Our Directors

Roger Lane-Smith

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

One of the principal founders of law firm DLA Piper, which he built from 1977 onwards by a combination of mergers and amalgamations into what is now the world’s largest law firm, with 5,000 lawyers in 65 offices across three continents. Roger was chairman of the firm until 2005 and today is the senior consultant to the firm.

Chairman of JJB Sports from July 2005 to July 2009. Non-executive director of MS International, Timpsons , Dolphin Capital Partners and Mostyn Estates.

Stuart Pender

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Former Chief Executive and previous Chairman of Paymentshield, Stuart led the buy-out of Paymentshield, backed by Bank of Scotland in August 2004, reshaping the business to increase profits from £4m to £45m over 4 years.

Previously Stuart held senior positions at Prudential, Scottish Amicable and Bankhall, where he was Group Commercial Director responsible for development of Bankhall’s proposition to the IFA market, leading acquisitions and overall strategy development.

Bruce Evans

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 

Former Managing Director of Countrywide, Bruce was an integral part of the lettings management team that grew profits from £7m to £42m through organic growth, acquisitions and new openings, personally overseeing £10m of the growth. During his time at Countrywide he held several other senior positions: Sales Director, Commercial Director, and Divisional Managing Director and delivered growth performance in estate agency & general insurance.  Over 20 years residential property experience working for independents and corporates, Bruce has worked his way up from the shop floor and remains close to his routes at every opportunity.

Michael Groves

REGIONAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE (NORTH OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND)

Founder and former Managing Director of Thornley Groves Estate Agents.
Established Thornley Groves in 1991 growing business to 9 branches across Manchester.

Partnered with Lomond in 2013 selling a majority stake to Lomond Capital.
Michael oversees the existing business & growing the business throughout the Midlands and North of England.

Robert Hamilton

ACQUISITIONS DIRECTOR

A Chartered Accountant, he is former Head of Business Support at Bank of Scotland with extensive experience in the UK and European mergers and acquisitions markets. Robert has worked closely with a huge variety of management teams across a wide range of sectors.

Simon Smethurst

INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR

Chartered Surveyor – experienced MRICS professional
Track record in real estate acquisitions / disposals and asset management
Former Director at Lanebridge Investment Management (part of the Rothschild Group)
Chairman of the IPF (Northern Region)

Pete Flockhart

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Pete is an experienced finance professional having undertaken a number of corporate finance, strategic, M&A and leadership roles working closely with management teams in fast growth businesses. Pete is a qualified chartered accountant and joins from Lloyds Banking Group where he was a Regional Director and led the Group’s Housebuilding strategy across the UK.