineering and BDP in a variety of roles including Assistant Project Manager. She is responsible for providing assistance to the development team across projects, financial utilisations, project administration and assistance in project handover.

Olivia Birtwistle
Development Manager

Prior to joining PLATFORM_, Olivia was part of the Development Team at Essential Living and responsible for a landmark Built to Rent scheme in North London. Whilst at Essential Living she completed and went on to run their Graduate Management Trainee Programme. Olivia started her career working for a range of companies including Random House and MoneySavingExpert.com, with a focus on the media and publishing industries. Olivia is studying part time for an MSc in Urban Design and City Planning at UCL and holds a degree in Anthropology from Durham University.

Chris Ray
Development Project Manager

Chris began his career in development as a Commercial Manager and has a degree in Business and Finance (BA Hons).

With global property experience, Chris joined PLATFORM_ after returning from the Middle East where he worked with Gulf Related and Jones Lang LaSalle MENA. He has development experience on a range of real estate projects across both the UK and the Middle East, focusing on residential, commercial and leisure. Projects include a 2.8 million square feet mega mall in Abu Dhabi, mixed-used schemes in London and Dubai, and private residential properties on world renowned estates such as Wentworth.

Mirta Palau
Assistant Development Manager

Mirta started her career as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman in London, then moved to Value Partners in Milan where she worked on strategic projects for several large Italian Real Estate companies.

Mirta also worked as a Strategy Executive at British Land, where she collaborated closely with the Residential Team in the definition of their new strategy and investment plan.

Mirta has an MBA from London Business School and a BSc from London School of Economics.

Kevin Watson
Operations & Commercial Director

Kevin has 13 years of experience in the Telecommunications, Media, Entertainment and Transport industries.

Prior to joining PLATFORM_, he held a number of senior roles at Virgin Media, including Head of Customer Value Management for the 5 million household Consumer business and Head of Value Creation. His experience spans Operations, Pricing, Customer Service, Business Transformation, Strategy and M&A.

Kevin began his career at L.E.K. Consulting in London advising leading corporates and PE funds.

He holds a degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford.

Alex Hill
Asset Manager

Prior to joining PLATFORM, Alex was an Associate Director and sustainability manager at Aviva Investors in their Real Estate Asset Management team. His role encompassed Aviva’s entire portfolio in the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe and a range of real estate funds and strategies. Alex started his career as consultant at JLL, advising investors on environmental, social and governance risks.

Alex is a CFA® charterholder. He holds a Masters from Imperial College London and a BSc from the London School of Economics.

Alex is a member of the IPF’s Sustainability Interest Group

Peter Grmek
Junior Asset Manager

Peter is supporting the acquisitions and asset management team with underwriting and financial modelling, pricing and management of PLATFORM_’s assets.

Prior to joining PLATFORM_, Peter worked in various architecture, urban design and real estate development roles in Switzerland and the UK. Most recently, he worked on the delivery of the regeneration programme and creation of a Build-to-Rent portfolio for LB of Harrow. He also holds a Masters degree in Architecture and MSc in Real Estate Investment and Finance from Henley Business School.

Tom Pearsall
Acquisitions Associate

Tom recently joined PLATFORM_ from Lall Property Group, where he was Investment Director at the company. Whilst there, Tom was responsible for sourcing new development opportunities, undertaking financial appraisals and executing acquisitions across the South East. He has experience across both residential and commercial real estate sectors.

Tom holds a BA (Hons) History degree from the University of Southampton and is currently studying MSc Real Estate at Kingston University.

Tom supports the acquisitions team in appraising and delivering new projects for the pipeline.

Andy Wheeler
Acquisitions Surveyor

Andy’s investment background stems from working for a value-add real estate investor and a number of years spent working as an investment manager. In addition, he has a couple of years working in real estate debt advisory. He has been awarded an MSc in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School while also having gained a BA (Hons) in Management with Chinese Studies from the University of Nottingham.

Alan Cheung
Real Estate Associate

Before joining PLATFORM_, Alan worked at Swire Properties Limited in Hong Kong, where he managed the debt portfolio and arranged funding for development and investment projects in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and the US. Prior to this, Alan was employed within the treasury team at MTR Corporation Limited and the financial advisory team at Grant Thornton. He also interned as an Analyst at Evans Randall, focusing on commercial real estate transactions in central London.

Alan is a CFA® charterholder and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford. He supports the PLATFORM_ team with asset management and financial reporting requirements.  He also undertakes analysis in relation to the performance of portfolio assets.

Aman Chandhok
Analyst

Aman supports the acquisitions and asset management team with underwriting, financial modelling and asset management reporting requirements.

Prior to joining PLATFORM_, Aman worked as a strategy consultant at Candesic where he provided strategy and commercial due diligence advice for private equity funds, operators and the public sector focusing on real-estate backed transactions within the healthcare sector. He has also interned as an Analyst at Vengrove, a real estate investment management firm, focusing on investing in UK commercial real estate. Aman holds a degree in Mathematics with Economics from University College London.

Anjali Ramdoyal
Marketing Executive

Anjali’s background ranges from philanthropy to FinTech and real estate in the UK. An avid proponent of technology within the property sector, Anjali will oversee the digital aspect of the marketing team. She brings extensive knowledge from working in finance as well as working within the charitable sector to PLATFORM_. Prior to joining, Anjali was Senior Marketing Executive at Vivat Property.

Anjali holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from Richmond University and an MSc in Globalisation & Development from Queen Mary, University of London.

Elizabeth Karlova
Marketing Co-Ordinator

Prior to her engagement with PLATFORM_, Elizabeth has worked as a business journalist for SeeNews and has also attained considerable marketing and PR experience through her work for APRA Porter Novelli and the Bulgarian National Television.

Elizabeth holds a MA in Marketing at Royal Holloway, University of London and a BA (Hons) in Media and Communications from Nottingham Trent University.