Colin Muller

Founder & Chief Executive

Colin Muller founded Muller Property Group in 2001, a business that engages in a wide variety of development schemes including residential, office, pubs, hotels, industrial and retail. Colin started his career in a land acquisition role for Wimpey, having graduated with a degree in town planning from the School of Architecture, Town Planning and Estate Management, Oxford. He served as director with responsibility for new land identification and acquisition at Alfred McAlpine Plc before establishing his own business in 1990 at the age of 31. Three years later it merged with Linden Plc, a venture capital backed start-up, and along with his co-directors Colin achieved a full market listing in 1996 as a quoted house builder. By 2000 the business had five operating regions with a turnover of £144m, pre-tax profits of £15.4m and net assets of £52m. It was sold following a management buyout valued at £250 million, after which Colin left and started Muller Property Group. Colin is from a Yorkshire Dales farming family and it is no doubt this background that has fuelled his interest in strategic land promotion and in particular working with farmers and landowners with a view to obtaining planning on agricultural land. Passionate about getting results, Colin is experienced at lobbying for the need for new homes and is a champion of sustainable development.

Phillip Johnston

Finance and Operations Director

Phillip has worked as a finance professional in the construction, housebuilding and property sector for over 30 years. With a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Management Sciences, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in 1986. Following an eighteen month secondment to the European Union Commission, Phillip joined Hassall Homes as Finance Director. On the sale of the Hassall Group in 1997, he moved to Linden Homes and commenced his 20 year working relationship with Colin Muller. In 2002 he joined the Muller Property Group where he is Finance and Operations Director. This role encompasses a broad ranging involvement in all areas of the business including land acquisition, the raising of project finance, residential sales, project costing, commercial property lettings, company secretarial administration and legal matters. He also handles a variety of development and planning related issues including S106 agreements, affordable housing provision, viability studies, joint venture agreements and leases for Group properties. With a large number of joint venture arrangements and numerous group companies, Phillip has management of financial forecasting, budgetary control and cashflow.

Jonothan Croft

Land Director

Jonothan has worked as a land professional in the house building and development industry for over 20 years. Graduating with a planning degree and postgraduate diploma in 1993, Jonothan gained initial experience with Ideal Homes in South Wales before moving to Chester and working for North Wales builder David Mclean as Land Manager until 1999. Jonothan moved to retirement house builder McCarthy and Stone in 1999, where he was responsible for land purchase throughout the north west and Shropshire. Following several years specialising in the retirement/care sectors, Jonothan then set up as a property consultant and developer until 2010 when he joined North Wales care home developer Castlemead. During his time with Castlemead, Jonothan was responsible for sourcing and project managing future care home sites throughout the UK for care home providers on a turnkey basis. Most recently Jonothan has returned to the private retirement sector. In his role at Muller, Jonothan will deploy his skills and experience in future acquisitions for short term land opportunities. In his spare time Jonothan is a keen fly fisherman and also enjoys cooking and the odd glass of wine.

Steve Bourne

Technical Director
Steve has worked as a Commercial/Technical professional in the housebuilding and construction industry for over 30 years. In his first employment Steve joined a local housebuilder, where he stayed for 14 years, progressing his way up from Trainee Surveyor through the ranks to Chief Surveyor. Steve then went on to set up and manage the Commercial Departments in the new North West regions of national housebuilders David Wilson Homes and Bovis Homes, having overall responsibility for the land viabilities, surveying and buying functions. In 2005 Steve moved to Brighouse Group as Director to set up the new housebuilding function of the business, responsible for the day to day running of the company. As part of his job role he was responsible for sourcing land opportunities, compiling detailed land viabilities, negotiating land purchase agreements and submitting and gaining planning permissions. Steve then spent time in the educational construction industry with Built Offsite Ltd. Here he was responsible for organising and overseeing the modular construction of school extensions, new school buildings and traditionally built sports halls. The company worked nationally and Steve was involved in schemes in Portsmouth, Surrey, Leeds and Hull. He then had the opportunity of returning to the land and planning environment with Muller, being responsible for the technical and financial aspects of the parcels of land, dealing with external consultants to compile the packages for planning applications and land sales.

Richard Lawrence

Area Land Director

Richard has worked in the property sector for 17 years. He began his career in banking for HSBC, before taking his first job in property in 2003. During his time in the property market, Richard has worked in all aspects of the industry from working in investment sales with Savills from international property development and then business development and property acquisitions. In 2011 Richard moved into acquisitions and since then has cultivated his expertise in the purchase of residential property and residential land acquisition, with the We Buy and House, The Deansgate Group and Castleoak Care Partnership. His role as Land Acquisitions Director for Deansgate Group began in 2014 and saw Richard involved in the development of six key residential and student schemes in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. This role also provided Richard opportunity to work under Sir David Trippier, chairman of Great British Estates and ex housing minister for the Conservative party. Under his leadership Richard gained valuable knowledge of corporate framework and the Affordable Housing Government Incentives. As Area Land Director for Muller Richard is responsible for delivering projects, from land finding to acquisition. Outside of work, Richard is a keen athlete with Cross Country his chosen discipline. He has represented Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the North of England in many national events, including the World Trials.

Paul McTighe

Area Land Director (North West)

Paul has worked in the industry for over 30 years for developers, housebuilders and surveyors.

After leaving school in 1987, he began his career at Charles Church as a Land Buyer. In 1989, he left to join Edward Symmons and Partners, as part of the commercial agency team. Soon afterwards Paul put the experience gained in his previous role to good use and set up the Residential Development Department.

Some 10 years later, after dealing with everything from new build and part-built developments, planning consents, JV’s, options and conversions, Paul joined Prowting Homes, as an Area Land Manager.

In 2002, Paul, become Land Director of Jubilee Homes, a Company, that specialised in mixed use and residential developments.

More recently, Paul has worked for Redrow and Taylor Wimpey, as Senior Land Manager and Savills where he was Head of Development for the Essex and East London Region.

In 2015, Paul made a lifestyle choice and decided to move permanently to the North West to spend more time with his family. He became Regional Land Manger for Sequence Homes and became responsible for the new and existing development business for all 67 estate agency branches across the North.

Paul joined Muller Property Group as Area Land Director in August 2019.

Outside work, Paul attends the gym regularly, likes running and cycling and watches rugby, football and cricket.

Simon Cable

Area Land Manager (Midlands)

Simon has many years’ experience working as a residential and commercial property professional, selling a variety of residential and leisure properties including hotels, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and potential development opportunities.

After studying Building Surveying and Estate Management at the University of Central England, Simon worked for a national chain of estate agents and quickly became a Senior Branch Manager.

When an opportunity opened for a new challenge, he started working as a Business Transfer Agent for Christie & Co, one of the leading specialist advisory service companies for commercial property, in their Birmingham office.

Simon went on to gain further experience working as an Associate for Fleurets, a leisure property specialist company covering both the West and East Midlands.

He then moved to take on a new role as a Land Manager for LSL Land and New Homes, covering both the West and East Midlands selling development land and acquiring sites for a number of clients.

Simon joined Muller Property Group in 2019, and is using his experience and contacts to secure land, primarily for Muller’s specialist care operation but also the company’s strategic land business.

In his spare time Simon is a motorsport, football and cricket enthusiast and also enjoys cooking, traveling and has a keen interest in music.

Simon Horne

Area Land Manager (South East)

Simon has over 15 years’ experience working in the property sector and has held a number of different positions in the industry in London and the South.

Initially working in residential sales with Langford Russell (part of the Acorn Estate Agency group), Simon went on to a land buyer role with property developer Chantry Estates, responsible for the acquisition of land for residential and mixed-use development. During his time at Chantry he was instrumental in the acquisition of a large portfolio of commercial sites on which the company gained planning permission for a number of residential development schemes.

In 2009 Simon joined the land team at Lauristons Estate Agents, where he held the position of Land Manager.

After nearly 8 years, Simon decided he was ready for a new challenge and joined Dexters Estate Agents as a Senior Land & Development Manager covering the West London region. During this time Simon gained invaluable experience working with London’s largest independent estate agent working closely with architects and planners across diverse development opportunities.

In 2019 Simon joined Muller as Area Land Manager, responsible for the acquisition of land suitable for a variety of residential and mixed-use development schemes.

Outside of work Simon likes to spend time with his partner and his two young children and, when time permits, enjoys a game of golf or tennis.

Rebecca Muller

Land Manager

Rebecca is the youngest daughter of Chief Executive, Colin Muller. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in June 2016 with an honours degree in Town Planning & Property Development, and joined the business. Her role is focused on identifying land suitable for promotion through a wide range of sources, use of the planning system, and meeting landowners. Rebecca is skilled in being able to use the planning system to assess the prospects of land and interrogate Councils Local Plans, planning permissions, and appeals to consider the timescale and merits of any particular case. She works alongside her Father and other members of the land acquisition team and is the first point of contact for all land inquiries across the regions.

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Chris Twigg

Assistant Land Executive

Chris began his career in land and property working for another strategic land company based in the north west of England. During his time in this post he picked up valuable skills and experience, which he now applies to his role at Muller Property. On joining Muller, Chris said, “Everyone here is consummately professional but I love that the company feels like the family run business that it is”.

In his role as assistant land executive, Chris spends his time identifying land suitable for residential development. Chris is a key contact for landowners from the point of their initial meetings with Muller, tasked with keeping them updated throughout the process. He works alongside other members of the land acquisition team and closely with Colin Muller.

Outside of work, Chris is fan of all sports and an avid player of both rugby union and rugby league.

Rachael Thompson

Graduate Land Buyer

After successfully completing a Law degree, Rachael took her Masters in Law (LLM) and the Legal Practitioner Course at the University of Law in Chester, graduating with a Commendation. As an integral part of her degree and LLM courses, she spent four years studying property law.

During her final year in the LLM, she took a Real Estate module to extend her knowledge of this area still further. She then started looking at a career involving land acquisition and was subsequently appointed to her present position with Muller.

Rachael commented: “I’m looking forward to applying my legal knowledge and understanding of property law to my role, particularly in relation to identifying suitable land for development.”

Harry Jackson

Graduate Land Buyer

Harry graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2018, having achieved 2:1 in Real Estate Management BSc (Hons).

His most notable industry experience involved an internship at Berkeley Homes, working within the St James land acquisition department in their Vauxhall office. The role consisted of conducting land analysis, market research and feasibility reports, all within the London area.

Harry gained further experience of the industry by undertaking work experience at AEDAS Architects in Manchester in 2017 and by working as an assistant to Trevor Thatcher, director of Thatcher Slater Chartered Surveyors.

Outside of work Harry is a keen rugby player; he has played all his life, was awarded a Silver Santander Rugby Scholarship to Oxford Brookes University and has represented both the county of Cheshire and Sale Sharks at Academy level.

Emelia Jeffery

Land & Technical Graduate

Emelia graduated from Cardiff University with a 2:1 BSc in Urban Planning and Development and has joined the Muller team as a Land and Technical Graduate, working alongside our Technical Director, Steve Bourne.

In her role, Emelia will source consultants for planning applications, deal with ongoing enquiries and collate reports for submission to planning departments.

Emelia is a keen swimmer and swam competitively for Wrexham during which time she logged the fastest times for her age group for the 25m and 50m breaststroke.

She is a fan of music, in particular dance and 90s disco and in her spare time can be found doing some DJing.